Snow in Crested Butte and the Checkered Flag for the Shot of the Day

Hi All and Happy Final CB Shot of the Day post!  And what a day—it was a fully gorgeous morning for the last day of September—wow.Last night, driving back from Denver, over Cottonwood Pass in the dark (think 1st gear, whiteout, one-lane snow-packed gravel road with consequences if you drop it off the edge . . . oiy-yoi . . . was glad to have the beauty of all-wheel drive and even gladder to get off the top of that thing, for sure), I was wondering how much snow would be in the peaks today . . . I wasn’t disappointed! The new fallen snow with CB’s fall colors still looking fabulous and the scenes were pure eye candy this morning, no doubt about it.  I grabbed some shots this morning to share with you over the lunch break.

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Today’s first shot is of part of one of the local elk herds that’s been quite photogenic over for us over the past few weeks.  That’s the snow-basted Teocalli Mountain in the background.

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Whetsone’s looking cool in white with the contrasting colors on the foot hills below.   No, I didn’t quite cut off the peak . . . it’s got a little saddle to it is all.

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Mt. Emmons’ Red Lady Bowl looks like it has a few inches in it this morning.  Local backcountry lovers are looking forward to another winter of fun turns up there as soon as they can get it.

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The ol’ standard, looking across the Town Ranch, with Crested Butte backed by a snowy Paradise Divide.

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A nice little reflection of fall colors on Crested Butte Mountain.

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Our last shot is of snow on the ski area . . . I’d say summer’s over.

So, yes, this is the last Shot of the Day post for the foreseeable future and it’s not hard to have some mixed feelings about winding it down. I’m having a bit of a time turning off the excitement of sharing the beauty and fun of Crested Butte and the Gunnison Country . . . a little addicted to it, I guess. At the same time, yes, I’m more ready than ever for a break putting together regular posts for my discriminating followers. It’ll be nice to take a breather. I’m not sure that there isn’t a continued need for this kind of content about Crested Butte, though . . . your emails and comments have been enough to support that. At the same time, with the changes in the area this summer (the noticeable uptick in the amount of visitors to the area had the Gunnison Country feeling less than quiet and certainly not lonely), maybe this is for the best.

But the big thing I want to put out there with this thing being done is some thank you’s.

Thanks to Crested Butte Mountain Resort for giving me the opportunity all these year to do the Shot of the Day . . . we’ve seen some cool stuff and it’s been a good run.

And thanks to the Shot of the Day’s many models over the years . . . which reminds me of a funny bit . . . when I let one of my riding buddies know that the Shot of the Day was wrapping up, he replied, “Cool!  Now we can go ride together without you stopping us all the time, asking me to do dumb stuff for you and that camera.”  (heh-heh-heh)  So this goes out to the willing (or not so willing) Shot of the Day models, ‘cause shots of people doing cool stuff around Crested Butte have been a great part of the Shot of the Day:  Ty, Steve L, Jon S, Dave C, Stacey, Chris R, Mara, Bruce M, Annie, Joseph R, Bobby B, Alan H, Ericas R & M, Jay, Clif, Huck, Steve J, Jeff, Pat, Frank, David B, Jim R, John H, Grant, John S, Doug, and all the others of you who I just walked up to and, since it looked like you were living the dream at the moment, asked if you would pose up and model for the Shot of the Day.  While the finished product of modeling for photos can be cool and live on forever, make no mistake that stopping yourself and others from living in those moments to stand and wait for their picture to be taken while the moment fades, gets a little old . . . even if you know full-well it’s for Shot of the Day fame.  So many, many thanks—all of you! Thanks to the Shot of the Day photo contributors (Joseph, Stacey, Steve, Matt and the rest of you) over the years, too.

And thanks, probably most of all, to my family, who has put up with my Shot of the Day mistress all these years . . . it’s nice to see her packing up and moving on, isn’t it?

Beyond this, thanks to all of you who have been checking in over the years, enjoying Crested Butte with and through the Shot of the Day. I’ve appreciated your messages (especially over the last month) and hope that you will continue to make this amazing little place in the Rocky Mountains part of your life.  Best wishes and excellent adventures to you all!

Have a really good day out there and we’ll see you around.

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Posted September 30, 2014 by robbpennie in Crested Butte Shot of the Day

Monday in Crested Butte

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Good Monday morning!  Were in you Crested Butte this weekend? Wow, it was pretty . . . between the outstanding colors on the mountainsides and warm, sunny weather, I’m not sure you could’ve beat it. In fact, I’d go so far as to call it one of the ten best days of the year in CB . . . it was amazing. And the town was back to that extra busy summer feel, with the roads busy with SUVs and trucks carrying mountain bikes and OHVs, cars pulled over here and there, with leaf peepers out, “chimping” away at the fall foliage. But the colors were so vibrant and it was a such a beautiful day in the high country that it was all I could do not to grab the camera bag and join them. As for my family and I, we had a morning soccer game in the Butte and then headed for Denver to attend to see family. The east side of Cottonwood Pass was full of foliage finders snapping away at the colors and highway 285 at the top of Kenosha Pass was a parking lot for a mile in either direction, with Front Rangers out of their cars and walking their dogs along the thoroughfare, police lights flashing and families trying to be out hiking in the turning aspens. For everyone in my car, watching the Front Rangers willing to put up with a cramped, bumping-into-each-other, outdoors experience for even a somewhat limited venue as the top of Kenosha, reminded us of just how good we have it in Crested Butte.

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So I was away from Crested Butte Sunday, not there to take in the forecasted fall moisture. Nothing like a little time in Denver and Castle Rock to remind me of why I so enjoy living in the Colorado high country.  Speaking of fall moisture, the forecast for the coming days predicts moisture (both liquid and solid) and cooler temps as we move into late fall.

