WildSnow Weekend — Happy New Year 2017

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | January 1, 2017      
New Year's resolution: keep smiling no matter what!

New Year’s resolution: keep smiling no matter what!

Happy New Year from your friends at WildSnow. May 2017 be filled with many safe and blissful backcountry ski tours.

Week in review, December 26 – December 30, 2016:

Opus Hut — Full Service Alpine Lodging in Colorado

La Sportiva Vapor Float — Quiver Ski Of The Week

2-Way Radios Review – FRS, Talkabout, Ham, BCA, for Backcountry Skiing

Predicting the Future 2016 – How Did I Do?

WildSnow Top Blog Posts of 2016



10 Responses to “WildSnow Weekend — Happy New Year 2017”

  1. Kristian Woyna January 1st, 2017 8:56 am

    Some details please! Were you able to winch out of that? Front or back? Studded snows?

  2. David Field January 1st, 2017 8:58 am

    one of the hazards of driving in ski boots?

  3. Lou Dawson 2 January 1st, 2017 9:04 am

    Hi Kristian, I was able to winch out, took a while to set up a system that worked as I was afraid that just winching with single line would encourage the truck to roll. It was night before I got started, so before I did anything I contacted the guy who drives the snowplow and lives fairly close, he came up with his backhoe and helped operate the winch as I nudged the truck out. We ended up not needing the backhoe, but winching a 7,000 pound truck hanging off the side of the road is dangerous, so I was glad he was there. Glad to pay him for his time.

    I considered installing the winch on the rear as I’m set up for that, but that not only seemed like it would jackknife the truck and cause the heavier front to head down the hill, but I’d also have had to crawl under the front of the truck to undo the winch attachment, which is a 2 inch receiver tube and pin.

    It was a close call, I could easily have rolled the truck down into the trees as the bank in this spot is about 40 degrees steep.


  4. Lou Dawson 2 January 1st, 2017 9:09 am

    P.S., All I was doing was driving about 2 mph and giving room to a couple of skiers walking down the road. The edge was disguised by the leveled plow swale. Not the first time I’ve done this, back when I lived in Crested Butte I drove a resort shuttle, and the wing plow would perfectly level the road and swale so you couldn’t often discern any difference. The shuttle operation manager kept a 3/4 ton truck chained up, with a logging chain permanently attached to the rear and hung up over his tailgate. We’d “auger” off the side of the road, radio him, and he’d be there in 8 minutes and jerk us out. He always grumbled about it but never fired anyone (smile).

  5. Kristian January 1st, 2017 9:21 am

    Yup, very scary. I have good knowledge about a couple of guys who after night skiing at Eldora many years ago, followed by a bar visit, started four wheeling up one of the slopes from the parking lot. Of course they hopelessly sunk in and were suddenly left in the cold blowing dark waiting for the inevitable legal nightmare. Within moments, ski patrollers came laughing out of the dark, radioed for a snowcat, pulled the 4×4 free, and the two were on their way home.

  6. Scott Nelson January 2nd, 2017 11:57 am

    Now that’s a way to ring in the new year! Glad everything turned out okay.

  7. Hacksaw January 3rd, 2017 3:58 pm

    Driving in ski boots can be tricky….. 😉

  8. BenL January 3rd, 2017 4:42 pm

    Easier in AT boots than alpine, I can confirm.

  9. Lou Dawson 2 January 3rd, 2017 6:11 pm

    Not a problem in unbuckled TLT-6, in commodious cabin of Silverado, with automatic tranny. Lou

  10. ryan January 3rd, 2017 8:08 pm

    I was wondering who went off the quarry road…..

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