Landscape: Shrine Pass

I spent the past two days at the Shrine Pass recreation area for an Avalanche I course. Shrine Pass is just below the summit of Vail Pass, elevation 10,600 feet. So–perhaps needless to say–it was cold, and I had on enough layers to make me look like the Michelin tire guy. But I learned a ton and got to take in some of the beauty that’s all around up here:

It’s difficult to pay attention to your instructors when the views are like that, eh? Soon enough, the clouds came in, and it started snowing. Friday night, Vail reported four new inches of the fluffy stuff, and this morning’s report added another nine inches to that.

The front deck analysis (above) isn’t quite as scientific, so I’m rushing out with my skis right now to check it out…

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