June 4, 2009 – South Sister from Mt. Bachelor

South Sister from Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort

June 4, 2009.

This is a view of South Sister, from Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort. South Sister is the southernmost peak of the Three Sisters, which are volcanic peaks in central-ish Oregon. (Thus, this is looking north.) Going back to the entry from a few days ago, the sisters are more examples of volcanoes in the same chain as Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, and all the rest. (Mt. Bachelor is too, actually.)

Mt. Bachelor is actually one of my favorite places to ski, even though it’s a bit of a pain in the ass to get there. (You’re looking at a 7 or 8 hour drive from Seattle, and that’s if the weather’s good and there’s no traffic.) But it’s HUGE, the terrain is great, the snow is fantastic, and there’s NOBODY THERE! If you’ve never made it out that way, you owe it to yourself to give it a shot. I grew up in Colorado, so I don’t toss around words like “favorite place to ski” lightly, but this place is totally up there with the best of them. As I mentioned, it’s a huge volcano, and they have a chairlift that goes all the way to the top, so you can essentially ski on 75% of the whole mountain. It’s incredible.

I was going to write “So, enough gushing about the resort, …” and then follow that up with something else interesting about the photo. But, nothing’s really coming to mind. I guess I could toss out there that this picture was taken in January, 2007, when Roy, Mark, Pat and I drove down there for MLK day weekend. That’s constructive, right?

Map: http://tinyurl.com/pstlt8

Location is approximate, it was somewhere on that side of the mountain though.

From the original post on Facebook, my cousin Deanne commented:

Hahaha, I love it. This picture is really cool actually. I love that it looks like someone just threw a ton of snow at that tree and that it didn’t even see it coming. It’s so flat on the one side!

…to which I responded:

I guess I should have added:

One thing about Mt. Bachelor is that it gets a TON of wind. And the storms come in from predominantly one direction. So during a storm pattern, everything gets covered with that snow on one side. (Actually, the stuff on the trees is solid ice. In fact, when we were there earlier this winter, they had to close down a bunch of the lifts because they had SIX INCHES of ice built up on them. I mean, holy crap!)

Now you know.

Notes: Canon PowerShot SD700 IS (Point and shoot). 1/500s, f/7.1.

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