Skiing has long been a sport and past time people love and can’t wait to get to do. While anxiously waiting for winter and all the snowy glory it brings check out how expert Jason Torlano spent his time back country skiing in the Yosemite Valley. Discover how safely descending gullies in Yosemite Valley requires great patience and precise timing, but ultimately give a great reward.
- It’s a little known fact that visiting California’s Yosemite National Park in snow season — when it’s not only cold, but dark and a little lonely — is one of the best times to see one of most beautiful places in the world.
- In the early morning hours, after pulling back the blinds in your warm cabin in Half Dome Village to gaze up toward Glacier Point Apron, you’ll be rewarded with views of the nearly 1-mile-wide, 3,000-foot-tall swath of black granite coated in white.
- A few hours later, when the sun is high in the sky and glimmering down on the face, the snow melts and then it slides.
“Though Torlano’s skied 32 descents in the park and even repeated many of them, there is one prize he has not completed. This is the 400-vertical-foot Half Dome Cables Route. It sports a 3-inch veneer of snow and ice … [on a] 47-plus-degree pitch.”