Growing up in the Northern Rockies has given us at least one perspective; winter happens at any time of the year, so it is best to be prepared. If you are not riding or able to ride, you might as well be sliding. When the season dictates a change, we go with it. Out comes the Fontaine Stone Grinder, wax iron, files, and ski vices. Overnight ski tuning, powder stashes, and a fresh blanket of snow become the rule.