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MW88888888
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August 15, 2014, Sundance Mountain, Colorado
« on: 08/16/14, 03:38 PM »

Day 54
Sundance Mountain, RMNP, Colorado
August 15th, 2014

Skiing all year.

A silly, esoteric, and frankly obsessive objective for sure, virtually impossible without travel unless one lives in certain parts of the West.

Unthinkable to a New England kid who would watch the snow melt in March, with April in the Whites perhaps as a last hurrah most years, and then a long, long, long wait to hopefully October for enough snow for first turns the next season. 

I hated summer.

I can distinctly remember the feeling of receiving a new snowboard for my 14th birthday in March and then waiting until December of the next year to use it.

Never again.

Even though I now live in Colorado (and Washington for a spell), where it's now regular for me to only miss 2 months of skiing out of the year - August and September - I still feel the unquenchable yearning from my youth creeping back into my psychy as an adult.   When I first moved to Colorado in the 90s, I did an almost three year stint of turns-all-year.  But as most will tell you who live in dry Colorado, August and September turns can be a real chore in dry snow years.

I've not skied year round in about a decade.

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On Monday I picked up a fun cool new book on mountaineering in RMNP.  I devoured the pages, yearning for turns.  The frustrated, angst-driven youth boiling to the surface.

Right. 

This year was a 150% snow pack year.  Easy car access turns were available even now in August I knew.  Action was needed.

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I arrived at the pull out at 4 pm.  An afternoon thunderstorm had rolled through and dropped a sheet of rain, loosening up the firm snow.  Or so I surmised.

The sun blasted now between waves of moisture in the atmosphere - a quick chance for safe turns between storms - I practically ran from the car to the solitude of the tundra.

A quick stroll to a hidden spot revealed a fabulous slanted couple hundred yard snowpatch.  And its brother further down the slope toward the col.

I was in shorts and a windbreaker and dropped my pack at the top of the snowpatch.

Cranked up my earbuds for 1-2" of loose, red-tinted, Fugazi-filled corn turns.

Throw skis over shoulder and walk back up.

I repeated three more times before wandering down to the lower field for a single run.

I boogied back to my car to beat the next storm, and I was heading home in time for dinner. 

***

Now I've done it.  With August in the bag, the stock for September turns just went up.

Oh, the pleasant, inexhaustible fountain of the promise of skiing.


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stoudema
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Re: August 15, 2014, Sundance Mountain, Colorado
« Reply #1 on: 08/17/14, 07:19 PM »

I still feel the unquenchable yearning from my youth creeping back into my psychy as an adult.   

^^^I know many of us can probably identify with this quote --- I certainly can! 

Nice write up and report --- looks like a fun little patch for August.  One more month and hoping for a white October!
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Re: August 15, 2014, Sundance Mountain, Colorado
« Reply #2 on: 08/22/14, 07:19 AM »

Oh no you have re-become one of them. Nice work! I still require more convincing.
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