|How I got started skiing year-round: A friend of mine Dan Nicholson got me into this, who like myself, is a year round ski bum. His streak is in the 160's. I love to hike and ski year round and I wanted my ability and skills to go to the next level.
Criteria for what counts as a ski trip: At least 500 vert. October/November is always the tough one.
Biggest threat to my streak: Surgery !!! In this current streak, I have had 2 knee operations and shoulder surgery. I have had 6 total surgerys and my eventual knee replacement will likely end my streak. When I see my surgeon, he says, " Ok Brad, how are we going to do this?" And I reply,"I'll ski on the first, Dr. Lantz, you'll cut me on the second then I have 7 1/2 weeks to recover, then I will ski on the last day ". He replys, "I really wish you wouldn't" and I reply, "I'll take the lift at Mt. Hood for one run...I promise"............ Also, all of us see as a threat global warming.
Type of equipment I use: Randonnee boots, marker duke bindings and pocket rockets and otherwise, at least 2 of everything.
Strategy for skiing through the low season: Climb higher
Worst and best backcountry ski trips: October on Mt. Hood and crappy / pumice snow.
Skiing activities in the past year: Season pass holder at Williamette Pass. May, John and I skiing Iron Mountain. When the snow melts off, the wildflower show is second to none. Summit Mt. Hood in July and assist in a rescue of a climber who rag dolled down the southern headwall. Skiied the Cirque bowl at Mt. Bachelor for August and will go back for September. For those of you looking for something different in late July, Broken Top is second to none for quality and steepness. Take the 370 off Cascade Lakes Highway.