Finally, the Totally Deep Podcast crew put down their summer margaritas and got (virtually) together to talk about gear. Doug and Randy reconvene at the very far distance from the Rocky Mountains to Michigan and try to make sense of raging wildfires, and the big backcountry season ahead.
Before they launch into annual quiver talk (minute 30 if you want to jump ahead), they talk summer happenings and mishaps including fires in Colorado, the real fear of skis and bikes slipping off of moving vehicles and the fallout from Doug’s backcountry biking article. They share commentary on mountain town aggression toward more people discovering mountain town activities. As one friend said to Doug recently: If your beef is with change you’ll always be upset.
“In the end, we all just want to use human powered movement to get our own peace and quiet, so however people do that, you know, just have fun and be nice.”
Of course, a major question is the look of the ski season ahead. The duo speculate on ski area speculations and what the ski experience could look like at resorts and in the backcountry before delving into industry and gear talk. A few major takeaways: splitboarding is about to get hot and gear supply and delivery issues are likely.
For more insights on the season, and to hear the gear the guys are most excited about, have a listen.
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While most of the WildSnow backcountry skiing blog posts are best attributed to a single author, some work well as done by the group.