It’s best to start with where this trip began: running the trails of Cache Creek in the Tetons with Lee. Conversation always ebbs and flows depending on how bad my asthma attacks are, though as usual, Lee did most of the talking. He brought up spring adventures, and a possible trip ‘somewhere that doesn’t see many skiers late in the season’. It sounded interesting enough and we left it at that. About a week later I got an invite to a group titled ‘Kyrgyzstan (or somewhere else if anyone has a better idea)’. This was my rough introduction to the group. Some of the members I knew well, some I didn’t. One of my favorite things about ski friends is you will trust their friends without question too. So even though I had never met them, I knew they were good people. In addition to myself, our team consisted of the Norwegian brothers Petter and Thomas Meling, the Finnish Hannu Kukkonen, Scotsman Hugo Scrimgeor, and the ‘American’ Lee Lyon.