You park your snowmobile because the powder is too deep for the sled, and finish up the last miles on foot — at night. Your legs don’t stop pumping because they’re flogged by energy exuded from millions of pounds of recently fallen fluff that will soon know your Ptex. You sleep well that night, and start climbing for turns that next morning. Six or seven laps later you’re back sipping hot cocoa and remembering the day on your LCD, figuring out what would look cool on a computer screen come Monday morning. A few picks below. (All action photos by Jason Caudill.)
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.