We’ve been doing this for about thirty years now (an early one), getting together with friends for a skier’s tailgate gathering on Independence Pass, Colorado. Usually on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Over the years, the informal event has become a wonderful celebration of ski touring’s variety. All ages, nice mix of guys and gals, all types of gear, even a few veggie burgers find their way to the grill. Our sport has indeed evolved. Sure, a few more people out there (more skiers on the Pass this spring than I’ve ever seen), but fun is had by all. Dick Jackson, founder of Aspen Expeditions guide service, snapped the pics herein. Thanks everyone for showing up, see you next year!
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.