A Salvaged Winter

With California receiving a record low snow fall in 2014-2015, a strong mix of persistence and optimism was required in order to salvage an enjoyable ski season. Since both Beth and I are nearing the end of our PhD’s and done with coursework, we decided to both get shares in a cabin in Tahoe with 10 other good friends. Being able to work in the morning and ski in the afternoon brought me as close to being a ski bum as I ever have been. The cabin was the primary, if not the sole, reason for having such a great season in spite of snow conditions.

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Beth cheerfully takes in the rare sight of powder at Northstar

I tend not to bring my camera while snowboarding so I have few images from the season. Perhaps it’s due to the non-stop nature of our days on the mountain; perhaps it’s fear of falling – something I do quite frequently – and damaging my camera; however I think that it is most likely that I don’t bring my camera because I don’t have any creative ideas on how to shoot on the slopes. Skiing/riding at resorts is a very common activity. A decent portion of the population has experienced a day at a resort. They know how it looks, feels, smells, sounds, etc. on the slopes so it would be difficult for me to take a picture that presents a novel aspect of a day riding.

In the future, however, I think I’ll try to bring my camera more. It was a fun challenge to shoot something new and post on something other than kayaking (although those are still my favorite posts).

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The best camera is the one you have with you. Pulled out my iPhone to try to capture the stunning views of Lake Tahoe from Heavenly after a snow.

Tired of the poor conditions in California, looking for an excuse to visit home, and wanting to make full use of the multi-state season pass we bought, we flew to Colorado in mid-March. We missed any powder days but the warm, nearly cloudless weather made for excellent spring conditions.

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The Rockies stretch out in front of Beaver Creek

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Beth at the top of a incredibly fast, steep groomer backdropped by the drying conditions at the base of Beaver Creek

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Night skiing: the dichotomy of serenity and excitement. Looking to make the most of our time in Colorado, we make our way to Keystone for a few laps after dark.