Altarondacks — Episode 3

By:  Peter
March 12, 2012

Given the remoteness of this summit, and the slowness of our approach, the sun was already beginning to go down. It was hustle time to get out of the wilderness, but we still savored just a few moments on this awesome high point. This is not the face of a skier bummer out about the snow pack. This is the satisfied feeling of reaching out a tagging a new goal, and also the horrible feeling that we are only at our half-way point, and it’s a loooong way back to the car. We had successfully navigated a brutal approach, and the crux of the day (the climb). We needed to continue with a mistake-free descent to get home safely.

With that realization, Jake hustled us on, and we clicked into our skis to start reaping our rewards.
Well, maybe one last look at that sunset.

Then it was turn time for real!

We were racing the light to get back out of the woods…..We lost, big time. 2.5hrs after dark, following a long ski-boot stroll with headlamps, we finally hit the trailhead. We were absolutely exhausted, but also completely psyched with the adventure we had pulled off. High Fives were exchanged as we celebrated not staying home and skiing the same old lines.
That’s when the State Trooper car rolled up and said he was looking for some missing skiers: Us.
“Boys, your wives are worried about you.” he told us
“As they should be officer, as they should be.” we replied, as we frantically sent some text messages that we were all OK, but we had missed the last Boat from Gnarville, so it was going to be a long drive home. Don’t wait up.
[editor’s note: the wives weren’t with us because they were working, paying the bills, not because we didn’t want or need their help on this mission. Thank you, wives!]

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  1. Harvey44
    wrote on March 12th, 2012 at 9:42 am  
  2. Porter Haney
    wrote on March 12th, 2012 at 12:21 pm  

    Bam. That was a glorious TR. I loved every word of it. Especially the heavy metal.

  3. Anonymous
    wrote on March 12th, 2012 at 2:02 pm  

    Cant it just be the Adirondacks? To compare to Alta would require better snow, less glare ice. Not there’s anything wrong with that – but it aint Alta. Some would say its better than Alta. Others would at least say its unique and deserves to stand on its own.

    • Greg
      wrote on March 13th, 2012 at 6:34 am  

      You know ‘alta’ has other meanings besides ‘a ski area in Utah,’ right?

    • powhounddd
      wrote on March 13th, 2012 at 10:51 pm  

      yeah check your spanglish. ;) FWIW we also have a small ski hill in Quebec by that name.

  4. Sam
    wrote on March 12th, 2012 at 6:07 pm  

    as someone who’s done the entire approach to to that mountain on dry trails in ski boots, I implore anyone who reads this TR to, please, PLEASE, bring your hiking boots… you’ll be a lot happier! Looked like fun!

  5. Jake
    wrote on March 12th, 2012 at 8:43 pm  

    In honor of the late Steve Romeo, I would like to say that we did that “Teton Style”.

    RIP Steve.

  6. sbr
    wrote on March 13th, 2012 at 7:43 am  

    Nicely done. I’d say that sacrificing some Good Husband Points was worth the gaining of Gnar Points.

  7. Peter
    wrote on March 13th, 2012 at 12:17 pm  

    Anon, we usually put more effort into our skiing than our titles, have to admit this one was last minute. Got something better? If it’s good I’ll change the title.

    For those that might not get Jake’s “Teton Style” reference, here’s some back story:

    SBR, fortunately for us, our wives were mostly jealous, and not angry at all!

    • Greg
      wrote on March 13th, 2012 at 6:06 pm  

      i like it… in my mind, ‘Altarondacks’ = ‘high Adirondacks’…

      Alta-snobs will just have to deal. And since I edit the site too, I win ;)

  8. Big Wave Dave
    wrote on March 13th, 2012 at 3:24 pm  

    holy crap, been out of the loop, I can’t believe Steve Romeo died.

    LIVE TO SKI is really getting tested this year…….man, its just not worth it.

    • Greg
      wrote on March 13th, 2012 at 6:06 pm  

      been a couple years of hardcore testing… it’s time for all parties involved to be 100% sure that skiing is fun again. that’s of course a relative measurement, and so is only to be known to the ski of the beholder… but the emphasis has to be on the “fun” factor in the calculation… IMO of course

  9. RWM
    wrote on March 16th, 2012 at 11:07 am  

    Skied those lines last year…hard to believe how different they look this year. Headed off to surf some slush myself in a hour…

  10. Anonymous
    wrote on September 25th, 2013 at 8:34 am  

    Is there a reason why in the altarondacks posts you don’t describe specifically which peak and trail you’re skiing? Or am I not reading it correctly? I’m curious!

    • Jake
      wrote on September 29th, 2013 at 11:05 am  

      you are reading it correctly. and there is a reason.

  11. Peter
    wrote on September 29th, 2013 at 11:17 am  

    @Anonymous, yes, there are many reasons why we don’t describe which peak or trail we ski on. The biggest reason (for me, I won’t speak for the rest of FIS) is that it doesn’t add anything to the story to know exact locations. In fact, I think it takes away. The shots taken in this TR could have been taken on just about any ADK mountain, or NH, or ME. The principle idea we try to get across is that the skiing and adventure is out there, go find some. Don’t follow us, that would be boring. The reason why this Altarondack trip was fun for me was because we went to new (to us) places, not knowing what we’d find and with minimal expectations.
    The conditions that made *these exact places* look like they do in these photos are gone, so it’s pointless now to ask where it is….that place will be different for everyone who visits. Seek your own place, you may end up on the same peak we were on, but then it will be *your* peak, not “the one you saw on the internet”.

    • Anonymous
      wrote on September 30th, 2013 at 9:44 am  

      Best answer. And inspirational. Can’t wait for the snow to start falling and the epxploring to begin.

      If you gave locations, I might have just used this site to find cool places to go. Instead, you now have someone anxiously awaiting the next post to see where all your adventures lead you. Good writing, great pictures and way to keep the spirit of adventure alive! See you out on the peaks.

    • Greg
      wrote on October 2nd, 2013 at 7:24 am  

      Actually, apparently Peter CAN speak for the FIS, since that’s precisely the site’s MO as well. Well said Peter!

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