Snowmer­gency

Be­cause ski­ing pow­der is ab­so­lutely crit­i­cal to your health

Powder - - FALL LINE - By Sierra Davis

When Kim and Dave Klop­per couldn’t get their rig to start af­ter a day of ski­ing, they didn’t bother call­ing for a tow. In­stead, they un­folded two camp chairs, cracked open a cou­ple beers, and watched the sun set over the snow­capped peaks. The ski area park­ing lot was as good a place as any to spend the night. They’d fig­ure out the rest in the morn­ing.

For the Park City-based cou­ple that met ski­ing while in col­lege in the North­east, be­ing able to park it any­where for the night was a big part of the draw for buy­ing a de­com­mis­sioned am­bu­lance off Craigslist last win­ter. Af­ter re­mov­ing al­most 600 pounds of su­per­flu­ous elec­tri­cal wire, they con­verted the med­i­cal sup­ply cab­i­nets to their pantry and closet, and turned the hose stor­age into their ski locker. Kim, a real es­tate agent, and Dave, a sales rep, found a way to keep their day jobs, hit the road with their two dogs, and have now skied for 14 straight months.

Emer­gency re­sponse time is key when chas­ing first tracks. Photo: Tal Roberts

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