Easter Sunday for the Sonot Kkaazoot organizers felt like a resurrection after we watched winter melt away during our event Saturday that from start to finish took barely 6 hours. Seeing as none of us wanted to ski out onto the Chena River today, we decided to examine the largest south facing slope whose melting snow helped feed the river flow as yesterday unfolded. The Sonot Connector is south facing and by mid afternoon it was a combination of deep slush and bare ground. This morning, it was icy and the trail rattled beneath our skis. Don missed one of the curves and face planted a foot shy of a tree:
Don was fine and we progressed downhill to where the Sonot Connector joins the Fort Wainwright alpine hill. A slush pond had formed there and Poles (the Eddie Haskell of the SCUM) tried to splash those of us nearby and ended up cooling off in the slush pond.
Notice how no one is offering to assist him. However, demonstrating the flexibility of his bionic knees, Bill rises:
and joins us for a group photo:
and a trek up the alpine hill (the way the Sonot Kkaazoot used to go).
Happy Easter! I hope that you got a solid chocolate Easter bunny in your basket after your great efforts yesterday.
Please send us any photos of the Sonot Kkaazoot you’d like to share.