|How I got started skiing year-round: Many years ago Skiing Magazine had an article regarding year round skiing. As I had just done a ski demo day at Hood and I was turning 50 I decided I could try that. At the end of one year I figured that wasn't so tough so I kept doing it. Having kept the streak alive thru surgery on the knee and abdomin the goal now is 120 months.|
Criteria for what counts as a ski trip: Travel, adventure and 1000 verticle feet of linked turns.
Biggest threat to my streak: First was Arthro for the right knee. Had to exist 6 weeks without a ski fix. Now that was tough. Last was abdominal surgery in mid Dec. that kept me out until the last day of Jan. My doctor advised against skiing (he isn't one of us!). After 5 runs on the bunny slope I declared I had had enough. The streak continues.
Type of equipment I use: Alpine skis/boots and sometimes with randonee bindings and boots.
Strategy for skiing through the low season: Ski Whistler, Hood with lifts when operating. Otherwise climb. I have done Liberty Bell, Hood, Baker and Rainier.
Worst and best backcountry ski trips: Worst and best same trip, so much snow that it was sloughing through the old growth timber along with us. Light and fluffy as it was it just kept pace. Finally had to give up because of just too much of a good thing. Rogers Pass, British Columbia, Canada.