Thursday, November 24, 2016

Giving Thanks to the latest storm

The season's first outing with Mike was to Empire Express top station from the Empire Lodge (next to the Montage). Elevation gain is 1,350 feet and we did three laps so a bit over 4,000 feet elev. gain before lunch. For the first lap (that started at 8:00 am) we were pretty much alone and had to break a fair amount of trail as today we were first to the Empire Express top station. On the third lap (past 10:30 am) the lower half of the hill was crowded, it felt like we were sharing this thing with another 100+ people. Here are a few pictures (click to enlarge):
View of Jupiter Peak from Empire Express top station.

Mike transitioning to the downhill at Empire Express.

Skadi hydrating...

...and Loki thinking about it.

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