The snow has continued to stay great with new snow all week long that was beginning to pile up. I had the opportunity to ski with a really fun crew that included Kevin Connolly, author of the new book, “Double Take: A Memoir”, his friend Ben, and a photographer and crew shooting Kevin skiing for a magazine feature story. Along with us was Chris who will be writing the story for the magazine.
The light in the morning was a little difficult for photos, so we were able to take full advantage of the excuse to not work and actually just ski around and have some fun. We began by heading up Swift Current and then working our way to Challenger. It was mid-week and it felt like we had the entire lift to ourselves, and the conditions were excellent. The first time at the top of Challenger, I just followed Ben who wasted no time disappearing off the roller on Highway. I hadn’t skied that run yet this season but with the confidence he was carrying, I figured I could just follow him through the steeps. The snow was loaded in perfectly, he called it “hero snow where you can’t make a bad turn”, probably 3-5 inches of perfectly smooth cream that begged for big wide, high speed turns.
From there, we took the left traverse to test out 17th Green. Staying careful through the entrance and first rollover, the run was perfect with similar conditions as Highway, I love skiing this run and you can let them run just a bit because you have plenty of time where the pitch flattens out at the bottom.
As we looked at one another smiling, this crew of strong skiers I think without having to say word determined that despite the photo project, we had to go do that again. The second lap Kevin grabbed the lead, blazing trail for all of us to follow, he’s a smooth and fast skier, definitely fun to watch. I forgot to mention, because skiing with Kevin it’s something you actually forget, but he was born without legs and rides a specially designed mono-ski.
From there, the sun was starting to poke through and it was now going to be time to get to the top and get some photos. We took the half full tram car and headed out toward Liberty Bowl, I let the crew get ahead of me as they set up shots, but I caught them for the creamy powder on Screaming Left, the trees were completely untouched.
The afternoon the crew really had to get to work on the photo project, so we spun a bunch of laps on Congo, taking advantage the trees, both because of the fun skiing, and because they were great for the photos.
Kevin is an amazing skier and an amazing person, I met him when he was in high-school and skiing Big Sky, and he’s always had the best attitude. He’s planning to win the X-Games this year and will continue with his book tour, but we’re already planning more ski days along with some videos to share on our site, so stay tuned, and better yet, get out there on the mountain and see if you can keep up with him!
We’ll see you out there,