Catch of the Day - A Few of My Favorite Things
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JimK - DCSki Columnist
November 16, 2005
Member since 01/14/2004
2,645 posts
Here's a few favorite past photo catches:

Girl Power in Portillo, Chile: http://community.webshots.com/photo/233833963/233846174JfAVim

A touristy shot from Austria's Arlberg, but also capturing the journey of exploration often characteristic of skiing in the Alps: http://community.webshots.com/photo/31252399/31252848EQJPjiNJmr

Kirkwood Johnny - nice character study of young Californian, ain't no easy way to or from this spot. I enjoy expanding this view to the max: http://community.webshots.com/photo/88705191/88708768pcOrqF

A peek down the ridiculous Corbet's Couloir at Jackson Hole, WY: http://community.webshots.com/photo/120573922/120577734cCsPvH

Real nice shot of Aspen, CO glade skiing at it's most inviting, not too steep, lots of snow, trees well spaced. But don't fool yourself, this telemarker is good and so is the photographer. http://community.webshots.com/photo/109830261/109831521UIcjvN

Top of the Big Sky, MT showing the tram from a dizzying perspective that persuasively conveys the steepness of this lift and the terrain it serves: http://community.webshots.com/photo/122155719/122175220gtwUhE

Les Arcs ski patroller - sign me up for this Frenchmen's job, office comes with a view: http://community.webshots.com/photo/66704046/66704374xduJbW

My idea of heaven, Lake Louise, Canada: http://community.webshots.com/photo/302310308/302311178zEGdbL

Enough fantasizing, the real ski season is nearly upon us. Hope yours is rewarding.
The Colonel - DCSki Supporter
November 16, 2005
Member since 03/5/2004
3,061 posts
Thanks Jim for some wonderful photos.
The Colonel
BushwackerinPA
November 17, 2005
Member since 12/9/2004
649 posts
wow Jackson looks like scary as hell but given time I think i would do that.
Roger Z
November 17, 2005
Member since 01/16/2004
2,181 posts
I made the "mistake" of taking my first ski vacation ever out west to Lake Louise. Turns out they were having their best snow year in three decades and it was sunny and clear the entire week, except for one 4 inch snow event.

The views were the mistake- absolutely, unbelievably spectacular. Almost everything else by comparison is second-rate. There is at least one exception that I'm aware of.

My one and only trip to Whistler was over MLK weekend a few years back, during one of the Pac NW drought winters. Whistler was still almost 100% open and had just received freshies the day before we arrived, but all three days were crystal clear, which is absolutely unheard of along the British Columbia coast in mid January. Anyway, the mid-winter views from the top of Whistler are, in my opinion, every bit as pretty as Lake Louise (or, if they're not as pretty, they are really darn close).

But you are much more likely to see the views at Louise and Sunshine Village than you are at Whistler, so if scenery is your thing, those two resorts are pretty much as good as it gets. And, like I said, the next mountain you go to, you'll probably stare out from the summit and say "ho hum." Unless it's Moonshine Mountain.
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