SOL 16/31: Chutes & Ladders on a Mountain

Today my daughter and I spent the afternoon on the top of a local ski mountain cheering on our husbands as they completed an A.T. (All Terrain) ski race. This type of race involves an intense combination of skiing down, skinning up, (aka, climbing up) removing your skis and boot-packing up super steep terrain while sinking in super deep snow, and even traversing a ladder across an embankment. Completing this 5-mile course is not for the weak at heart. These two, and the other racers have incredible endurance to stay the course of this challenging race.

The unique design of this ski resort is that you drive your car essentially to the top of the mountain. When you arrive at most ski resorts, the chair lifts are right there ready to take you to the top of the mountain. Here, you are already at the top, so the first thing you do is ski down, and then ride back up.

This meant that my daughter and I were able to be on top of a mountain as we waited for our husbands to complete the race. Taking in the beautiful snowscape around us was breathtaking. The bright sun reflecting off the white snow was almost blinding, and wearing sunscreen would have been a smart thing to do.

Here is a glimpse of what we got to enjoy on this March afternoon. You can see my husband making his way up the final 200 yards of the race.

No better way to spend a day here in Montana!

13 thoughts on “SOL 16/31: Chutes & Ladders on a Mountain

    • It’s really not that extreme, depending on where you go and what you do. I like to skin up and just ski down the groomed runs. Great exercise—it’s essentially the same as hiking but in the snow, and the equipment is a LOT more expensive!

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  1. What a view! Montana is so beautiful (though I have only been there in the summer). The race itself sounds crazy–like more endurance than I’ve ever had in my life for sure. I hope the husbands had an excellent time too.


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