Day 3 of (1, 2, 3, 4):
What a difference a couple days makes! After a couple days of snow in the
mountains, our third day was nearly perfect. Fresh snow everywhere and
beautiful weather. With our local guide Dave to show us all of Baker's
great spots, Marc and I were curious to see what Baker could offer.

Canyon was closed on friday, but now it was open. Dave took us straight to
it for our first run. After watching Dave fearlessly plummet down into the
canyon we realized two things: 1) Dave is for real, and 2) it was going to
be a fun day. After two runs on Canyon they closed it due to avalanche
danger, so it was good we started there.

Mt. Shuksan was a nice backdrop.

Marc doing his impression of a mountain.

A panoramic shot of Shuksan.

Marc and Shuksan.

Farther to the right on the "Shuksan arm" there were some ski tracks and
some avalanche tracks. I just hope the ski tracks occured significantly
before the avalanche.

After seeing all the fresh tracks, we decided to head out of bounds for
some fresh stuff of our own. Marc and Dave getting ready for the hike

Looking back down at the lift and Marc as we hike up.

Looking ahead to the fresh snow that awaits us.

To the left, tracks lead to the "Shuksan arm."

This looks like a good place for an avalanche pit.

Such precision. It's almost a work of art.

The conclusion was Moderate/Considerable avalanche risk, which agreed with
what we'd heard from the authorities. Time to get moving while the snow is
still good.

At the end of our hike, ready to go back down.

Dave strapping in.

The tracks went farther, but with the avalanche danger we didn't risk it.

Making final preparations before heading down.

Time to go. I was the guinea pig in this experiment. Luckily it went as
planned, with great snow the entire way.
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Stopping in a safe area until Marc and Dave come down.

On to leg 2 of our journey. Marc's turn to lead.
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For leg 3, we could see that the snow dropped off ahead. Marc scouted
around to the right where it seemed a bit less steep. When I asked him how
it looked, he responded "It's steep!" Dave and I smiled. Marc finished
descending and then shot some videos. Here I go. It kind of felt like I
would imagine surfing a huge wave would be like. There's that moment when
you drop over the edge and hit the point of no return, and then there's the
constant fear that the snow will avalanche and come crashing down on you
from behind, like a wave breaking on you, and you'll be fighting for your
life waiting for your friends to help you to safety. Well, something like
that, but mostly it was just a bit of an adrenaline rush.
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Dave dropping.
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Back to the in-bounds. Time for some fun in the park. Dave grabbing some
nice air off the spine.

Dave with a 180 in front of Shuksan.

Marc getting some air.

Marc crusing down the groomer.
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Dave launching.

Dave inverted. He just has way too much fun here.

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