With ski seasons being the reason people seasonally migrate to towns like Big Sky, the last days of April mark the slow trickle of friends leaving. Sometimes you'll see them again when the snow starts to fall again, sometimes not. Spring skiing is often bittersweet.
Last year, at the end of a particularly fantastic ski season, I organized a day up Beehive Basin after the resort closed. A large group of friends and I built jumps, cooked hot dogs and spent a final ski day together.
To bookend this season, I organized another such day. This is a documentation of it.
When we reached the first knoll where we usually build jumps, we built a small jump with a snow couch underneath it followed by a much larger jump. Some people started to set up fires to cook with and a snow cooler area, others started construction of jumps.
In several rowdy sessions, people threw big tricks into the soft landing. Notably, my friend Rachel attempted her first backflip and and Dane landed his first backflip.