Cold nights, sunny days = great skiing!
Posted by sibylle in skiing, Colorado (Sunday November 28, 2010 at 11:54 am)

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Lake Dillon steams in early morning sun

Nights have cooled to as low as 10 degrees below  zero, causing the lake, with water at or above 32 degrees  (thus over 40 degrees warmer) to steam. Sometimes, a huge cloud of steam hovers above the lake and along the valley bottoms.

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“Steam” over Lake Dillon

These cold temperatures keep the snow soft and fluffy, so we’ve had great early season skiing.

Breckenridge has opened the Imperial Bowl, as well as the Contest  and Horseshoe Bowls as hike-to terrain. For current Breckenridge terrain status, check this link.

A-Basin has opened  a fair number of their expert runs; but the Montezuma Bowl generally opens much later. for A-BAsin terrain reports, check this link.

I’ve skied only at Keystone so far, because it’s closest to my house (and I work there, with my ski conveniently  in my locker at the base). My son broke his leg, training race gates, and my dog’s about to have puppies, so I can only leave the house for a few hours daily.

Once the pups are born, and Tristan can get around better on crutches, I’ll be more adventurous in my ski  experiences.  I can then let everyone know the greatest, latest, cool snow stashes.

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Early morning frost on grasses; Lake Dillon in background

Most early season snow
Posted by sibylle in skiing, Colorado (Monday November 22, 2010 at 12:51 pm)

I’ve been skiing the best early season snow I’ve seen in over 15 years. And shoveling from the  front of the house!

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Snowy house, with Nanda Devi our Entlebucher dog

Keystone’s Outback opened Friday November 19, the earliest opening ever for this much terrain. As of November 17, we’d received over 18″ of fresh snow.
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Sunset over Keystone

Breckenridge announced that they’ve opened the T-bar, also their earliest opening ever.
Arapahoe Basin has opened some of their advanced terrain.

As I type, there’s another blizzard raging outside, with possibly another foot of snow expected locally.

So why am I not skiing? I’ve hauled our firewood the last three days (because my son, who usually does it, broke his leg) and am sore from moving between one to two tons of wood.

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some firewood I’ve hauled from the street to the house

Thumbelina revisited
Posted by sibylle in utah (Saturday November 6, 2010 at 3:33 pm)

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When I last wrote about our climb of the tower Thumbelina at Bridger Jack Mesa in Indian Creek,  I  showed photos of the chimney on the first pitch.

That’s very unlike the rest of the climb, which presents a rarity in Indian Creek in that it’s a bolted face climb.

Above you see Andrew from South Africa at the last decent foothold (and rest spot) of the pitch, which climbs very thin ( and far apart) edges on steepening rock.

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From the summit, we enjoyed a view of much of the Indian Creek Valley. the next two towers, Sparkling touch and Easter Island, aren’t visible in this photo. The next tower tops in the photo are Sunflower Tower, then Hummingbird spire, and then the Towers of Pain. Bridger Jack Mesa  stands behind these, barely visible.

We climbed this in spring, so the irrigated fields still remain green, and the La Sal Mountains retain their white snow cap.

Even if the climbing weren’t so fun, the view from the top is well worth the effort of getting there!

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