April Powder

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | April 13, 2007      

This morning in Marble, Colorado.

Black Diamond Verdict backcountry ski
Lynn grabbed the camera, oh my gosh, is that a ski instructor! At least I’m not looking behind and twisting my head like Linda Blair during every turn…(Yep you gear hounds, those are the Trab Free Rando.)

Backcountry skiing in Colorado.
Lynn’s tracks look smoother than mine. Our smiles were equal.

Nice snow up there. Deep enough in the upper bowl for true pow turns, thinner down lower but with a soft corn layers underneath that gave silky turns. April is always an interesting time for Colorado backcountry skiing. You never know what you’ll get. Could be breakable crust. Could be powder. Could be corn. Key is to simply go unless the weather or avy danger are so bad it’s 100% obvious that work would be better. Did I say that? Work is never better than skiing!

Lynn’s skiing has really improved and he’s cranking out some photogenic turns. He says it’s the BD Havocs. I’d say the skis have given him the confidence to pick up a bit of speed so his style is more dynamic. He does a low tele, with that knee a few inches from his ski. Nice thick knee pads under those shell pants, right Lynn?

Skiing in Colorado, Marble area.
Once I had the camera back from Lynn we set this one up and got a spirit shot.

Skiing in Colorado, Marble area.
On the way up we noticed one of the Marble graveyard residents trying for a handshake. I almost headed home after this guy creeped my out, but figured I had skis and he didn’t, so he’d wait for easier prey like a post holer.


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8 Responses to “April Powder”

  1. Lynn April 13th, 2007 2:53 pm

    The skeleto hand guy is going to nab some poor snowboarder tomorrow as he wallows up the skin track. You have been warned!

  2. Carl Pelletier April 13th, 2007 4:00 pm

    Great shots. I’m envious! I sat at a desk all day. Big Grins from Lou and some nice turns from Lynn. Keep it up boys.


  3. LBR April 13th, 2007 3:09 pm

    “work is never better than skiing”
    Can’t agree with that Lou, since skateboarding Colorado’s wonderful Skateparks with a dozen teens is WAY better that breakable crust! (yukyuk)

  4. Greg April 13th, 2007 3:10 pm

    Sweet Lynn. Ripping up some powder heh? Keep up the good work:)

  5. Sam April 13th, 2007 3:14 pm

    Sweet Lou! Doing GREAT!!!!!!!!!

  6. Mark Worley April 13th, 2007 7:12 pm

    The gnarled skeletal hand is unreal. And those Trabs… I skied the Stelvio Freerides, and I’m liking lightweight boards.

  7. Sweetie April 13th, 2007 9:05 pm

    Ski lessons…where do I sign up? I’ll do anything to schuss like that.

  8. altis April 15th, 2007 7:51 am

    You’re making me very jealous. Yesterday, the temperature reached 25 degrees Celcius (77 Fahrenheit) over here – and no snow for miles!

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