How I got started skiing year-round: I found a job after graduate school in the same town that my friend from 6th grade - Lee - lives in. After a few months it just seemed like the thing to do and it makes for "shocking" and "avant garde" cocktail party conversation.
Criteria for what counts as a ski trip: Are skis and boots involved? Is there snow involved? Yes to both? Must be a ski trip.
Biggest threat to my streak: One would think that it would have been my pregnancy in 2004 but I managed through all 9 months just fine (T-15 days and skied St. Mary's Glacier) with witnesses. I can't imagine any excuse to stop now. Maybe death.
Type of equipment I use: Solomon X-Screams and Vokl Queen Attivas, Technica boots at the moment.
Strategy for skiing through the low season: Hike higher and give money to environmental groups working to persuade politicians to enact some policies with teeth to curb global climate change. Or, go to Portland, bludge a room off your colleagues/friends (thanks Chauncey) and ski at Mt. Hood.
Worst and best backcountry ski trips: Worst: Sundance Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park (usually a highlight of the year), 8 months pregnant and I only got to ski the easy part, missed the fun steep part and had to walk to the top - also missed out on the Sangria that year.
Best: Ptarmigan Point Snowfields - Rocky Mountain National Park, long hike, beautiful views, pretty long ski for July.
Skiing activities in the past year: Mt. Hood, Colorado areas, RMNP backcountry