March 2, 2008. Mike Kruger, Dave Larson, Joe Brady and I decided to snag some fresh pow in Pickhandle Basin, just east of Crystal Mountain ski area. We managed to mooch a free ride up the Gold Hills chair lift, which probably saved us 15 minutes of skinning. I brought along my new Nikon D300.
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Mike at the lodge.
Dave is ready to shred.
Joe is rocking out with his ___ out.
Skinning just above the top of the lift.
Nearing the top of Pickhandle Basin.
Time to de-skin and get some soft stuff going.
A couple feet of new- and Bob’s the only one with no kids. Guess who gets to go first? Yes!
Larson is the first to follow.
Joe Brady soon thereafter.
Surprisingly, Mike follows down the first slope.
The sun doesn’t get very high in the sky this time of year, but the mid-day shadows are gorgeous.
Seems like his teeth would get cold, but alas- he’s in his element.
Time for round #2.
Rainier poking out behind the clouds.
Woah. Someone actually grabbed the camera, but a bit too late to capture the deep and steep.
Round #4. I was clearly done playing the photographer, as evidenced by my dirty lens. One last run and then some much deserved beer…
Back to the Snorting Elk to celebrate an epic day (poor quality iPhoto shot, but it worked)!
…to the top!