Hans Gmoser (1932–2006) was the most influential mountaineer in Canada of the last fifty years. Through innovation, hard work, perseverance and an appetite for adventure, Gmoser evolved from penniless immigrant to mountain guide for kings, queens and prime ministers. He also played a major role in creating what is now western Canada’s dynamic mountain adventure community.
Known primarily as the inventor of heli-skiing and the founder of Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH), Gmoser also garnered recognition as a talented rock climber, tireless expedition leader, successful mountain guide, renowned filmmaker, community organizer and vibrant businessman.
Told from all aspects of his fascinating life and including some of Gmoser’s own words, Chic Scott weaves together a compelling story based on the diaries, expedition journals, film commentaries and personal correspondence of this charismatic and inspiring figure.
Chic Scott is a household name in international and Canadian mountaineering circles. One of Canada’s most celebrated mountain literature authors and adventurers, he is the author of several award-winning mountaineering history books, including Pushing the Limits: The Story of Canadian Mountaineering (RMB 2000), Powder Pioneers: Ski Stories from the Canadian Rockies and Columbia Mountains (RMB 2005) and Deep Powder and Steep Rock: The Life of Mountain Guide Hans Gmoser (RMB 2015). As well, his bestselling guidebooks Summits and Icefields 1: Alpine Ski Tours in the Canadian Rockies (RMB 2011), Summits and Icefields 2: Alpine Ski Tours in the Columbia Mountains – Revised & Updated (RMB 2016) and Ski Trails in the Canadian Rockies – 5th Edition (RMB 2016) are fundamental resources in any backcountry skier’s library. Chic lives in Banff, Alberta.
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Mountain author Chic Scott tells the story of Gmoser’s life in Deep Powder and Steep Rock. Scott’s tireless efforts to piece together Gmoser’s story shows in the book’s detail. Told from all aspects of his life, including some of Gmoser’s own words, Scott brings us one of the most compelling stories of a Canadian mountain icon that has ever been told. Intended for mountain loving audiences, this book has found a readership in new and old climbers, as well as skiers and armchair mountaineers. With winter approaching, Deep Powder and Steep Rock should be at the top of everyone’s must-read list.—Brandon Pullan, Gripped Magazine
"Scott paints a picture of a man who lead Canada into the mountains and the book is a must read for anyone drawn to climbing and skiing." - Off-Piste Magazine
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