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|Katie and Sue - ready for action!|
We telemark skiers like to stick together. Since meeting the Tele Ladies (aka Katie and Sue), I've teamed up with them several times. It's always loads of knee-droppin' fun.
|A good sunshiney start to 2013!|
I have a tradition of skiing New Year's Day. It's a great time to be on the slopes. Everyone's too tired (and/or hung over) from staying up late and partying on New Year's Eve. Ski areas are generally deserted.
|The mountains pop out of valley clouds|
New Year's Day 2013 found me at Mt. Hood Meadows with my two favorite telemark buddies. The weather couldn't have been more perfect. Blue sky as far as the eye could see. Made for some fantastic views.
|Sunshine on the Cascade Lift|
Starting out with some easy runs to get the blood flowing, we quickly graduated to the upper Cascade Lift. From high on the mountain, we were treated to the best views ever. Foggy clouds clung in the valleys and the higher peaks poked up through the cloud layer. The skies were so clear we could see distant mountains that normally aren't visible. Super-scenic!
|Two snowboarders savor the view|
Lift rides were full of stories and laughter. I told them of my friend Kim and I's mogul rating system (A - DD, with the very largest being classified as "Dolly Partens"). Sue and Katie loved it - so much that when Sue looked down a slope she reported there was nothing but "Dolly Partens" down there. (Which made a nearby male snowboarder who overheard us bust out laughing)
|Skiing in Hood's shadow|
My friends and I decided our little group needed a name. After several funny suggestions, we settled on the "Tele Trio." Has a nice ring to it, don't you think?
I tried to capture the Tele Ladies in a few skiing action shots. But I only had my point and shoot camera to work with, and it doesn't do action very well. Still, I had fun trying.
|Here comes Katie!|
This one of Katie was a little bit better. If nothing else, Mt. Hood makes a great backdrop.
|And there she goes!|
|First self-portrait attempt|
I decided we needed a group photo. Finding no one around to work the camera, I had the bright idea to prop it on top of a protective foam pad tied around a nearby trail sign. Setting the timer, I quickly shuffled back up slope, attempting to get into position before the shutter went off. I made it just fine - but nearly blocked Katie. Time to try again!
|Failed self-portrait attempt|
The next two attempts were both failures. One shot was out of focus, the other very over-exposed (I couldn't figure out why). Maybe the fourth time was the charm? Again I set the timer, and began to shuffle into position. After three attempts, you think I would've had that down. But no, on shot number four, I tripped over my skis right before the camera clicked. This is the photo that got captured. Fail!
|Success! (with a little help)|
A snowboarder who happened to be passing by witnessed my fall, and took pity on us. He offered to take our picture. So I ended up with a good group shot after all!
But you know what? After getting home and looking over all my photos, I decided I liked the blooper shot best of all. The expressions on everyone's faces are priceless! It's a good memory of a very fun day.
A day on the slopes with the Tele Ladies - what a great way to start the New Year!
Linking to: Share Your Cup Thursday and 52 Photos Project.