Thursday, February 26, 2009

Thematic Photographic 38: "Winter" v.2.0 - Waiting for the Groom

"Groomin' On a Sunny Afternoon"
Boone, NC - February 2001 (Click to embiggen)

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Usually if we want snow we have to make our own. Even in the mountains the natural snow isn't enough to build enough of a base for the ski areas to operate without help. This is a typical scene between shifts at Appalachian Ski Mountain when they close the slope for an hour or so to re-groom the surface. On sunny days, it's not unusual for the surface to thaw enough to turn the ski slope into a skating rink for the night skiing session.Violence Unsilenced
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kenju said...

When I saw your title, I thought it would be a wedding photo....LOL

lisaschaos said...

So, do you ski? I can't seem to stay up on the skis. :)

SandyCarlson said...

You've got every kind of climate going down there! Great shot.

Kathy said...

Oh yeah! I know about those slipery slopes. We like to go to a close buy ski place in our area that is very simular. It's inexpensive but sometimes it's tough going.

Nice shot!

Asha said...

Never skied but it's a joy to look at the snow, specially when the Sun lights hit!

Have a great weekend! :)

Shadow said...

oh that ski lift brings memories of austria, thank you!

Carmi said...

I admire their pluck in perpetuating a sport in a climate that normally wouldn't be associated with it. This scene brings me back to the mountains north of Montreal, where I learned to ski oh so long ago.

I definitely need to get back to the hills. That feeling of freedom, as exemplified by the wonderful depth of this shot, is calling me.