Summit Daily News Column #6 – “It’s all about friends on a January backcountry powder day” 1/5/2017


Early January. The winter storm and avalanche warnings are in effect for the next couple days. The anticipation is rising — it seems like it has been a long time since we last had fresh powder to play in. Messages have been sent, phone calls have been made, and a plan develops out of the winds that are blowing the snow sideways.

The kit gets packed the night before with water, lunch and snacks, camera, avalanche rescue gear, extra clothes, and gloves. I don’t think I will need the sunscreen, but I might need an extra pair of goggles — such are the ways of storm skiing. Clothes, boots and the rest of the gear are all laid out and ready to go. Like a runner the night before a marathon, I load up on pasta with meat sauce so hopefully I have enough energy to keep the powder train rolling along. The photos on social media from friends in Utah foretell of the storm’s epic potential. Sleep will be hard to come by tonight… Click the link for more of the article

Dave Bourassa getting some fresh.

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