Sunday, February 22, 2015

Woke up Saturday morning to an icy inch in town.  Up high we found close to a foot of cold new snow.  Almost forgot what winter feels like, but a brilliant sun and brisk north wind brought it surging back.  Climb, ski, climb, ski.  Forever and ever, amen.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The weather couldn't really make up its mind Saturday, but it did seem to feel no sun should shine in the Rattlesnake.  Then snow today.  Could it be the beginning of a new storm cycle?  The mountains could use a nice, soft blanket.

Don't let the color fool you.  It's ice.  Not nice.

A tucked-away pinner.


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