Pictures of the week 3/17 – 3/24

Only a few photos this week.

 Lindsay loving life!

 The Peak, looking quite good today.

 The Bleachers on a beautiful day off of work!

Resurrection trees were pretty good on Thursday after 10 new inches fell. You can see the snow cracking at the bottom of the photo. My skis are under there somewhere.

 Pow Turns

 Pow Turns

 Teocalli Mountain hidden in the clouds in the top of the photo. Photo taken from Teocalli Bowl

Wolf’s Layer, Teocalli Bowl

I’m heading back to the Desert today, cant wait! Should have some great pictures and maybe a video of some sweet singletrack.

Pictures of the week 3/10 – 3/17

I would assume this is the deepest the cars and house would get buried this year 😦
The morning we left to Fruita for some mountain biking we woke up to a surprise inch that made everything look beautiful. this was taken from my bedroom.

 The car and Lindsay all ready to go!

Prime Cut, Fruita Colorado.

Joe’s Ridge, Fruita Colorado.
Loving my Subaru at the Rabbit Valley Trailhead parking lot.
My Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Carbon 29er about to enter the Western Rim Trail.
Lindsay on the Western Rim Trail, which starts in Colorado and ends in Utah.
The Western Rim Trail was one of the coolest bikes rides I’ve ever been on.

Later in the week I was actually road biking here in Crested Butte.

Throwback: Snodgrass trailhead, wont be to long before this super fun trail will be open.

Fruita Mountain Biking 3-11-13

Well well… what do you know, Fruita mountain biking is good to go. I’ve been closely keeping track of Over the edge sports Facebook page daily, once “all trails in the valley are good to go” came out on a status update, I had to get out there. Not to mention, it was time to get out of the busy-ness of Spring break 2013 here in Crested Butte. Temps were going to be in the low to high 60s for the duration of our two night, three day stay. The other excuse was to finally get back in bike shape. The Arizona Trail Race is just about a month away, and while I’ve been skiing every day, riding the rollers, and trying to do some basic exercises, it’s just not the same. I needed to get on singletrack.

 One of my favorite places to ride a bike, just because of the access to camping. The campsite is literally surrounded by sweet singletrack.

The trails were fresh, almost too fresh as some of the winter dirt was untouched.
This was the extent of the snow remaining on the trials, Prime Cut had the most muddy spots.
Joe’s Ridge at it’s finest. I noticed these were the best conditions I’ve ever experienced out here. Tacky and not dusty, making clearing sections much more do-able. 
After hitting up the must do trials, Zippity Do Da, Joe’s Ridge, Kessel Run, Prime Cut. It was time for some beers and food!
Good night…
The next morning we decided to hit up the Western Rim Trail in Rabbit Valley. First we stopped in to Over The Edge Sports in Fruita for some directions, those guys rock!
They told us to take the #2 Trail which was the alternative to the Kokopelli’s Trail route. It was well worth it with much more singletrack.
This was the worse part of rabbit valley that we encountered, life is tough!
The entrance to the Western Rim Trail, the views would only get better.
The Trail followed the canyon rim with a mix of dirt and slick rock riding.
The Colorado River was in the background the majority of the trail.
This section was amazing, riding on the western rim required lots of stopping to take pictures.
The dessert is a beautiful place.
Not sure if this picture does these rocks justice. This cluster of large rocks seemed pretty unique, I had to stop and admire them.
Another successful day on the bike. The next morning we would get a quick ride in before we we would head back to winter. I’ve never been out to Fruita or the surrounding area so early in the year. The nights were a bit chilly but after leaving a mountain town 60 degrees feels more like 70 degrees. See ya in a few weeks Fruita…
Check out 2pedal.com for a very large selection of maps and mountain bike guide books.
also check out the Kokopelli’s Guide Book which will be released in early April. It’s the most extensive and detailed guide book of the full 140 mile long Kokopelli’s Trail.

San Francisco…a break from life.

Just recently, a few friends and myself ran into a ridiculous deal that we couldn’t pass up. Allegiant Airlines and Telluride / Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce was running a deal where you buy a ticket through the Chamber and they will buy your second ticket. It was pretty hard to pass up especially when the ticket is only $100 to begin with. The deal was only valid from Montrose, Colorado (mid point from Crested Butte to Telluride) to Phoenix, AZ or Oakland, CA. Both Crested Butte Mountain Resort and Telluride Mountain Resort are trying to find different ways of increasing guests to there “destination resorts.” Allegiant decided they would attempt to help these two struggling resort locations. We however took this deal to visit San Francisco, get away from the mountains, take a few days off of skiing, and be tourists! 

I had never been to San Francisco but it’s been on the bucket list, and with the skiing getting rough here in Colorado there is not much of a better time to go. Sure, we knew the weather was not going to be super warm but we lucked out with upper 50’s and mostly clears sky’s the whole trip.

