Postcard: Bike-to-Ski Season, Colorado

June and July (and, if you’re so inclined, August) are the months when skiing in Colorado requires an unusually long approach, the sort we rarely face in this state thanks to our high altitude. Yet despite the extra weight on our backs and the five hours it took to ski 1,700 vertical feet, there was something especially pleasing about mountain biking then hiking then cramponing up a steep swath on one of our go-to local mountains Sunday. Due to a nearby flooded road, the county has yet to open the approach to vehicle traffic. Which meant we had it to ourselves, which meant the added effort and pain was worth it. (Click image to enlarge)

Photo by Devon O’Neil