WildSnow.com Second Blogoversary (Blogaversary)!

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | December 23, 2006      

I started blogging two years ago this past Thursday, as the first backcountry skiing blog in North America. About 700 blog posts and 2,000 comments later we’re still going strong thanks to all you readers and sponsors.

Hats off to you all! Happy WildSnow.com Blogoversary everyone! (Perhaps it’s spelled BlogAversary? For some reason it’s not in my dictionary…)

That’s two straight years of blogging almost a post a day. Shew! But it’s been worth it. I’ve learned a ton, been humbled, felt empowered, helped a few people, and had fun. What more could one want?

We’re planning another terrific year so keep visiting! Again, THANKS EVERYONE.

Since you’re not here to raise a glass with us, please leave a comment.

December 24 Update: Christmas Eve is here, we’ve been out skiing then we’ll hit a peaceful candlelight service at church, then wrap those last minute presents after the shopping frenzy. Tradition here is to try and make Christmas day a ski day for the family, either resort or backcountry. Looking forward to that. Merry Christmas everyone!

Moving from shopping to mysticism, I was searching around the net looking for mountain mystic verse and found this beautiful Zen poem by Master Hsu Yun, more such poems at this website.

Crimson Stream Temple

At Crimson Peak the clouds are thickest;
But the mystic’s road is clear though it turns
Again and again.

The mountain flowers, glistening with frosty dew,
Reflect the moon;
And safe within the stands of bamboo, a kingfisher bird
Scolds humanity.

At dawn, rain beats a tattoo on the rocks.
In a crazed sortie, the dragon strikes at distant retreats,
Making clouds come in so thick that morning turns to dusk.

By noon there’s Armistice!
Sun and peace and a world that’s fresh and new.

And this by Christian mystic Meister Eckhart (more here):

Expands His Being

All beings
are words of God,
His music, His

Sacred books we are, for the infinite camps
in our

Every act reveals God and expands His being.
I know that may be hard
to comprehend.

All creatures are doing their best
to help God in His birth
of Himself.

Enough talk for the night.
He is laboring in me;

I need to be silent
for a while,

worlds are forming
in my heart.

(Google ad removed in honor of Christmas!)



20 Responses to “WildSnow.com Second Blogoversary (Blogaversary)!”

  1. Mike Marolt December 23rd, 2006 10:02 am

    Very nice work Lou. M

  2. Tom Williams December 23rd, 2006 11:08 am

    I agree, nice work Lou. Your site has been a wonderful resource. As someone that lives and skis in a relatively disconnected area with regards to backcountry skiing, your blog has served as an excellent information source and motivator. Thank you,

  3. Andrew McLean December 23rd, 2006 6:19 pm

    Great job Lou! Keep on bloggin’.

  4. Charlie DeLacherois December 23rd, 2006 6:26 pm


    Think this is a great site. Need some help don’t know where to turn, because I can’t turn anymore. Installed a pair of stiffer tongues on my Scarpa Lasers and one has broken. Like a fool threw the originals away. anyone know where i can get replacements or originals???

    Sad at Chrismmas

  5. Sean December 23rd, 2006 6:32 pm

    You’ve struck a nice spot Lou – keep it up!

  6. Tim M. December 23rd, 2006 7:07 pm

    Merry Happys n’ all that to you and the wildsnow family, and here’s to many more anniversaries, advertisers and adversaries!

  7. wolfy December 23rd, 2006 8:27 pm

    Sweet. Blogs are the future!

    I’ve not been reading your’s for too long, but I’ve apreciated your info and links! I’ll drink a Rogue Winter ale for you, and one for myself. Anyone else want me to drink a beer for them? cause I’m totally down.


  8. Rahul Dave December 23rd, 2006 9:38 pm

    Happy second birthday!

  9. Randonnee December 24th, 2006 6:59 am

    Thanks, Lou, for good information and commentary. It is gratifying to know that you are a very decent family guy as well as a leader in our sport. Best regards from the PNW Randonnee Repulicans.

  10. JF December 24th, 2006 7:24 am

    Heya, Lou (if I may call you by your first name…)

    I just want to say “congrats” on the 2nd anniversary of your blog.

    After almost 20 years of alpine skiing in Quebec, I’ve recently caught the telemark bug, which spells (about 20 % of the time) backountry in the Chic-Chocs, albeit not on the same scale as you have in Colorado,

    Without going in the whole tele v/s AT arguement — after all, we all enjoy the same snow! — your blog has shown me (in no particular order)

    1) I need to live in Colorado — but there’s this nasty thing called a Green Card in the way…
    2) respect snow on an incline
    3) earning your turns is worth it

    Anyway, thanks a lot for two years’ worth of blogging. Although I’ve kept up with your (almost) daily writing only for a couple of months, I’ve spent many, many hours looking up archived posts. And for that, I thank you — the way they’re indexed helps a lot.


    Ottawa, Ontario, Great White North. (ok, well, not so white as we speak.)

  11. Marko December 24th, 2006 7:34 am

    Nice job Lou! I have really enjoyed reading your posts over the last few years, now get out of your office and go ski.

  12. Marc December 24th, 2006 9:17 am

    I’d just like to say congradulations, and keep up the good work. I’m just an aspiring tourer and I’m learning loads about the sport from reading the site. You truly do provide an invaluable resource, Lou, and I hope it is gratifying to know.

    JF, you don’t need a green card for the Canadian Rockies… And as I heard once before… “randonee” is French for “can’t tele” and “telemark” is Norwegian for “I’ll meet you guys at the bottom…” 😉

  13. Tim Carroll December 24th, 2006 9:54 am

    Lou, thanks for your excellent website/blog. It is one of the few places one can go for reliable information on backcountry ski gear and information related to backcountry skiing. Thanks to your solid reviews of Dynafit bindings, I had Dynafits put on my new AT skis bought this season. I am very pleased with the downhill performance and I look forward to our backcountry having more snow so that I can be stoked on the uphill performance.

    Now if you would just tell Black Diamond to quit using foamcore production and make all their skis with wood like the Kilowatt, all would be right in the world!

  14. Lou December 24th, 2006 10:51 am

    Charlie, email me via contact link here on my website. I’ve got Flexon parts.

  15. Lou December 24th, 2006 10:52 am

    No one seems to need a green card around here anyway, at least not a real one…

  16. Ricky December 24th, 2006 4:28 pm

    Thanks for another year of wonderful backcountry culture. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I’ve got my big trip to CO after New Years. Keep up the great work.

  17. Don J December 25th, 2006 7:57 am

    Great gob Lou. Your website is my favorite place on the internet.

  18. sherry b December 26th, 2006 5:21 pm

    Kindred spirits at wildsnow. Tele or AT. What’s difference does it make? There may even be a few snowboarders out there. It’s all about backcountry. Your site is an invaluable source of information to those OB. I really enjoy seeing what other people are doing. I find it inspirational, entertaining and educational. Thanks! Keep up the great work!

    ….and I hear that snowshoe is Norwegian for “can’t ski”. ; )

  19. Mark Worley December 27th, 2006 5:51 am

    Thanks and congratulations. Wildsnow is great.

  20. Jens January 8th, 2008 3:26 pm

    actually, Telemark is Norwegian for “can’t Alpine”… 😉

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