One of the most sacred and joyous times in backcountry skiing is the skin rip. It signifies success in making it to the top of the mountain, and it's the flair before the act of flying down the mountain. A good confident rip probably means a good run will follow. There are many types of skin rips. I prefer the ones with lots of style, fling and perhaps a spin of the the skin. Elaine celebrates climbing to the top of the Continental Divide and the extra hour to enjoy the sunset alpenglow in the Colorado Rocky Mountains with a skin rip and a smile.
P.S. - The mountains are simply stunning right now. So much snow, so much potential.