Monday, January 6, 2014

Mid Winter Roundup

Wes Bolton getting some sick air in the Meadows, Montana Snowbowl.
Happy New Year, everyone!  It's winter and we've been at it, as usual.  While it hasn't been coming in feet, the Northern Rockies are receiving consistent small snow storms and conditions have been pretty good.  About average for this time of year.  This week looks to be no different, with several small weather disturbances due to drop a few more inches in the mountains.  The valley is another story.  Not a good year for those of us that also enjoy XC and skating.  Up on the hill is where you need to be.

This time of year, I often feel thankful for my Mom teaching me to ski when I was only 5 years old.  It's given me a lifetime of enjoyment.  I wonder if there's been a study on skiers and the lack of seasonal depression.  If not, someone could have a pretty fun grad project!.  It's winter time and skiing is such a great way to enjoy yourself outside, stay fit, and hang with friends.  Rob got a GoPro for Christmas from his dad, so we've been having a lot of fun playing with it.  I've also been shooting video, in addition to the stills.  Hopefully we'll have enough good footage for a sweet end-of-season ski flick.

If you're venturing into the backcountry, make sure to take plenty of precautions.  Avalanche conditions have been a little freaky this year.  December's cold weather created a lot of faceted snow deep within the snowpack.  Please use caution on steeper wind-loaded slopes above 7,000 feet and dig before you drop!  The beacon parks at Lolo and Montana Snowbowl are great places to practice for the worst.  Until your next day in the mountains, here are a few teasers from me and Roberto.  Happy skiing and riding!