Friday, January 29, 2010

End of January... already?

I'm half way through a four-day level II avalanche course. We're spending about 12 hours in the classroom and about 20 hours in the field. So far we've worked on search techniques, multiple burials, and snow pit data and strength tests. Tomorrow we are headed up to Togwotee Pass to work on some more snow pits and route finding techniques. I haven't skied Togwotee yet, so it should be interesting.

Last week we received five feet of new snow, finally allowing some fun days. Finally, we have most of our terrain open and we are able to hit drops and jumps without worrying about landing on rocks and ice. It finally feels like winter.

Due to the previous lack of snow leading to unexciting ski days, I haven't been bringing my camera out with me. I was getting pretty bored riding groomers and minimal good terrain at the mountain. Below are some photos I've collected from Mamie and Sara.

[ Me and Mike at Jake's Pizza party. We grew up together in AK - he moved down to Jackson about a month ago. ]

[ Sara and Mike ]

[ Kurt ]

[ Walking Oz with Mamie along the Snake ]

[ Headed to the Virge ]

[ Mamie, Me, Julie ]

[ Mike is definitely the king of leftovers ]

[Mexican night at our place leads to a fire pit on the back porch ]

[ Joana, Mike, Adam, and Courtney ]

[ Let's go skiing ]

[ Me and Sara ]

[ Thunder Lift - finally a pow day ]

[ Sara, Me, Mike ]

[ Me dropping a little guy in Paintbrush ]

[ Jake ]

[ Jake getting stuck in deep snow ]

[ Roomies - Sara and Me ]

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