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First Tracks at First Light

By Ann Driggers

As we move further into spring, the dawn patrol - getting up super early to ski before work - starts to lose its appeal. Firstly all the skimountaineering races, for which the dawn patrol is good training, are over for the season. Secondly the snow is icy and, if the ski area is closed, grooming operations have ceased and ski conditions are less than optimal. I keep my eye on the weather forecast however and once in a while there is the perfect scenario of an overnight storm, with a fresh dump of snow. Even better if the storm has cleared allowing for viewing of a beautiful sunrise. The stars aligned last week so I headed up to a closed Ski Sunlight with ski buddy Scott. As we climbed the eastern sky colors were quite beautiful: 

We reached the summit just as the sun came over the horizon. Perfect timing!

The light was simply gorgeous.

Sure enough there was plenty of fresh snow and we enjoyed some lovely turns on our way down.

First tracks at first light - always a great way to start the day!

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