|Dan this morning on the Continental Divide at about 12,000 feet near Independence Pass, Colorado. Geissler #2 in background. Interesting conditions. Cold air lingers over the region, by 9:00 AM only the easterly exposures had softened enough for silky skiing. We took advantage of that by doing a mellow double, first skiing an eastern shot then hiking back over the Divide and dropping to our car at the trailhead. These are days you can easily ski safe, high quality snow till evening. Work called me away too soon today, but I’ll be back up there over this weekend — like a broken record, over, and over, and over again — and worth every skin glide, stumbling scree plod and snowy step kick.|
(If you need to know what a “record” is, check the almighty Wicki.)
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.