LIfe at High Altitude in Colorado

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.

-Edward Abbey, naturalist and author (1927-1989)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Snow and More Snow, Breckenridge, CO - Our World

So far this winter season, over 160" (406 cm) of powdery snow has fallen in Breckenridge, CO. We are well on our way to beating the total winter average of 350" (889 cm). People who don't like snow and cold wouldn't choose to live at high altitude in CO. However, those of us who love winter sports think Summit County is heaven 
on earth.


Sometimes, gusty winds are part of the mix, causing drifting and low visibility. Whatever the weather, we bundle into layers and head outdoors.


Our own flock of bright snowbirds prepares to ski through the forest to the resort.


After skiing, sledding is on the agenda.


Playing King of the Mountain is fun when snowbanks are higher than the deck rails.


Rosy cheeks and and big smiles brighten even cloudy days.

storm clouds, top of chair 6, Peak 8

sunset, Tenmile Range

Let it Snow!

44 comments:

ladyfi said...

Wow - the majestic beauty of your world is breath-taking!

Carol L McKenna said...

Wow! So much snow ~ of course as you say it is ski country ~ used to ski ~ wonderful photography and cute children ~ carol, xxx (A Creative Harbor)

Sandra said...

What an amazing amount of snow! You must also be happy to come back to your lovely home and warm up after a ski outing too! Such a lovely sunset in shades of pink and purple!

Ni de Aqui, Ni de Alla said...

Hi Barb! You sound very excited to live in a place full of snow, I like that. Beautiful pictures!

Jeanie said...

It looks like everyone is having great fun. I love the bright colors against the snowy cold background. The Peak 8 view is beautiful. I bet all those cute faces enjoyed some hot chocolate after the outdoor fun.
All the wind down here has pretty much cleaned up the snow we had on the ground for a while....hopefully there will be more to come before long.

Tabor said...

And your camera did not freeze!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Isn't it wonderful how many different 'heavens on earth' there are! Something for everyone. Your grands are having so much fun. And it is beautiful.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I was just talking with my B-I-L over the weekend, and he was telling me how beautiful the San Juans are [just above Ouray and Montrose]. I'm one that doesn't like that white stuff but only in photos!! As your shares today are super. I'm basking in 70 degrees and a sea breeze right now.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, how beautiful and what incredible captures!! The children seem to be having SO much fun!! Such a lovely and wonderful world!! Thanks for sharing the beauty!! Have a great week!

Fun60 said...

It looks so picturesque but I'm too much of a towny to be able to live there.

Snap said...

Looks like a lot of fun for you and the grands! Snow on!

Gail Dixon said...

Gorgeous! So much beauty there. :)

Gaelyn said...

Even though I don't like the cold stuff I love to see your wintery landscape and I wish for lots of snow on all the mountains that give us the much needed spring waters.

Carol Mattingly said...

OMG! That much snow. Love the pics.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Beautiful! I love all that snow!

Retired English Teacher said...

The high country is really getting hit! That is good. We need the snow for water down here in the flatlands. What fun you all are having. I must say, I loved living up in the mountains as a young person, but now, I'm not a fan of snow. I'm glad you enjoy it. It is so beautiful. I do miss the beauty of it all.

Nancy J said...

Love the grandies bright snow gear, and to think this is at your back door. That is a real record to fall, hope the soft powder stays for a good ski season. Greetings from Jean

Rajesh said...

Fabulous winter shots.

Duff said...

Beautiful photos....and beautiful snow. Wish we were getting some of it here...we are on the way to a drought declaration, water rationing and an insanely dry year. No rain predicted for all of January....just a few misting sprinkles possible next week! Loved the Ten Mile photo...I know that range well.

Lisa RedWillow said...

Incredible. ..beauty. . The mountains here in Canada are breath taking in Winter. Loved the photos and yes that is a lot of snow. Embrace.:)

gina said...

I have to say I am awfully jealous of all that snow. You probably heard that we are having a terrible drought, with only about 10% of our usual rain/snow. Please send some our way! Your photos are lovely -- the kids look so cute in their colorful snowsuits. Enjoy, enjoy!

Jim said...

Looks refreshing on our hot summer's day.

diane b said...

It sure is a beautiful place. It must be so much fun skiing and sledding especially if you are used to the cold. I would have liked it 50 years ago.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Looks like you guys are having fun.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Love those snowbirds and the views! Breathtaking! :) Enjoy! :)

Maria Kristina Maano said...

What I find thrilling here more than the snow are the genuinely happy faces !!! :)

Jeanie said...

Barb, that storm cloud photo has amazing composition -- the dramatic sky and centered mountains with the triangle of the child in green on the left and the red bit on the right. So dramatic, the mountains so blue. And the sunset. Why is it that I love your snow photos so much more than when I see the snow itself outside my door?! And those bright parkas on your grands are the best!

Olga said...

So beautiful. What a healthy, fresh air, outdoor fun way for the kids to live as well.

Catherine said...

Love love those gorgeous sweeping views and snowy forest trails... makes me wish I was a cold weather person (your grands obviously are! :) It's so interesting how those (harsh) winter conditions keep some folks indoors (like me!) and others fully prepared to face it AND enjoy it!

Arkansas Patti said...

A perfect playground for the young and young at heart. Loved that storm cloud shot with the small child dwarfed by the immensity of nature.

Cathy H. said...

The beauty of your world takes my breath away! That shot of the storm clouds is stunning! I love to see people happy with where they live and enjoying the beauty of nature!

Jim said...

Second from last photo is BREATH-TAKING!
Look at all that colour popping out from behind and in front of the trees and snow! Simply beautiful, Barb.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Your colorful snowbirds are so cute! I admire all of you for getting out in the snow and cold. Your last photo is beautiful. It looks like a painting and would make a great framed photo!
Thanks for you nice comment on my note cards.

Linda W. said...

Yahoo! I love reading blog posts about skiing! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such nice comments. I really like your blogs too. You take such nice photos and I love that you are a skier too. If there's a way to follow your blog (didn't see a Google friend connect button) I'd become a follower! :)

Wandering Wren said...

Oh for some snow right now... it's so hot right here. We're melting!!! Everyone always has such fun in the snow and your photos are lovely, love the bright jackets of everyone!
Wren x

Gattina said...

Snow is certainly fun for kids, but not for me, I prefer summer by far ! Very nice pictures !

Nancy Claeys said...

Wow! That's incredible Barb and your images are wonderful as usual.
We haven't had much of any precip this winter and I'm worried about the continued drought come summer...

susanvg said...

In your part of the world the snow stays white! It is absolutely beautiful. Your grandchildren certainly look like they are snow-lovers. Enjoy! And those views...

Anita said...

When I look at your photos, it seems like another world. :)
The grand kids are very fashionable in their crazy hats and colorful coats. Every child should experience such happiness.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

oh what fun!!

Linda R said...

Your photos are amazing. I LOVE the snow. I LOVE to ski. All the snow looks heavenly to me. That last photo really should be framed, It is so beautiful.

Hugs~

Jana said...

FANTASTIC sights dear Barb! and happy NEW year from me....lovely all the snow, there is nothing here in Holland, but this is good like this is not that difficult to adjust after the underwater world of the Caribbean, right:-)))warm hugs!

Granny Annie said...

Love to look at it from afar. Snow, mountains, trees, rustic homes, children, all make lovely pictures and restful scenes. But if I was actually there I would be running around whining a lot about the cold.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Stunning pictures! Btw, as I live in a tropic country, love seeing snow and winter photos.
The children seem to be having a great time!