|Photo by Kelly.|
We awoke to heavy snow as predicted. Our entire time in Norway the weather reports were crazy accurate actually. They could predict weather by region, by hour. With all of the crazy mountains I have no idea how, but if you're ever in Norway, trust these weather reports.
We loaded up the car and just drove 15 minutes down the road to find Middagstinden. I should say that "find" is hardly accurate, as this was our view:
|Oh my, what beautiful views we have. Photo by Kelly.|
Undeterred, we started our ascent on a summer road. We meandered through the "forest" consisting of well spaced trees along the flats before we began our ascent. We stopped frequently to gain our bearings, as, you know, we couldn't really see where we were going.
|Seriously guys. These views were the BEST.|
|Good spirits despite the onslaught. Photo by Kelly.|
|Nick passing under the alter of nature|
|Our mouths are open and arms are up. WE ARE HAVING FUN!|
We skied down through some fun powder but had difficulty maintaining speed due to the DEEP POW and super low-angle slope. The trees were really well spaced for some fun skiing though, and generally we had a great time. Nick tried to kill himself in a ravine, but that was only his first ravine of many for the trip, so we let him do his snowboard thing and looked the other way.
Once we reached the flats again we briefly entertained the idea of skiing another lap in the fun pow, but with snow blowing in our faces from increasing wind, it just wasn't worth freezing half of our faces off for another 700' of skiing.
|The trail to the car. Photo by Kelly.|
Once back at the car we confirmed: yes, it was indeed snowing. At least 6" had accumulated on the Tulle in the few hours we had been outside.
|6" of Gnar in Gnarway! Photo by Kelly. Expressions by my face.|
This same 6" had also blocked us in, so with Julian acting as an expert driver, the rest of us pushed the Passat until it tasted SWEET FREEDOM on the roads of Norway. All of us jumped in the car with our boots on for the short drive home. We *might* have been a little snowy.
|A little snow never hurt anyone.|
|Langley stoking our fire|
|Footsteps. Photo by Langley.|
|You can see our "town" behind. Photo by Langley.|
|Jumping photo! Kelly is actually the inspiration for all of my jumping pics.|
|Spirits are high.|
|The album cover for our forthcoming Norwegian Folk-Rock debut. One of my favorite shots of the trip.|
|Too bad I missed capturing when Kelly gave Julian a piggy back ride.|
Nick especially had a fun time playing in the snow, and using my "fast action" camera feature I was able to capture his ridiculousness (in case you missed it, I love embracing all things ridiculous). It's been especially amusing for me to learn how to create .gif's of his antics:
The snow ran the entire length of the ridgeline, billowed up filling the valley below, and in fact started to creep up the mountain on the other side. It was loud and startling and stupendous.
|A closer look at the cloud of snow.|
|The group filming the avalanche.|
Once the snow settled, Nick had two statements:
1) Wow, glad we weren't over there.
2) It's definitely safe now!
He was kidding...mostly.
After the excitement of the avalanche, we took a few minutes to really take in the amazing scenery just as dusk was breaking.