Anywhere High, Wild, Steep, and Deep- icy and rocky is good too!
I live to be in the mountains... simple eh? Well it's the truth and whether I'm skiing pow in the winter, climbing a 14er to ski in the spring, firing a granite crack or epic single track in the summer, or hiking to an alpine lake in the fall, it's all the same to me. Although I must admit there is a lot to be said for standing on a summit... with your skis on!
I grew up skiing in New Hampshire and migrated to Colorado to race in college. After a less than illustrious racing career I was immediately attracted to the growing sport of competitive freeskiing. (we called it "extreme skiing" back then) Many contests and two World Championship titles later I felt at the top of my game and ready to find other challenges. I had grown up also climbing and hiking with my folks, so it was natural to continue pursuing that in combination with my skiing ability. Ski mountaineering is what motivates me full time now-a-days, and I'm at peace when I've got a big project in the works.
Skiing has the ability to grow and evolve as you do. What you like to do on skis right now might be entirely different from what you find yourself doing ten or twenty years from now. But one thing will remain the same for you as it has for me, being in the mountains with friends, and on skis, totally kicks ass!
So thanks for checking out my gear recommendations here in Backcountry.com To follow my blog register at www.chrisdavenport.com and also make sure to check out the goods at www.kaskhats-usa.com
If your ever hiking up Highlands Bowl at Aspen Highlands, give a look or two back down the boot pack... that might be me coming your way!
A Goal Without A Plan Is Just a Wish- Gaston Rebuffat, Chris Davenport