But don't tell that to Mt. Hood......
|Sunny day! Yahoo!|
My ski-buddy Kim and I both had Friday off, and the weatherman predicted a warm, sunny day. Time for a visit to the Hood to partake in some spring skiing! (even though it wasn't quite spring yet).
|Ready for our first run|
Although a week of constant mid-February snowstorms revived our skimpy snowpack, the weather this season has been more spring- than winter-like. Another blogger complained that "PNW" (Pacific Northwest) stood for "Pacific No Winter." But those who prefer their ski days sunny and warm were happy campers.
|Cool cloud bank hovers over the valley|
Kim and I certainly were smiling. How can you not when the first ride up brings you views like these?
|Looking into Heather Canyon|
Due to the low snow, Heather Canyon, Mt. Hood Meadows' Expert area, had been off-limits most of the season. But the fabulous February refill covered its slopes enough that the ropes were finally dropped. Kim saw me staring longingly into the canyon and told me to go ahead and take a run (she doesn't do double blacks). She promised to meet me at the bottom of Shooting Star lift.
|Bottom of Heather Canyon|
So I happily swished down the slope between Twilight and Moon Bowls. Although a little icy on top, my ski edges soon found some soft fluff to bite into. Although the slopes were pretty bumped up, I still had a fun ride down. Upon hitting the bottom, I stopped to take in the beauty of this stark, snow-covered landscape. Sitting in the bottom of a massive canyon makes you realize you're merely a speck in this great big ole world.
|Riding the lift out of Heather Canyon|
Then it was a quick slide to the lift, and a fun ride up the steep canyon wall.
|Approaching the Shooting Star Lift|
And during the trip, plenty of photo ops.
|Different perspective of the lift line|
Passing over the Shooting Star chair gives one a different perspective of lift lines.
|Kim waving to me from below|
And a wave from Kim, waiting below.
|Dramatic views from top of Cascade Lift|
Post-lunch, the sun was out in full force. My friend and I traveled to Cascade Chairlift, the highest place in the ski area. Fantastic views could be found from every direction.
|Gotta be careful! (photo by Kim)|
But lookout for the hazards! Kim snapped this funny photo with her phone, and was nice enough to share.
|Kim tryin' out some demo skis|
The intense solar energy worked it's magic on the snow, and by afternoon, it was lovely soft corn. An absolute joy to ski through! Crowds (what little there were) had tapered off, so lines were non-existent. Kim and I made lap after lap, until our legs were crying for mercy.
|Mountain and forest views|
These ungroomed wind-blown drifts were probably my favorite run of the day. It was big fun to slide up and down these small (and large) bumps. I even caught a tiny bit of air! (tee-hee!)
|Hood is lookin' good|
Ahhh..... blue skies, soft snow, no crowds, endless solar energy. Who doesn't love spring skiing? (Especially when it arrives early!)
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