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Skiing the Backcountry

Aaron Zagrodnick

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Aaron Zagrodnick

It is a cold, blustery day in the Colorado backcountry. The mountains are covered in a blanket of snow. The tree branches are bending under the weight of the previous night’s snowfall. A canopy of branches is over the trail. My breath forms a cloud in the morning air. My cheeks are cold. I do not dread heading into the mountains in these conditions. I embrace them. I am about to explore the backcountry. Not plodding through the snow in boots. Or stomping down a path with snowshoes. I plan on gliding over the snow on skis. I will be backcountry ski touring. An elegant, efficient and, dare I say, almost magical way of seeing the backcountry in winter…

Paul Magnanti with thoughts and introduction to backcountry Nordic Skiing – Read the full article in Issue 20:

Backcountry Nordic Skiing: Experience the Wonder of Winter

Backcountry Nordic Skiing in the Rocky Mountains

Issue 20 Page 1

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