Saturday, January 31, 2009

Ajax Peak and the Clouds

I took this from my home office window. I take pictures from this same spot very, very often. The view changes season to season, and with the weather conditions. I don't think I'll ever be able to settle for a room without a view after this.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Skiing in the Park


Our town park has some wonderful groomed cross-country skiing trails. These two are skiing around the stage that is used for all our festivals in the summer, Bluegrass, Jazz, Blues and Brews, etc.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Clouds

I love how the sunlight and clouds can completely change the views of the mountains. This is from the top of Ute Park, the very easy beginner skiing area high on the mountain.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Welcome Tourists

I snapped a picture of a tour bus as it started to drive over the bridge that I was getting ready to ski under. Tour buses are a common site around here in the winter, for sure!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Blue Sky and Bridges

Taken after skiing under one of the bridges on the Bridges ski run.

Monday, January 26, 2009

A Closer Look

I stopped at the tipi on Sunday to see what was inside. Turns out I could ski right to it and didn't have to take my skis off at all. Inside there are heaters, snowshoes and places to sit. I'm not sure if the snowshoes are free to use or who you pay if they're not.


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Lift 10

Skiers on lift 10 going over The Market parking lot.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Madison

Madison is the easiest run to take to get into Prospect Bowl. You have to keep your speed up to make it up the rolling hills or else walk/hop.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Baldy

This is the view of Bald Mountain from the Ute Park terrain park. My husband has hiked to the top of Baldy a couple of times and skied down. We have been enjoying several sunny and warm days (as in warm for us is in the 40's) but are expecting more snow for the rest of this week.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Catching Some Air

This is my daughter having a blast in the Ute Park terrain park. She is in the air here, but you may have to click on the photo to see it larger to be able to see that.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tipi

Tipi in the Ute Park beginner's ski area.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Palmyra Peak

Extreme skiers and snowboarders are still waiting for Palmyra Peak to open for hike-to skiing. On Sunday, Prospect and Bald Mountain hike-to runs were open, as well as Black Iron Bowl and Gold Hill Chute 1.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Wilson Peak Peeking


Tuesday I was skiing the upper part of the Galloping Goose run and had to stop and stare at Wilson Peak. I had the entire run to myself. Galloping Goose is easy and has a lot of flat parts, so often times no one is even on it, especially not snowboarders since they get stuck on the flat places.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Under the Light of the Full Moon

Under the full moon Saturday, it was very bright around here and so amazing. It is unusual to be able to see Ajax Peak at night.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Prospect Bowl

A bright and sunny day skiing into Prospect Bowl.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Ski, Ski, Ski

Skiing is about all I've been doing lately when I'm not working. This was taken while skiing Polar Queen with the option of going on a steeper run named Henry's.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Igloo

I'm not sure why these people were building igloos at the bottom of lift 7 this week. Maybe it was for fun, or maybe they were tired of waiting for Telluride's next affordable housing project to be finished?

Friday, January 9, 2009

Snow Storage

This is a common scene around town. It can be a challenge for the road crews to find a place for snow storage when all of their usual places are full. The ski area reports 158 inches of snow since November. I'm sure we've had less down in town, but still plenty.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Shovel It

It's the law to keep your sidewalk shoveled. Looks like everyone is doing their part so far this winter.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Ski In, Ski Out

Looks like a family headed home for lunch with plans to come back to their snowboards and skis.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Enchanted Forest

I'm not sure of this makes skiing the Enchanted Forest more enchanted or just creepy.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Treehouse

A fun place to play in the kids' area at the library.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Library Art

This is one side of the children's section at the Wilkinson Public Library.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Smoke Signals

A closer view of the La Sal Mountains in Utah. I'm not sure what the smoke is seen here in the Naturita, Colorado area, but it made for an interesting photo.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Luxury in the Mountains

I'm not sure how many square feet this large home next to the Galloping Goose ski run has, but I bet my family would fit nicely in their guest/caretaker home on the right.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Theme Day: Best photo of the year 2008

My best and favorite photo of the year was of Bridal Veil Falls on August 6. I have copied the exact post here.

Bridal Veil Falls, just east of Telluride, the highest cascade waterfall in Colorado with water falling 365 feet. The hydroelectric power plant at the top of the falls was built in the early 1900's to provide electricity to mining operations in the mountains above Telluride. The building is now registered as a National Historic Landmark, but is on private property.


I am unable to re-create my photo this time of year because of the snow. In the photo below, Bridal Veil Falls is in the center. For the first time in decades, the falls are open for expert only ice climbing this winter. A deal was made between the county, a private land trust and the mining company that owns the land around the waterfall.




Just for fun, I have included one black and white shot.