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    Dear Winter, Please Show Up

    Pray_for_snow Just about a month ago, a gentleman named Carson Bennett made this simple statement: "I'm snow hungry."

    The pronouncement opened his essay for the online mountain-news source In his essay, Mr. Bennett gave voice to stirrings that affect many of us this time of year--the desire to be out in the mountains, and the release that snow provides to spirits otherwise bound indoors by the cold and dark. The essay appeared in mid November, perfectly timed to voice the restlessness of all those Westerners whose estimation of a "normal" ski season is one that starts by Halloween.Rose_shoulder_003

    For most of us, little has changed since Mr. Bennett starkly observed that, "[a]s I write this, nothing but sun is falling anywhere in the Western U.S." To be fair to the snow gods, as I write this, storms are sweeping into Montana and Colorado. Still, while skiers in those states--and a smattering in Utah and California--can boast about open chairs, all agree the season has yet to begin in earnest. In fact, it's been quiet in a way it rarely is. Something has been missing.

    Long-time friend of The Cleanest Line and sometimes soundtrack-provider, Don Darue, is back with a podcast just in time to remind us of what that might be. If you have a moment, or just need a little music to soothe your unsettled soul through the rough start to this still stubbornly snowless season, consider Don's suggestion to throw another log on the fire (if it's cold enough) and settle in to the annual Risky Biscuit Hayseed Hoot Winter Welcome Show. It's a nice soundtrack for all of your snow dancing.

    And of course, don't hesitate to use the comments section to share your woes, or better yet, your favorite snow tunes.

    [Top: Photo courtesy The Risky Biscuit Hayseed Hoot. Bottom: Patagonia Dealer Services Mgr. Gregor Finke enjoying some of last year's local treats.]

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