|Cheers to Ryan Zimny, John Morrison and Casey Krueger for stepping up!|
The late winter has been that for me. While I hate the snow right now (I am stoked for dirt!) the amount, the type and the late spring weather have actually been a boon for hard core skiers.
Due to the floods in June 2012, we were witness to both the loss of some amazing terrain and the creation of even more. However that terrain is only skiable if it has a lot of snow on it and a lot all at the same time. Not something that usually happens in Minnesota.
As a former, recovering ski addict it has been impossible not for me to see these lines (as well as many I have been watching for nearly a decade) and get the shakes. It has always been just that though, a fever dream.
In the last decade I have never seen enough snow at the right time to make these lines a reality.
That all changed this week. Two 20 inch dumps of heavy wet snow covered these lines and then good cold temps at night and solid warm sun in the days has created a paradise I have not experienced in my time in Duluth. Unfortunately with my arm still busted up I was not able to enjoy it as much as I would have liked to, but I did get to get some great photos of some buddies skiing history....
|Ryan Z throwing hammers|
|Clear and cold 4/20/13 Morning|
|Pink Floyd skier on April 20th 2013|
|Clouds moving out...|
|Ryan Z getting jiggy and thinking about paddling all at the same time|
They had their own parties to attend and lets face it, despite being super fun, these are relatively short shots.....
I realized however that this was a once in a decade event and I pestered them until they arrived. I think they were happy once they did.
|Casey Crushing "Ranger"|
|Naming "Trout Slayer"|
Every line was a first for all and thus the names started being bestowed. Who knows if we will remember them once they are going to be skiable again? Shit I might be 60 before it happens again, if ever...although they are saying 11 inches tonight!!!
|J-Mo in the pixy sticks|
|Another round please...|