Unfortunately mankind cannot live on steep chutes alone and low angle powder skiing through the trees is a fact of life during periods of high avalanche danger. One way to spice it up is to chase after someone while filming with a handheld camera. Eighteen seconds into the little video below, I blow my line while following Dylan and end up getting a scrub Oak facial whipping that split the inside of my lip.* Then, at 1:04 , I hit a submerged log hard enough to release my heelpiece, but as I was on Dynafits, the ski stayed attached at the toe and I was able to stand up, step back down into the heel and keep going. Gotta love those little bindings!
*As a side-note, after skiing on Dynafits exclusively for last eight years, I finally broke my first one last weekend by cross-blocking a small tree (just like in the video) which caught the toe latch and ripped it off. It was hardly a disaster as the binding was stuck in ski mode, so we kept going for the rest of the day and it is a simple fix.
Happy turns and safe skiing in 2009!
Category: current conditions