Winter 2004

This was a significant season in our hut skiing career.  We visited two 10th Mountain huts this winter which were the last ones we needed to get to in order to have been to them all.  It took 9 seasons to get there!


In January, nephew Paul and his friend Tyler came to Colorado to go snowboarding.  Chris was able to join them for some powder hounding up on the Continental Divide at Monarch Ski Area

The big annual ski trip took place in Telluride Colorado in February.  Jeff's buddy Craig Wolski joined us this time for 4 glorious days of skiing and showed us a thing or two about excellent ski style.  Past trip veteran Eric couldn't make it this year unfortunately.

Telluride is widely hailed as the king of scenery among North American ski areas.  Can't argue with that!

The small town of Telluride is tucked into a steep walled valley with tall peaks on 3 sides.

Our condo was great.  Nice view, walk to lifts and best of all, a hot tub inside the unit!

Pumped on a bluebird 6 inch powder day!

Craig wastes no time mastering skiing Rocky Mountain powder.

This year's trip had a new technological marvel. The "helmet" cam!  We actually attached it to goggles and each of us took turns getting stellar first-person footage of our runs. 


The last day went out with a bang.  It dump much of the day (much to the demise of Jeff and Craig when trying to fly out the next day).  Here Jeff enjoys a peaceful glide in a quite forest.  Telluride has a little bit of everything.


I put together a music video movie with some nice footage from the trip.  There is 2 versions available for download.  You need to have a recent version of Windows Media Player to view the files.  Click on the links to start it up. Or right mouse click on the link and choose "Save Target As" to save the file to your hard drive and then run it from there.

Version #1 - 4MB in size - Low resolution that works ok for modem users

Version #2 - 9MB in size - Medium resolution for people with faster internet connections or more patients

Nice panorama in a land of endless panoramas.  Trip stats: about 10 inches of powder and 108,693 vertical feet descent  according to the GPS.


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