I love winter.
I love snow. I love the mountains. I really, really, really, love skiing. And - yahoo! - ski season is finally here!
Friday was my first ski day of the season. I couldn't of picked a better day to be up on Hood. It was a sunny, clear day. There was hardly any wind. And the snow wasn't too bad. The only thing that would've made it perfect was a foot of fresh powder. But, hey, I ski in the Cascades where true powder is hard to come by. (There's a reason our snow is nicknamed "Cascade concrete")
|Views from Ridge Run|
Skiing is my most favorite thing to do. I love it even more than running or hiking. What a wonderful feeling to be gliding down a run making perfect turns through the snow. It's as close to flying as you can be.
|Sunshine and snow|
|My assessment of the day|
|Looking down the Stadium run|
In the morning, I started with my telemark skis to practice my tele-turns. Surprisingly, I didn't forget how to tele during the off-season. After a run or two, things came back quickly. My legs even felt stronger. Must be all that running I did over the summer.
|Ooooh.....freshly groomed corduroy|
|How to do a tele-turn|
After an hour, I met up with Kim and we took some runs together. I got a new smaller (pocket-sized) camera for an early Christmas present, and today was the first time I'd tried it out. I took some photos, and had Kim take a couple of me (I'm always the photographer, never the subject) The sunny skies were very conducive to photography.
|Kim laughs at my self-portrait attempt|
And of course I tried to get a photo of both Kim and I. Two longtime ski buddies!
|Kim strikes a studly skier's pose|
|Mt. Hood, lookin' white and wonderful|
|Kim surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery|
|I attempt a sexy skier's pose|
|Top of the world view from the Cascade lift|
Kim went in early to check on the kids, and I took a couple more runs by myself. The Cascade lift was open, so I rode it to the very top of the ski area. The views were wonderful. You could see the tip of Mt. Jefferson protruding from a low cloud bank. The afternoon sun was low in the sky giving nice light to the scene. A good way to end a perfect day of skiing!
My ski season is off to a great start. Thanks to La Nina, the mountain has lots of early season snow. And I hear the snow's supposed to keep piling up. It's gonna be a good year!