Man, this was hands down the greatest ski year of my life. So many great days, so many great friends, so many great memories. Truly a year for the books. I know I'll forget about stuff and have to add it later, but this is sort of a compendium of memories and photos/video as thanks for a great year to anyone and everyone. A sharing of the love and general high-fivery if you will. Sorry in advance that some of the pics aren't of awesome quality, I'm poor and I kinda suck with technology.
This season started early. October 16th to be exact. On the very day of the blessed Ullrfest, I was fortunate enough to be able to boot up Sugarbush to revel in the frosty bounty before heading to the pig roast as everything above 3k was ~2ft of gnarshed potato goodness. Oh, what a treat indeed and a wonderful foreshadowing to what would be the best damn year of my life.
oh how sweet it is...
Turns! OMG TURNS!! IN SNOW AND STUFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And then we burned skis, feasted on rotisserie pig and partook(?) in kegs and the ice luge. Hey there 2010 season, nice to meet you!
Ullr must have been pleased because then the snow came. Lots and lots of it. Blower right off the bat and too much to ignore. With many of the resorts still closed, it was easy pickings. This year I really got into the BC with the right gear and I will never look back. So many more turns available when you open your horizons, and I love the fitness and solitude aspects of it as well. This also marked my good friend's triumphant and miraculous return to skiing after a terrible injury so there was much touring for rehab on his part and it was great just to have him back. So the year began with skinning for turns whenever possible with great friends. Many places along the green spine had tons of pow before they opened.
See exhibit A: Popping turns between the wild raspberries for the goods at a favorite spot
And then there was the rest of the year
Some more BC goodness from the year I realized the only thing holding me back was my imagination and determination.
from another great wilderness area in VT
another VT location...
and a few turns with the most famous dog on the interwebs
I was even able to bring others out to share the experience with. This was a pic taken on just such a venture. Totally cool to see someone else stoked on it too.
Some skintrack love from out in Utardia as well- HUGE thanks to SkiFishBum, who is a hell of a guide and a hoot to boot!
Following him up to some blustery knife ridge to an island-like pow field... Not for those afraid of heights!
but oh, were the goods ever good!
Nothing quite compares to the peaceful solitude and satisfaction I get from earning turns. Especially in VT where you can really feel like the only people anywhere, ever. Totally getting away for a challenge and a treat and that's right up my alley.
OH YEAH! And then there was the lift accessed stuff... WHOOOOOOOOOOEEEEEEEEEEY!
oh yeah there are resorts in Utah too if you haven't heard. I don't know how people deal with this crap day in and day out.
I'd post video if I could figure out how to imbed vimeo, but alas I do not. Pics will do for now. I know I have more stuff floating around the interwebs, so when I see it I'll throw it in here but I hope you all enjoyed my little thanks via stoke. It's been a while since I've been active here so I figured it would be fun to reacquaint myself with the Epic peeps, as if it weren't for a certain Bob Barnes I'd probably be gaping it up with a mean pizza wedge letting bumps toss me around like a rag doll. So yeah, much thanks for the great year- glad I made it out with no major injuries as well as tons and tons of pow days, a great ski house, great home hill and great times. What more could a guy ask for?
Can't wait to get back to this little rockstar spot either... I hope I don't have to tell you all there's big things happening for next year!
Cheers to the coming season! If we've skied together before, let's do it again- if we haven't, let's fix that!