The Quest for Snow

Jesse Levine skiing – Photo: Mike Olsen

Jesse Levine recently put together a cool story for about a backcountry mission to find snow during a particularly warm Colorado October.

“I weighed my options: I could tag along and spend two days trudging my gear to a remote peak with a 50/50 chance of actually skiing or stay home and enjoy the last few weeks of the beautiful fall weather,” Levine writes. “The first choice guaranteed pain, suffering, and the chance of skiing an amazing couloir in October. The second choice was unlikely to involve pain, suffering, or discomfort of any kind, but no skiing.”

Skiing in the shoulder seasons—early season and late season—requires a certain strength of character and extra effort. But the reward? “The rock walled couloir is lined with a thousand feet of perfect spring-like powder. We leap frog our way down the fall line, the pain in our shoulders fading with each turn,” Levine writes.

Check out the full story here.