|Rock star parking space!|
I love skiing at Mt Bachelor. Not only do they have drier snow and tons of terrain, Bachelor also offers front row parking to carpools of four or more people. On the first day, I snagged this awesome spot right next to the lodge!
|Young and I are ready to go|
Although stormy weather was predicted, the sight of snowflakes whipping in the wind made me giddy. Who doesn't love a powder day?
|Girlfriends on the lift|
We all jumped on the lift and took a few runs with Hollie, who's been taking lessons. After coaching her down a couple of runs, we all agreed she was doing great. Hollie encouraged Kim, Young and I to go ahead, promising to connect at lunch.
|Kim points the way|
After meeting up with my brother Dale, my friends and I set out for a few laps down our favorite runs.
This year, Mt Bachelor opened a brand-new chairlift - the Cloudchaser. I'd been dying to try it, so we headed over to the mountain's east side.
|The gang's all here|
We were not disappointed! The lift was constructed over an area offering interesting terrain and fabulous tree skiing. Combined with a coat of soft, fluffy snow, it made for a morning of great fun.
|Taking Hollie down Marshmallow|
After a white-knuckle drive down the mountain, we returned the following day for more skiing adventures. Kim and I thought Hollie was ready for a challenge, so we took her down the Marshmallow run. Although she did fine, Hollie decided that was enough excitement for the day. She returned to the bunny slope for more practice, and Young, Kim and I headed back to Cloudchaser.
Although the weather was still overcast, the snow gods had delivered a good six inches of fluffy powder. Time to make some tracks!
|Denise and Chris joined us|
Midday, my daughter Denise and her boyfriend Chris joined us for some riding.
|The sun came out....and it was magical|
And then - miracle of miracles - about 10 o'clock the clouds parted to reveal brilliant blue skies!
|Ski track patterns|
Newly-fallen white snow against the bright blue made for some stunning scenery. It was magical!
|Looking towards the summit|
I made lots of stops and the camera came out again and again attempting to capture it all.
|Someone is happy|
Is Kim a happy skier or what?
Yup - nothing better than a surprise bluebird day. Yahoo!
|Sweeping views from on high|
Sunshine, new snow. and stunning views. I was having such a good time I didn't want to leave.
|Wave for the camera!|
But....we all had to work on Monday, so after a wonderful morning on the slopes, my friends and I packed it in and headed back over the mountains. But have no fear - Mt Bachelor, we'll be back!