Sunday, 9 January 2011

Aspen Skiing and Photos

It's Friday night and we spent today skiing 2 of the 4 ski areas at Aspen.

We started with Aspen Highlands for photos of the Maroon Bells mountains. These are very shapely peaks over 14000 feet high.

I already have reflection photos of them taken in the summer (see web site) but I wanted winter shots too. The road to them is closed about 7 miles from Mirror Lake, which is a bit too far in winter. Shots from the ski area were the next best thing.

The best viewpoint was from Loge Peak, a small rocky lump above the chair lift of the same name. It was quite a steep climb in deepish snow with a narrow section at the top but well worth it for the clear view of Maroon Bells.

There were several other viewpoints around the area but none bettered Loge Peak.

The clouds rolled in around midday and very quickly thickened. Time for some skiing. We did quite a few runs at Aspen Highlands and then caught the free bus to Aspen Mountain.

The gondola took us quickly to the top but most of the light was gone as the cloud cover increased. I may be able to make it more interesting by cutting off the hillsides in the bottom of the pictures, covered in dark conifers, to make a panorama.

So, few photos here. The best of the day was this morning. The more spectacular scenery too.

It's snowing now and forecast to continue through tomorrow. We have pencilled in a snowshoe day in a sheltered location. Hope we can get the car out of the car park!
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