Have a really good start to your week and we’ll see you back here for the last Crested Butte Shot of the Day post tomorrow.

Checkered Flag in Sight for the Shot of the Day

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

Fall Fridays Feel Fine in Crested Butte

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Hi All and Happy Friday! Or maybe not-so happy, as it’s the last Friday for the Crested Butte Shot of the Day. But hey, we have a couple of more days to look forward to next week—and we will enjoy them.  Today’s first shot is looking over the Painter Boy Lift and aspens at Mt. Emmons.  We’re forecasted for another beautiful fall day, with highs in the low seventies and sunny skies.  Predictions are for more moisture and cooler temps as we move through the weekend, though, with the ol’ snow flake icon appearing in the early part of next week’s forecast.  Ready or not . . .

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Our second shot is of a swooning buck that Matthew Johnston sent in—thanks Matt! Matt must be able to do a really good doe call, ‘cause that boy looks like he’s smitten.

The Red Lady Express lift is spinning again today, tomorrow and Sunday for a final weekend of mountain biking and hiking at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Also, check out the Crested Butte Film Festival’s offerings this weekend.

Have a really good one out there and we’ll see you next week.

Final Friday for the Shot of the Day

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

Roads and Trails of Fall Gold

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If you need some Fall season to calm and reinvigorate your spirit, Crested Butte is here for you. Today’s first shot is looking down a high country road ablaze in fall color.  And while riding through Crested Butte’s summer wildflowers is awesome, fall is a magnificent time to ride, surrounding by glowing aspens, taking in all the sites and aromas of the season.  Load up the bikes and your riding buddies, and head for CB this weekend—we’d be glad to have you!  Enjoy.

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How Much More of the Shot of the Day? Not much . . .

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

Wanna Get Full of Fall Color? Check out Crested Butte!

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Hello Crested Butte fans–we’re under clear skies this early morning, with temps right around the freezing mark and the forecast promising a sunny day with highs in the low seventies this afternoon.  The past few days of rain and clouds have been pretty in their own right, but it will be nice to get out on dry, tacky trails and enjoy what looks to be a perfect fall day in the mountains.

For Wednesday’s first shot, we’re checking out the red-topped aspens along the Splain’s Gulch run, with the Painter Boy lift overhead and the peak of Crested Butte Mountain dominating the background.  CB’s quickly heading toward fall its peak of fall color . . . this weekend is going to be spectacular–be sure to get here if you can.

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Our next two shots were sent in by Matt Johnston. The first is a nice panorama of Paradise Divide in its fall garb, with the second is of a pica that better be getting all of its business in order for the long and (hopefully) deep winter ahead.  As I wind down the Shot of the Day, I want to put a special thank you out there to Matt for sharing his photos with us for the past couple of years. He makes some beautiful images.  You can see more of his work at the Alpenglow gallery at the Lodge at Mountaineer Square, as well.

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Many thanks to those of who have written in over the past few weeks, expressing your appreciation for the Shot of the Day images and sharing your Crested Butte stories with me.  It’s been easy, over the years, to forget how many people these posts help find or maintain a connection with Crested Butte–your messages are good reminders.  Again, thank you.

Even if you aren’t fortunate enough to be in Crested Butte today, you might as well have a fabulous day where ever you are.  See you tomorrow.
Winding Down the Shot of the Day

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Posted September 24, 2014 by robbpennie in Crested Butte Shot of the Day

Cascade Colors

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Tuesday’s shot is of the colors on Cascade at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, with the 12,162’ peak of Crested Butte Mountain in the background. The colors on the resort are really pretty right now and overall the colors around the valley seem more vibrant than years past.

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Today’s second shot is yesterday . . . I realized I forgot to include the rainbow shot with the just visible elk herd that has been hanging out in a local pasture between CB and CB South.

Enjoy this great fall and we’ll see you tomorrow.
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Posted September 23, 2014 by robbpennie in Crested Butte Shot of the Day

Weekend of Fall Colors in the Sun and Rain on the Trails

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Good Monday morning to everyone checking in on CB following Vinotok and the Mt. Crested Butte Chili and Beer Festival at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.   We’re waking up to steady rain with low clouds and our colors subdued by the general grayness of moisture moving through the area.  It may break up and move on later today, but for the morning, we’re socked in, headed for a high in the low sixties.

Saturday was flat-out gorgeous for our events, although I guess it did cloud up a bit and possibly sprinkle a bit in CB on Saturday evening for the burning of the Grump.  That event can probably use all the auxiliary fire suppression support it can get, though.  But I spent Saturday watching U-10 soccer and then enjoying a dirt bike ride with the daughter–that girl gets faster ever time we go out.  Sunday morning I woke to the sound of rain on the roof . . . while that cancelled the mountain bike ride plans I had for the day, it was good to have an excuse to stick around the house and, well, just take it down a notch for the day, I guess.  But today’s first shots could easily be from today, they are from yesterday morning, looking out, through the rain, at the cloud-shrouded mountains enjoying some fall moisture.  I bet there’ll be some additional white freshness visible on the high country peaks when the clouds pull off, as well.  Yesterday I didn’t see a whole lot of snow on the peaks, but Castle was noticeably dusted.

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Monday’s third shot is of the rainbow we enjoyed Friday evening—pretty with the fall colors.

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Monday’s fourth shot is of the colors on Crested Butte Mountain—for the most part, they are ahead of the overall scene around the valley and looking excellent. You’ll probably want to get here in the next week if you want to take in the peak of the fall color around CB.  The color will be winding down when we get into October.

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Looks like our moisture should be playing out later today, setting us up for another very pleasant fall week in the Colorado high country. Stand by and we’ll see you tomorrow.

Curtains for the Shot of the Day

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

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