|Me and the girls ready to ski! (photo by Young)
My girlfriends and I started our ski year with a early December trip to sample the goods at Mt Bachelor.
The day started out cloudy, but soon snow started in earnest. Visibility dropped, but the new-fallen snow was so light and plentiful, I didn't really care.
|My brother joined us for the fun
My brother joined us girls for some rippin' down the slopes!
|Big flakes started falling (photo by Young)
We had a most excellent day whooshing through the fresh pow.
|Ski pole joust!
And.....maybe a tiny bit of horseplay too!
|Happiness is powder snow
The next day, we arrived to a huge snowstorm. Strong winds whipped the flakes into a frenzy.
|Ice crusted sign
Trees and trail signs were covered in an icy shell.
|Lovely flocked trees
I tried to ski as long as possible, but high winds and poor visibility forced us into the lodge before noon. Oh well.....there was lots more of the season to come.
|Icy tree trunk
New Year's Day found me and my buddies Kim and Hollie up at Mt Hood Meadows. I love skiing the early morning hours of this holiday - slopes are empty (everyone's still home sleeping off the previous night's revelery)
|Snowy New Year's Day
Snow was falling heavily, with a good six inches of powder. It was such a great day, I only took a few photos - too busy skiing!
|Perfect blue skies!
But just a couple days before New Year's the weather was completely different. Sunny blue skies ruled.
Although stormy, powder days are my first love, sunshine on the slopes is the next best thing!
|Dramatic clouds at the top of Cascade
You get to enjoy fantastic views like these from the very highest lift at Meadows.
|Sunburst on Cascade Lift
And if you're lucky you might even capture a sunburst or two.
|Amazing views from Mt Hood Meadows
I love my home mountain.....one never tires of the panoramic scenery from the slopes of Mt Hood.
|Mt Hood selfie
So that's just a sampling from the first few ski outings of winter 2017. The abundance of white stuff has certainly put a smile on this ski fanatic's face. Here's to more fun on the slopes!