I know all you folks back east are cursing the tons of snow and cold temps, and wishing for some of this warm weather. But out here, we depend upon mountain snowpack for our summer water supply. No snow = water shortages and forest fires. It's not just crazy skiers like me that are lamenting the lack of winter. (Wish we could trade weather!)
But, each Thursday, my ski bus has been faithfully making the trip up Mt. Hood, giving us diehard skiers our weekly fix.
We ski on whatever meager snow there is. And no matter the conditions, we're thankful for it.
So today's post is a salute to all my ski bus friends who've embraced this crummy winter and are having a good time anyway.
Like this lady, all decked out in pink for Valentine's Day!
I tell myself these sunny days mean amazing views of my favorite mountain. And dodging all these rocks is making me a better slalom skier!
Warm temps mean no windy, cold chairlift rides.
Endless solar energy turns icy slopes into nice, soft corn snow - perfect for making turns (until it gets too soft and tranforms into mashed potatoes....)
Endless blue skies......usually a PNW winter rarity! We've had to stock up on sunscreen and locate missing sunglasses (items that normally aren't needed around here until.....um....June).
Springlike weather means enjoying a beer on the lodge patio.
My fellow bus-mates are a celebrating bunch. Not only do we observe Valentine's Day, we also hand out special awards. Here's to my buddy Dave, an avid skier and bus rider, this year's proud recipient of the "Purple PECR" award! Congrats!
And here's to all my friends in the "Back of the Bus" Gang. Rides home are never boring!
Lastly, clear, sunny skies make great conditions for recording with the GoPro. Enjoy my latest video offering.
The lesson is, even if Mother Nature is stingy in the snow dept, get out there anyway! At least my bus buddies and I do. We're making the best of this crummy winter.
(Hey, it's still better than going to work!)