A Rant

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I normally don’t like going on rants and being negative but there has been something that has been bugging me this winter out in the backcountry. I have spent a lot of days this winter in ski boots and have skied a lot of really great snow and some not so great snow, but I have also seen a lot of really bad skin track etiquette. Now I know I am probably not the person to be bringing this up but I feel it is quite necessary to at least mention this. I know people have probably been shaking their head at me before when looking at the skin track I laid down.

Moving on to what is bugging me… I find it very disturbing the amount of skin tracks I am seeing that are being laid down in unsafe areas that are very blatant danger zones and I am even more shock when I see them cutting across a beautiful powder face like the one in my photo. What you don’t see in this photo is the terrain trap at the bottom of the face. There are 2 tracks across this face one in the middle and one at the bottom. Yes I know the conditions were stable but we are dealing with mother nature here and no matter how smart and good we think we are she will bite us in the ass. This face in particular is the subject of some very poor skin track etiquette and it is such a same that a. people are just too lazy to take the hard route which is the safer way or b. they are absolutely careless. During my tour up this face I witness the skier who skied the center punch stop 3/4 of the way down the slope and re-skin making a mess of the slope. When I dropped in I witnessed 2 skiers standing in the terrain trap watching me ski my line on the far left of the picture. I just shook my head because I knew had something happened I could have buried them.

As backcountry skiers it is our job to help promote our sport and share our wisdom with others. I am not claiming to be an expert by no means and I am sure there are some that will question the skin track I put in on the far left of the picture. Yes I fell a couple of times but I was breaking trail and I was not able to see what was underneath at times. I am learning and I appreciate the people that have taught me how to skin and where to put a skin track. I just want everyone to be aware of their surroundings when in avalanche terrain. I would love to know what others opinion on this is and what advice others have for laying down a skin track?

Why Do I Ski?

Skiing for some people is just a form of good ole fashion fun, but for others it is much more than just make a beautiful S in a blank canvas. Yes! Turning around looking at that perfect S shape in a fresh white canvas is exhilarating but I truly believe there is much more to it.

I am one of these people that finds a lot of peace in backcountry skiing and skiing in general. It is very hard to describe but when I click into my skis, there is just a certain since of freedom that comes over me. I honestly do not get this feeling any other time. There is so much going on in life but when it comes to skiing it is just me, my skis and the mountains. This why I truly love skiing! It is like an addiction for me but in a time where health care is not cheap, provides me with therapy to help me deal with my stress and other issues I deal with on a daily basis. I used to not look at skiing this way but then I took a step back and thought about all of the feelings I get from skinning or dropping in and it changed my outlook on skiing.

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First blog post

I am starting this blog to let people know why I enjoy doing all of the things that I do while living in the beautiful Colorado Rockies. I also want to show the world some of my photos that I take along the way. I am not doing this to gain anything in life but I am really wanting to help show people that no matter what there is beauty in the world, we just have to find it.