Our snowpack here in central Colorado is thin, but in some areas a wet storm of a few weeks ago made a bridge layer that keeps you up out of the inevitable sugar foundation. Add a layer of fluff on the surface, and the backcountry skis like it’s twice as deep. We saddled up for Christmas at a friend’s cabin, and look what happened.
(For you photo fanatics out there, this essay was shot with my trusty Canon A720 point and shoot, usually set to manual everything.)
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.