Over the Xmas week, longtime backcountry ski guest of Crested Butte Mountain Guides, Jason Leonard & I went out and got in a few days of great fresh powder turns despite the lack of any new snow in a while now. Once again, coming straight from Oklahoma didn’t hinder him at all, as we went to some shorter ‘lap’ type places where we were able to get in between 3 and 5 laps for totals of about 3,000′ of vert each day.
Great powder skiing, clear but cold weather, and a lack of any other backcountry skiers on our terrain all 3 days made for a wonderful experience, and one that Scott Palk (another Okie) juumped in on to experience with us on the 3rd and final day.
The big news, was Jason’s new switch to a Dynafit set-up for his backcountry skis. A longtime user of the K2 Mount Baker ski, with Fritschi Freeride’s and Garmont Endoprhin’s for the ability to use this set-up both on and off-mountain, after many miles of ski touring with me on my Dynafit’s, he is now a convert.
Freshly outfitted with some Dynafit Manaslu’s, Dynafit F12 binders, and Garmont Radium AT boots, he is now even more stoked then ever to be out in the backcountry ski touring with me, and is now also skiing better then ever and now (unfortunately for me) hiking like a CB local jacked up on too much Camp 4 Coffee.
As always, thanks for spending some of the holidays out in the Crested Butte backcountry with me making some turns. Looking forward to doing it again this year, and to making some turns in Alaska as well this spring ! And over 2 feet of fresh snow in the Crested Butte backcountry this week, means there is plenty more powder skiing to be had out there for the rest of you also….
–Your Guide, JSJ