We left Gunnison before 9am and headed east to Monarch Pass and the small ski area of Monarch.
In less than 1 and a half hours we were on first lift going up the mountain.
With wall to wall blue sky and very cold temperature (-12C) providing a heavy frost on the trees I knew I would have some special shots from the day.
Recent fresh snow gave good skiing and the clear views and fosted and snowy trees gave me lots of shots.
A few clouds added to the big views to the mountains to the north (the Mount Shavano area).
We had decided to finish early since we still had a 4 hour drive to get back to Boulder.
On the way north I spotted some good views to the big mountains (14000 foot) to the west. These included Mounts Shavarno, Tabeguache, Antero and Princeton.
A couple of stops were needed for photos!
A storm was coming in fast and blocked the pass we were heading for which meant we had to turn around and divert to Colorado Springs adding over an hour to the journey.
Fingers crossed we should be in Boulder in another couple of hours.