My knowledge about terrain choices was slowly coming into focus. But, I started to recognize other gaps in my knowledge. Even though I wore a beacon every day I wasn’t very proficient at using it. I understood what made a good start zone for an avalanche, but not why some days or times of day that avalanche would be more likely to occur. The terrain in the Tetons was inspiring and this was another moment where I realized I had to continue my avalanche education to keep skiing the things I wanted to ski.
There’s a moment in every skier’s life that reveals their true nature: the alarm clock on a midweek powder day. Forget about backcountry gates, the conundrum between going to work and eschewing responsibility in search of the ephemeral is truly your decision point as a skier.