04 January 2007

the best $75 i ever spent. period.

this is (as far as i know) the top of the world (download the full version. blogger doesnt handle panoramics very well). this is a 360° shot from about 13,000ft. it was the highest point at the ski resort and it was scary as hell. it was freezing, the wind was blowing 50mph carrying snow with it (creating a sand blasting effect), the altitude made you dizzy and hard to catch your breathe, and to top it off, i had to snowboard off this s.o.b. needless to say, i was in over my head. the trail to the bottom was about 0.5mi long(?), but it took me about 30 min to get down. it was a steep and exhausting run and i made the mistake of waiting till the end of the day to tackle it.

look at the snow blowing like crazy.

(en route)

this was the most awesome snowboarding ever. the trails were hundreds of yards wide and literally miles long. this and the fact that you were in a valley between mountains just made for the most incredible time. i have never seen such raw beauty in my entire life.

the snow is so much softer and drier than in the east. there were parts where you'd sink down 2-3ft if you tried to walk on it. i just kept imagining the people that first made their way through these mountains. i can't even fathom it.

(full version)

(just to the right of those guys is the building in the panoramic above. i'm at the top of the mountain here.)

(earlier that morning)

on a completely unrelated note, this was the Golden B. it was a fun place that had a piano player and he played songs for everyone to sing along with. it was a lot of fun.

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