Feudin’ fer Pow — Ski Touring Christmas Part 2

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | December 28, 2015      

We stuck with conservative timber lines during a monster Colorado storm. The woods were skiing as continuous (or better) than a pow day at the resort. Check it out, from the Dawson and Caudill clans feudin’ for pow. Heard those guys lived over the mountain, went pow huntin’ over there, got chased off by Jasonius and his rock salt shooter ’till we found enough for everyone.

Jasonius Maximus.

Jasonius Maximus — Louie photo using his Sony a7. Click all photos for enlarged versions, quality overall is a bit compromised due to our compression settings, but they work.

James Caudill, shot by Louie

James Caudill, shot by Louie with his Sony

Caudill patriarch got him a real sled a few years ago, the rest is history.

Caudill patriarch got him a real sled a few years ago, the rest is history.

Lisa rides her DPS Wailer 110.

Lisa rides her DPS Wailer 110.

His Blogness, photograph by son of Blogness.

Hi Blogness, photograph by son of Blogness.

Access is the key.

Access is the key. Louie photo.

Louie, shot with my new Lumix DMC-ZS50.  Most settings are working, having trouble with manual focus so I reverted back to autofocus for this shot.

Louie, shot with my new Lumix DMC-ZS50. Most settings are working, having trouble with manual focus so I reverted back to autofocus for this shot. Click images to enlarge.

Lisa going for a DPS sponsorship (Wailer 110 Pure).

Lisa going for a DPS sponsorship (Wailer 110 Pure). Again shot with the new Lumix.

Luke,  from camera of Louie.

Luke, from camera of Louie.

Sleds keep it real, sometimes a little too real.

Sleds keep it real, sometimes a little too real.


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12 Responses to “Feudin’ fer Pow — Ski Touring Christmas Part 2”

  1. Kristian December 28th, 2015 8:57 am

    I am glad that you have finally come clean that much of your touring is actually done with snowmobiles.

  2. Lou Dawson 2 December 28th, 2015 10:01 am

    Those rednecks living over the hill are a bad influence!

  3. Frame December 28th, 2015 11:58 am

    Louie and Lisa, do you adjust your poles? :o)

    Nice photo’s and glad you are getting some snow. If you have a Euro trip lined up Lou, I hope it’s not for a while yet!

    Best to all for 2016.

  4. Lou Dawson 2 December 28th, 2015 12:17 pm

    Hi Frame, I have to go over there for work, covering ski product, indeed too bad I’ll be leaving the perfect Colorado pow season. Way it goes, gotta make a living… and I’m sure I’ll have some fun and interesting things to write about no matter what.

    Louie adjusts poles on occasion, Lisa not so much. I’ll still guarantee that 90% of the ski touring population has no need of adjustable poles nor do they use the adjustment other than for an initial setting to their favorite height, or for lending them out. My hidden biased agenda with this is simply to save skier’s some money from B.S. they’re being convinced they need when they don’t. But seriously, I’m totally comfortable that some folks do want/need/use the adjustables.

    Another thing to remember is the ski industry loves adjustable poles. One SKU, more expensive, so you’re not going to hear any argument from them! I’d imagine they’re reading our adjustable pole thread with some amusement and downright gladness (grin).



  5. Scott Newman December 28th, 2015 2:40 pm

    Looking good Lisa!

  6. Frame December 28th, 2015 3:45 pm

    Indeed, gotta make that living. Let’s hope for snow and no need to pray for pastries, as we know Europe always delivers.

    I have a pair of slightly too short, dumpster poles. Not great for pushing on the uphill, but as Chris Reubens postulated, it encourages good body position when pole planting on the down. The pole manufacturers will be shaking their heads in my direction.

  7. Rachel Bellamy December 28th, 2015 6:00 pm

    Dang, I don’t know why we ever left!

  8. Julia December 28th, 2015 9:07 pm

    With you on that one Rachel – wish I was skiing in Colorado right now! It looks so fun!

  9. Lisa Dawson December 29th, 2015 8:13 am

    Rachel and Julia,
    You WildSnow Girls are always welcome. Come back soon!

  10. F. Felix December 29th, 2015 11:36 am

    As much time as you spend in Europe, Lou, don’t you see the beauty of adjustable (3-part) poles? They collapse small enough to attach to your pack, which means one less thing to juggle when the crampons and ice-axe come out, or when it’s time to take the train back at the end of a tour, or pack up to get on a plane. I find the same value at home when piling into an over-packed shuttle vehicle at the end of the day, too: there’s not always a Rocket Box on the roof.

    Most adjustable poles have an avy probe feature, which can also be handy; I really don’t need an 8-ft probe; if someone is that deep, I can’t get to them in time, anyway.

    That having been said, I can’t remember the last time I adjusted my pole length during a tour 😉

  11. powbanger December 30th, 2015 2:27 pm

    I think Lou is onto something. Not many people, exception being split boarders, are really using the adjustable feature of adjustable poles. I’ve been seeing more pole manufacturers eliminating all but one or two adjustable poles and using longer grips, or a thin 10″ sleeve of rubber on the shaft so skiers can choke down on the pole when needed. Truth is you don’t need to spend extra $ on poles. Save your accessory budget for beacons and backpacks where it really matters. IMO

  12. Wookie January 2nd, 2016 4:36 pm

    First the good news. There is a whole 2 mm of fresh outside the hut in Tirol. Winter may yet make an appearance.

    Second: they already have fixed touring poles. They’re sold under the name “ski poles” and they are over by the alpine gear.

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