Chilly mountain bike ride, but beautiful fall color

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Looking up at Storm Peak from just below the Creekside/Tenderfoot  intersection

After our first significant wintry mix down in the valley on Friday, some portions of the trail had dried enough by  the end of the day to venture out. I was able to get to just below 9000′ on the BC Skiway portion of Tenderfoot before turning around in chilly 39F temperatures, but was able to capture Storm Peak with snow in the pines and color on the aspen near sunset. I’m guessing around 6” up top based upon a similar amount recorded at the Tower Snotel site located on Buffalo Pass at a similar elevation to Mt. Werner

Fall colors above 9500 feet

Monday, September 23, 2013

After an interminable monsoon and a very wet September, fall colors are appearing above above about 9500 feet, at least as of the fall equinox. A storm blew threw last night and we also have our first snow about half way up Mt. Werner. The colors started later than usual due to the warm and wet conditions in the first part of the month, but it appears the color will be good this year, although not long-lasting due to the late start.

Looking down Sunshine Loop

The picture on the left was taken on the Sunshine Trail in the Priest Creek area looking down toward Rendezvous Lodge. The picture on the right is taken on Pet’s Wicked Trail just above the intersection with Cathy’s Cutoff.

looking up Pete's Wicked Trail just above Cathy's Cutoff

SnowAlarm redesigned to be responsive and mobile-friendly

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Welcome to the 2013-2014 season. Loyal visitors to this site will notice a big difference in the layout as this site is now responsive, meaning that the layout will change depending upon screen size and the content is arranged in columns that will vertically stack as the screen size decreases.

Currenlty, the regisration and login process are not functional as I implement a new registration process.

The slideshow of the homepage is very interesting as it is the the same camera perspective taken in different seasons.

Storm Peak montageImmediately noticeable is the almost completely buried trail sign at the top of Storm Peak. The ‘winter’ shot was taken on 1 May 2011 while the summer shot was taken a few months later on 4 Septermber 2011. We received a record 489” of snow, although if the area had stayed open anoher week, we wouild have been close to 550”. Incrediably there was more snow at this time than when the season closed in mid-April.

Aspens in Shadows

Priest Creek montageNote the height of the aspen trees iin the Shadows area as the winter trees have their bases covered with almost 15 feet of snow. The winter shot was takem on 23 March 2011 while the fall shot was taken almost a year earlier on 25 Sept. 2010.

Lastly, the thrid photo montage is of the Priest Creek area taken from near the Elkhead lift. As with the aspens above, the winter shot was taken on 23 March 2011 while the fall shot was taken almost a year earlier on 19 September 2010.

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