backTurns All Year year-round skiing                

Year-round skier:  Christy Kinney


How I got started skiing year-round:  I started skiing year-round with good friends who introduced me to the backcountry. I haven't looked back since! It is always an adventure and there is always something to reminisce and laugh about later. I've heard that even those Suffer-fest's can be humorous - much, much later. More than just the skiing, the relationships I've formed and the spectacular backcountry I've eagerly explored has made the past 25 months worth every bump, bruise and lost toenail.
Criteria for what counts as a ski trip:  Sticks on snow, usually pointed down-hill.
Biggest threat to my streak:  August and September are hard months for me. It's hard to find the motivation to seek out snow when I could be sipping martinis on the beach. Or pulling out the mountain bike, gathering friends, and heading out for an exhilarating, down-hill ride. And yet, I always manage to grab the skis, the pack, the beacon, fantastic company and find something to climb and ski off of.
Type of equipment I use:  I have an AT set-up. I use Dynafit Comfort bindings, Atomic Kailas, and Garmont Dynamite boots.
Strategy for skiing through the low season:  This takes dedication and hard work, both mentally and physically! Most of the time, I am prepared to shwack off-trail, wade through swampiness, and navigate through rocky terrain to find snow during the low season. And not even decent snow! It's these moments that I look back on and laugh. The journey is the most memorable part, for sure.
Worst and best backcountry ski trips:  For some odd reason, when I think of the worst and the best backcountry ski trips, it's often a combination of both on the same trip! Recently, I climbed Mt. Baker with two of my very best friends. We got off to a late start and made the summit by late evening. The ski down, in the dark, was both terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. We made it back to camp, only to be greeted with a sudden down-pour. It was at this time we discovered the absence of a usable rain fly for the tent. Needless to say, we huddled and slept poorly that night. And yet, I loved the trip. It is one I will never forget.
Skiing activities in the past year:  White Pass, Crystal, Mission Ridge, and Stevens Pass ski resorts. Chair Peak, Hogsback and Devil's Digit, Goat Rocks, Mt. Gilbert, Granite Mountain, Ruth Mountain, Mt. Daniel, Mt. Baker, Eldorado