Monday, January 19, 2015


Rain to at least 7,000 feet this weekend, and dense snow above that.  This storm carried with it serious wind.  Our hackles were up, just high enough.

Cornice stomping...

and ski cutting.  New wind slabs broke and ran for quite a way--a reminder of how quickly conditions change in the mountains.

It got windier as the day wore on.  On the trail out we found several trees that hadn't been there before.  An intriguing day weather and snow wise, with a healthy amount of spice.      

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The skies were talking the other day.

We were listening.

The mountains and the goats did what they do.

Friday, January 2, 2015


Much like a swan in the moments before flight, the backcountry skier may wobble, heave, and threaten to capsize, but generally recaptures its grace for the descent.  So, we limber up.  Then we thread some trees.

Monday, December 22, 2014


Storm skiing.

Finished up what felt like an exceptionally long piece of work last week, so it's finally back to the mountains again.  After arranging my days around projects and deadlines, I'm almost taken aback by the simplicity of the hills.  Work your way up, work your way down.  Remember to stop and look around.  And watch out for avalanches--we found some particularly touchy windslabs the other day.  It's raining in the valley, but snowing and blowing up high.        

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

Making Government Work for You

The comment period for the Forest Service Travel Plan managing OSVs (over snow vehicles) is drawing rapidly to a close.  To be specific, it's Monday.  
Here's the rule, and the comment portal:!documentDetail;D=FS-2014-0004-0001  

And here's a quiet skintrack.  

Though they make for interminable and tedious reading, administrative rules like these provide a very real way to influence how government decides to do what it does.  Agencies are required to respond to each comment, with the caveat that they can group comments into categories for one general response.  Thus a unique comment carries far more weight than a form letter.  So if you have an opinion, and like to write, and like me are a procrastinator, here's something for you to do this weekend.  It's too damn hot to have much fun anyway...