Happy Backcountry Skiing New Year!


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | January 1, 2006      

The Dawsons wish you and yours a safe, prosperous and happy New Year 2006 — and we wish you all many happy backcountry skiing and snowboarding turns!

We’re looking forward to a truly exciting 2006.

Lou’s legs and knees are holding up well after 45+ years of climbing and skiing — though as it should be he’s now being out skied both uphill and down by son Louie. All good, because the Dawson family will be out all this winter testing gear, snapping photos and getting the mountain’s good tidings — and bringing it all back home for you here on the Wild Snow backcountry skiing blog!

We’ve got all the Silvretta Pure bindings in play. New Dynafit Comfort bindings are gracing powerful skis that we can’t wait to crank. A latest-and-greatest backpack came in from a maker, Louie is testing and his report will appear soon. Tools are being exercised in the famous Wild Snow modshop. The Colorado backcountry is in good shape, and we’ll be heading out to Utah soon to bring you our unique perspective on the winter Outdoor Retailer show.

Yep, the one and only Wildsnow.com, free thinking and bucking what’s hip as we latch down our heels and cover every aspect of the most fun, rhythmic and beautiful form of backcountry skiing — the dynamic and powerful parallel turn done on incredibly lightweight and efficient randonnee gear!

Gear dreams and joking aside, we simply and sincerely thank God for the health and happiness we’ve been blessed with this past year, and pray the same for everyone in 2006!



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