Linking Turns: Indy spring pass, words from a blind skier and skiing Half Dome

Midwest Ski Journal likes to highlight a few pieces of skiing internet worth your time in Linking Turns. Find the best, most important, least important and otherwise links here each week.

This week we look at the Indy Pass’s Spring pass before hearing from a blind skier participating in Challenge Aspen. Finally, we look at what the whole news world has been buzzing about: A first descent of Half Dome on skis.

TURN 1: Indy Pass puts $149 spring pass on sale (Indy Pass)

The Indy Pass is an incredible value for the full season, but the company just dropped a spring-only season pass that will run you a little under $150 and costs only $69 for kids.

If you’re unfamiliar, like the Mountain Collective pass, the Indy Pass offers 2 ski days at each of its member resorts. The best part: About a third of those member resorts are dotted around the Midwest, including Lutsen, Spirit, Buck, Trollhaugen, Big Powderhorn, Granite Peak and more. We wrote more about why it’s a great pass and a perfect year for it earlier this season.

Check out their site to see if the spring pass is a good fit for you. Make the decision quickly, though. The season is shrinking around here.

TURN 2: Blind skier seeks out risk, delivers motivational message (Kaya Williams/Associated Press)

Challenge Aspen has been helping adaptive skiers and riders tackle the slopes of Aspen/Snowmass for years now, and the Associated Press talked to one blind skier who continues to make the most of it.

If you’re looking down the mountain, you’re probably picking out a line and you’re skiing to that line. I don’t have that luxury, so I can’t really anticipate,” Chad Foster said. “Skiing while blind, I think we have to be really nimble because things change so quickly.

Chad Foster to the Associated Press

Foster’s interview with Williams wasn’t your typical athlete interview. She really let him breathe and talk about the feeling of skiing, which is at once relatable to seeing shredders and amazing to hear.

TURN 3: Two skiers defy death in descent of Yosemite’s Half Dome (Associated Press via ABC7 Los Angeles)

The famous Half Dome in Yosemite National Park has now been skied.

Two forty-somethings took 5 hours to descend the iconic rock with little room for error. Read all about the excursion in this Associated Press piece.

Jason Torlano, 45, and Zach Milligan, 40, completed the descent in five hours Sunday by carefully carving their way in crusty snow and using ropes to rappel several sections of bare rock known as the “death slabs” beneath the iconic face of Half Dome.

Associated Press via ABC7

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