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:

Nancy J said...

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.

Carver said...

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

Carol Mattingly said...

More snow coming to the Rockies, more skiing,

Tabor said...

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

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

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

Carol said...

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

Arkansas Patti said...

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.

Hildred said...

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

George said...

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.

Annie said...

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!

Cathy H. said...

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

Red Rose. said...

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.

Jeanie said...

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.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful place to ski. Wonderful shots of the place.

ladyfi said...

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

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

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

HOOTIN ANNI said...

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

Happy weekend.

June said...

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

susanvg said...

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

Jim said...

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

Filip and Kristel said...

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

Greetings,
Filip

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What an adventure!!

Leslie D. said...

You guys are my new heroes!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I wanna go skiing!! :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

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

georgia little pea said...

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!

Deanna said...

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

Ebie said...

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!

Cedar said...

These are just beautiful! Lovely snow captures!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

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

EG CameraGirl said...

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!

Retired English Teacher said...

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.

Martha Z said...

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

Splendid Little Stars said...

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

missing moments said...

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

Jeanie said...

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!

becky said...

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!