Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Reward

On a solo patrol today, I was slogging up to North Bowl and was thinking about why I like backcountry skiing.  Its a lot of work, its windy, snowy, bad visibility, changing variable snow conditions, and on and on.  And i'm thinking...what's not to like?!?!

But then I rationalized the good.  Exercise - burning about 600 calories per hour on the Uptrack.  Personal time with man's best friend - Lobita.  Being outside in our wonderful state.  And not having to wait in lift lines for tracked up snow and moguls.

My favorite backcountry experience is that moment when you are at the top of your run after a long and ardous hike, and you scope out your turns in the untracked blanket of powder that lies below you.

In other news, in my first two outings i've had two people ask me about updates to the blog.  Sorry, i'm back.  I'll keep posting relevant ski conditions, outings, and other cool stuff.

Looking towards the bowl proper with Mount Gordon Lyon in the distance, and The Great One in the far distance.  The mountains on the right in basked in Alpenglow are the Talkeetna's.
I saw a total of 7 skiers today, and I knew 5 of them.  Its a small backcountry world out there.

Packrafting season is officially done.  Me and LB are friends now.

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Blogger annette said...

Matty, You are something else! I miss you! Will get Pat to read this when he comes over this wk!Be most careful!! You are precious!
Mrs. C

November 15, 2010 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Snowbomb500 said...

North Bowl should be good after the Thanksgiving Dump.

November 26, 2010 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Gretchen said...

Neat Photo!

December 1, 2010 at 9:49 PM  

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