Archive for March, 2007

Another lovely winter…

on Tuesday, March 27th, 2007 ... ob: movement

wolf creek tracksWith just under two weeks remaining for local lift-served snow, I can easily review the passing winter with ear wide smiles. An early powder day at north Idaho’s Schweitzer was an ideal first day shared with dad. Around 40 working days teaching at ski santa fe saw busy holidays and excellent conditions through empty February. I passed my AASI level 1 certification, directed by Bryan Olson, during a nice 3-day visit to Angelfire resort. Back when I did my PSIA level 1 certification on skis in 1996, the AASI did not even yet exist! I look forward to remaining professionally involved in winter sliding activities for years to come. Finally, Ginger and Molly correctly refused to let Wolf Creek pass another season unseen. As the pictures show, we lucked out Sunday enjoying our introduction to Wolf Creek with a foot of excellent spring powder and a 96″ base.

In Equipement, Burton’s stiff Driver X boots are saving my ankles. I squeezed one run in on a demo Neversummer SL 158″, one of my most enjoyable all year. Locally, Greg continues to hand-carve a few excellent custom boards a year at MINA Boards (get well soon!). Venture snowboards’ demos also impressed. Their 158″ Zephyr provided a solid all-mountain ride, and their 162″ Euphoria blew me away on Wolf Creek’s powder draped back side. I’d never had so much fun with so little effort in foot deep snow — highly recommended for those able to go for a powder specific board.

Silverton MountainThe Venture folks also turned me on to the incredible Silverton mountain, near where they are moving their operations. Guided only from Jan-Mar with one double lift up to the ridge. Who’s up for a visit next year?!! (Thanks Klem and Lisa!)

Thanks also to all the folks who visited Ski Santa Fe — see you again next year.

wolf creek's knife ridge and alberta peak