Schwacked-Out on New Year’s Eve

By:  Greg
January 1, 2011

At this moment I heard Christian crying out about 50 yards behind me. Beaten by the wind, soaked with tears, and shaking from sidehilling on a splitboard for a half mile, he told me we were changing over and would begin our descent.
Christian begins his descent on his splitboard

We scooted around in the mist for a while, enjoying faceshots from neck deep sastrugi.
Pete skiing in the mist

The fog was thick. Left, down, right, up; they all seemed equivalent at times. I picked one, and prayed for the best.
Greg descends

Disoriented yet determined, KC attempted to descend… uphill? Weird.
Kristin skis in bright clothes

Jessie followed in less brightly colored clothes.
Jessie descends

Pete quickly consulted his GPS and figured out which way was down so as to avoid the orientation-snafu of KC and Jessie.
Pete descends

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  1. powhounddd
    wrote on January 1st, 2011 at 9:31 pm  

    wow folks, hats off to the hardcores! Really full of eastern mettle, this TR.

    • Greg
      wrote on January 2nd, 2011 at 9:42 am  

      ha. thanks for checking in… i hear what you’re saying… but i wonder if i didn’t choose words that were a bit too harsh in describing the day. I don’t think we were really brandishing our mettle that much.

      it really was a ton of fun, and we really did get some great turns in. they were just separated by a 200 vertical foot bushwack…

      anyway, let me put it this way: If I could do this exact same trip again today, I’d take it in a heartbeat. Beats this weather any day.

  2. jj
    wrote on January 2nd, 2011 at 10:13 am  

    I love that one of Christian skiing on split boards…nice face!

    • Greg
      wrote on January 2nd, 2011 at 10:14 am  

      thanks jim. fun was had :D

    • christian
      wrote on January 2nd, 2011 at 11:45 am  

      i pizza’d when i probably should have french fry’d

  3. Harvey44
    wrote on January 2nd, 2011 at 10:31 am  

    I’m with powhounddd. Nice. Looking on a phone so I missed the words but still diggin it.
    Great “reading” for a dreary day in the flatlands.

  4. Mrs. Amy Ou-sick
    wrote on January 2nd, 2011 at 11:47 am  

    Please, stop making schuss to me right now! Please, come back when I’m whiter and phatter than I’ll be in the mood! ;)

    • Greg
      wrote on January 2nd, 2011 at 1:04 pm  

      too much fun to avoid in low tide… sorry Mrs.

    • Mrs. Amy Ou-sick
      wrote on January 2nd, 2011 at 6:32 pm  

      I see you like my spicey shallows.. You will really love me tomorrow.. ;)

  5. VTColdSmoke
    wrote on January 2nd, 2011 at 2:24 pm  

    Bummer of a weekend, way to get after it anyway!

  6. Skimohr
    wrote on January 3rd, 2011 at 5:13 pm  

    Fun stuff. The Big Mtn is waking up… You just as easily could have ended up above the clouds and in the clear that day. We opted for a VT classic that afternoon… Super-fun crust cruising in effect now.

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