I haven't been up in the new bowls for a couple of weeks, but there has been a satisfying, if annoying, amount of helicopter flying and cement truck traffic. I only had an hour for a quick trip this morning, so I just rode up to the top of Deer snapping shots of anything conceivably interesting along the way. This is what I got.
The helicopter they have been using was parked in the main lot and I managed to capture it taking off. I had to be quite close to get this shot and now have significant sympathy for the facial treatments the Sphinx has endured over the years. Particularly impressive was how the grit even managed to get inside my clone camel back to coat the outside of the bladder.
This beast seemed to have unusually large wide blades, perhaps for the heavy lifting or
perhaps because I don't know anything about helicopters.
down from the top of the Deer lift you can see the large clearing that has been
cut beside the Griz Inn and right next to the Elk Quad. This is apparently
to become a new hotel complex over the next summer.
is the same site taken from the ski school meeting area. The bottoms of the
Elk and Mitey Moose lifts give some orientation.
thirty degrees and here is the Snow Creek hotel starting to rise behind the
poma lift. Things are starting to look quite different around here.
parking lot that the RV folks used for winter hibernation is simply no more,
but contrary to the initial rumors space is being made for them. This
is the new RV lot which is located to the South of the upper serpentine parking
lot - past the old bone yard. It appears they are getting ready to install
some sort of services.
the serpentine parking lots on the highway side of the road that crosses the
ski out to Timberline Village, is a large new parking lot. This looks
like it will hold a lot of cars, but it is going to be a pretty fair hike from
the South end of this thing. It would appear to be at about the same height
as the Wolf's Den lot, so skiing over to the lifts probably won't be an option.
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