Wednesday, October 27, 2010
So, it finally happened – we got our first big snowfall in the mountains. So, in honor of that, here’s a shot from last season, at Crystal Mountain. This time of year is always tough for me. Every year I tell myself that I’m not going to start watching the webcams at all the ski hills every day, to see if the snow is starting to pile up. Because every year we get a couple storms in late October or early November, but then since it’s still too early (for this part of the country, anyway), it always melts again, and we have to start from scratch. And it crushes my soul. Every year. Every year I tell myself to wait, to just wait until at least mid November to start obsessing over it. But then we get a huge storm rolling through, and I see all the snow on the Olympics to the west, and the Cascades to the east, and it starts the process all over again. Sigh.
This year’s supposed to be a great one through, what with La Nina rolling through and all. La Nina generally predicts cooler and wetter weather than average for the Pacific Northwest. While it’s true that this means there’s a better chance than usual to get some snow days in the city, that’s no guarantee. What IS a guarantee (or darn near to it, anyway) is that there will be greater than usual snowfall in the mountains. Which is awesome! (Mt. Baker, one of the ski areas around here, set a world record for the most snowfall recorded in a single winter among any place on earth, not just ski areas, back in 1998-1999, which was a La Nina year.) They’re saying this is the strongest La Nina since the 1950’s too, so, umm. Yay! I already invested in some low-visibility goggles to get ready for the season, so bring it on! (We’ll be getting a ton of snow this year, but we won’t be seeing the sun too often…)
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. 1/320s, f/14.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 19mm.
Friday, July 17, 2009.
I decided to post another skiing picture today, because I feel like I’m ready for winter again. I mean, don’t get me wrong, summer’s nice and all. But this season, I never had a chance to get my “farewell” run in. Usually, on my last day of skiing for the year, I take a few extra moments to appreciate my last run, I pay a little bit more attention to how each turn feels, to try to burn it into my memory, since I know it’ll be a long hot summer before I get to head up on the hill again. This time around, I was very confident that I had at least one or two more days left, so it didn’t even occur to me that the turns would be the last. Sigh.
All that talk about this last season, but yet this picture isn’t even from then. it’s from 2007. This was a nice sunny spring powder day at Crystal Mountain. Well, it started off as a powder day, but as you can imagine, bright sunshine in the springtime meant that the slopes facing the sun (those that face south-ish, like this one, called “Sunnyside”, duh) got pretty sloppy. But that’s fine, you expect that sort of thing in the spring.
Yeah, I guess that’s all I’ve got to say about this one, have a great weekend!
Notes: Canon PowerShot SD700 IS. 1/1250s, f/8.0, ISO unknown.