The people at Leave No Trace would be proud. “Take only photos, leave only footprints,” goes the mantra, except in this case the footprints were made with skis. It only takes a bit of powder to cover this slope in northern Colorado, and probably even less wind to strip it. If you can ski in between those events, this is the result: a lonely track of snow, compressed just enough by the skiers’ body weight to confuse the marmots after the surrounding white disappears.
Photo by Devon O’Neil