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Why do YOU do it?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
What is it about backcountry sking that is so great? I, mean you hike for hours just to get to the top. You're tired and you ski down a lot faster then you went up?

Here's another couple questions: Where else do you get to be totally at one with the mountain? Is the air really as crisp in the ski resort? How is it that every turn is so like pure nectar even if the snow is not perfect?

I just don't know.
post #2 of 15
I could go on for hours answering this, and still not make any sense unless you understood before I ever started.

I suppose the clearest way to answer the question, for me, is that "you [get to] hike for hours just to get to the top [is there a better reason to do something?]. You're tired and you ski down a lot faster then you went up."

But seriously, it's just the purest connection to the mountain. No buffer in between.
post #3 of 15
To me it's more a feeling than something I can express in terms that would make sense to everyone.

I get a similar feeling (but not exact) now when I mtb at night. Especially when the sun has just gone down and there's just a little light left. There's this one particular trail that is a long straight mild downhill towards the horizon with just a little light. To be zooming down that trail with the trees flying by with that little bit of light, I don't know, it is just freakin incredible to me. I get a big smile every single time I go. So I guess the moral/opinion of my post is if someone needs you to explain why backcountry is so fun, it's probably not for them.
post #4 of 15
I say that if you have to ask, you just would not understand.
post #5 of 15
I think it was Sly of Sly and the Family Stone who summed it up best when he said,
"What's hip is what ain't"
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hey you guys,

I just asked to get a litle something going to see what it means to a few others.

I love backcountry skiing and the mountains and the snow. I take solace and find peace in the sublime power of this natural environment. Ever changing, ever unique. And skiing is my way of being in harmony. Time, space and a feeling of being one with the natural forces that combine in creating this experience are unlike any other aspects of our routine lives. This is something of what it really is to me persoanlly.

It simply is [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #7 of 15
It's easier to find a place to go to the bathroom too.
post #8 of 15
I ski in the backcountry because it's the only place to ski after the lifts close, and when the lifts aren't closed, the backcountry has the better snow.
I don't really feel any connection to the mountain. In fact, going up, I really detest it for being so steep. Going down, I feel differently, but that doesn't matter.
I like it. It's fun.

post #9 of 15
I and my family have always loved to hike for turns in and around resorts. A few years ago I got my first chance to skin up a peak while on a trip to the Chugach. Last year, we rented some AT gear, hired a guide, and spent a day skiing off of Teton Pass together as a family. I think its only going to get much more frequent from here on out. I think a part of the attraction for me is the opportunity to form more of a partnership with the mountains. That sense of partnership leads to even greater enjoyment and exhilaration from being a part of the winter mountain environment.

This summer we went on a hike climbing and touring the ridgeline between Brighton, Solitude and Alta. I think I already consider that as the beginning of a few adventures we hope to have with some experienced backcountry skiing friends there this winter. BTW, the number of opportunities around Wolverine Cirque alone is unbelievalbe. No wonder Andrew McLean and so many other noted skiers make their home in the Wasatch.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ October 26, 2001 03:09 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Si ]</font>
post #10 of 15
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ESki:
It simply is [img]smile.gif[/img]<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

That's great! I do it for the [img]smile.gif[/img] , too. Occassionally, I do it for the : .
post #11 of 15
One other reason is that it's so cheap...


Once you've got the gear, of course
post #12 of 15
For me skiing in the backcountry is a little like being up before sunrise (a daily ritual for me) There are very few people around things are real quiet, the beauty and tranquility of things seems magnified, the air is cleaner...well you get hte idea, basically everythings the way it should be until all the yahoos get up.
post #13 of 15
Because the best turns are the ones you earn.
post #14 of 15
because sometimes when the snow is there, it is just shameful to not look at it for a while, and then slash a heinous cut thru the whole thing. savor, then destroy! errrrr..
the skiing part? euhs?

post #15 of 15
For me it has to do with my relationship with the Mountains. There is a heightened awareness when you are away from others and see few signs of civilization. There is the element of danger, storms, avalanches, and getting lost (tracks can get covered) and the great feeling of co-existing with nature without a lot of outside interference or noise.
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