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)

Friday, February 8, 2013

Ski Days, Vail and Breckenridge - Skywatch

What a great week of skiing in CO!


Skiing in fresh powder is always a treat.
I've skied for over 40 years, 
and I never get tired of snow storms.
(Well, maybe I get a little tired of snow by May!)


We celebrated a dear friend's birthday by skiing in Vail,
about 45 minutes from our home in Breckenridge.
After skiing, we had lunch at Sweet Basil - yummy!


Our friend, Barb (in red), is now 76 years young.
Here we are just before skiing the moguls on Highline.
(We both survived!) 


Back home, Bob and I ski through the National Forest
 to the lifts on Peak 9, Breckenridge Ski Area. 
We snap into our skis as the evergreens
glow in the early-morning sun.


New snow frosting trees and a bright blue sky mean a great day of skiing!


I have a big smile on my face
as I ski through this winter wonderland.

37 comments:

  1. What a wonderful world, and day, great to be together for the celebration. Lovely photos, great snow, enjoy more skiing this season. Greetings from Jean.

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  2. Wonderful sequence of shots. The winter landscapes are beautiful and great shots of the skiing friends and birthday treat too.

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  3. I envy your world and your willingness to get out in that cold weather!

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  4. That looks so wonderful. I'm glad you had a great time - and moguls? Sheesh I'm impressed!

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  5. Great photos, Barb, and this looks like so much fun! Your wintery scenes are beautiful. You live in a gorgeous State...

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  6. I have never tried skiing except on water and you make it look like such fun and it sure seems to keep a body young. Happy belated Birthday to your friend. Never hurts to have the sentiments spelled out in chocolate.

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  7. Wonderful, - so glad you are having such a happy and satisfying time, Barb. Love the first picture of you, - really love it!

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  8. What great photos, Barb, and you've brought back wonderful memories of Sweet Basil, which was there when I was skiing a great deal in Vail some years ago.

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  9. It all looks so wonderful Barb.
    How lovely, that you can get together and celebrate a birthday in the snow!
    The Labrador in the previous post was definitely a very cute dog!
    Can't wait til I can get another one!

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  10. Gorgeous images! What a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday! My favorite shot is the early morning sun on the trees! So beautiful!

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  11. So nice to see your post! I have to make a big smile on my face too, Barb. Looks fun. 
    Those photos are amazing! Both of you are beautiful ladies.
    Enjoy your day with skiing!

    Tomoko

    PS…I had to give up a concert but my sprain is gradually healing! I am happy.

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  12. A big smile indeed....your pictures and descriptions put a big smile on my face. Kudos to you and your friends for skiing the moguls and yea for new snow.

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  13. Beautiful place to ski. Wonderful shots of the place.

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  14. Astounding shots - that last one is magical! I admire you all skiing and getting out there no matter what the age!

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  15. I love the photo of the early morning light on the evergreens. It reminds me of a vintage postcard.

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  16. Winter wonderland indeed. Those last two photos are phenomenal. Hope the birthday gal enjoyed her special day. Today is mine. LOL

    Happy weekend.

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  17. Beautiful, beautiful! You just live to play and play to live, don't you! :-)

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  18. Such magnificent scenery. So beautiful to be able to just walk out your door and ski. Happy trails :-)

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  19. And I can understand why you would smile, Barb! Simply beautiful! And I am very impressed that you 'do the moguls'!!
    Wonderful photos!

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  20. You must be an excellent skier with so many decades experiences. :-)

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  21. How wonderful! The whole day. It is so neat that you can ski to the hill from your backyard! Amazing.

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  22. I saw a lot of blizzard footage on the news yesterday. It's nice to see an area where residents are still having fun in the snow!

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  23. Oh you look so happy to be in your element...beautiful pictures, beautiful area, beautiful snow!!

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  24. Its nice to see, for me, for a change in what we have here. The fresh powder is so pretty! Nice poses, young ladies! The glow on the trees is a heavenly treat! Can;t wait to see snow in Yosemite, this weekend already!

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  25. These are just beautiful! Lovely snow captures!

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  26. great shots! we've had quite a bit of snow here also. i went with my son for my littlest grandson's first day of skiing on Sat. we put him in a group lesson and he loved it!

    xxoo,

    RMW

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  27. I think it's wonderful you've found something that makes you so happy in winter! I feel bad so many people dislike winter so much. It's a joy to visit your blog!

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  28. And you should have a smile on your face! I love your photos. You have such a gift of photography. Thanks for sharing this gift with us.

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  29. Postcard perfect images, Barb. I wonder if there will be any snow when we visit Yosemite latter this month.

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  30. What wonderful photos!
    I've skied only once.
    I've been to Breckenridge and Vail, but only in Summer. which is lovely, too.

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  31. Those photos are absolutely gorgeous! Especially that National Forest one.

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  32. More postcard perfect photos! I think that happy birthday dessert photo should be printed on a card to send all your celebrating friends! Nice presentation!

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  33. Just stunning photography as always, Barb!
    Boy, you two make me feel like a skiing wimp.... which I am :)
    Moguls at 76? Your friend is a rockstar... I won't even ski them at 45!

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