As usual, it started snowing a few days before I left Washington state for winter break, and by the time I got home, a good three feet had fallen in the Elks. That made for good powder skiing, albiet with pretty high avalanche danger. I had my knees operated on in the fall, and I visited the doctor to see if I could ski. He said yes, as long as I stuck to low impact stuff (read: powder). With all that in mind, I headed up to a friend’s cabin in the Elk Mountains of Colorado. We had some good low angled powder skiing in the trees, and even ventured out on some steeper more open slopes that we judged to be safe.