But when the snow is fallin’, then I am gone (oh weee)
You might think that I'm a fanatic
A phone call from Utah and I'm throwing a panic

from Beastie Boys – Root Down Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Refers to Adam Yauch’s love of snowboarding… For a such a mellow brah, everything MCA touched turned white hot. And nothing got him amped like hearing about thick blanket of virgin pow. Below, a postcard that Adam sent to Melissa Larsen.

Ms. Larsen gave her friend a proper tribute in this ESPN post.

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