Woke up Saturday morning to an icy inch in town. Up high we found close to a foot of cold new snow. Almost forgot what winter feels like, but a brilliant sun and brisk north wind brought it surging back. Climb, ski, climb, ski. Forever and ever, amen.
Sunday, February 1, 2015
The weather couldn't really make up its mind Saturday, but it did seem to feel no sun should shine in the Rattlesnake. Then snow today. Could it be the beginning of a new storm cycle? The mountains could use a nice, soft blanket.
Don't let the color fool you. It's ice. Not nice.
A tucked-away pinner.
Monday, January 19, 2015
Rain to at least 7,000 feet this weekend, and dense snow above that. This storm carried with it serious wind. Our hackles were up, just high enough.
and ski cutting. New wind slabs broke and ran for quite a way--a reminder of how quickly conditions change in the mountains.
It got windier as the day wore on. On the trail out we found several trees that hadn't been there before. An intriguing day weather and snow wise, with a healthy amount of spice.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Friday, January 2, 2015
Monday, December 22, 2014
Finished up what felt like an exceptionally long piece of work last week, so it's finally back to the mountains again. After arranging my days around projects and deadlines, I'm almost taken aback by the simplicity of the hills. Work your way up, work your way down. Remember to stop and look around. And watch out for avalanches--we found some particularly touchy windslabs the other day. It's raining in the valley, but snowing and blowing up high.