A Little Dust on Crust 1/18/16

I got out for a little ski today. I’ve been out snowboarding several times this year but this was the first time this season I put skis on. We had about 2 inches of ice as a base on the local mountain in the spots where the snow had made it through the trees on Saturday.  But for most of the mountain there was less than an inch of crusty snow covering the rocks and roots before last nights storm.  This morning we woke up to 3 inches of pretty fluffy powder and strong winds.  I hiked up the local mountain as high as there was still snow and the wind had not scoured it away. I didn’t want to totally destroy my AT skis, so I used a pair of skis I found at the dump last year. As I clipped in I realized I had adjusted the bindings on these beater “rock skis” to my other boots last spring.  The bindings were barely gripping. I probably had a DIN of about 3 as I knocked the skis against a nearby tree to see how well they would stay on.
Happily they stayed on all the way down as I tried be as light on my feet as possible for the survival turns in the dust on crust.  About half way through the video you can see I hit an area where the wind had deposited a little more snow and it was actually pretty fun for a few turns.  I kind of love these kinds of crappy little sessions even though they are not ideal they are exciting and memorable. Emily bought me a new GoPro for our 20th anniversary last fall and this was the first time I got a chance to try out the helmet cam, so I made a little video
https://youtu.be/2VAsdkc7S_Y