2020 Ski Bum Life Begins!

Screen Shot 2020-01-06 at 9.49.46 AMJanuary 10, 2020

Living off the grid and done with work for the season!! Starting 2020 off right!! I have been skiing everyday and living bus life up Cement Creek outside of Silverton, Colorado! Now that I am not working everyday I will be much more on top of ski posts and social media, as service and Internet allows. I have been having personal battles with social media, but I will get over it…. Just want to ski POW with friends! For now I will share my shredding on here and slowly make Insta posts again!

January 1 ~ Purgatory with Kevin and a few laps with Hassell.

January 2 ~ Mennehaha sled laps in the North trees with Syd and Marshell. Freshhh!

January 3 ~ Mennehaha sled laps in N trees with Caden and Marshell. Deep POW!

January 4 ~ Mennehaha Basin sled laps, film, and party with Marshell, Jack Burke, Hassell, Kit, Caitlin, Nate, Jessie, John, Karl, Patty, Artem, Crispy, Gaetano, Tristian, and a few more plus JJ and Respect Hut boys! Sled A-arm broke… Dream day still!

January 5 ~ Mennehaha hike to “Last Option” solo mission.

January 6 ~ Endlich Mesa sled neck day with Julien. I rode his Pretty Kitty!

January 7 ~ Prospect Gulch hike with Molly. Southeast face below treeline. BUS LIFE

January 8 ~ Prospect Gulch hike with Molly. Southeast face starting at 12,069ft skiing all the way down gully to road! 1,700ft skiing! Jumped off an old mining roof!

January 10 ~ Mennehaha hike to “Last Option” solo mission.

Winter has been great down here in Silverton! Usually itching to chase snow elsewhere at this point, but stoked to be here! The snow is good and all the friends are here!! I could not ask for anything more in life!!! POWWWWWWWW! Planning to go to Outdoor Retailer in Denver January 29-31! Planning to be in Haines, Alaska guiding for Alaska Heliskiing in March and April!! PRAY TO DAS SNOW GODS!

Snow Report

The year started off deep with about 15-20cm, which was skiing really deep in the trees. It has been sunny everyday after the New Year storm and we got a little dusting Thursday night. The wind has been putting in work up high. Very scoured up high. Wind board everywhere. Lots of natural SW facing wind slab avalanches after New Year storm. Still able to find nice soft wind deposited pow by skiing on the textured snow. North facing trees are for sure skiing the best. Other aspects are getting solar crusts. All the wind has been taking snow off the peaks and trees and dropping it into the tree runs leaving very deep snow! Seems like the persistent slab is disappearing on most aspects except E-SE-S. Things are really lining up here in the San Juans! I personally am still not comfortable stepping into bigger lines, but great to know the deep trees are getting safer and safer! Have not dug any pits recently. Skiing familiar terrain and low angled slopes.

I am no snow expert. We are just out here getting after it everyday and I would love to share my observations to the beautiful ski community!! Be safe! Take faceshots!! Colorado Avalanche Information Center is a great resource: https://avalanche.state.co.us/

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