May Powder Day

Colorado,Red Mountain Pass,San Juan Mountains, skiing, skinning, hiking

Skinning in paradise.

A spring storm rolled through Colorado over the weekend, dumping a foot of fresh powder on the mountains! We skied/snowboarded two very nice lines in a row on Monday; the first one (shown below) was from the high point in the photo above.

Colorado,Red Mountain Pass,San Juan Mountains, skiing

Skier: Don Moden.

And more storms are in the forecast! Winter’s not finished yet here in the San Juans!

Pristine Spring Snow

Colorado, San Juan Mountains, Sneffels Range, skiing, Yankee Boy Basin

Skier: Don Moden.  Mt. Sneffels in the background.

Despite a relatively low snowpack this year here in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, the spring skiing/snowboarding has been fantastic lately — in large part due to the pristine snowpack free of the dust pollution that typically blows into the mountains from the desert southwest every spring. So far this year the dust storms haven’t hit the San Juans (knock on wood), so the snow remains smooth, white, and shreddable!

See lots more photos below from recent lines this last week. Continue reading “Pristine Spring Snow”

Wetterhorn Ski Mission

Colorado, San Juan Mountains, Uncompahgre Wilderness, Wetterhorn Peak, Matterhorn Peak, panorama, sunset
Wetterhorn Sunset Panorama : Prints Available

April sunset behind Wetterhorn Peak (14015 ft / 4272 m), as seen from the summit of Matterhorn Peak in the Uncompahgre Wilderness of Colorado.

Wetterhorn Peak stands above its surrounding basins like an ancient crumbling volcano. Rising to 14,015 feet, the pyramidal fourteener is not only one of the most photogenic mountains in Colorado, but its steep eastern face holds a classic ski descent that I’ve been wanting to snowboard for years. This last weekend I ventured out into the Uncompahgre Wilderness with a friend to hopefully ride and photograph this beautiful mountain. Continue reading “Wetterhorn Ski Mission”

Southwest Powder Days

Colorado,Red Mountain Pass,San Juan Mountains, skiing, hiking

Towards the end of February our month-long drought of snow here in southwest Colorado ended with a powerful snowstorm that dropped several feet of powder on the mountains. I suspect that nearly every skier in the entire region dropped what they were doing to get out and enjoy the return of winter! Continue reading “Southwest Powder Days”

Autumn Glory

Colorado,Crystal Lake,Red Mountain Pass,San Juan Mountains, aspens
Crystal Lake Autumn Reflection : Prints Available

Morning reflection of the Red Mountains and golden aspens caked with fresh autumn snows. San Juan Mountains, Colorado – September.

Is there ever a more beautiful time and place than autumn in the aspen forests of Colorado? I seriously doubt it.

moose,Colorado,San Juan Mountains
Moose in the Aspens

Mr. Moose agrees. More photos below! Continue reading “Autumn Glory”

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