Sunday, March 3, 2013

when the moon is looking right...

12/30/12 A brilliant full moon illuminates the massive north west face of Mount Shuksan, revealing all of the glorious potential in a mesmerizing new light. It was about 4 am and we were getting ready to drop in through some deep, moonlit powder to reach the base of the mountain. It was one of the best days I've ever had on skis.

2/27/13 All of a sudden we were in position. The moon was big and bright, and the storm that had freshened up our mountains was now on its way east to Colorado. At the top of the hill I was refreshed and excited to find out that instead of the wind and sun hammered environment I was expecting, the air was dead still, and the snow was in quality form. Everything seems so pristine under the glow of a full moon, especially laying tracks through a field of powder.

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