Brooke Merrill, a photographer from California, hangs a hat on a tree branch Saturday at Mount. Bachelor. The hat was handmade and given to her by Aaron Karitis, a Bend native and ski guide who died Monday after being caught in an avalanche in Alaska. Merrill, with dozens of other friends and family, gathered and skied together in honor of Karitis.
Published Mar 23, 2014 at 12:01AM / Updated Mar 23, 2014 at 06:45AM
Friends and family of Aaron Karitis gather in the Mt. Bachelor West Village parking lot Saturday for a day of skiing, shared stories, barbecue and drinks in his honor. Karitis, who was working as a heli-skiing guide with Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures, died Monday night, two days after he was buried in an avalanche in the Kicking Horse Valley west of Haines, Alaska. The 31-year-old was a Bend native.