Still, it gets us out.
We called on MAX, our '98 Toyota 4Runner (256k) to get us to a trailhead less traveled.
|the Elevator is a charming little path. this is one of the few leisurely sections. some of our favorite hiking gear: Boba kid carrier, Patagonia puffy jacket, OR puffy hat, ThinkTank camera bag (Mirrorless Mover 25i), Helinox adjustable poles|
At Saint Mary's "glacier" most of the skiing is above and out of sight. For steeps one could ski the bottom edges but it's rough, icy, and if you fall you will get very hurt (at the least). So we stay above. It's always better to live to ski another day...plus that's where we can bring the kids, of course.
|icy lumpy goodness looms behind us|
|I thought to myself: hey this isn't so bad this year...|
|we use the Boulder Ski Deals trade-in program for N's ski gear|
|...spoke too soon. the sun-cupped roughness of it all is one of Summer skiing's great joys. dirt that can stop your skis dead is another. together, they let us cross off yet another August ski. teamwork!|
|oddly enough, conditions were like rail-riding in a terrain park; first one way, then the other|
|T: "what the hell was that?"|
|N get's a spin (no pics of O doing his obligatorys)|
Our tallies of months-in-a-row skiing:
We still need to sit down and figure our sons' official tallies. They're going to look something like this:
N: XX (+ X carried + 9 in utero)
O: X (+ X carried + 9 in utero)