With the most famous ski race in the world being held just a 20 minute drive away, we wanted to get a feel for the reality. Juttering steel edges as sharp as razors shred white ice at 120+ KPH. Men grunt and shout under crazy G forces as they scrape for every last ounce of edge grip in the Querfahrt sidehill turn after a desperate pre-jump to handle the Hausberg. It’s mind blowing — and it’s not even race day.
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.