12 Months of Skiing in Pictures

Unbeknownst to us at the time, last October 15th my girlfriend and I set out to ski every month for a year. We didn’t even realize that was what we were trying to do until almost July and the guidelines changed as we went along. But, ultimately, Sept 30 marked twelve consecutive months of skiing in the Colorado “backcountry” for Betsy, and I (and most importantly our two pups). In retrospect much of last year wasn’t great, but for every day that wasn’t great we had five that were unbelievable. Here are our last twelve months in pictures.

Rollins Pass October Turns Berthoud Pass - The Meadows - November 12th 2012

Even in October and November we had no shortage of soft snow at Rollins and Berthoud Passes.

George and the Pups About to Drop Into the South Chutes Cameron Pass - Montgomery Bowl

December was slow on the snowfall front … but when it snowed we took advantage.

Ajax Chest Deep for Someone at Least on the East Side Runs

January didn’t fare much better … but Aspen is always fun and Diesel has a nose for the soft snow at Berthoud Pass.

Aguille Du Midi Brevent

Come February we found ourselves in Chamonix in the middle of one of their best winters ever.

George Enjoying Some Spring Powder in the North Chutes X Bowl

But March was when real Winter started in Colorado. Beginning a stretch of three months of all time conditions.

Highlands Bowl Hiking Spring Powder on Little Elvis

April came, and as closing day parties approached at the resorts the snow was piling up in the backcountry and the skiing was the best it had been in 24 months.

Steep Couloirs in Flora Creek May Powder on Byers Peak

May yielded us less closing day parties (because there was no where left to close…) but far more beautiful backcountry powder.

Arapahoe Basin Pond Skimming June in the Indian Peaks

June granted us the seasons final closing day at Arapahoe Basin, and a gradual transition from powder to big lines. But still some powder.

Betsy Above Skyscraper Lake Skyscraper Glacier from Below

In July the powder relented, but the big lines hung around despite record heat.

A 15 Minute Hike Yields Some Midsummer Snow A Turn's a Turn

After record heat through the first month of summer late August turns were more for sport than for skiing’s sake.

The Joys of Night Skiing Without a Headlamp Stoke Factor: 1,000,000

And with 3 hours left in September we got on Loveland’s snowmaking patch to round out the year.

Not bad for a “bad” winter! Without even realizing it we’re at 14 months now, and it’s becoming easy to see how this guy is at 365 months and counting.

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