It wasn’t much of a start, but this winter has sure developed into something nice. This past January has seen tons of snow so far, and while it’s early and things can change, the stability in the backcountry has been really good as well.
We took the opportunity to join some friends recently for a few days of skiing in the Raggeds region of the West Elks, right after a big storm had cleared. It was an awesome way to get 2017 rolling.
On the first day the storm had moved on but some high clouds remained, making for some cool light.
Al Beyer, in the business.
Christy, skinning among the snow-plastered trees.
There was some cold smoke out there for sure.
Big smiles. And why wouldn’t you when it was this good?
That night, some clearing, with low clouds over Marble.
The next morning, Ruthie takes the lead.
Christy takes her turn. No rush, plenty of snow to go around.
Skinning high in the basin.
And still further.
Setting some tracks down into the other side of the basin.
What goes down must eventually find their way back up, at least here today.
Skiing in the shadow of the mountain. The snow was so good some flat light didn’t really matter much.
The setting sun on the central Elk Mountains (Capitol, left, and Snowmass to the right).
Our last stop on our Norway trip was to the Lyngen Alps, a peninsula packed with peaks a short distance north of Tromso. We had long heard of the region, it’s one of the more well-known locations in Northern Norway for climbing and skiing.
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