Kelly Borkskiing, snowshoeing

Christmas Tree

Kelly Borkskiing, snowshoeing
Christmas Tree

My sister flew up from San Francisco for our fifth year of the backcountry Christmas tree tradition, so we decided to go big and invite a bunch of winter-loving friends. Potluck game was on point… we had a grill for burgers, fresh fondue, and stocked our snow bar with mulled wine, peppermint schnapps, and champagne. YUM.

Avalanche danger was considerable, so we picked a conservative route in the Yodelin area and kept the skiing to a minimum, but we had plenty of excitement skiing through tight trees by headlamp on the way down. We attached a few Luci colored lanterns to our backpacks for the trip down, it felt like a live version of my favorite ski movie: Afterglow!