Well, it's not glamorous, but how often do you get to ski powder within eyeshot of your front door when you live in Leesburg, VA?
Sensing a unique opportunity to join the giants of ski mountaineering, I grabbed my trusty rock skis and began my journey. Humbled by the enormity of the moment, I realized that I was going to officially claim a first descent. No small feat, that...
Much like the Aiguille du Midi, the wilds of Battlefield Parkway in Leesburg can only be skied when everything is just exactly right. I didn't want to take any needless risks, but I was on a date with destiny. Sensing that I was in no real danger, I set forth on my quest.
I scoped my line, and began the climb of at least 40 vertical feat. Fortunately, I'd had a substantial breakfast, and was properly fueled for the expedition.
There may be nothing more beautiful than first tracks, even when they are alongside a newly-constructed roadway, with a stoplight in the distance.
I was not the only winter sports enthusiast enjoying the day. I'm sure this guy and his kid were just happy to have a chance to break out the sled as they drove their snowmobile right up the boulevard.