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5 Best Ski Days of an Everyday Skier

Nov. 11th 2015

SCARPA athlete Doug Evans gets after it. A landscaper by trade with a few odd jobs scattered in there the rest of the year, he’s structured his entire life around snow sliding and face shots. His Instagram feed (@Dougtheskier) will make the weekend warrior drool. As of November 11, 2016, he’s already logged several memorable days in the Colorado high country extending his streak to 171 consecutive months of skiing. But to get the rest of us stoked for what we hope is to come, we asked him to recount his five favorite days from Winter 2014/15 while he was testing our award-winning Freedom boots. From epic deepness in Taos, New Mexico, to long summer-ski missions on the Front Range, he sets the standard for a passionate skier logging almost 160 days last season. Let’s hope this season shapes up as good as last.

SCARPA Freedom RS 130 wear test.

160 days a year is a dream for some. It’s healthy to have dreams.

Clear Creek County, CO 9.30.14

It all began here. A fast moving swirl of low pressure passed over the northern half of the state dropping a foot of snow and moderate winds. The usual areas along the Continental Divide managed to catch enough snow to make for some decent early season skiing. During the next few days, the skies cleared, and I was able to ski the first big line of the season on the north face of 13,574′ Mt. Parnassus.

Doug Evans finds some early season snow in Clear Creek County, CO.

Doug Evans finds some early season snow in Clear Creek County, CO.

Vail, CO 12.16.14

A massive Thanksgiving storm had left a thick, dense base across the northern Colorado mountains. A couple weeks later, a sleeper storm hit overnight, and dropped two feet of cold, fluffy powder on Vail Mountain. I skied inbounds all day, drifting through untracked powder in the morning and blowing up the leftover piles of snow in the afternoon. When the chairs closed, we weren’t quite satisfied. So on the way home, we did a quick lap through some of Eagles County’s best backcountry terrain.

SCARPA athlete Mark Morris shreds the chop of Vail, Colorado. Photo: Doug Evans

SCARPA athlete Mark Morris shreds the chop of Vail, Colorado. Photo: Doug Evans

Mega Storm Taos, NM 2.28.15

I headed south to New Mexico to judge the Taos Freeride World Tour Qualifier event. The conditions were bleak, and upon arrival, I realized it would take a lot of snow to make the event possible. The next morning I awoke to two feet of dry desert powder blanketing the ski area. As we attempted to run the competition on the steep West Basin venue, the blizzard raged on. By the third day, we were choking on bottomless “goose down” with every turn. When the snow eventually subsided, nearly 60″ of snow had fallen.

Taos, New Mexico

Ski Patrol has some work to do during a 60-inch storm in Taos, New Mexico.

Arapahoe Basin, CO May 2015

A warm spell in March gave way to the heavy snows of April and May. It came down wet and heavy, sticking to everything. On A-Basin’s East Wall, I was able to ski lines that hadn’t been “in” for years. The legendary Pali chair, where I had learned to ski as a kid, was open until the end of May, exceeding everyone’s expectations.

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Grays Peak, CO 7.25.15

It was full-on summer. I was working 50+ hours a week and skiing on the weekends. In order to keep my 170 month streak alive, I was forced to walk farther off the beaten path to get the goods. One such adventure took me to the quiet side of the heavily trafficked Grays Peak. I accessed it from the south side and had the whole trail to myself, as well as a nice thousand foot drift of smooth corn.

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