Monday, December 14, 2009


I know that the ski areas and the chambers and the resort associations hate it when I say, "We have not had any snow this year," but now they can rest easy. Today, December 14, 2009, I shoveled snow for the very first time this season. I can see the ski area from my house so I would imagine that there is a collective sigh of relief up there. I remember a few years back in the 1970s when it did not snow at all. That was before snow making and the ski areas would open with just a skiff of snow on the runs and then close right after Christmas because what little snow there was skied off the hill. Then the following summer Dillon Reservoir would not fill and you could see the foundations of the old towns as your drove past on Highway 9. And then a couple of years later there was so much snow that we all thought there was too much snow. I remember driving from Frisco to Breckenridge in what appeared to be a tunnel of snow. The snow was not that deep but the plowed snow was pushed 10-12 feet up along the road. It was so bad that I never did get my driveway cleared and I had to be pulled into the street by some generous truck driver. Too much of anything is not good. Too much ice cream. Too much chocolate. Too much snow. Today was just the right amount.

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