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Snowmass Summer Concerts

Freddy Jones Band at Snowmass Summer Concert Series, on 4th of July weekend.

Freddy Jones Band at Snowmass Summer Concert Series, on 4th of July weekend.

Today was beautiful and warm here… which made me recall some of the fun summer events, including the free concerts on the hill at Snowmass ski area! One of my favorites this summer was The Freddy Jones Band on July 3rd, as seen here. There was some rain in the distance, and you can see a faint rainbow right above the acoustic guitarist there, as the sun was setting.

Taken 7/3/2008.


Snowmass Sunset

colorful sunset from the deck at Lykins place in Snowmass

colorful sunset from the deck at Lykins place in Snowmass


A great sunset one evening in Snowmass, when I was with my family, who were all visiting for their ski vacation. So much fun watching my niece & nephew skiing for the first time! This shot is looking at the ridge behind/above the Snowmass Center (on the right as you drive up to the ski area).

Taken 2/18/2008.


View From Snowmass Creek

Looking at Snowmass Ski Area, from Snowmass Creek valley

Looking at Snowmass Ski Area, from Snowmass Creek valley

I helped a friend move today, from her place off Snowmass Creek Rd, and this was the view from her front porch! That is Snowmass Ski Area, looking at Sam’s Knob & Campground. So, now her place is available for rent too, and cheaper than where I am now. Hmm… I’m considering it, but it’s 20 minutes out of town. What a great view though!

Taken 11/14/2008.


Last Fall

Colorful Colorado in Fall, from the the back side of Snowmass Ski Area, on East Snowmass Trail

Colorful Colorado in Fall, from the the back side of Snowmass Ski Area, on East Snowmass Trail

A little duality in the title there… We’re supposed to get a big storm in the next few days, signaling the “last (of) fall,” and the beginning of winter. And, this photo was taken a year ago, “last fall” when I was out here in Aspen to interview and find housing.

I was on the East Snowmass Trail, after starting on the Ditch Trail at the Campground Parking Lot. This view is looking up at the back side of Snowmass Ski Area. In fact, the ridgeline in this photo is where I hiked up in August of this year, along Sneaky’s ski run (see my earlier posts “Old Beer, Flora” and “Summer Ski Jump”). I loved the varied red, grey, and tan colors of the cliffs above, along with the bright yellow aspen trees and green conifers below.

Taken 9/29/2007.


Snowmass Capitol Daly

Snowmass Ski Area and surrounding peaks, from the Rio Grande Trail

Snowmass Ski Area and surrounding peaks, from the Rio Grande Trail


A great view of the Snowmass Ski Area and surrounding peaks–Mt. Daly (13,300 ft) at far right, and Capitol Peak (14,130 ft) to its left–as seen from the Rio Grande Trail. I thought of this photo, because it’s similar to the view I had this evening, as I was getting a free horse riding lesson from a new friend!

Taken 5/31/2008.


Summer Ski Jump

Big kicker built on Sneaky's at Snowmass, still kickin' it in August!

Big kicker built on Sneaky's at Snowmass, still kickin' it in August!

This was from the same hike as yesterday’s post, up Snowmass ski area, near the top of Big Burn on the ridge of Sneaky’s. They built this huge kicker jump toward the end of the season, actually closed Sneaky’s while they were apparently filming some guys doing insane stuff off this monster. You can get an idea how big it was by how much snow is still left in almost mid-August. Would’ve been a cool backdrop too… with Snowmass Creek valley and peaks for a background (behind me in this shot).

Taken 8/10/2008.


Old Beer, Flora

A very old rusted out pull-top beer can and flower on Snowmass

A very old rusted out pull-top beer can and flower on Snowmass

Saw this as I was hiking up the Snowmass ski area, along the ridge of Sneaky’s ski run. It was such a beautiful hike, with great views of the Snowmass Creek valley all along the way, but there were discarded beer cans in a few locations along the way; and seeing this really old one near the top, indicated that this has obviously been a popular party spot for quite awhile! I just liked the contrast of the old rusted can with the flowers there.

Taken 8/10/2008.


Yin And Yang With Mountains

Mosaic of yin yang at top of the Rim Trail in Snowmass

Mosaic of yin yang at top of the Rim Trail in Snowmass

This wonderful mosaic—depicting the yin and yang taijitu in the center, and spiraling outward—can be found on top of the beginning section of the Rim Trail, just above Snowmass Village. Appropriately, there was great lighting from sun on the distant peaks to the north, beyond the cloudy skies overhead.

This first part of the Rim Trail provided a good short hike, with a bit of steepness to it, and providing great 360 views, with the option to continue on for the rest of the 6-7 mile loop.

Taken 5/26/2008.