There is in the backcountry ski – and I would expect the rock climbing – world a unique and exclusive phenomenon. A fantastic and spectacular distraction of such epic and arousing proportions that it is known to cause severe rubber necking, lane drifting and angry, frightened outbursts from any passengers you may have in the […]
“There’s new snow in the mountains.” “Yes indeed.” “We need to go investigate.” “Where do you want to start looking?” “Superior? West Bowl of Silver? Holy Toledo and Cardiac?” “All excellent options.” “Let me take a look at the map…” And so started a chain of events that ended with us all being able to […]
Along the Wasatch Front – both in local vernacular and in geographic terms – we use the phrase “the point of the mountain.” Actually, in the local vernacular that phrase has two meanings, one of which is simply a more benign term for the State prison. As in, “If you continue to behave this way […]
The sport of skiing consists of wearing three thousand dollars’ worth of clothes and equipment and driving two hundred miles in the snow in order to stand around at a bar and get drunk. ~P.J. O’Rourke, Modern Manners, 1984. One would wonder what the venerable Mr. O’Rourke would have to say about backcountry skiing, wherein one […]
I never tire of looking at Mt. Superior. There is, quite simply, no bad angle on it. Although, I would guess that possibly the best angle, would be the one enjoyed by the skiers in this amazing film clip. An angle that I fully intend to witness first hand… but not likely this season.