Powder Adrenaline


KNEEL LINDQUEST, Local Powder Junkie

With dropping temperatures, snow on the mountain tops, and frost on the grass, winter is right around the corner. Although it may not seem like it, snow is a very controversial topic. For some, winter is a very miserable time, with cold temperatures and nothing to do, but for others, it’s the greatest season ever invented by our almighty Mother Nature. These people are known as illusive Powder Junkies, and I’m one of them.

You might be asking yourself, what is a Powder Junkie? These are people addicted to a feeling called adrenaline, also known as epinephrine. Adrenaline is one of those things that can’t be explained in words. The best description I can give you is a crazy insane feeling of fear and excitement mixed in a pie that you can only smell and not taste. Trust me, you can’t get enough. The state of clarity and awareness your mind reaches in adrenaline-inducing situations is unbelievable. 

Riding sleds and big mountain skiing are two of my ultimate favorite powder sports. The feeling of floating through light powder is just something that you can’t compare to normal hobbies. You’re watching the first snow stick to the ground, and getting that itch to get out and just ride.

As more and more snow builds, just getting out and riding shouldn’t be the only thing on your mind. Avalanche danger is a serious thing, a serious thing that should not be overlooked. Educating oneself on snowpack and conditions is a great way to become more knowledgeable. Understanding what conditions create certain layers and determining the stability of the snow, is one of the most important steps in avalanche safety. Simply researching about snowpack and avalanche danger can help you, and others, keep out of this possible crisis.

Winter is right around the corner, and I couldn’t be more excited. This is just a friendly reminder to give yourself a refresher. Remember to check your beacon to make sure it sends and receives a signal. Taking a class always helps and will put you right out in the field. I wish I had done it long before I actually did. Well, I’ll wrap this up before I take up too much of your time, I hope you have an amazing year, and may the snow gods be ever in your favor.