December 21, 2011 Winter Solstice was a glorious day at the mountain. There was a small dusting of new snow, and bluebird blue. John Wells and Christian Regester took full advantage of the shortest amount of sun available, shooting these 4 keepers in a short window of about 25 minutes. The sun is still low in the sky in December. Our North slopes really shelter the ridges and create these curtains of light. They drape Mt. Baker ski area and the south east aspects with the most dramatic sun and thermal warming, good for photos bad for snowpack stability. The PNW is not known for it's sunny pow skiing, giving much credit to North facing slopes being more stable and predictable. Crunchy sun crust, wind whipped, sun cups, all things to describe our South East slopes. It was cold, the sun was warm and making turns in the sun on Winter Solstice.... really felt a lot like Christmas! Winter Solstice /// Photo Day | Unofficial Networks

Winter Solstice /// Photo Day

Winter Solstice /// Photo Day

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Winter Solstice /// Photo Day

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John Wells making the most of the shortest day of the year. photo: Christian Regester

December 21, 2011 Winter Solstice was a glorious day at the mountain.  There was a small dusting of new snow, and bluebird blue John Wells and Christian Regester took full advantage of the shortest amount of sun available, shooting these 4 keepers in a short window of about 25 minutes.

The sun is still low in the sky in December.  Our North slopes really shelter the ridges and create these curtains of light.  They drape Mt. Baker ski area and the south east aspects with the most dramatic sun and thermal warming, good for photos bad for snowpack stability.

The PNW is not known for it’s sunny pow skiing, giving much credit to North facing slopes being more stable and predictable.  Crunchy sun crust, wind whipped, sun cups, all things to describe our South East slopes.  It was cold, the sun was warm and making turns in the sun on Winter Solstice…. really felt a lot like Christmas!

 Christian Regester getting sideways w/ Mt. Shuksan

photo: John Wells

 John taking another good turn under Shuksan’s watchful eye.

photo: Christian Regester

 Christian making his mark towards Mt. Anne.

Photo: John Wells

To see more from John & Christian Visit:

http://johnwells-ski.blogspot.com                               http://standishstudios.blogspot.com/

 

 

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