Yesterday, my friend Jono and I went to the nearest ski-resort to carve up the mountainside. He's an avid skier and I'm a rookie snowboarder so one might think only the fiercest of rivalries would exist between us. On the contrary, Jono's a true bro, and our chumminess only grows as we enjoy creation by rushing down the sides of mountains in powdery fluffiness. We're snow buddies for life.
I live just under an hour away from prime ski terrain, so Jono spent the night at our place, and then we left early Saturday morning to reach the slopes when they opened. We could not have chosen a better day to spend on the mountain. Once the sun had climbed high enough in the sky to peer over the mountains, its luminous immensity shone across the snow, sparkling and reflecting from the expanses of sheer white powder. It had only recently snowed, so everything was capped with a new coat of dry, powdery snow. Conditions could not possibly be more perfect. It was, in a word, fantastic.
Jono forgot his snow-pants though... luckily for him some mutual friends were also going boarding that day, so he borrowed a pair from them.
Hour after hour passed, but we barely noticed. All we drank in were the spectacular views and the fantastic rushes we received from our rides down the mountain. It was a breathtaking afternoon.
|View from the car. The sun's rays were just hitting the mountain...|
|Different angle, different view, same breathtaking beauty...|
|Jono, excited about the hand-warmers he's holding...|
|Horsing around before the snow-pants arrived...|
|More gorgeous landscape.|
|The powder was so luscious...|
|A lift drop-off. It was really hard to get off of... for me...|
|Taking in the beauty of creation before hitting the slopes.|
|The snowboard-bum life suites me.|
|Yes, I wear gloves under my mittens. It gets cold!|
|Before strapping on my bindings and dropping in...|
Unfortunately the day ended rather harshly. The drive started well, it was relaxing and we listened to the Killers, which was splendid. But then traffic was a monster and we were both thoroughly exhausted when we got back. Nonetheless, it was an enormously fun day.