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!