I ought to be ashamed. I live in the Wasatch. And I can count on one hand the number of ski days I have had in the last 10 years. Two of those days happened in the last week. After a childhood of skiing as often as possible, I entered into an adulthood of…not skiing. There are a myriad of reasons for that happening. But they are slightly irrelevant now. Because it only took a couple turns for me to realize how much I missed skiing.
And so, now I need to remedy that.
After a lot of emails and google searches and forum reading, I decided that the ideal ski for me would be an alpine touring model that would be suitable at the resorts, and in the backcountry. After all, there are only so many skin tracks that I can follow on my snowshoes before I realize that those making the tracks are having all the fun. On the way down.
As I researched the skis and boots I started to get that gear-lust taste in my mouth. I know you have been there, and know what I am talking about. You fall asleep with gear specs running through your mind. You spend unhealthy amounts of time on eBay, Steep and Cheap, and google looking for that perfect price on the perfect gear. Your every thought is consumed by the quest, the chase, and the possibilities that the new toy will open up. Whether a bike, skis, shoes or a watch, the feeling is the same. A mix of urgency and child-like impatience.
The Karhu Team 100/Line Prophet has caught my attention. But others have me giddy as well. All this is reminding me about when I got more serious about mountain biking, and I started to understand the differences between bikes and shoes and tires and so forth. Its a great feeling, discovering a new sport.
But it won’t compare to that first powder shot.
The only question is whether or not it will be this year, or next.
Exit Question: Which backcountry ski do you use/recommend?