Last night could not have been a better night to get out under the bright moonshine on Vail Mountain!  EVI was in full force, we met up with the Surefoot guys and brought “Beeeaaans” the legendary “Wayward Pup” for some priceless entertainment.  The full moon rose brightly just after 7pm and our group of 8 started out from the Vista Bahn in Vail Village.  We made great time ascending the freshly groomed cat tracks and head walls.

Charged by the magic of the night and the thought of being in Alaska in less than four weeks, the sounds of the Streetbeat Ska-Punk measured out a quick tempo to skin to.  Thanks to Troy’s Ski Shop for the new badass skins, made my life much easier than the borrowed ones I’ve been using and it is good to have my AK set-up dialed in.  Halfway up, our fat ski brigade was  already drenched in the cool blue light of the moon.

Spirits were high as we skinned swiftly by other children of the night and their canine friends.  Laughter and good vibes were the tone of the troop and we were soon gathered at the base of Avanti Chair.  Snowcats meticulously laying down row after row of perfect moonlit corduroy.

Some beers, whiskey, wine and good eats passed round set a real positive tone.  Our trip to AK is going to be lights out!  Our group is solid and it is nights like these that make getting ready for the trip that much more bearable with the countdown looming.  Not to mention gathering with new friends and having a good time on the local hill.

Cheers to anyone else who made it out last night and charged their souls with a perfect moonlight skin/shred session!


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