Saturday, December 7th, 2013
Support the San Juan Mountains Act. Some might imagine that huts and wilderness don’t go together. Obviously, huts can’t be built in wilderness areas, but huts do help to protect the environment. By increasing the awareness and appreciation of the surrounding wild lands, those who might not spend time in the mountains can become comfortable with the wild and learn to defend it. This is the mission of the OPUS. You may have assumed it was all about partying and skiing.
Clear Lake ridge; Ice Lakes Basin
Clear Lake Basin
Goldenhorn shoulder – Ice Lakes Basin
Clear Lake Basin – Entry Ramp
Going through old photos yesterday I came across a few good ones of the front yard, which will all be protected under the proposed wilderness study area. In fact everything on the south side of Ophir Pass road would be protected.
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Being out in the mountains in the evening is a magical experience. Skiing at sunset, watching the tips of the peaks in their last glow as the chill of night slides in.
Monday, October 28th, 2013
Took a break from firewood stocking over the weekend for a few early season turns with papa Vago – amazingly good for end of October.
Special thanks to Capt. Barry Kennedy for pullin’ through when needed – please conserve firewood, it don’t come easy or cheap.
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
Winter has come early to the OPUS. Thirteen inches of settled base on the sunny side of the valley and more snow forecast for tonight and tomorrow. Wahooooo !!
Friday, October 4th, 2013
Grab your helmet and body armor, Seasons on !
Sunday, August 11th, 2013
Sneffels, Teakettle, Potosi, from Silver Basin
Snow on the peaks , the berries are ripe, Mushrooms in the woods. Just sends a tingle up the spine, doesn’t it.
It’s gonna be a good one !
Thursday, July 25th, 2013
3.2 miles ; 2.5 hours each way
Leaving the Opus Hut take the paradise basin trail to the alpine tarn under the east face of Lookout Peak. Follow grassy slopes over the ridge south into Clear Lake.
- Clear Lake Columbine
Monday, July 15th, 2013
Lullaby for Ronja
- Mountain mama Mel makes beautiful mountain music
Another OPUS first. Live music from Melanie Kent and Amen Alger for a happy birthday celebration for Lorne Glick.
Magical-nothing quite like quality live music in an alpine setting.
Ace and Mel
- Amen, feeling the mountain vibe
Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
Highcountry flowers are peaking and the trails are in great shape.
Mountain Biking past Columbine Lake
Classic technical mountain biking-1/2 day ride. From the OPUS, follow treeline trail three miles east to the Columbine Lake trail, decsend to hwy 550 then climb back to the hut on the Ophir pass road.
Evening at the OPUS
Sunday, June 16th, 2013
A Beautiful Day in the Clear Lake Couloir. June ski