Friday, January 22, 2010

Avalanche Mitigation

Powder Mountain, Utah


Powder Mountain, Utah
Every once in a while, I've gotta put a picture of myself in here. This week's snowstorm has been really good for the mountain. Before this week, we were 60% below normal annual snow totals. It's always amazing how much ski area worker's moods change as snow comes and goes. Right now, I guarantee you, everyone's high.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Gary in the Trees

Powder Mountain, Utah
It finally snowed! The biggest part of the storm system is going south of Utah, but we've gotten a badly needed 13 inches out of it so far. Yesterday, I took this picture while skiing in the South facing trees off of Lightning Ridge.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010

No Snow

It hasn't snowed in a long time...
Powder Mountain, Utah

Monday, January 11, 2010

Back On!

For the regular readers of my blog, I just want to let you know that we're back on! A few things contributed to the lack of posting....I went through the fall semester without Internet at my house, my computer screen turned green, and I began experimenting with RAW format (takes a lot more time!). I'm going to add some photos from this fall, but I'll back-date them, so they remain in the proper time-order on the blog.

I'm taking my winter vacation back in the USA. So, for the next month, this blog won't be the "Daily Shot of Jeju." Instead, it'll be the "Daily Shot of Powder Mountain!" In December, I went back home to Indiana for Christmas, then drove out to Utah for two months of working on the Ski Patrol at Powder Mountain. My Dad's friend Butch rented a super nice condo at the bottom of the mountain road and I'll be staying there with Butch, Chuck, and a couple weeks later, Chad.

Utah hasn't been blessed with much snow this season...we've only got about half as much as normal. It hasn't snowed in a week, and there's no snow in the forecast for 7 more days. However, the temperature has been relatively cold lately, so Butch and I decided to take this opportunity to go ice climbing! We drove over to Ogden to check out Waterfall Canyon. The ice was mostly in, but it looked a little sketchy at the top. Neither of us has ice climbed recently, and we're both scared to death of leading on ice, so we didn't climb much, but it was a successful and fun day!

Butch, on the trail to the waterfall

Waterfall Canyon.....the falls

Climbing the Falls

Birthday Dinner (Jamaican Jerk Rubbed Barbecued Chicken)
Me on the left, Butch, Chuck