|Mountain views from the slopes|
Clear skies greeted our arrival. Nearby Mt Jefferson was visible from the slopes, as well as the Three Sisters.
|Gettin' better at selfies!|
I even managed to capture one successful selfie - I'm gettin' better at this! (Kim knows how to pose too!)
|Icicles hanging off trail sign|
Mt Hood had been hit with an ice storm two days prior. Although the slopes had been groomed, evidence of the freezing precip was everywhere. Trailsigns were encased in a glittering shell, icicles dangling off their edges.
|Mother Nature's artwork|
We skied by a huge glade of trees all encrusted in ice. It was so stunning I just had to stop for an extended photo break.
|Grove of icy trees|
It was as if someone had sprayed a firehose on the trees, and they instantly froze.
Icicles dangled from high branches. Backlit by the sun, they glittered like diamonds (sorry, my photos just don't capture how breathtaking it really was).
|Branches coated with ice|
I wasn't the only person who'd stopped. Many other skiers had cell phones out, collecting photos of their own.
|Mt Hood framed by trees|
I just love clear, sunny days on the mountain. Mt Hood is so beautiful coated in winter white!
|This tree was totally coated|
One lone tree was entirely coated in a thick, icy shell. Huge icicles dangled off its branches. So unusual and lovely!
It was a day of great weather, soft snow, many turns, and big smiles. Plus the bonus of seeing Mother Nature's incredible artwork in the form of an ice storm aftermath. Not a bad way to start the new year!