Red Mountain was recently closed due to heavy snow and avalanche runs. CDOT crews rotated through the night...carving passages, plowing snow and risking life and limb to the fickle whims of Mother Nature. They also fire off rounds of mortar shells in attempts to trigger potentially deadly buildups of snow that plague Highway 550 South all winter long.
After 4 days of dismal, sunless, come-and-go blizzards, the view out our Imax windows suggests skies are clearing. The mountains got hit pretty hard, with as much as 48 inches of new snow in places between Lovely Ouray and Silverton Mountain.
Though temps beyond our windows currently hover just above zero this morning, the forecast calls for two days of glorious sunshine...before more snow moves in on New Years Day. Time to break out the snowshoes!
Photos from our perch above Lovely Ouray...
|Bobbie intersects fresh mountain lion tracks on one of her solo hikes|
|Our "bobsled run" driveway|
|A black and white blowout...normally brilliantly endowed with reds, yellows, umbers, highlighted with arrays of orange and tangerine|
|Deck view...snowing hard now|
|What looks like dirt on the driveway is actually snowflakes|
|The storm temporarily abates. Time to play catch up.|
|Knee deep in front of our garage|
|Time to fire up the snowplow|
|Clearing skies above the Blowout|
Don't worry about us, we have lots of antifreeze :)
mark and bobbie