I think I skied through that drainage with my buddy Scott Kennett year, but I wasn't really paying attention.
I did have the incident described to me by someone close to Hilaree on the day after it happened. According to her account, the creek was very small, only about a foot deep.
I picture a little, twisty turny track along the bottom of a ravine. Pretty flat. Boulders and such to go over and around. Those little tracks are tricky on a snowboard because you're trying to keep your speed up, but not lose your balance.
I may be wrong, however.
Though I have many talented and deserving friends and acquaintances who make their money off heli skiing, and I'm all for them making a living in the mountains, I'm not a huge fan of heli skiing's effect on the sport.
I think that by holding heli skiing up as THE ULTIMATE MOUNTAIN EXPERIENCE we do a disservice to our sport. What, skiing isn't elitist enough already? A $100 lift ticket and $1-2K in gear aren't discouraging enough for someone entering the sport? Now we send the message that you're not squat unless you can afford $10K a week?
I grew up skiing in blue jeans and work gloves on a rope tow. If someone had convinced me then that I wouldn't be complete unless I could pay as much as my father's car cost for one day of skiing from a helicopter, I probably would've looked at skiing in the same way that I looked at polo, and the rich players who pranced around in their breeches in my tony little town.
I say save your dough and buy some good touring gear.
I think heli skiing gets too much play in all the ski movies and the mags.