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Concert On Aspen Mountain

Last year's Blues Traveler concert at the base of Ajax.

Last year's Blues Traveler concert at the base of Ajax.


There was another great free concert on Ajax tonight, with Robert Randolph & The Family Band. It was to close out the women’s World Cup races over the weekend here, and to kick off the ski season. The night included fireworks up on the mountain too!!

This photo is actually from when Blues Traveler played the same concert last year. The stage is on the far left of the frame, with the gondola plaza in the middle, and The Little Nell hotel on the right (where I now work!). I love how the scene almost looks fake, with the snow and the lights.

Taken 12/8/2007.


Fireworks Over Aspen

Fireworks for the Food & Wine Classic illuminate the ridge of Shadow Mountain.

Fireworks for the Food & Wine Classic illuminate the ridge ofShadow Mountain.

Feelin’ the need to celebrate Opening Day for the 2008 ski season here in Aspen, and of course, Thanksgiving!  So, I thought I’d share a photo of fireworks from Food & Wine last year… which, coincidentally rang in the last day of the phenomenal ‘07 ski season.  The Aspen Mountain ski area re-opened for the weekend of The Food & Wine Classic last year, because we still had SO much snow up there!

I was just outside town, right by the Maroon Creek golf course, so the fireworks lit up the Shadow Mountain ridgeline very nicely here.

Taken 6/12/2008


Snow Sculpture

Snow accumulates on a sculpture by the Aspen Art Museum and on the Rio Grande Bridge.

Snow accumulates on a sculpture by the Aspen Art Museum and on the Rio Grande Bridge.

In hopes of encouraging the snowfall we had last year… here’s a shot of the type of snow which accumulated last winter, creating a balanced pillow of snow on this sculpture near the Aspen Art Museum, and on top of the Rio Grande Bridge over the Roaring Fork River. Notice how the snow on the top beams of the bridge has melted and refrozen repeatedly, becoming flexible enough that it’s hanging well over the edge, especially on the far side. This was my view as I walked into work every day, looking at the snowy, sunlit Aspen Mountain in the background.

Taken 2/22/2008.


View From The Sundeck

The top of Aspen Mtn provides some grand vistas of the surrounding mountains.

The top of Aspen Mtn provides some grand vistas of the surrounding mountains.

This is (part of) the view from the top of Aspen Mountain (Ajax). The Highland Bowl is on the right, and Pyramid Peak is the darker peak in the distance, center of the frame. The restaurant here at the top of Ajax is aptly named The Sundeck.

On my first day of work with SkiCo today, we went up to get the computers there at The Sundeck (and at the adjoining Aspen Mountain Club) ready for opening day on Thursday. Well, the gondola is not running full time yet, and we got “stuck” up there, so I was forced to sit outside and eat lunch with this as my view… Not a bad first day at work!

Unfortunately, I didn’t take a pic of the cloudless, sunny view there today—and I don’t seem to have any good wider-angle shots since I’ve been here—so, this is from a shot taken on my visit out here in Feb 2006.

Taken 2/26/2006.


Suspended Cars

Two gondola cars pass each other above Aspen Mtn ski area, amidst stormy skies.

Two gondola cars pass each other above Aspen Mtn ski area, amidst stormy skies.


Hiked Ajax just over a week after skiing there, for the late-season reopening during the Food & Wine Classic. Here, two gondolas cars pass each other, suspended high above Aspen Mountain. The stormy skies provide great shadowing and depth for the mountains and foothills down the valley.

Taken 6/22/2008.


Spring Runoff

Hunter Creek running high on June 1st 2008, with Ajax in the background.

Hunter Creek running high on June 1st 2008, with Ajax in the background.


This view is just a short 1/4 mile or so hike right out my back door. With the huge snowfall we had last season, the resulting spring thaw made for some pretty high river stages. This shows Hunter Creek running quite a bit bigger than normal. And, you can still see all the snow left on Aspen Mountain (Ajax) in the background, even as the trees down in town were beginning to really green up. Such a beautiful backyard, eh?!

Taken 6/1/2008.


Highland Bowl From Ajax

view of Highland Bowl from Aspen Mtn, at Buckhorn cabin

view of Highland Bowl from Aspen Mtn, at Buckhorn cabin

Since I’m chompin’ at the bit for ski season to start, thought I’d post a pic of where I’ll be skiing many days this year! The Highland Bowl at Aspen Highlands (across the valley here) provides one of the best inbounds skiing experiences in Colorado. A 30-45 minute hike from the top of the lift-served area leaves you with a choice of numerous long, steep runs.

This shot was taken from Aspen Mtn near the Buckhorn hut, on one of my last ski days last year, when I hiked (skinned) to the top of Aspen Mountain (Ajax) after the lifts had closed. It was really cool having the whole mountain to myself!

Taken 5/4/2008.


Fall Sunset Over Ajax

Nice colors with the clouds, and the changing aspen trees on Aspen Mtn.

Nice colors with the clouds, and the changing aspen trees on Aspen Mtn.


Another beautiful Aspen sunset… taken just outside the entrance to my condo building, looking at Aspen Mountain (Ajax).

Taken 9/23/2008.


Mountains Grass Snow

Thanksgiving 2007 Great view from back of Aspen Mtn

Thanksgiving 2007 Great view from back of Aspen Mtn

A great view after hiking down Little Annie’s Road, off the back of Aspen Mountain, less than a month after I moved to Aspen. The mountain wasn’t opened for skiing yet, but the gondola was open, so I went exploring… Good exercise, before eating and drinking waayyy too much.

Taken 11/22/2007.


Fall In Full Color

Fall Colors in Full Force!

Fabulous Fall Colors in Full Force!

Aspen trees in full glow on Aspen Mountain ski area. View from Ute rock, at the top of the Ute Trail, while hiking to the top of Aspen Mountain (aka, Ajax).

Taken 9/28/08.