Rainy Daze in Crested Butte

 

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Good Morning CB fans–it’s another overcast affair in the East River Valley, with low clouds clinging to the mountains and plunging into the valleys.  There are bits of blue sky visible above it all, though maybe we’ll see some clear skies for at least part of today.

Wednesday’s shot is looking over the tops of the trees near the Painter Boy lift at the clouds and rain laying in on Mt. Emmons.  Tuesday saw both rain and sun, with a rainy evening closing out the day.  And it felt downright chilly at times Tuesday, walking around the base area during the late morning and then again as I was riding my motorcycle home while a curtain of moisture marched down Kebler Pass towards Crested Butte.

Today’s forecast calls for more of the same moisture and highs in the low-to-mid sixties (there’s a decent chance for rain tomorrow, as well), but the holiday weekend continues to hold potential with the possibility of sun and highs in the seventies.  Hopefully the weather holds for tonight’s Live! From Mt. Crested Butte Free Concert at 5:30pm on the Red Lady Stage.  Billed as one of New Orleans’ best funk bands, it looks like Dumpstaphunk will be the last Live! concert of the summer.  So if the weather provides a window, get out there and enjoy!  Have a super day!

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Posted August 27, 2014 by robbpennie in Crested Butte Shot of the Day

A Little Fall Color

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As if the weekend’s snows weren’t enough, we’re already seeing our first spots of gold in the aspens, especially between the top of Gold Link and the Five-Way along the Painter Boy trail (shown in today’s shot).  It’s a bit early to declare it full-on fall in the mountains, but with the noticeably shorter and cooler days, the change of season grows less and less subtle.

While Monday stayed pretty dry (just a brief shower or two and a thunderstorm up in the hills) considering the forecast, we have another good chance for thunderstorms this afternoon.  But it’s great biking weather if you can get out earlier in the day—enjoy it and we’ll see you tomorrow.

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Posted August 26, 2014 by robbpennie in Crested Butte Shot of the Day

Thar She Snows!

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The sun is coming up on partly-to-mostly cloudy skies across the Gunnison Country this morning, with light rain showers moving through the head of the Slate and East river valleys.  CB is forecasted for fifty-percent chance of scattered thunderstorms this afternoon, with a high of sixty-seven degrees.  It looks like the rest of the week has a decent possibility for more showers and moisture, as well.

Monday’s shot is of Crested Butte’s first snow of the season, spotted on the high ridge out behind Whiterock Mountain on Saturday afternoon.  Saturday was fully rainy and, following a cold front that pushed through in the afternoon and the clouds clearing off the peaks just a bit, this dusting of whiteness visible up high.  Wetness continued into Saturday evening and when clouds lifted off Paradise Divide Sunday morning, Treasury Mountain had a bit of snow capping it, as well.

What does this mean for the coming winter in Crested Butte?  Well that it’s going to be completely fabulously awesome, of course!  While I’m not quite ready for signs of winter in August, it was a not-so-subtle heads-up to the grom’s of all ages around town that it’s time to head back to school.  The Crested Butte school reconvenes today . . . hopefully it’s a really good day and year for all the kiddos in the valley.  Take it easy around the neighborhoods today, as stunned kids (is summer really over—seems like classes just got out?) are walking to bus stops and zipping along on their bikes to get to school on time.  Be ready for the morning drop off traffic snarl coming into town, as well.  Have a very good start to your week, stay dry out there and we’ll see you tomorrow.

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Posted August 25, 2014 by robbpennie in Crested Butte Shot of the Day

Moist Friday in Crested Butte

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Hi All and Happy Friday!  Looks like it’s going to be a soggy one out there today . . . we’re watching the mountain gray out this morning as rain showers move through the area.  The forecast is calling for a seventy-percent chance of rain today, with a high in the mid sixties.  Looks like a decent chance of thunderstorms tomorrow, as well, but Sunday is predicted to clear up.  Hopefully things dry out a bit by the time tonight’s installment of pedal and groove rolls around . . . free rides on the RLX are way more fun without the rain.  Today’s shot is of Gothic Mountain shedding its layer of morning clouds.  Have an excellent weekend and we’ll see you next week.

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Posted August 22, 2014 by robbpennie in Crested Butte Shot of the Day

From Cloudy to Clear with a Sense of Fall Being Near

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It’s Thursday morning in Crested Butte and the sun is rising with clear skies and temps in the high thirties.  With the sunrises coming incrementally later each day, the morning lows sneaking back down, into the thirties, and those dry afternoon carrying aromas of decaying wildflowers and grasses that have called it quits for the season, it’s hard to ignore the fall in the air.  Today’s shots are from yesterday morning as the clouds were beginning to break and shuffle through the mountain peaks.  The first shot is looking up the valley, at Mt. Emmons, the second is of the hill behind CB South and the third is of Round Mountain to our south.