 We started off the trip just right, delayed almost by two hours. all we could do is sit and wait at Montrose Regional Airport.
After Landing in Oakland, taking the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transportatain) across the bay, we finally made it to San Francisco… Vacation here we go. Here are the friends I would be enjoying the next four days with Erin, Mike, and Lindsay.

Here is the Hostel we stayed in over the four day trip. Hostel International is off of Mason and O’Farrelle Streets. It was a perfect location, although it would have been nice to be closer to the Wharf as that was my favorite area.

That night we met some friends of Mike’s that were from Santa Cruse. We met them at Sutters Pub to grab a beer and a bite to eat. Later we went back to Mike’s friends hotel room and then went to The White Horse pub, where we played some shuffle board.

 The next morning we work up and started the tour. This city is so vibrant with color and unique structures.

On our way to the Wharf we stopped into the cable car museum. With the Cable Car being such a staple of the City Of San Francisco, it was good to learn a bit of the history.

No kidding around, lots of hills in San Francisco.
The infamous Lombard Street was busy with folks taking pictures and cars driving the winedy road.

Made it to the Wharf, such a cool spot. I bought a crab to eat, it was almost 2 pounds and it was not cheap!

 I enjoy looking at boats. Here is one of the docks at the Wharf. We hung out here for a bit then went west to the Marina District, where we would watch the Superbowl at a bar off of Chestnut Street.  It was fun to be in the city and watch with all the 49er fans. However, it was not a very fun ending but at least the town didn’t go crazy. The only weird thing I saw was when we were walking back to our hostel some dude threw a towel at a driving car and looked very upset.

Walking home from the Marina District was fun, lots of unique homes that must be worth a lot of money.
The following day, Monday, Mike and I slept in while the girls went shopping. We ended up meeting them down by Market Street to get on the Powell-Mason cable car route.
our plan for today was to rent some bikes and bike down to the Golden Gate Bridge, ride across it to Sausalito and take the ferry back to San Francisco.
One of the few hills we had to climb had a great view of boats, ports, and the bridge.
 The Path was so close to the water making every view spectacular. 
Lindsay admiring the palm trees.
It was hard not to stare at the enormous structure that is the Golden Gate Bridge.
Biking over the bridge was loud, but truly amazing. Lots and lots of pictures were taken.
A cool panorama, complements of the Iphone.
Once we arrived in Sausalito we looked for some food, we found a great Mexican joint, with delicious fish tacos called Sausalito Taco Shack. 
We walked around a bit then caught this hog back to San Francisco. The views of the San Francisco Skyline, Alcatraz, Golden Gate, and surrounding areas at sunset were well worth the ferry ticket.
Mr. Seal Hanging out.
Alcatraz was the one sight we did not check out, apparently you need to sign up long in advance.
  The team figuring out how to get back to Blazing Saddles. we dropped off our bikes and met up with Erin’s friend at the Wharf Inn where she was staying.
We drank some wine and decided to walk towards North Beach, and eventually to Cafe De Lucci for some good Italian food.
The Next morning we made our way to Haight street for breakfast at the Pork Store Cafe and to check out the famous street.
Had to make it to the Grateful Dead house. The gentleman that lives there came out and stared us down.
We walked around Golden Gate park for a little trying to avoid all the bums. We decided to leave and head to the coast. 
The open sea, it was a welcoming sight.
The ocean never ceases to amaze me, the shear size alone is incredible. That night we went back to our hostel, drank some beers and headed to the Chiefton Irish pub for our last meal in San Francisco. It was a packed week of food, fun, and entertainment. Its hard to leave the small ski town of Crested Butte, but if you can its truly a treat. I loved the experiences I had with my friends and can’t wait for the next adventure. San Fransisco… I’ll be back.
Check out all the pictures I took here: San Francisco Trip Pictures

Photos of the week 3/3 – 3/10

I just decided to post the photos I take every week, usually with my Iphone. Some week’s might be better then other, Enjoy.

We got just about a foot of new snow on Monday morning, the skiing was good.
 The Crested Butte Mountain Resort pow cam does not Lie.
Skiing Flatiron a few days later. a little sun scorn but still very good.
The view from Flatiron, over looking the town of Crested Butte.
The view over looking Mt. Crested Butte.
A view looking up towards the peak.

 The big snow storm was on Monday, but in Salida Colorado, 65 degree temps along with blue bird sky seemed like a perfect day to get on the bike.
At the top of S mountain, overlooking the town of Salida.
Iphone panorama
beautiful view of the Collegiate Mountains.
These are all pictures from the building on top of S Mountain. The trails are accessed by the town of Salida.
Back here in Crested Butte another storm is rolling in. It only dropped about 3 inches from Friday to Saturday. 
The Sunday sky had cleared and the conditions were in great shape.
 still a few clouds hugging the mountain tops.

Until next week…