Slay The Gnar

Documentary of Casey Cane

Mt. Larkins, New Zealand…via helicopter – 09/10/06


Date: September, 10th, 2006

Location: Mt. Larkins, South Island, New Zealand. Elevation at approx. 2300 m or 7500 ft in Yank terms.

Skiers: 666, Mrs. 666., NZPhotoslave, Woody….and a guide.

Synopsis: After skiing rained out snow for the first half of the trip, albeit in nice weather and good times, we need to get Mrs. 666 up in the heli. Any why not, for the past three years, we’ve been hosed by the weather gods to get her up there. Today was the day. Slim and SQ99 left to meet up with the gorgeous Lane Meyer. It was a tough decision because we had to pray for perfect weather in order for it to happen. If not, we miss out skiing with an internet legend.

And wouldn’t you know it, it actually snowed the night before, no wind, blue skies, and about 0 degrees Celsius. And better yet, we were flying with Alpine Heli Guides, who have permits on some of the highest terrain, which meant we’d actually ski on some wintery snow.

Today’s call was Mt. Larkins. Plan was to descend down a few southern facing aspects, and then lap the perfect corn on the northern side. It wasn’t bottomless by any means, but it was the type of consistency to let em’ rip.

The snow conditions was a little new snow over bulletproof. Because of the extremely low avalanche hazard, we were granted almost unlimited opportunity to go wherever within a given time frame.

Music: DJ Loxy – Behind the Mask (Metalheadz Platinum)

The Command Center – 3 machines with internet, however, the espresso machine is in the kitchen…

Plan – Drive to Glenorchy, jump on heli…..save a few US $$$

The night before – Woody gets older with a twin-tipped cake! He’s obviously stoked for sure…

On our way to Glenorchy from Queenstown, 666 behind the wheel…

After heli, why not some tanden-skydive-bungy? Hell, it is New Zealand…

"Mate, you sure you want to heli in a hoodie?"

Mrs. 666 – Nervously stoked for her first time…..

Ohhhhh, Ahhhhh, Lake Wakatipu….hobbit swimming playground:

Leroy Jenkins – "Let’s do this!!!!!!!"

And to the north, plenty of future LZ’s. Next time, private charter 4 shizzle!

And to the West…..well, a sick mountain. Too bad it was BULLET underneath…

Talk about a stunning view! ….I mean the guy in the mint colored jacket of course…

Woody looks satisfied on the first turn…

666 likes wintery snow…

Woody slices and dices….

Mrs. 666 gets some well deserved untracked…

Woody setting up for A MAJOR RIGHT TURN!!!!

666 below the summit…

NZPhotoslave taking comments on the internet WAY too seriously…

Mrs. 666 gets one of the shots of the day…

Just a cool photo…

Woody finds an untracked face towards the bottom…

666 flex-tests the new Gotamas….

Our pilot…Thank yewwwwwwwwww!

A half-second later, Woody was decapitated…

Mrs. 666 gets yet another fresh face…

Woody on a steeper aspect….

666 fully stoked!!!!!

Woody finds a left-handed bank….

…and schralps it mate!

Woody on a lower pitch finds some fresh…

…no too shabby for a Kiwi:

Now onto the southern aspects, Woody makes a scenic left-turn…

Woody hits the natural left-hander….

NZPhotoslave comes in from above…

The Kr3W…

666 finds a cornice…Mt. Earnslaw in the background:

Woody lining up a fast run….

Woody down lower…just perfect corn bliss!

Mrs. 666 having a good time…

NZPhotoslave and Mrs. 666 enjoying the day…

Kingswoods aye? WTF are those?

Mrs. 666 finds a gulley…

…and kills a left-hander….

…inorder to traverse into an untouched corn field…

NZPhotoslave creating an "living postcard"…

…and into a small chute…

666 LOVES NZ!!!!! Can you see why?

A little lunch, and then we ride the face on the left down to the valley…

666 on the last run…

Glenorchy statue…

Kiwi Kat that almost skinned Woody alive!

A little post Heli-skiing treat at the Glenorchy Cafe…

Zen Vision…

Mrs. 666 gets hella’ crazy with the rental…

El Fin…

VIDS:

Woody, Mrs. 666, and 666 ski some Sept. Pow – Quicktime – 14.1 MB

http://www.vidbusters.com/~casey/Heli_1.mov

666 on the north facing corn – Quicktime – 7.25 MB

http://www.vidbusters.com/~casey/Heli_2.mov

Woody in a fast turn to air in the pow – Quicktime – 466 KB

http://www.vidbusters.com/~casey/Heli_3.mov

NZphotoslave – on some lower and northern tussoc lines – WMV – 4.49 MB

http://www.vidbusters.com/~casey/Tussoc.wmv

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