|How I got started skiing year-round: Primarily caved-in to peer pressure from fellow skiers Kam and Skip who also introduced me to the turns-all-year website.|
Criteria for what counts as a ski trip: Linking at least 2 consecutive turns (1 right, 1 left) on a slope (snow, ice, sand, rocks, twigs, etc.).
Biggest threat to my streak: Low summer snowpack and/or long drive to get to sand dunes.
Type of equipment I use: Randonnee gear. As I learned to downhill ski at an early age, I decided to stick with the fixed heel system when I picked-up backcountry skiing.
Strategy for skiing through the low season: Skiing relic snow patches (sometimes on bullet-proof ice) while dodging rocks, streams, etc.
Worst and best backcountry ski trips: Worst: Nearly freezing my hands off in a blizzard on Rainier and having to borrow extra gloves from Skip, then skiing down in “zero-visibility” conditions.
Best: Hard to pick, but some of the more memorable trips have involved car-to-car day outings with long ski carries and significant elevation gain followed by nice corn snow descents such as Mt. Pugh (north couloir, elevation hiked: 5,300’/skied:~1,200’); Mt. Hood (Sunshine route, elevation gained ~6,700’/skied ~4,500’), Mt. Baker (Easton route, elevation gained ~7,800’ /skied ~7,500’ , Sahale Peak (elevation gained ~6,100’/skied ~ 5,000’, etc.).
Skiing activities in the past year: Too many to recall, some photo highlights are posted here.