Backcountry days are beginning to feel like a distant memory as most of my ski days in January — and there have been plenty of them — have been at the Pass for either ski patrol or free riding. After an epic December and early January, the middle of the month was filled with warmer temperatures that produced wet, heavy, fat flakes. Conditions were ripe for a little sled training, and a few friends and I took advantage, running both the 100’s and the 350’s. The snow was pretty deep and sloppy, and made for some difficult conditions on the 100. I took a turn in the handles running down High Lead, and felt like I was pushing down a wave of water in front of the sled…
After a few laps, we loaded the sled on the EPA lift to take it back to the top and grab the 350, which was much better suited for the sloppy conditions…
The wet flakes were really coming down, and throughout the day it started to accumulate pretty nicely. By the afternoon, conditions were actually pretty decent.
Later in the day, I ended up having to give a couple of sled rides to patients who were injured on By George, and was happy to have pounded out a few practice laps earlier in the day.
I was also fortunate enough to get out to the Pass for a day with my son in the middle of the month, and it was unique because it was my first ever day on skis after 19 years on a board. I did pretty good, but couldn’t keep up with him….
After spinning several laps on the Twilight Chair, he decided it was time for his first trip up EPA. Thankfully, the weather was nice, the views didn’t disappoint, and Shaun was stoked at the top!
The end of the month brought a return to the snowy weather, and a few more days of ski patrol. Raleigh and I pounded out several morning laps on RTS, and I snapped a few shots along the way. The smile on his face says it all….
With February coming in a few days, I’m looking forward to more powder, a few more days at the resort, and getting back out into the backcountry for some sweet untracked turns!