What a difference a year makes …
All the grasses around Dillon Reservoir were covered under a deep blanket of snow by this time last year. Feb. 2011. This year, the same area still has quite a bit grass poking through.
SUMMIT COUNTY — Early February is truly the heart of winter, at least here in the high country. Down in the lowlands, they may be talking about groundhogs and shadows, and in more temperate climes, it’s true, you may start to see the first hints of impending change. But at 9,000 or 10,000 feet, or in northern latitudes, this is the time of year when you really start to feel that the ground is completely still and at rest in preparation for something yet unknown. It’s a little different this year. Bare earth is visible in more than a few places, and with temperatures averaging at least 3 to 4 degrees above average, the ground isn’t even frozen solid. So in case you’ve forgotten, here’s what winter can (and should) look like in series of images from early February, 2011.
February flakes in random pattern on a cold piece of metal siding on the Summit Voice weatherdeck in Frisco, Colorado.
Near the top of Pali, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado. Don't try this line this year - at least not yet.
Swan Mountain scene, with a tinge of February warmth on the snow from the evening sunset. Even just a couple of weeks earlier, say mid-January, the prevailing tint would be blue.
Looking north from Swan Mountain up the Lower Blue.
February sunset over Farmers Korner, from Sapphire Point.
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