One of my Favorite Ski Courses
The title probably seems a little misleading doesn’t it. Well in the Winter time back when i was skiing Mammoth on a daily basis one of my favorite runs was at Pine City. Pine city is an old mining town in the Lakes Basin which is in easy walk to and kinda fun place to visit if you’re in the area. In the Winter time the main road that goes through the town groomed for a cross country ski run as are all the runs in the Lakes Basin. It’s the start of the down hill portion which goes into Mine Shaft and Lucky Strike. In order to get to the top of this hill you have to go through Cold Water Campground, as the name states it is the frozen version of the popular summer camping destination. Too put things into perspective the family home in Mammoth sits at 8200ft, the top of Cold Water sits over 10000ft. It’s a big hill.
I don’t know what it was about this particular visit but something just made me work these smaller buildings. I believe they are both outhouses but they had character to them. Little shanties in the middle of the woods, i don’t know something just caught my eye. Now I know some of you might be saying, “Oh those have to be HDR’s he was in a forest.” Nope they aren’t. I originally thought that too, that I would need to take a bracketed set and go through my HDR process. But the range of dark’s and lights wasn’t great enough that i losing information and with the great features in ACR nowadays, it really wasn’t needed. It might my life real easy which I like.