This morning in Marble, Colorado.
|Lynn grabbed the camera, oh my gosh, is that a ski instructor! At least I’m not looking behind and twisting my head like Linda Blair during every turn…(Yep you gear hounds, those are the Trab Free Rando.)|
Nice snow up there. Deep enough in the upper bowl for true pow turns, thinner down lower but with a soft corn layers underneath that gave silky turns. April is always an interesting time for Colorado backcountry skiing. You never know what you’ll get. Could be breakable crust. Could be powder. Could be corn. Key is to simply go unless the weather or avy danger are so bad it’s 100% obvious that work would be better. Did I say that? Work is never better than skiing!
Lynn’s skiing has really improved and he’s cranking out some photogenic turns. He says it’s the BD Havocs. I’d say the skis have given him the confidence to pick up a bit of speed so his style is more dynamic. He does a low tele, with that knee a few inches from his ski. Nice thick knee pads under those shell pants, right Lynn?
|Once I had the camera back from Lynn we set this one up and got a spirit shot.|
|On the way up we noticed one of the Marble graveyard residents trying for a handshake. I almost headed home after this guy creeped my out, but figured I had skis and he didn’t, so he’d wait for easier prey like a post holer.|
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.