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Today’s prediction is for a thirty-percent chance of scattered thunderstorms this afternoon, but that leaves plenty of time this morning to get out for some fun on a mountain bike ride at the resort or in the backcountry.  Whatever you do out there, enjoy it and we’ll see you tomorrow.

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Posted August 21, 2014 by robbpennie in Crested Butte Shot of the Day

USA Pro Challenge Stage 2 Finish in Mt. Crested Butte

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Good Wednesday morning from Crested Butte—we’re seeing low clouds and rain across the much of the Gunnison Country today.  Our first shot is looking out from CB South at the rains and grayness clinging to the sides of Whetstone Mountain this morning.  Our temps are hovering right around fifty degrees, headed for a forecasted high in the mid sixties later today.

 

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Wednesday’s shots are from what turned out to be an exciting and rainy USA Pro Challenge finish in Mount Crested Butte Tuesday.  Competitors ran into rain around Horse Ranch Park on Kebler Pass Road, put up with a questionable race stoppage on the paved Kebler downhill and saw Robin Carpenter hang on to fend off his hard-charging rivals for the stage win.  Today’s first shot is of Carpenter crossing the finish line and was sent in by Matthew Johnston—thanks Matt!  The next shot gives you a bit of a feel for the overcast and rainy conditions that had closed in on Mt. CB at the race’s conclusion.  Competitors looked spent and fully chilled as they climbed off their bikes following the stage.

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Today’s third shot (thanks again to Matt) is from the post-race podium, with Carpenter getting photos along side legendary snow biking/pond skimming athlete Erica Rasmussen (check out the April seventh Shot of the Day post for the wet and wild evidence) and Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s very own Erica Mueller.  Think the guy in the back is a little chilly?

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While the finish probably wasn’t as well attended as it has been in past years (maybe blame it on the rain), those who did turn out once again felt the impressive energy of a well choreographed bicycle race stage finish.  With the production aircraft circling overhead, the law enforcement and support vehicles roaring up Gothic road (lights flashing, sirens squawking), the area adorned with bright banners and colorful props, music thumping from the towers of speakers with the p.a. announcer whipping the cow-bell-equipped crowd into a high frenzy, it was pretty fun.  Put it on your list of to-do’s the next time event comes to Mt. Crested Butte!

Stay dry out there today and we’ll look for you, again, tomorrow.

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Field Trip to the San Juan Mountains

It’s Tuesday morning and Crested Butte is under cloudy skies that look like they’re going to start producing rain any minute.  Today’s forecast tells the same story, with a sixty-percent chance of heavy rains throughout the day and a high of 69 degrees.  It’ll be interesting to see how the weather impacts today’s stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge that will finish in Mt. CB this afternoon.  The stage starts in Aspen at 11am, heads up to Carbondale, then heads down highway 133, over McClure Pass, and turns competitors off the pavement to climb to the top of Kebler Pass before descending into CB and climbing into Mt. CB for the finish.  That’s evidently 105 miles and is slated to take the cyclist a little under five hours to complete.  Riding a bicycle over a potentially soggy Kebler Pass road is pretty low on my list of  “to-do’s” . . . sounds pretty gruelling.  Those boys will have a chance to show what they’re made of, no doubt. Clouds and rain could be challenging for the live television coverage of the event on NBC Sports, as well.  But tune in, check it out and enjoy getting to see Crested Butte on TV!

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Tuesday’s shot s are from yesterday . . . Steve and I took a little field trip down to the San Juan Mountains with the motor bikes.  If you’ve never checked out the San Juans, they are truly spectacular.  Jaw-dropping vistas stuffed with towering peaks well above tree line in all directions . . .  pretty unique in the lower forty-eight.  Today’s first shot is looking out at the uncommon colors of rock and water from the top of either Hurricane or Corkscrew Pass, if I remember right.

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This is Steve at the top of the 12,600’ Cinnamon Pass.  Both man and machine notice the lack of oxygen at these elevations.

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We started our ride in Lake City, went over Cinnamon Pass and made it to Silverton in plenty of time for lunch.  These mountains have been mined heavily for many years (there are still active mines, as well) . . . if you like mining history, you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store checking out the old equipment, structures and trams in various states of decompositoin.  This old structure is near Animas Forks.

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Silverton was pleasantly busy with late summer visitors and from there we continued on our loop and eventually climbed up to Engineer Pass.  The road gets good and steep a couple of spots.

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These two shots are me at the top of the 12,800’ Engineer Pass.  We enjoyed just about perfect weather and considering how popular this area has become for jeepers and OHVers, traffic on the roads was pretty light.  It was a fun way to spend a day, that’s for sure.

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Check out the bike race finish in Mt. Crested Butte this afternoon, stay dry out there and we’ll see you tomorrow.

 

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Posted August 19, 2014 by robbpennie in Uncategorized

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