backTurns All Year year-round skiing                

Year-round skier:  Robie Pruden




How I got started skiing year-round:  One Spring, in fact the last day at Crystal Mt that year. I was setting on the Chair lift and casually remarked to an unknown skier "This sure is the shits, look at all this snow and today is the end". Well that turned out to be my lucky day cause this fellow replied "You don't have to quit just because the lifts do". He then explained to me what we all here know. So I went out and bought a pair of Dachstiens and Silveretta 404s and mounted them on a pair of Dynastar Verticals. Chinook pass here I come! Right here and now I would like to thank that unknown skier.
Criteria for what counts as a ski trip:  10 linked turns but I've always surpassed that even on XC skis coming down through woods. Lifts and XC count for me.
Biggest threat to my streak:  I broke my streak 2 summers ago. I had just opened the east side of the house up for a kitchen remodel. I promised Laurie that I would only take one day for skiing so we could get the house closed up and the kitchen working. Steve a nieghbor had put together a trip To Mt. Whitney, complete with camping permits/climbing /air travel for himself and son. His son backed out and Steve offered the whole 4 day deal to me. So Whitney was nice, Laurie was made happy and my streak ended. Hey, Ichiro has had a lot of streaks come and go!
Type of equipment I use:  All, but my favorite is telemark. It's easier to pronounce.
Strategy for skiing through the low season:  Flett Glacier, Muir but still learning.
Worst and best backcountry ski trips:  Worst: climbing up Muir and then having to leapfrog down through whiteout.
  Best: Skining up alone through the fog and being run down by Dorothea Driggers. Start of a good friendship.





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