Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Skiing in a Deep Freeze

Several inches of snow yesterday had freshened up all the slopes and we made our way to Snowmass near Aspen for Monday 10th.

It was very cold and a bit breezy. The temperature was quoted as -27C at one of the high lifts. That's chilly! Toes and fingers were cold for much of the day but the rest of me was fine.

The skiing was great although it has to be said that signage for ski runs was poor to non-existent in places and classification left us baffled sometimes - meandering cart tracks labelled as difficult and an uphill difficult run!

There were a few clouds around from the start at 10am but the views were magnificent from the high lifts. Lots of snow covered trees too. There was blue sky, snowy mountains and snowy trees on the mountainsides so I was able to use an orange filter instead of dark yellow for several shots. An orange filter darkens conifers greatly making it difficult to hold detail in these areas normally. It gives great skies though.

Stopped off in Glenwood Springs to check out the brewery on the way to our hotel in Avon. I'm pleased to report that the Porter was excellent.

We are skiing Beaver Creek tomorrow and the forecast is good. Fingers crossed that's right.
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