Vail

December 29th, 2008

Vail = Snow = Skiing= = Wrapping up, because it gets cold up there.  At base camp it was warm and sunny but at the top (see pic 2) it was anything but! Its been a strange year in the mountains.  The general economy world-wide has meant that there is a dearth of skiers from overseas, but a lot of locals.  I am not sure how the slopes are going to do this year…they depend upon those foreign currencies to fill the coffers…locals are good skiers but not such big spenders…… 

 


Vail Clouds

March 23rd, 2008

I took this from my deck.  It is rare that the clouds come down into valley. Normally they soar overhead.  But this has not been a normal year!


Avalanches

March 22nd, 2008

Avalanches have been one of the big problems this year and you can see why!


Vail Snow

March 22nd, 2008

Vail in the midst of one of its best snow winters ever. I mean the white stuff was everywhere…just take a look.


Clearing the Deck

February 18th, 2008

Ahh.. the other delight of snow.  It MUST be cleared off your deck, otherwise your deck collapses.  James and I worked on the decks over a period of days. We are now ready for the next dump!


Hot Springs

February 17th, 2008

See what I mean by commercial???  This is NOT how the Indians arranged things.  However, the water remains the same. It is HOT, MINERAL LADEN and very relaxing.  There are two huge pools, one hot one cold (or cool) I spend 15 minutes in each and a one hour total is about all I can handle.  I am a very limp, very relaxed camper by the end of every Glenwood Springs visit. James was as well. The drive back was slower than the drive down there.  It did not snow while we were there but I wish it had.  Laying in the hot water, with snow settling on the surrounding mountains and gently on your head, is one of those spiritual moments you get to enjoy every now and then. It would have been great if James could have experienced that…


Glenwood Canyon

February 17th, 2008

One of the most spectacular drives in the USA is only 50 miles from Vail. It is the Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon.  It is an amazing feat of engineering that inserts a 6 lane highway into a narrow, river carved canyon and does nothing but add to the natural grandeur of the scene.  It is truly a drive worth taking!  We have our Australian cohort James visiting us so I took him down to Glenwood Springs to show the view.  I like Glenwood Springs because they have natural spa hot baths. The Indians used them for Centuries when I am sure they were beautiful little ponds.  Now they are much more commercial.


Vail Driveway

February 16th, 2008

This is my driveway in Vail.  We are talking serious snow.  The slopes beckon.  The skis are greased, the knees have been exercised for this moment, lets go!


Panoramic White Mountains

February 16th, 2008

The snow looked so good last weekend (remember the Alien on the walkway) that I have decided to go back to Vail and hang out there.  It is quiet and peaceful up among the pines, with a roaring fire and nothing but panoramic white mountains to look at.  Good for the soul.


Vail Snow Fall

February 9th, 2008

Sunday in Vail, snow, snow, snow. This gives you an idea of how much snow has fallen recently. But we are lucky to have Aliens on our front stoop.  Looks like he did a good job of clearing a path….