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)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Tease of Spring at High Altitude

in March at high altitude
spring and winter play
a tug of war

top of Chair 6, Peak 8, Breckenridge

sunshine, blue sky, and temperatures 10 degrees above freezing
beckoned us onto ski slopes

Bob looking toward town (9,600') from top of T-Bar (12,200')

when sun shines on mountain peaks
warmth trickles into our bodies

Barb, top of T-bar, Peak 8

we pretend that spring is just around the corner

remember when I hike up Horseshoe Bowl in the summer?
the wildflowers are always magnificent
here's the steep winter view of ski trails and town

massive mountains
undulating into the distance
warmth of sun on our faces
clouds casting shadows into valleys

ridge leading to Whale's Tail, off Imperial Chair, 12,840'

for a little while it seems that spring has arrived early

until we wake to a new day of wind and snow
Waldo's smile greets a chilly dawn

winter remains the victor
in this high altitude tug of war
(353" 896 cm) of snow so far this season)

The month of March signals spring break crowds descending on Breckenridge. Surely, the whole state of Texas is here! We've had a record snow season enticing visitors from around the world. Somehow, yesterday, we managed to avoid lift lines. It helps to ski up high and know the terrain. We have a great time playing in the snow, whether it decides to be winter or spring. I'm confident that warmer weather will arrive - eventually...
In the meantime, ski season is far from over!

iPhone photos edited in Snapseed
first photo edited in Waterlogue


Carol Mattingly said...

Words cannot describe as I look at your world. Surely when you have grown up in a lower altitude climate your thoughts right now are green grass and daffodils but for you my dear Barb, it's snow, snow, snow! Carol

Olga said...

You sometimes make me wish I knew how to downhill ski.

gina said...

Wow! Those are some views you get from up there on top of the world! With the climate all topsy turvy this year, I don't think we can predict what tomorrow's weather will bring. Sounds like you are enjoying it all. Your last image is especially lovely, such a peaceful scene.

Janie said...

Great photos of the slopes, Barb! You look like you're enjoying the snow to the max.

Jeanie said...

I love the clouds in you first picture and the one of you up high in the sun is just a wonderful ski picture. Winter and spring have been fighting down here also. This afternoon winter won and it was just plain nasty for a while. As you know, it won't take long for another hint of spring to come our way.

Jeanie said...

Wow -- time to avoid the crowds! Fortunately you have your own cross country haven at hand! The photos are just gorgeous -- that sky so blue! We had a hint of spring yesterday and today (meaning temps above freezing) but expect to be slammed with 5-8" by the end of tomorrow. Rick went out on his bike tonight for the first time in months -- he said it is the longest he has been off the bike. I don't think he'll be riding tomorrow! Enjoy your spring break tourists if you can! And yes, spring WILL come. It has to!

Margie said...

Yes, Barb, ski season is far from over and looks like you and your husband are enjoying it to the ultimate!
Wonderful, wonderful shots.

My husband and I are going cross-country skiing this coming weekend.

It will be a nice little getaway.

Take care.


Sandra said...

You look so happy, Barb, up there on the high slopes looking down into the valley! I love that last snow scene of the trees.
Yes, spring will come your way too when it's good and ready. In the meantime, you're enjoying things the way they are. Perfect!

ladyfi said...

Lovely shots - especially with blue skies, sun and snow!

amanda | wildly simple said...

Our Breck friend was here in MN over the past few days & stopped at our house Sunday with a Breck sweatshirt on.. These photos remind me of all the ones that decorate their mountain condo that the so kindly let us stay in.
We're feeling Spring with temps in the 30's by day, but still dropping down to about 5 at night.. good to slow down the melting. We have SO MUCH SNOW, it can't all melt at once or we'll have a lot of flooded roads & mess!
Great photos, Barb - and fun to see you on Peak 8 on your skis!

diane b said...

What a fabulous place to live if you love skiing and cold weather. The shots are amazing just shows what can be done with an iphone. You cut a fine picture on the ski slopes.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Your area is so beautiful! I imagine it takes Spring a while to come to your altitude - in the meantime, it's great to enjoy the skiing!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Them Texans are everywhere at Spring Break! I think we are going to Houston ourselves.

Catherine Goron said...

