To Broken Top Mountain

FasterSkierMay 25, 2009

Heading out on a crust ski! Mt. Bachelor is in the background but for Sunday’s crust ski our destination was Broken Top, to the North of Bachelor. I spent the previous week doing some on snow training down in Bend, OR. Most of the training was technique or intensity focused but some days you simply have to get off the trails and enjoy the mountains!

Laura Valaas, ITA Athlete Brian Gregg, & Kristina Owen taking a photo break.

Crossing Todd Lake, Broken Top barely peeking out above the horizon.

We paused to regroup once we neared the edge of the trees and finally had a clear sight of our goal… that bowl under the peak and above those moraines that look like pinball arms.

Slowly, the mountain came closer.

and even closer, over playgrounds of snow.

When we made the top we could see the multicolored bands from red to yellow and back to rock-colored undulating through the peak.

Jamie Bronga & Sadie Bjornsen just finished their first year of NCAA skiing and are going to be training together in the beautiful Methow valley this summer. They got the summer training season started off right with a ton of skiing here in Bend under the watchful eye of their coach Scott. Go get it done, girls!

See those tiny dots in the middle of the snowfield?

…they’re skiers!


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