This time of year, my ride to work is pretty interesting. See, like most of you, I live down in the valleys of Northern Idaho, about 25 miles away from Schweitzer and over 2000 feet lower in elevation. And, like most of you, I don’t have a flake of snow at my house right now.
From the bottom of the Schweitzer road, the nine mile journey up the mountain is really a tale of two seasons — at the bottom, the ground is bare and brown is the dominant color — kinda ugly and depressing, actually. But those who would let this landscape fool them would be missing out at the very different world waiting up the road.
Twenty minutes later, you’re in the middle of winter. Snow in the trees, growing snowbanks on the roadside, loaded rooftops. Ahhhh. It’s what skiers dream about all summer long. In fact, Schweitzer’s received 50 inches of snowfall already during this very young season.
So, go ahead, look out your window and gaze at your barren backyard. But, don’t let the image fool you…. There’s snow in mountains and the ski season is here. Get out and enjoy the season!