LIVE.SKI.REPEATWednesday, September 7, 2016
Perhaps you were driven by instinct, drawn in by a passion that deepened season after season. But somewhere along the way you fell in love. The quiet of the skin track before dawn, the commitment of rapping into a new line, the friendship of partners to whom you trust your life: the backcountry got into your blood. Now, looking back, all the sharp things you remember came from it. Without realizing, you built a life around snow-covered ridges, steep faces and beckoning couloirs—around those moments when you feel most alive.
It’s not just about the turns. Beyond carving on wind-buffed chalk and slashing waist-deep pow, backcountry skiing is a way of living in the mountains, encompassing everything that happens before the skins go on and after the boots come off. It’s training and technique, but also knowledge and judgment.
While it may take a single day to reach a line, it can take a lifetime to learn the skills to ski it—or to know when to turn back. It’s experience built through storm days, bluebird tours and days that start with headlamps and skins and end with beers and a story to tell.
At Black Diamond, we believe our gear can be a catalyst for the global community of backcountry skiers, from tram laps on the Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix to multi-week expeditions in Alaska. It’s this dedication that will continue to fuel our approach to creating Black Diamond gear: using, designing, engineering and building equipment and apparel for those who live to ski.