St. Mary Slashin' | Risk = Reward, Dec. 2015

After last year, I almost forgot what a winter tour feels like; breaking trail through a foot of fresh, the additional clothing and gear required ("did you bring an extra hat, perchance?" "you don't happen to have an extra pair of goggles, do ya?"),  and the increased challenge of snow evaluation and proper decision making. How stability and conditions can change - not only in a day - but from hour to hour.

One of the fundamentals of economics is that higher levels of risk are associated with higher potential returns. Conversly and in terms of splitboarding, the springtime snowpack is much less dangerous... but turns on hardpack/corn-cycles just don't compare. Damn, there's nothing like a pow turn!

Welcome back Old Man Winter.