Tree Skiing: The Road Less Travelled

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Our family loves downhill skiing. Three of our four kids can now ski anything that Beth and I can ski and we enjoy exploring all types of terrain, including moguls and trees.

Skiing in the trees is a relatively new experience for us, and I'm feeling especially smug because over the course of this season I've gone from fearfully following the rest of the family - who no doubt have an unfair advantage with their shorter skis and lighter weights - to skiing tree-gladed runs with only a slight sense of terror and awareness of the brevity of life.

Fresh Powder

Tree skiing is great for two reasons:

  1. Powder. The snow that falls in the pines is protected from wind and sun. This means that it will remain light and powdery long after the snow out in the open has turned to wind-blown crust or freeze-thawed ice. (OK, I'll admit it. Ice is a true rarity in CO skiing unless you're trying to extend the season into May or June.)

  2. Peace. Beginners don't (intentionally) ski in the trees, and many accomplished skiers simply prefer cruising on groomed runs. Many great tree runs aren't runs at all. You just dive into a patch of pines, keep your skis generally pointed downhill and ski toward daylight. All this means that skiing in trees is an uncrowded, peaceful experience.

I'm hooked. And fortunately, Beth and the kids are too.

In the Trees

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This page contains a single entry by Kevin Survance published on March 11, 2007 10:12 PM.

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