Wasatch – Day 3

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | January 30, 2006      

Sport plan today was a powder hit in the morning, then off to the OR show in the afternoon. With more than a foot of fresh last night we were set. Hooked up with Poly McLean and Wizard of the Wasatch Bob Athey, climbed a hill, and skied down. As nearly always, Utah delivered blissful powder turns that kept me smiling all day. It was fun to finally get out with Athey, a legendary figure in Utah skiing who’s always fascinated me. I actually met him years ago in Colorado at a backcountry skiing festival (and might have even skied with him but don’t remember). Bob impressed me back then when he mentioned his typical season of backcountry skiing as being 100+days. He’s still doing it.

Utah Wasatch Backcountry Skiing
Today’s pow wasn’t deep by Wasatch local’s standards, but for Colorado boys it was just fine.

Utah Wasatch Backcountry Skiing
Louie Dawson, Bob Athey and Poly McLean — yes, we were all on Dynafits.

Carl Skoog Memorial
After a morning of skiing we arrived back at the OR Show just in time for yours truly to sign a few Couloir Magazine calendars (it has a photo of fourteener skiing), then attend a celebration ski mountaineer and photographer Carl Skoog’s life. Carl was killed while skiing in South America, and was a well known figure in the mountaineering and backcountry skiing community. His brother Gordy presented the event, sharing touching accounts of Carl’s life along with a variety of stunning , poignant, and sometimes humorous slides. Best wishes to Gordy and his family from WildSnow.com, and may Carl rest in peace.


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2 Responses to “Wasatch – Day 3”

  1. Jana Novakova January 21st, 2017 6:40 pm

    Just trying to reach out to the community to help out Bob. Thanks!


  2. Lou2 January 21st, 2017 7:13 pm

    Ok, thanks Jana, we tracked that when we were in Utah for OR show, but then lost touch with the situation. Lou

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