73 Months of Turns All Year.... (Still Counting)

Winter's getting ever closer, the snowy alpine photos are streaming in, and most people are scrambling to find ways to get their ski legs into shape. Meanwhile Mike Traslin knows the best way to KEEP your ski legs in shape... just never stop skiing. Here's his post.

I'm not sure how the turns-all-year habit started, but I'm clearly hooked. 73 months (6 years) and counting. Summer or winter, the thrill of the chase is always there. Just like chasing pow in the winter, or nailing your dream line in safe avy conditions, finding the perfect corn cycle can be just as elusive.

The trail towards Sholes Glacier... Park Headwall Mt Baker.... photo Andy Traslin.... skier Mike Traslin.The trail towards Sholes Glacier... Park Headwall Mt Baker.... photo Andy Traslin.... skier Mike Traslin.

Let's just say this month we didn't nail the corn cycle, but the adventure was worth it. Skiing blue 45 to 55 degree blue ice in the Washington Cascadian, Volcanos... now that is fun! Well, if you're trying to qualify as a mountain goat. And then there was the massive frozen suncups - one foot high by one foot deep. Each turn was so bone-jarring, I thought my knees were going to explode, or at least it felt like they would. To top it off, the rest of my 1500 ft run (Yah I kept going) consisted of carving a few turns, then hockey stopping into 20 foot side slip segments. All that has to be good practice for something right? Like, say, the next time?

Feeling blue?... No corn cycle today. Perfectly formed deep frozen sun cups...  photo Andy Traslin.... skier Mike TraslinFeeling blue?... No corn cycle today. Perfectly formed deep frozen sun cups... photo Andy Traslin.... skier Mike Traslin

On the hike out, I put my ski crampons to good use, and was inspired when I found a good breathing sequence and rhythm. Moving on, the fresh air and beauty of my surrounding left me with more energy and dreaming of my next trip. After all, the perfect way to get geared up and kill the pre-season nerves is to just go skiing. Every Month. Every Year.

Frozen Sun Cups.... (Ski Crampons) CHECK!  Photo Andy Traslin .... Skier Mike TraslinFrozen Sun Cups.... (Ski Crampons) CHECK! Photo Andy Traslin .... Skier Mike Traslin

Are you up for the challenge? Tempted to try one year and see where it leads? Trust me, even if the skiing isn't perfect, you'll be on a journey of a lifetime. And you'll always be #ReadyForWinter.

The (Other) Captain Serious.... Mt Shucksan over the right shoulder.  Skier Andy Traslin.... photo Mike TraslinThe (Other) Captain Serious.... Mt Shucksan over the right shoulder. Skier Andy Traslin.... photo Mike Traslin

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