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THE COLORADO WINTER OUTDOORS
by Bill Jones, Ski Instructor
Certified Professional Ski Instructor (Registration #110478), Level III
private ski lessons at Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, other areas

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Skiing is a pleasure in itself. But enhancing the skiing experience is where we do it--in an outdoor wintry environment with natural features and scenery abounding. Is it true that the more we understand that environment, the more we will enjoy it--and the skiing we do within it? If you thinks so, read on.

Animals of the Colorado winter mountains:

mammals
porcupine (often in trees; also see chew marks into bark leaving yellowish patches)
ermine (weasel turned white)
red fox
coyote
wolf
chickaree (or douglas squirrel) running fast across ski trails from tree base to tree base, sometimes tunneling under snow if soft
lynx (reintroduced to Colorado in recent years, likes to eat the animal below
snowshoe hare (white in winter)
moose rare at ski areas
elk rare at ski areas but  unlikely as t hey usually migrate out of area
deer unlikely at ski areas as they migrate out of area
mountain goat (on alpine slopes and crag areas)
bighorn sheep (herds scattered, best view near Georgetown on I70)

birds
bald eagle (near water areas more than at ski areas)
mountain chickadee
gray jay
pine grosbeak
ptarmigan
junco
rosy finch

trees
aspen
Engleman spruce
sub-alpine fir
Douglass fir
lodgepole pine (recent die-off due to beetle kill induced by drought)
 

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