What should you pack on an overnight backcountry ski trip? Over the years I've learned some hard lessons and developed a list to survive (and even enjoy) a long winter's night on the mountain. Some items are necessities, while others (down booties) are comfort items that I'm willing to sacrifice some space and weight to bring along.
See for yourself why I have back problem by springtime.
I dare you to paint a picture with those shades of blue. You'll be laughed at.
At some point in my life I'm going to be diagnosed with skin cancer. I've resigned myself to this fate due to my Casper-esque complexion combined with an uncanny ability to forget sunscreen on the worst possible occasions. Someday they'll be burning a lesion off of my face, and I'll be dreaming of one such occasion: my first backcountry ski trip to Mt. Cardigan in New Hampshire.
Don't let the clear skies fool you over the next couple of days. Those of you who have been following the "Precipitation threats" link to the left have probably noticed that NOAA says we're in for a storm at the end of the week.
From what I can tell, it looks like it will be a mixed bag of mostly rain at the lower elevations, but with snow currently forecast for the higher elevations from Thursday through Saturday night from the 'Dacks all the way to the Whites.
Keep your ears open and get your yardwork done this week!
Update: Earlier in the week NOAA had north central New England in the bullseye for a significant precipitation event, but they've since changed their minds. They're now showing the storm passing closer to the coast, with most of the precipitation falling as rain in eastern portions of MA, NH and ME.
There's a good detailed description of the forecast (as usual) from the Famous Internet Skiers, who are holding out hope (like most of us) that the storm may still get pulled further West.