Today was a bluebird day at Crystal Mountain. My day started with avalanche control in Southback, and it was a beautiful, crystalline morning. The other team members broke trail while I snapped photos, trying to capture the sparkling snow haloes, the backlit clouds against jagged peaks and the luxurious light. There’s nothing quite like pristine snow mixed with explosives to really make one feel close to God. Well, maybe not the explosives. That is, unless you are a ski patroller.
Unfortunately, Chair 6 broke down today, and so only a few lucky skiers got to experience Southback. Hopefully, they savored their turns, tasting the powder, inhaling the light. Because today was something extraordinary. And I, for one, am glad I got to experience it.