I needed to burn off some energy this afternoon. I’ve been bogged down mentally with my current work load and the stress has been making me a bit cranky. After a morning of emails and phone calls i met Heather during her lunch time recess duty at school. The grade school kids picked on us “lovers” while we ate lunch along with the occasional snowball accidentally flying from hands only to be returned by the opposition!
With a full belly and less stress, i headed up to Kelly Canyon for some exercise. As i loaded the chair, the lifty, a known terrain park hipster commented to his buddy about my Rando tight pants and fat Dynafit Stoke skis… something to the effect of… “that guy is nothing but bones”. I can imagine my skinny legs and fat skis looked pretty silly!
From the top of lift 2 i dropped west down Moose Face and connected with an up-track Turbo and I use to access some favorite stashes in the western Big Holes. I didn’t really have a plan, other than i wanted to do some laps…
7 laps and 3,200′ of human-powered vertical later, i returned to the lodge at Kelly Canyon after just 2.5 hours. I enjoyed moving quickly (for me anyway). Every lap was soft and surfy with all of the new snow. An occasional Soft slab lurked in isolated terrain features and leeward start zones yet were easy to identify and manage.
As i parked my skis out front of the patrol building a fellow patroller commented on how many tracks we had laid down over there… to which i replied… “there was just one skier.”
~ Dean Lords