View from my house: Lake Dillon and the Ten Mile Range
Tristan and I returned from Squamish, British Columbia, to gorgeous blue skies, sunny days, and saw the aspen turning bright gold. Snow sprinkled the tops of nearby 14rs, showing a palette of gold, blue and white out our window. We live on Ptarmigan Mountain above Silverthorne, a mountain subdivision at about 9,000 – 9, 500 feet. I’ve seen marmots behind the garage and peregrine falcons swoop down the hillside below us, searching for chipmunks and mice.
I regretted leaving Squamish with its world-class climbing and vibrant climbing scene, but we returned home to clean air, sunshine, and beautiful views. The trailhead for Ptarmigan Mountain starts below our house, and this weekend tourists packed the trailhead parking lot as well as both sides of the dirt road. Driving back up to our house after getting water from the artesian well near Arapahoe Basin, I was glad to live in a place that most people come to visit on their vacations for a week or less out of the year.
Soon the snow will fall and even sooner, the snow guns will blow. Soon, we’ll start training with Keystone ski school for our jobs as ski instructors this winter. But now, it’s still warm (days in the 60s) and dry and we’ll hike up a nearby 14er or climb at Eldorado Canyon. On days like today, I’m happy to come home from a climbing vacation.