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Mardi Gras And So Long Winter….Almost : 3.9.09

[ 1 ] March 9, 2009 |
©2009 NCL Magazine : Photos By Paul Purpura, Mountain Photographer. The Annual Mardi Gras Celebration at Wintergreen Resort was greeted by 70°+ temperatures this year! Click on any image for larger view.

©2009 NCL Magazine : Photos By Paul Purpura, Mountain Photographer. The Annual Mardi Gras Celebration at Wintergreen Resort was greeted by 70°+ temperatures this year! Click on any image for larger view.

Wintergreen Resort
Nelson County, Virginia

It’s always a crap shoot as to exactly what kind of weather will be on hand for the annual Mardi Gras Celebration at Wintergreen Resort. March can always throw a curve ball, snow, rain, or hot weather! Winter will still return for a few more weeks. Last year our Hayley Osborne grabbed these shots.

For 2009 it was an afternoon high temperature reading of 73.8° as folks showed off their best costumes while heading down the slopes! NCL’s Mountain Photographer, Paul Purpura was there to capture all of the fantastic sights on the slopes.

Michael Zuckerman of Wintergreen's Adaptive Sking can always be counted on for a very colorful costume!

Michael Zuckerman of Wintergreen's Adaptive Sking can always be counted on for a very colorful costume!

Paul tells us: “There were three participants Adaptive Skiing, Ski Patrol, and finally the Snow Sports School. Adaptive Skiing’s theme was the Wizard of Oz but there were several dressed as other super heroes as well. Ski Patrol’s theme was “Hook” with Greg Bradley playing none other than the proverbial Captain Hook. (We interviewed him several years ago.) Finally, the theme of the Snow Sports School was a Toga Party taken from the annals of Animal House.” Toga, toga, toga, toga, toga. Food Fight!!!!

Pretty graceful.

Pretty graceful.

Toga, toga, toga, toga!

Toga, toga, toga, toga!

A posed shot. Is that Wintergreen's Megan McGee up front?

A posed shot. Is that Wintergreen's Megan McGee up front?

We give, a Dalmatain cow?????

We give, a Dalmatain cow?????

Arrrrrrrrrr, where is my ship?

Arrrrrrrrrr, where is my ship?

Thanks Paul for the fantastic photos from this weekend!

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  1. Paul T Purpura says:

    Spring is not far away Tommy.

    On my way home from teaching yesterday, I was walking up the hill to my house and saw one of the first harbingers of spring — a robin. So if I saw a robin up here at 3,200 feet, I know they must also be in the valley. I also noticed some Red Maple and Bradford Pear trees starting to bud in the Rockfish Valley as well.

    I will be ready to hang up my skis in a couple of weeks and will be focusing my camera on one of the most beautiful events that occurs in this part of the country. It inspired the composer Aaron Copeland so much that he wrote music about it — Appalachian Spring.

    Best regards,
    Paul Purpura
    Photography By Paul Purpura LLC

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