Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas

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Merry Safe Powder Filled Christmas 2013 from the Dawsons and WildSnow.com!

Merry Safe Powder Filled Christmas 2013 from the Dawsons and WildSnow.com!

Our crack of noon start is nothing to be proud of. Skiing in light of the setting sun, however, is joy. We dance with our shadows. Crisp wind sneaks over the ridge and keeps us awake. I can smell a storm on the horizon, or am I dreaming? The huff of my breath and gentle scrape of my climbing skins are the voice under. Great engelman spruce stand as grandfathers along the track. We find soft snow; gentle turns arc our return to the valley.





Now, sitting here in our little house in the woods, I’m just thinking how much I appreciate all of you. Have a merry bells happy holiday!


19 Responses to “Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas”

  1. GeorgeT December 18th, 2013 7:57 pm

    Juicy Fruit looks nicccccccccccccccce.

  2. Dave Johnson December 18th, 2013 8:17 pm

    Merry Christmas, Lou. Send some of that snow to California.

  3. Andrew Pope December 18th, 2013 10:06 pm


    I’m mostly a lurker here, but I wanted to take a minute to thank you for all the stoke this site has given me over the years. I don’t get a lot of time to go backcountry skiing, but I can stay connected here and is almost like a daily fix for me! Merry Christmas to the whole WildSnow crew and your family, and happy new year!


  4. Dave Field December 19th, 2013 8:35 am

    Nice images and thanks for sharing. I was wondering if we’d ever get a pictoral report of what the skiing is like from your little house in the woods.

  5. Glenn Sliva December 19th, 2013 8:36 am

    Merry Christmas to you guys and many safe backcountry trips as well.

    Powder everywhere up the Hagerman area but sublimating fast. Need another dump.

  6. Lou Dawson December 19th, 2013 8:45 am

    Thanks guys!

  7. Kevin S December 19th, 2013 10:09 am

    As I sit in my office in Denver I want to thank the Dawson’s for keeping me up to date on all of the cool guy gear and for the smiles your articles provide. The next few weeks will be spent climbing around Eagle and Summit county on semi-old/or new gear from Santa if he(she) read my letter! Thanks!!!

  8. Rob S. December 19th, 2013 12:37 pm

    Let me add my thanks to all the Dawsons for everything you do to brighten the spirits of those of us who return to this site day after day, seeking happy thoughts about bottomless powder! You guys are a true gift to the backcountry nation, and I look forward to many hours in 2014 spent reading of your exploits!

  9. Chet Roe December 19th, 2013 12:57 pm

    Lou…..you who blog about cameras in the backcountry and all things backcountry tech put up a photo of HALF your only child’s face on your holiday card…shame on you!!!!!! sorry to rain (not snow) on your goodwill, but gosh!? otherwise, seasons greetings, Chet

  10. Lou Dawson December 19th, 2013 4:01 pm

    It’s supposed to be art. Oh well, miss again (grin).

  11. Brett December 19th, 2013 4:14 pm

    Can you comment on your ski pants with thigh vents?

  12. Lou Dawson December 19th, 2013 5:22 pm

    Outdoor Research, need I say more?

  13. Rob Mullins December 19th, 2013 5:23 pm

    Merry Christmas!

  14. Frisco December 19th, 2013 6:24 pm

    Thanks for the excellent blog and the care and thought that obviously goes into it.

    Feliz Navidad.

  15. francesco December 19th, 2013 10:59 pm

    Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo, a Lou e tutta l’equipe del blog!

  16. ptor December 20th, 2013 12:06 am

    Merry Christmas to your family and thanks for the nonstop stoke! May all your faceshots be bright.

  17. Erik Erikson December 20th, 2013 12:40 am

    Thanks Lou, and i wish all the best and merry christmas to the makers and all readers of wildsnow.com. Really learned a lot here and very much appreciate the oppinions and discussions on this blog.
    Had lots of snow here in Austria compared to the last years since late November. Still it was very warm during day, so most of my allready about 20 tours this season felt like spring time corn season… so my selfish wish for christmas: Fresh powder!!

  18. Matt Kinney December 20th, 2013 5:49 pm

    Many Merry Turns during the holidays and Happy New Year. Thanks for keeping it real.

  19. Billy Balz December 21st, 2013 7:43 pm

    From a long time alpiner and shorter term AT skier, you are to be commended for your attention to detail, neutrality on brands and pure stoke you engender based on your personal skiing achievements (and chronicalling of them). Merry Xmas to you and yours! Can’t wait for your tested reviews of new bindings.

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