Let the Winter Fun Begin!

Winter fun in Summit County Colorado!  As we watched from the living room window over the course of a week, Lake Dillon froze.  (We also got out for a little skiing.)

Dipper Line at Heavenly Ski Area

Trying out the new QuickPress feature in WordPress 2.7.1. by uploading some favorite ski pics from the last trip. These two were taken on the Dipper Line run under the Dipper Express chair at Heavenly ski resort in South Lake Tahoe.   The bottom one is a view of the very calm lake from the top of the Nevada side of the resort.




 Updated 04/03/09:  Turns out that leaving the pics unsized wrecked the formating with some browsers.   Should be fixed now.

Views of Lake Tahoe from Heavenly Gondola

I’ve always thought this was one of the prettiest sights.  I try to get even non-skiing friends up the gondola just to see it.  Now, here’s the views coming to you in a few videos from a ride down the Heavenly gondola.

This is the best way home after skiing for me. I’d rather ski all the way down but skiing to the base lodges ends up in a bus ride. As you will see, the last stretch of the gondola is over flat land with little snow to boot, so I don’t ski down this slope either.

Anyway, I get to enjoy the breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding mountains while I loosen my boots.

Here’s the first part of the ride: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLk9L3g9uFk

The second part is where the scenery cranks up. Its also where I had the not-so-bright idea to rotate the camera for portrait shots partway down. The car didn’t go spinning like that but its kind of a fun effect.

( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2DmnS5d-qU  )

Here’s another, lower down the mountain in the trees:

One more in the trees: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdK0oYc7U6k  

Here’s the flat “home stretch”…well I put my camera way before we sailed over the little motels and into the main plaza. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0HcBjIUGgM  

There you have it. My little collection of Heavenly Gondola videos 🙂

3 Heavenly Ski Lift Rides

Just for fun, take a look at these lift rides at Heavenly ski resort.   If you’re stuck at the computer too much this will give you a good feel for the great outdoors in a mountain setting.

The first is on a snowy day.   Note the boader making a little jump right at the beginning.

Then check out this sunny day – same lift, same runs:

Finally, here’s the expert section of the ski run, further up the mountain:

Heavenly Ski Weekend

Lots of snow in Heavenly last weekend for very nice skiing! Then sunshine on Monday with terrific views of Lake Tahoe.  

Legit Free Music Downloads in REI Ski and Board Promo

REI.com is offering 10 free music downloads sponsored by various ski and board makers.

Click here and look mid-page to “Download your FREE Winter Soundtrack” of ten MP3 downloads.

Persephone’s Bee’s, “We’ve Just Begun” – MP3 presented by Salomon
Quadrillion, “Dropped” – MP3 presented by Ride Snowboards
Saxon Shore, “Bar Clearing Good Times” – MP3 presented by Volkl
Ohmega Watts, “Can You Hear it” – MP3 presented by REI.com
Robbers on High Street, “Training the Tricks” – presented by The North Face
The Apples In Stereo, “(baby its’) So Cold – MP3 presented by Burton
Eagles of Death Metal, “Now I’m a Fool” – MP3 presented by K2
Au Revoir Simone – “Fallen Snow (redux) – MP3 presented by Marmot
The Rentals, “Colorado” – MP3 presented by Smith Optics
American Analog Set, “Ice King” – MP3 presented by Rossignol

REI-Outlet Secret Sale! Use coupon code SECRET8 oct 13-20