Monday, July 6th, 2015
The snow is going fast up high and gone on the sunny slopes. The wildflowers are within two weeks of peak color.
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Columbine Lake 7/4/15
Hardrock 100 this weekend
Tuesday, June 16th, 2015
Monday, April 20th, 2015
As usual, April snows have produced some of the best powder skiing of the year !
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
Great corn skiing this year, and the road is open from the Silverton side.
Thursday, March 19th, 2015
Powder and Corn
Powder on the north aspects and corn on the southern aspects.
Some of the best Powder skiing is yet to come.
Monday, February 2nd, 2015
Just enough is good enough, sometimes more is too much.
It continues to snow small amounts weekly and the skiing has been amazingly good. Even though January temps were average ( for April) the snow is in great shape.
Thursday, November 27th, 2014
Not always a good thing. Nice, Big, Cold storm finished off with a beautiful topping of rime, almost like being in the Pacific Northwest. Obviously, though, that means the storm finished off wet and heavy, on top of a bunch of sweet light powder.
So, cool your jets and give her a little time to settle
Monday, November 10th, 2014
New at the OPUS this winter – Beverages !
Yes that’s right folks ! Beer, Wine, and a limited selection of Spirits will be available for purchase at the hut.
It’s been a long fall. There is a couple feet on the shady side and tracks on the north side of the battleship. A fine mix of hard and soft wood firewood was flown in and many cases of beer carried in Sherpa style. As the sky turns gray I’m hoping my next trip is on skis not chains.
The last commute was fairly rugged, chains on all four wheels, snow flying over my hood. The immortal words of Yukon Steele in my head, “just keep the RPM’s up and nothing can stop a Toyota”. My poor mule, front end, bearings……it’s been a long summer. Got back in to drive her down and – no four wheel drive, a surfy ride down. Thought I had just spent my fun tickets…turns out the Marmots just wanted one last fall meal of Toyota wiring.
Friday, August 8th, 2014
Mountain Biking past Columbine Lake
The Elusive beautiful Columbine Lake. Many hikers seek it, few make it there. It’s not easy but it is worth the effort.
These Google Earth images show popular trail and Mountain routes to Columbine from the OPUS Hut.
The first image shows the treeline traverse around the east end of the Lookout Peak ridge.
The second shows the difficult but fast route through Ruby Lake , northeast of the hut.
The third image shows the difficult, fastest route over the top of Peak 13,330 directly north of the hut.
Saturday, July 26th, 2014
The flowers are still bloomin’ peakin’ !
Clear Lake Columbine