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Year-round skier:  Sam Avaiusini

How I got started skiing year-round:  One might think May of 1995 is an odd month to have started a fiasco such as this, but I have a good reason... At the end of Feb. '95 I was involved in a car/bike accident. Guess what? I lost. Otherwise this streak would have begun in October of 1994. I guess my good friend Bill Frans sucked me into the ski-all-year thing; he's probably got me beat by at least a year. For us, it just sort of evolved out of our mountaineering endeavours.
Criteria for what counts as a ski trip:  Anything less than 1,000ft. and I start to ask my self, "What's the point?"
Biggest threat to my streak:  Getting injured. However, there are always those crummy weather days at the end of a month like September where your motivation can really dwindle. Then you realize that you waited too long into the month and you're forced to make a decision: Keep the streak alive, or be a wuss.
Type of equipment I use:  Admittedly heavy, but bomber!: 187cm Salomon X-Screams, Rossignol lifter plates, Silvretta 404s, and Dynafit TLT boots. I've tried that really light stuff and it's just too squirrly for some of the real steep stuff we do. I'd rather carry a little extra weight instead of sacrificing safety.
Strategy for skiing through the low season:  One good trick is to plan a trip that straddles 2 months. For example: Sept. 30 - Oct. 1. Kill 2 months with one trip. I usually only do this in thin years like this one (2001).
Worst and best backcountry ski trips:  Worst: My buddy Bill get's these far fetched and obscure trip ideas like Ruby Peak up by Thunder creek on Hwy. 20. We never even made it out of the woods and I swear we skied on more rocks than snow! But hey, we still love him!
  Best: Skiing from the top of Denali in June '99. West Butress via Rescue Gully. 16 Days, 3 good friends, 13,000ft descent, every type of snow known to man. Close 2nd: Ski descent of Mt. Shuksan, N. Face, April 24th 1999, my birthday.
Skiing activities in the past year:  www.alpineslider.com





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