Backcountry skiing: a wife’s perspective

My husband and I love Utah, especially for it’s backcountry.

If you’ve met my husband, Jon, you will know that he’s a great husband and father.

The first thing that might surprise you about him is that he’s really  into backcountry skiing. The reason this maybe a surprise is that he’s about 6’3″ and weighs around 250 pounds. Most backcountry guys are these lightweight 5 footish guys that maybe weight 160 pounds.

He’s always been a great snowboarder and has taken up touring the last few years. He splitboards and skis. He wakes up at the crack of dawn (4:00 AM) at least once a week in the winter to get out with his buddies. If there is snow in the forecast, he’ll be the first up.

But here’s the thing, even after a few years of doing this, I still get a little panicked when I haven’t heard from him for a few hours. I use to loose a while nights sleep fretting over the possible synerios in the backcountry: avalanche, hitting a tree, falling…and have gotten to the point where I do sleep at night, but still wake up when he gets up to go.

I guess there is no “safe” sport and I’m glad he’s got a good group of friends he goes out with that are smart about how they ski.



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Go Adventure Mom’s found, Kathy Dalton, launched Go Adventure Mom in 2012 in an effort to bring women together that love travel and the outdoors. As a former ski instructor, Kathy has taken her love for outdoor recreation and through the power of social media has created a platform to share her passion with the world. As a mom of three, Kathy loves to share her family adventures in Utah, cross-country skiing up Millcreek Canyon, skiing in the Wasatch Mountains, camping in Grand Teton National Park and camping in the Uintas. Kathy has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Parents and Parenting magazine. Kathy is a regular contributor to Visit Salt Lake and is a tip contributor on TripAdvisor.

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