Nature, Writing, Photography - Celebrating the Positive
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Fickle Spring at High Altitude
Barb at Beaver Creek, CO
I shivered in a windchill of minus 10 skiing at Breckenridge on Monday - we got 14" of new snow overnight. On Tuesday, I roasted in the sunshine at Beaver Creek Ski Area (about an hour from my home and lower in altitude) where it was 52 degrees. I was way too warm in my winter ski jacket. The snow at the bottom of the mountain was sticky, grabbing our skis and threatening to throw us into the slush. People were walking up the ski trails in sleeveless workout tops and biking up the plowed road past the lift. Today, we snowshoed behind our house on the many feet of snow that remain. The snow has a crust on top that looks like wrinkled elephant skin. Snow melts on sunny days but refreezes at night. Breckenridge's forecast is for more snow this week. Winter isn't ready to release its grip on the landscape.