When the avalanche predictions are Katrina II, what to do? How about skiing your zone where familiarity breeds complacency but also helps you find the safe routes. So our weekend shook out like this: Friday, head up to Marble, Colorado with assistant Joe and make a run on a skied-out safe zone. Saturday do a couple of uphill fitness laps at Aspen resort so Lisa could test out her newly fitted TLT5 ski boots. Sunday, back in Marble at WildSnow Field HQ with my bride for some meadow skipping and picnic lunch. Not exactly the makings of a new TGR film, but then, our millieu here at WildSnow is not exactly helicopter supported spine skiing. Instead, we simply love getting out, under our own power, doing anything ski related in the mountains.
So, what’s going on with our snowpack? If you live up in the PNW or Canadian coastal, perhaps you’ll smile smugly as you learn our plight here in continental Rockies. Sympathy, please. Yes, we’ve got facet piles deep enough to cover the Great Pyramid, and “sucker snow” bridging that I’m fervently praying does not create tragedy as our snowpack “feels” okay but hides deadly consequences. For those of you new to the game (or old hands wanting a refresher course), check out the Tremper video below. He certainly sets things out in learnable fashion.
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.