One of the good parts of Alaska in the winter? You don’t have to get up very early to enjoy a gorgeous sunrise.
Enough snow for you yet? Because we’ve got quite a bit of winter left to go.
On days with really big snow I like to visit the Haines Avalanche Information Center website where I can read how we have had nearly 8 feet of snow dumped on us in the past few weeks and to expect more. I go to the ‘local observations tab’ for gems like: ”localized areas of whumphing caused by an unsupported slab…TOO MUCH SNOW!.. Don’t let your guard down…With deep powder should come an even deeper respect.” Hats off to Eric and Jeff for a great website.
On my way into town I not infrequently see a small group of powder-coated figures tumble out of the woods onto the side of the road, snow boards in hand. Where did they come from? The eye goes up…and up and up to the white peaks of the 3,599 ft. monster that hulks over our corner of the fjord.
It is amazing to think that what -to a normal person- represents unscaleable heights, trackless terrain, impenetrable forest and deadly weather conditions is, for those with the fitness, the expertise, (and the courage) to handle it, a fun day of hiking up and skiing down. A good reminder of how a set of skills can really change your view of a situation
Happy New Year. May there be more peace in the world… Or perhaps the peace is already there, in which case- may we all feel it.
The camera doesn’t show how the light was butter yellow in the morning, slipping off the mountains and across the surface of the water.
Rain on snow may not be considered good weather by some, but it is perfect weather for building a snowman. (Photos: RML and me)
A beautiful day for a ski-party at the lake with chili and hot chocolate and lots and lots of snow. (Photos RML)
We have had a terrific snow storm, nearly 2 feet of snow over the last two days. The snow is up to my thighs so we take the snow machine out on the trail first to make it easier to ski. With this much snow you have no sense of the ground beneath the machine. If you want a good picture of me attempting to drive the snow machine, think of the scene in Return of the Jedi when the Ewok steals the speeder bike. (Click for the link.) The three-year-old is probably a better driver than I am.