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Year-round skier:  Rob Kunz

How I got started skiing year-round:  I started backcountry skiing in the Spring as an adjunct to climbing and was thrilled to discover the great turns one could have in the Summer. For the first two or three years I wasn't intending to maintain a streak. I just loved skiing year round.
Criteria for what counts as a ski trip:  I count skiing at resorts. I believe I've always gotten at least 1,000' but I'd count 10 turns if conditions were bad.
Biggest threat to my streak:  The biggest threat to my streak was a 30 day climbing trip to South America. Luckily there was time and opportunity on either side of the climb to get a ski in. A future threat would be the thought of lugging the skis for miles only to ski a small hard patch of bumpy October snow when I could doing anything else - just to say I skied every month of the year.
Type of equipment I use:  I started with telemark equipment and switched to randonee after three years. Although telemark turns are fun, I can just do more with randonee.
Strategy for skiing through the low season:  Muir.
Worst and best backcountry ski trips:  My worst trip had to be skiing down alone from Muir in a white out so bad I couldn't see the snow I was on. I had to probe ahead of the tips just to make sure I didn't ski over a drop off. I set wands and I had a GPS but navigation was still a "challenge". It was windy and blowing hard so there were no tracks to follow. But I really perfected the snowplow!
  I've had so many great trips but probably the most memorial was skiing Selkirk powder in the cold sunshine with ten friends - and a warm cabin stocked with cold beer waiting for us at the end of the exhausting day.


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