Friday, January 15, 2016

Ski Touring behind the house

resident bunny hunkered down just beyond the deck railing

Picking a route down the slope by the rock escarpment

Down on Lake Ella, a coyote wandered about looking for mice.  If you click to enlarge the photo, you'll see at the end of the track a circular depression where it looks like the creature slept for a bit in a rounded bed.

Returning on our our track from the end of the lake.

This large twisted specimen stands out in the winter landscape.

Home sweet home.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Ski Tour up Mt. Disney

985 feet of climbing from village to summit

Google earth overlay - there was full snow coverage during our tour.

Ice Rime on trees along summit ridge

Relaxing on the old Crows chair (not in service)

Rime on old Crows chair bullwheel

Mike and Denise Hann

Monday, November 16, 2015

Cold November Ski Touring at Royal Gorge

Near Lyle's Lookout with Castle Peak in the distance. On the grassy forest roads the touring is good, with 8" of fresh light snow on a consolidated but fracturing melt-freeze base.  Off trail is super iffy, with lots of unmarked but to be expected obstacles.

Summer and fall wind storms have brought down a handful of trees across the trail. A good nudge by the groomer might be enough to clear these out of the way on Killie's Cruise above "The Guillotine" , but a chain saw would be better.

Too many grapefruit sized rocks close to the surface for safe descent on skis, not to mention the gully and dip at the bottom of the slope which could harbor dragons at speed. Diane chooses to hike down this stretch instead.