We left the trailhead at 6 a.m. and headed up the skin track. My skins slipped a couple time in the first few minutes which wasn’t very confidence inspiring but with a little encouragement from Sydney I kept going. We made our way up the skin track through the trees, with only the sound of the snow under our skis and my labored breathing. The sun slowly came up back lighting Crested Butte Mountain Resort and the surrounding mountains. I think this is the most beautiful time of day.
I made it down to the group and am so pumped that I didn’t give into my fears and skied it. We watch Sydney ski and make our way down the rest of the bowl to the cars. Its before 9 am and we already had an amazing ski adventure. I don’t think I completely conquered this fear, but I definitely think I took a good jab at it today.