Coming here always makes me wish I knew how to ski and had the pleasure of experiencing those stunning views from high above the slopes! Spring seems to be teasing winter in many parts of the world. The good news is she'll be taking over shortly :) In the meantime, continue enjoying the beautiful snowy Breckinridge.

Gail Dixon said...

Oh, wow. So incredibly beautiful. That last shot is breathtaking.

Jim said...

What a spectacular view from the top! And those famous Colorado cloud formations!! Great photos Barb.
Good that you know these trails and can avoid some of the crowds if need be.
That last photo is stunning. I like how the bark colour pops all the way to the back. Nice job.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Incredibly beautiful and you both look so happy and healthy! I love this. Never thought about you being a Spring Break destination.... those are hardy spring breakers....the zillions we have here are the wimps I guess. (We couldn't get to the beach even if we wanted to this month.)

Tabor said...

I do remember skiing in shorts in April...when I used to ski so long ago.

sophie...^5 said...

Such clear blue fresh photos of the mountains / sky and slopes.......oh how I wish...... maybe someday!! In the meantime, I'll enjoy your pics. Love the last photo so much! Thanks for your kind support on my latest post, Barb!!


Retired English Teacher said...

I know what you mean about the tease of spring in Colorado. Yesterday, the 11th of March was just crazy here. Sunshine followed by a blizzard. Today, the sun is out again. We are off to Moab tomorrow. I can not wait! I hope the weather is nice while we are there.

We will avoid Breckenridge on our way over because of the crowds. Thanks for the reminder. We had not totally decided whether to take 24 or 70 from Colorado Springs to get to Vail. Based on reading this, I think we will take 70 from Denver. I'd love to see your snow, but I do think I want to miss the crowded main drag through town.

Linda W. said...

What a wonderful day for some skiing! And you have such marvelous views. I want to come ski in CO with you! :)

Duff said...

Well, Spring means a very different thing here....72 today, heading for 80 on the weekend. We would trade some sun for some moisture, though. Beautiful photos of how to best enjoy such a beautiful place where YOU live. I try to do the same, but warmer. :-)

KB Bear said...

Ah, you are making me miss my days when I could ski. What glorious views! I remember spring trips to high resorts like yours. Wonderful warm sun on my face. Your post brought back so many memories. I'm so glad that you and Bob are soaking it all up for all of us!

Cathy H. said...

Stunning images of your beautiful world! I love the clouds!

Electra said...

Beautiful photos, Barb, I smile just looking at them!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I'm feeling rather cocky that we've seen the last of our snow. Lol.
Beautiful there Barb and I know you are enjoying every minute.

Tammie Lee said...

so wonderful to get the last skis in...
some amazing clouds in your photos
we hit 53F today! it felt hot and i am not kidding. I wished i had dressed so that i could shed more clothing and even had the air conditioner in my car on for a little while.

Anita said...

So good that you enjoy skiing so much. Everyone should experience something so joyful.

I'm rooting for spring to when the tug-of war!

eileeninmd said...

wow, gorgeous snowy scenes. The skiing looks like fun! Wonderful series of photos! Have a happy weekend!

susanvg said...

Our cold has barely broken. Today was a frigid -9C with a windchill of -21 (about 15 F with a windchill of -6F). I took my gloves off to take a photograph and felt that tingle of my fingertips freezing. I love your sun and glorious blue skies.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Those undulating mountains give me a thrill each time I see them, Barb! We enjoyed our quick visit to Breckenridge a few weeks ago and if I take a longer trip next time I will definitely let you know so we can hopefully meet. We are thinking of investing in a condo in the area, or in Keystone, and will begin looking around as the weather gets milder.

I'm glad the skiing economy has been bountiful this year--it is one of Colorado's many wonderful assets!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Those undulating mountains give me a thrill each time I see them, Barb! We enjoyed our quick visit to Breckenridge a few weeks ago and if I take a longer trip next time I will definitely let you know so we can hopefully meet. We are thinking of investing in a condo in the area, or in Keystone, and will begin looking around as the weather gets milder.

I'm glad the skiing economy has been bountiful this year--it is one of Colorado's many wonderful assets!

Lisa said...

Just Gorgeous. This last photo is stunning. It could hang on a wall . Peaceful. So peaceful

•°°• IcyBC •°°• said...

Looks very cold Barb, but your photos are just fantastic..
Our weather has been in the low tenth, still way too cold :)