|How I got started skiing year-round: While skiing with the Washington ski touring club I met a skier with 100 months under his belt. This planted the seed that has grown to my current streak. Sometimes I'll just think of summer trips as hiking with skis.|
Criteria for what counts as a ski trip: 1,000 ft. of vertical is usually the benchmark, but I've fallen short a time or two over the years.
Biggest threat to my streak: Low snow years like 2001 and low motivation when facing long carries.
Type of equipment I use: K2 Piste Stinx with Rotterfella trp releasable bindings and T2s for spring/summer. Volkl Snow rangers with G3s and T1s for winter tours and riding the lifts, which I count for my streak. But these set-ups are used in both Winter/Summer.
Strategy for skiing through the low season: Find good skiers for the lean months. I've been fortunate to meet and ski with Ron, Jeanette, Andy, and Charles this Summer. And visiting our Volcanos on a regular basis, coupled with a sense of humor and a willingness to go with the flow on new trips.
Worst and best backcountry ski trips: The worst: Two come to mind. Snoqualmie Mt. one March. The tour gave us significant recent snowfall, warming temps and a persistent drizzle. The "snow" was sloppy mank that I was unable to turn in, but quite skillfull at falling frequently. With the avy danger increasing all day we were glad to back at the car safe, beers in hand. Also, an early August trip to Chowder Ridge/Hadley peak where we found little snow and settled for short runs on the heavly crevassed Hadley glacier. The tour was 9 miles round trip for precious little skiing.
The best: A week long trip into the Purcells of British Columbia with Ptarmigan Tours and 4 good friends. It was great to meet and ski with the owners Margie and Art and their avy dog, whose name I've forgotten. All the more so when I learned of Art's death not long after that in a helicopter crash. Keep the streak alive!