Bugaboo Dreams: A Story of Skiers, Helicopters & Mountains

Bugaboo Dreams: A Story of Skiers, Helicopters & Mountains

by Topher Donahue

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Take the snowiest mountains in Canada, add two Austrian immigrants, an army of adrenaline-addicted skiers (kings, queens, billionaires, average people and everyday ski bums) and throw a helicopter into the mix for an unforgettable story of mountain adventure.

The tale begins when two childhood friends-Hans Gmoser and Leo Grillmair-leave postwar Austria and travel to Canada in search of adventure. They stumble upon employment taking skiers across the vast glaciers and through the thick forests of Western Canada. When skiers start asking the immigrant mountaineers if it would be possible to use a helicopter to reach the best high-altitude powder, the two find themselves catapulted into a project brimming with more adventure, success, tragedy and fame than they could have dreamed.

Complete with archival and contemporary photos, this is the inside story of the people, thrills, accidents and innovations behind the evolution of a sport from a dangerous, ramshackle and lawless enterprise into a multi-million dollar industry offering reliable access to one of the world's most exciting forms of recreation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771600224
Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 953,612
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Topher Donahue is an award-winning mountaineer and journalist who has spent most of his life guiding, climbing and skiing all over the world. He first experienced the mountains featured in this book as a climber, which is how he was introduced to Canadian Mountain Holidays and its founders, Hans and Margaret Gmoser. Bugaboo Dreams is his first book.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Acknowledgements 13

1 It's All Leo's Fault 17

2 Bugaboo Magic 37

3 Rapture of the Deep 55

4 Full Circle 77

5 By Trial and Air 97

6 The White Dragon 115

7 The First Track 135

8 A Slice of Life 203

9 Base Camp 221

10 Power to Spare 247

11 Eyes in the Forest 263

12 A Ski Tour with Hans 283

Bibliography 294

Photography 295

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