Christmas Hut — Shapes and Shadows

Post by blogger | December 28, 2009      

Our snowpack here in central Colorado is thin, but in some areas a wet storm of a few weeks ago made a bridge layer that keeps you up out of the inevitable sugar foundation. Add a layer of fluff on the surface, and the backcountry skis like it’s twice as deep. We saddled up for Christmas at a friend’s cabin, and look what happened.

When conditions are good, it's amazing what you can do with just a couple feet of snow.

When conditions are good, it's amazing what you can do with just a couple feet of snow. Louie enjoying the aspens.


Simple peaceful times are what cabin living is all about. Peace, especially. It always intrigues me how we work like dogs most of the time so we can go live like pioneers for a few days.

Still liking those G3 Alpinist skins

Still liking those G3 Alpinist skins.

Bacon, need we say more?

Bacon, need we say more?

Aspen forest skiing

Aspen forest skiing

Without color to distract me, I'm intrigued by subtle shapes such as the pole basket wake.

Without color to distract me, I'm intrigued by subtle shapes such as the pole basket wake.

Colorado powder skiing the backcountry.

I guess that bacon did its job. Lisa skiing.

Colorado backcountry skiing.

Colorado backcountry skiing.

Powder skiing Colorado.

Merry Christmas, and adios!

(For you photo fanatics out there, this essay was shot with my trusty Canon A720 point and shoot, usually set to manual everything.)


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12 Responses to “Christmas Hut — Shapes and Shadows”

  1. Brian December 28th, 2009 11:20 am

    I hear you Lou on the working like dogs part. Just need to figure out how to live like a pioneer full-time (and sell it to my wife!)

  2. Lou December 28th, 2009 11:27 am

    Brian, otherwise known as the dirtbag lifestyle? Yeah, it does work better when you’re single. Easier to live in the back of a Tacoma that way.

  3. Colin in CA December 28th, 2009 2:04 pm

    Lou, I find the pole basket wake intriguing as well. Cool shots. You’ve hacked your A720, yes?

  4. Lou December 28th, 2009 2:47 pm

    Colin, I did hack it at one time, but I’ve found I usually don’t really need the hack. It gets accidentally erased off the SD card, then I don’t get around to re-installing… one more thing on the list of a thousand projects (grin).

  5. Caleb Wray December 28th, 2009 3:19 pm

    Some nice photos. Looks like a great Christmas.

  6. Nick December 28th, 2009 3:50 pm

    Great shots Lou, shooting in B&W is a fun change of pace. It can make otherwise flat skiing shots really pop. I’d like to remember to try it more often.

  7. Patrick Odenbeck December 28th, 2009 5:07 pm

    Sweet shots Lou you caught some really nice textures.

  8. Joel Gratz December 28th, 2009 8:44 pm

    These pictures never get old…well done! More fresh snow soon…

  9. Jimbo December 29th, 2009 8:39 am

    Excellent photo essay.
    peace to all…

  10. Manfred December 30th, 2009 1:50 pm

    Hi Lou, we envy you for the aspen snow conditions, we are not measuring the snow in feet but in inches. However chances are good that it will improve. We are looking forward to having you soon with us in Austria again.
    Regards to all from all of us.

  11. Lou December 31st, 2009 8:33 am

    Thanks for the comment Manfred, am looking forward to seeing you guys as well. I’ll email you.

  12. Lisa December 31st, 2009 6:33 pm

    You need to come visit. Colorado snow is always the best. 🙂

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