Once again, but for the first time in 3 weeks, I endured a revellion at, not 5 am, but 4.45 am… Jeebs, I still don’t get it that I do this! Yesterday, I got home at 7.30 pm from a great mtb tour with Jenn and Natalie (Yes, that was the premier on the Enduro (!!!) more on that later),. I just barely had the time to get some food, shower off the worst of the sweat and gather all my skiing stuff before I had to fling myself to bed inorder to get at least 6 hours of sleep.. Thats just crazy! Nevertheless, I keep finding myself doing this, and I thank myself everytime afterwards.
Todays mission was Parkview mountain, Colorado. I’ve seen this mountain everytime we’ve gone towards Cameron’s pass, and been wanting to ski it for a long time now. Since all the chutes are serious terrain traps, and since the avi conditions have been really crap, it just hasn’t been happening though, until today. To be honest, I don’t think I would have done it if I had known what I was up against. A few days earlier, Maciej asked me if I wanted to do Med Bow Peak, but my memory of that 7 miles approach was just too vivid to fool myself that THAT was a great idea. However, Parkview mountain was supposed to be a “straight forward approach”. It was. More specifically an 8 km of a straight forward approach… 8 km before reaching the main run… No wonder I was feeling a bit tired as we skinned towards the summit :).
Anyway, in order to avoid rotten snow, we set of at 5.30 am from Laramie. That was almost to late. When we reached the main avi path leading to our run, the snow was already rotten in some places. Had we come an hour later, it would have been too late. Now, it was just on the verge. We discussed whether or not to continue, and the best way to take given a continued approach. I cannot express how glad I am to have the privilige to go out in the backcountry with people that appreciates when you raise your concerns and take them seriously. After some discussion, we decided to continue. I felt very good about the decision, since it our choice of skin track uphill implied that we stayed above the avi path and our descent was on a more north facing aspect.
As it was, we got one great run, with some air (even me, wohoo!!), and some really nice turns. The day turned out to be great, of course: The run was great, the sun was shining, and the company was awesome. Thanks a million Maciej and Matt for yet another great adventure!