This morning started off with an avalanche control mission into the Southback at Crystal Mountain. Oh, what a morning it was! About twenty inches of new snow had fallen since last open, and the freshies were deep and glorious. What’s more my stepson, Andrew, joined me for his first ever A.C. route. He couldn’t wipe the smile off his face.
Hiking the King first thing in the morning, the wind and snow freezing my chin, invigorates me like nothing else. I like to think of it as my “happy place”, where hard work and pristine beauty mix with the raw power of explosives and nature’s terrifying strength.
After the past few weeks of warm weather, the cold forgiveness of snow brought a grateful joy to me today.
That and my new skis–the Rossignol S7s. These skis float through the untracked, pound through the crud and whisper in the four inches of fluff that fell this afternoon. And besides that, the graphics are pretty awesome too. Thanks Tim Petrick for these beautiful new tools.