The first time I attempted to climb and ski the Snow Spider was around 15 years ago. But with poor visibility and a touchy snowpack, I ended up just looking at a map and compass for most of the three-day trip. The second time was about five years later, with much of the same results.
So recently when my brother Andy said some friends were going out for three days of skiing with the main objective to ski the Snowspider, my initial motivational level was pretty low. By the time I was packed for two days, I was starting to look forward to it a bit more. I figured I would keep my expectations low, then build from there as the trip progressed.