You probably know by now that I'm a ski junky. The last couple of weeks I've been training so I can do some photography on the slopes. I changed skis to all terrain rockers to give me a little more stability with the camera. The first week I spent getting used to my new skis. The second week I've been getting used to skiing with a pack loaded with camera gear. It's amazing how much a 50 lb. pack changes your center of gravity. Tuesday I hit my first black diamond run with a loaded pack. Talk about feeling like a rookie. Today I told my friend and mountain guide (I haven't skied the Canyons since it was called Park West) that I didn't want to do any black diamonds as I wanted to build my confidence riding with a loaded pack. To his credit he didn't take me to any black diamonds.
|Ninety Nine 90 ExpressHe took me up Ninety Nine 90 Express. I have no idea why it's named that. Maybe it's because the least extreme angle is 90 degrees and you will end up doing 90 mph when you ski it.|
|Yep Straight down.|
I should have known when there were light cover caution signs when you got on the lift that I was in for it.
|There were two choices|
|Double Black Diamond or Double Black Diamond. Both had thin cover warnings.|
|Avalanche Control AreaAt this point it was hard to trust this guy when he told me this was the easiest way down. I guess at least Double Black Diamonds with thin cover don't qualify as Black Diamonds.|
|Bluebird PanoIt makes it hard to believe that you can't see the mountains through the soup in the valley.|
|Ski Patrol Dog|
|Ski Patrol Dog|
Planning a ski trip to Utah? Did you know you can hire me to ski with you and take pictures of your priceless memories? Send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (801) 613-7514 At this point I'm good up to double blue. Anything with a diamond on it and you may have to wait for me ha ha.
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