Ladies know best |

Ladies know best

Considering it was cold enough to pee icicles Thursday, and I was shaking off a slight hangover, I didn’t make it on the hill Wednesday. It was the first off day since the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

The hangover was from one too many beers at Cooper Street with friends here to shoot the World Cup races. One beer turned into two, and two turned into four and … .

Anyway, even though I didn’t get first tracks on Ajax, I did get to talk with the fastest female skiers in the country Wednesday, and that made me really want to get back on the hill today.

The coolest thing about World Cup athletes is how much they love skiing. That’s not a statement to laugh at. Skiing is their job, even if it is a really cool job. They still have to get up every day and go to work ” whether that means lifting weights in the summer or doing innumerable training runs during the early season.

There’s also the nonstop travel schedule, which isn’t as glamorous as it looks.

How would you like to spend five months of every year living out of a suitcase?

In spite of all that, every one of the American athletes who visited with the press Wednesday spoke about how much they love skiing.

Freeskiing. Racing. It didn’t matter. There was the shared sense among every one of the U.S. Ski Teamers that carving turns down a snow-covered mountainside is a sensation that’s impossible to get burned out on.

Even after 13 surgeries. Or a bad race. Or a long flight to France.

Which is why I’ll be back on the hill today.

The backcountry avalanche danger in the central mountains is considerable overall on all steep aspects and elevations.

Skiers on terrain less steep than 35 degrees where there isn’t a steep slope above can probably have a great time in the fresh snow and not even worry about triggering an avalanche. But for now it would be wise to avoid the steeper snow-loaded slopes and gullies. Give the snowpack more time to get stronger before taking risks on avalanche-prone terrain. The snowpack will take some time to settle and stabilize with these cold temperatures.

Avalanche danger details provided by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. For more information, call 920-1664 or visit

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