Powder Test Completed

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | March 1, 2007      

We’ve got intense avalanche danger today in central Colorado. When the needle creeps into the red zone of ski touring danger, I like to get my fix in lower angled timbered terrain. We got three solid laps in good safe powder today, and what made it special was I was with my friend John Isaacs, the guy who was with me when I got avalanched back in 1982. John was instrumental in saving my life back then, so any time I can ski with him again seems like a gift. He’s a solid mountaineer — you know just about anything could happen and he’d be able to deal with it. Indeed, good partners make for a good, safe day. Lynn was along as well, another solid companion. Thanks guys!

John tests new Colorado pow.
John tests our new Colorado snow.

Black Diamond Verdict backcountry ski
Powder factory.

Backcountry skiing in Colorado
Yep, he’s a mountain man. And yep, that’s wall-to-wall Cloudveil. John wears it well , don’t you think? Skis: Atomic TMX, mounted with Dynafit.

Backcountry skiing in Colorado
And for good measure a rare shot of yours truly, taken by Lynn.


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3 Responses to “Powder Test Completed”

  1. wick March 1st, 2007 4:46 pm

    Bring your kite ski for fast transportation today! Chilly winds are a blowing!

  2. Carl Pelletier March 1st, 2007 5:10 pm

    A rough day at the office, eh! I was able to get a quick run in before work on the Pass. Report: it was COLD, but at least it was windy. It looks like a mountain squall all day long up there.

    Some scary stuff happening up here recently with movement/slides/rescues. My partner and I dug a pit a few days ago on Mt. Taylor and found an incredible layer of ice about 2-3 feet down. It looks like it might take multiple triggers or one BIG trigger, but when it goes it has the potential to go BIG. Be careful out there folks!

  3. Mark March 2nd, 2007 8:03 am

    Conditions are good, but powder lust beware! Another example of continental snowpack danger: SW Montana just got hammered with 3 feet in places. Big slides could follow.

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