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Oct 11

Photo of the Week: 365 Days Ago

We made our first turns of the season (on snow) on October 8th last year, and another blast of higher-elevation snow lured us out again, on October 12th. And while the fresh snow cover was ultra-thin, and the freshly fallen leaves at lower elevations skied even better, another ski season had arrived.

It wasn’t for another few weeks that skiing became part of daily life, but those first ski adventures were special. Peak foliage was still lingering at the lower elevations. Friends we hadn’t seen since springtime came out of the woodwork. And upon dropping into to that first run of the year, and dancing with gravity in a way we had not done so in months, there was no denying our love for sliding on snow.

There’s always a fun sense of suspense in the air this time of year for northeast skiers. It could snow an inch or three in early October, as it did last year, but then not snow again for weeks. Or the snow gods could throw down several feet of snow later in the month, and keep at it straight through springtime.

This year? It’s hard telling when we’ll be out on the snow again. Soon though.

Ski you out there.
-Brian

Green Mountains, Vermont
Skier: Tom Hite

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3 comments

  1. Tom Hite

    Nice Brian,

    Really excited to see what this year brings here in the PNW. We’ve had snow in in the mountains for a few weeks now but people have been pretty quiet about it. Got a few turns for myself up at Stevens Pass and only hit one rock! Wish you were here to capture it.

  2. JohnD

    What are you guys skiing on in these conditions? Are you hitting rocks, or is the terrain mostly grassy? Bring on winter!

    1. AdvSkier

      It’s mostly grassy, mossy…leafy, and we rarely hit any serious rocks at all. Rocks are relatively easy to spot. We also know the terrain that we ski in these conditions intimately. As for gear, we are often on Marquette Backcountry Skis in these conditions. Junk boards work really well, too, as do good old rock skis… A shorter and fat ski like the Marquette gives you a lot more control when the snow is ultra-thin. Search around the site for more info about the Marquettes. Thanks!

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