Backcountry memorial

Photos by Andy Tullis / The Bulletin

Ian Minsker of Bend, bottom center, raises his ski poles in a salute to Kyle Thomas after creating large K T initials Wednesday in the bowl of Paulina Peak.

Minsker worked with a small crew of skiers to make the initials with two weed sprayers loaded with colored water in memory of Thomas, a La Pine snowmobiler who was caught Sunday in an avalanche on the mountain.

A memorial service for Thomas is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the La Pine Moose Lodge, 61357 S. U.S. Highway 97.