The Winter Wonderland Above Me
Last Friday, the top of Mount Lemmon received 42" of snow. Aggravating the locals was an inability to reach the snow due to the road crew being under equipped to manage that volume of snow. So, few thought the road up, Catalina Highway, would be open on Saturday but on Sunday, well over 100 vehicles were lined up, ready to drive up but the road still did not open. I thought it would open on Monday so drove there, waited while talking to others parked along the road and then, at 3pm, we were cleared to go. The snow melt cascades down many rock faces on the drive.
One of the iconic views with plentiful hoodoos is above "Windy Point Vista". I continue to drive, reach Summerhaven, hang a right and travel the remaining 1.5 miles to.....
….Ski Valley. It being a Monday and many having given up and turned around, traffic was light but the 3 lifts were running and people were really enjoying the experience.
Snow boarders and skiers enjoyed the moderate and advanced rated slopes. The high temperature for today was 45 while in the valley it was 72 degrees.
An 8' snow bank blocked the usual great view. I took the very scenic, 26 mile drive, down the mountain and at the bottom....
….the run-off was raging. This canyon is a neat walk with some exposed climbs but it will be awhile before I can get in there.
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