Solar electricity is like powder snow: when it’s there, you smile; when it’s not, you just work on the gear and hope for the best. Thing is, in Colorado we’re blessed (or not, considering this winter’s lack of snow) with mass quantities of clear crisp blue sky that cooks solar panels like you’re smoking ribs at a pit barbeque. So you get those electron buckets facing the sun, hook up the copper, and that green tingle runs up and down your leg because you know you’re doing the right thing. The greenie vibe was strong for me a few days ago, when we finally hit the big red switch and enjoyed being off the grid but under the lights. Check it all out, our Christmas present to WildSnow Field HQ! (And right here up front, let me thank Steve at Sunsense for his help as a consultant. I think he’s afraid to check out the owner-built system in person as it might burn up his VOM, but I think I can lure him up there once the skiing gets good and I assure him I’ll provide eye protection.)
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.