Posted on December 31, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
A deadly Dec. 31 avalanche in Colorado. Photo courtesy CAIC.
New Year’s Eve accident marks first avalanche death of the season
FRISCO — A hiker trying to climb one of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks died in an avalanche on the last day of 2014. The accident happend on the Kelso Ridge approach to Torreys Peak, a 14er along the Continental Divide between Summit and Clear Creek counties.
According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, two climbers met at the base of Steven’s Gulch Road, near the Bakerville exit along I-70 and joined with a third climber for the planned ascent. The trio traveled on snowshoes up Steven’s Gulch, then used an an existing skin track to traverse across several avalanche paths on the east side of Mt. Kelso. Continue reading
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Posted on December 30, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Snowy days …
Town of Dillon waterworks along Straight Creek after an early May snowstorm.
In the forest, Williams Fork Range, Colorado.
Melting sheets of ice and snow along Dillon Reservoir, May, 2014.
On the cusp of winter and spring, Tenderfoot Mountain, March, 2014.
Full-on winter along Tenmile Creek, March, 2014.
FRISCO —A few more of our favorite images from 2014, focusing on late winter and early spring, when the deepest snowpack of the years begins its inexorable meltdown. And while most people are enjoying daffodils and tulips, Summit County, at 9,000 feet, usually sees at least one or two snowstorms during the late spring, even down to the valley elevations. Follow our Instagram feed
for daily updates, and visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America
to see more Summit County nature and landscape images.
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Posted on December 28, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Sundog above the Blue River, near Silverthorne, Colorado.
An early morning panorama from Ute Pass, looking toward the Gore Range.
Late evening sun on Mt. Guyot.
Frozen fog refracts morning sunlight in the Blue River Valley.
FRISCO — An exceptional morning a few days after Christmas brought magical light to the Blue River Valley, in Summit County, Colorado. Temps below zero and a layer of frozen fog and mist combined to create a beautiful sundog, forming nearly a full circle around the sun. It may be a little challenging to get out and about at sunrise on these chilly mornings, but it’s always well worth it!
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Posted on December 22, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Winter begins …
Frost and snow take hold of the trees along the shore of Dillon Reservoir.
Tenmile Creek on the winter solstice.
Evening glow on Swan Mountain as the sun sets behind the Tenmile Range.
Lodgepole sunset, Swan Mountain.
Evening alpenglow at Loveland Pass.
FRISCO — Once more, our Blue Marble has slipped into another celestial phase, marking the northern hemisphere’s maximum tilt away from the sun. The low sun angle often helps create dramatic landscapes, as the snow takes on an otherwordly glow, enveloping the mountains with soft light and long shadows. Enjoy the season!
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Posted on December 21, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
A strong storm will increase the avalanche danger in the Colorado mountains.
Avalanche cycle likely by Sunday, experts say
FRISCO — An incoming winter storm has prompted the Colorado Avalanche Information Center to issue an avalanche watch for most of the Colorado Mountains, with the exception of the southern San Juans and the Sangre de Cristos.
Heavy snow falling on a weak snowpack will quickly push the avalanche hazard into the red zone, with triggered avalanches all but certain on slide-prone terrain the next few days. Continue reading
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Posted on December 18, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Snow cometh …
Morning alpenglow on the Gore Range.
Sunrise over Mt. Guyot, Summit County, Colorado.
Winter along the Snake River.
Low clouds hover over Silverthorne. Colorado with Buffalo Mountain as a backdrop.
FRISCO — Winter is working its magic across the high country of Colorado, painting the mountains and valleys with a glittery blanket of snow. These shots highlight the many different ways light can manifest on freshly fallen snow, all taken on different days, but at about the same time each day, within an hour after sunrise. Enjoy the season!
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Posted on December 14, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
A slice of skyline along the shore of Dillon Reservoir in Frisco, Colorado.
FRISCO — I figured that, before winter really gets rolling would be a good time to clean up the photo archives, which meant going back through the autumn months and trying to keep the number of images to a somewhat manageable size. Plus, looking back at the images of the most recent season is a good reality check for the weather. Our day-to-day memory can play tricks, but photos don’t lie. We enjoyed a spectacular autumn in the Colorado high country, with just a bit of early snow, but generally mild weather through September and especially in late October, when a few weeks with temps running 10 to 15 degrees above normal made many people wonder if winter would ever show up. Continue reading
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