White Flag Lap for the Shot of the Day

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There’s not an easy way to say this, but here goes–welcome to the Crested Butte Shot of the Day’s “white flag lap,” “two minute warning,” “top of the ninth,” “injury time,” “home stretch,” “concluding chapter,” “fat lady singing,” “swan song” et cetera, et cetera.  The short version is that I’ll be posting through the end of September and then am going to wrap up Crested Butte’s Shot of the Day for (at least) a while.  I wanted to put out a little advanced notice so that I don’t surprise you in a few weeks.

Why stop posting?  Several reasons.  Initially it was because a few weeks back, the resort gave me notice that it would be ending its contract with me for the posts.  Yes, while I would love to be able to say that I’ve been posting shots for all these years simply out sheer love of Crested Butte and a need for a creative outlet, while those things certainly exist for me, there’s been a financial incentive in it for me as well.  The resort now has its content needs covered in other manners.  While they graciously offered me an alternative option that I would have considered a dream gig a few years back, it’s not currently the right fit and I’m passing it up.

So while the thought of ending the Shot of the Day initially took the wind out of my sails, as I’ve thought about it further, I’ve realized I’m ready to spend more time enjoying the Shot of the Day moments I come across and less time recording them for the foreseeable future.  I’m interested in spending less time at my computer, too often tired from either the early morning hour or an already long day, putting together posts.  And being able to leave the camera bag at home when I head out the door?  That’ll be bliss, I believe.  This might seem a little selfish of me (and I couldn’t blame you for thinking of it that way), but I’ve needed a break from the ongoing deadline for some time now.  The rest of my life needs more of me than I’ve been able to give it, as well, so this will be a good change.

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I certainly have to offer up many sincere, heartfelt thanks to all of you who have regularly checked in over the years and to those of you who have reached out to thank me for the shots and blurbs.  Your appreciation has kept me going more than you know and I feel bad about not getting back to some of you who took the time to write.  So again, many, many thanks!

With all this in mind, I’m planning on my last post being on Tuesday, September 30th.  My posts should be pretty business as usual until then . . . I might try and come up with some remarkable comments for that wrap-up post, but we’ll have to see.  I’m not sure what I’ll be doing with the existing blog posts themselves, either.  They’ll probably continue to be available for a while.  Maybe.  Regardless, again, many thanks to you all for the kudos and support over the years—it has been much appreciated.

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Today’s shots are from the past couple of days around CB . . . much of yesterday was another wet and cloudy affair, but days like these are some of the most beautiful of the year in the high country.  This morning we’re under clear skies and just a few degrees from freezing, with a forecasted high in the upper sixties.  The weather looks decent through the weekend, as well.

Speaking of swan songs, today is Mary Jo Somrak’s last day at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.  She’s been the executive admin at the company since . . . well, practically the dawn of time (she has been elusive about the total, but I understand that she has around 38 years working at the resort) and her departure is going to leave the Axtel building feeling a little empty for a while.  This place loves you, Mary Jo, and we wish you the best in your well-deserved retirement.  We’ll think of you whenever we ski down the run on the mountain that’s named after you, too.  Today’s last shot is of me with the legend herself (thanks for the photo, Megan!) at her farewell party yesterday.

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So there, all the departure news (that I know of)  is out of the way . . . you can have a really good holiday weekend out there and we’ll see you next week.  And next week’s looking pretty interesting for Crested Butte with its “special event” . . . more on that on Tuesday.

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Posted August 29, 2014 by robbpennie in Crested Butte Shot of the Day

S’No Way! More White Stuff in August?

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It’d be hard to argue that winter isn’t rarin’ to go for Crested Butte after checking out the mountains around here late Tuesday.  Today’s shots are from yesterday evening around CB . . . rain, lightning and a cold front moved through the area in the afternoon/early evening and when the clouds pulled back to reveal the peaks, they were looking snowy and gorgeous.   That’s as white as I can remember seeing the mountains in August, hopefully a good omen for the coming winter.  Today’s first shot is looking out at Teocalli Mountain.

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Snow covered peaks of the West Elk Range.

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Italian Mountain frosted and still shrugging off the clouds.

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Whiterock Mountain looking a little more like its namesake, with Mount Crested Butte in the foreground.

The snow on the mountains wrapped up what had been a really pretty day in the high country Tuesday.  Morning clouds lingered around the peaks and valleys until nearly noon . . . I’ll share some of those shots with you tomorrow.  The forecast shows another decent chance of thunderstorms today, but things should be drying out and warming somewhat as we head into the weekend and next week, so it’s not quite winter yet.  For those of you heading to CB for the holiday weekend, the moisture will have the single track riding great—you’ll be loving it.

Have a very pleasant day out there and we’ll catch you tomorrow.

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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

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