First tour of 2012! My nephew Jack and his dad Leonard are signed up for a three day avalanche course over MLK weekend. Needing a little touring practice we headed out the back door for a Mt. Catherine tour. Unfortunately for Len, his demo skis came with undersized skins that were not staying connected to his skis. He dialed in using his backcountry gear, but ultimately had to turn back with his skin issues. Continuing with Jack, we topped out at the summit of Mt. Catherine and enjoyed the views before dicing up the fresh powder, As in most of my tours, the downhill seemed to be over far too quick. However the snow was great, and it was good to get my nephew out experiencing skiing without a chairlift.