Disclaimers and Rules

  1. I will get stuff wrong. This site is not from an industry insider or a ski area employee. I will speak inaccurately: on mountain stats, on the financials of ski resorts, on visitor days, on operations, on patrol, on where to get the cheapest beer or best green chili. Please feel free to correct me when I do.
  2. Your safety is on you. Throughout this blog there will be adventures, and suggestions to adventure, that have objective hazards. From skiing trees or bowls inbounds, to winter camping, to backcountry skiing — these things can injure or kill you. Those skull and bones signs at backcountry access gates are not overly dramatic.
  3. I will try to stay within — but may occasionally stretch — the bounds of legality. This mostly applies to questions of camping and backcountry access. In both activities you are likely to run into some grey areas. I always try to equip myself with a some reasonable rationale and factoids in case I’m stuck asking for forgiveness. Asking for permission is a good idea if there are potential unknown hazards. Refer to disclaimer 2. I
  4. I am not certified in any ski safety equipment or avalanche safety. I’ve done an AAIRE Level 1, attend Friends of Berthoud Pass refereshers every year, listen to and support the Slide Podcast, and skim The Avalanche Review and Bruce Temper’s Staying Alive every fall. This does not make me an expert. I also mount my own skis and generally understand the mechanics of bindings and their design trade offs. Doesn’t mean you should listen to me on any of these topics.

Above all else, I live by the following rules, and will try to apply them to anything written here. They were drilled into me as early as I started skiing (around 4) — I’ve found them to be damn helpful.

  1. Don’t get hurt.
  2. Don’t forget the first rule.
  3. Take care of you siblings, friends and teammates. (Of course this includes my best friend and partner Kaitlyn, and our pup and teammate, Westley.)
  4. The Golden Rule: Treat others how you want to be treated. 4b. The Platinum rule: Treat others how they want to be treated.
  5. Don’t take things that don’t’ belong to you. (This includes cutting lift lines, poaching pow, etc.)
  6. Have fun.
  7. (multiple variants) “If its _____’s idea, it’s probably not a good one.” That will likely often be filled in with my name. Or a ski buddies.

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