If you have never been to Colorado now is the time. What an amazing state. Most of my readership is familiar with Colorado in the winter; as this is a ski blog — Those picturesque winter views and snow capped mountain tops! Not many places top Colorado in the winter. But, Colorado in the Summer is just as amazing! Yup, you read that correct – Just as amazing! I know most of you are like “Hugh?” Thus the reason why they say “COME FOR THE WINTERS, STAY FOR THE SUMMERS.”

I have a post coming soon on my successful summit of Quandary Mountain.

In the meantime, here’s some pics to prove how lovely the summers of Colorado really are. . . Enjoy

No snow but still so pretty.

Don’t focus on the traffic, focus on the mountains.

Oh yes. I’m headed to those beauties.

There is some nice hiking to be had and I am in search.

Mountains leading to Boulder, CO.

Hills and mountains of Boulder in the background.

Views of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Little patches of snow on the ridge lines


My, my Breckenridge looks different this time of year

CO HWY 9 – Highway to the promise land.


Clouds blocking the sun late in the afternoon.

Creating shadows all over the landscape.

Sun setting to the right and Moon rising to the left.

Is that rain I see?

Mt. Sopris

I could get used to these views.

The Lake Christine wildfires in the background.

So very dry in this part of the state.

Remember what Smokey the Bear says…ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT FOREST FIRES.


Avon, CO

Centennial Express – Main lift for Summer Mountain access.

I can take you through the forest to the trail. All you have to do is contact me.

Larkspur Bowl in the Summer.

Blue Sky Basin as seen from Beaver Creek.

Chair for uploading only. Gondola for uploading and downloading.

Spruce Saddle Lodge at the top of the Centennial Express Lift.

The High Country

Top of C-Prime – looking towards Blue Sky at Vail.

Clouds shadowing the hills of the valley.

Seems like it could be a good spot to hold a ceremony or something of the sort.

The Hills are alive.

Grass lined runs.

Into the wood and off to grandma’s house we go…I wish!

My happy place.

Wildflowers are still in full bloom all over the mountain.

Creekside at Beaver Creek.

Not exactly raging but then again it was a low snow year.

Beautiful flower box outside Creekside at Beaver Creek.

Keystone Ski Resort to the right and the Legend A-Basin to the left.

Lake Dillon



It was really great receiving your feedback again last week. You guys stepped it up a notch. Got a little feedback from here, some comments from there, and some emojis from everywhere. It never ceases to amaze me that you actually read this thing. Anyways, you get what you pay for. I digress. I really appreciate any and all user submitted content. So don’t be bashful and send what you got. I accept feedback; good and bad.

Received this from one reader:

That is pretty awesome.

All for pretty and all for awesome, but pretty awesome is like not bad. Certainly better than pretty bad though.

And I always like getting this:

Awesome pics … Gorgeous!!!

As well as this compliment:


There is no such thing as an easy 14’er. Hiking a 14’er is impressive; no doubt.

When I received this I just smiled:

Good times!

No doubt.

And then I received this:

Never been to bc in summer…How cool

as well as this

Looks so different

Yup. It’s not going to look like it just snowed. It’s July for crying out loud. Snow’s long since melted. It’s more like this, as one reader pointed out:

Awesome vistas!!!!

Agreed. The views are stunning. Received this little gem:

The hills are alive with the sound of music?

There is a feeling of energy. I think the sounds are just coming from your head. It happens sometimes.


And also received this:

While you’re there I highly recommend the downhill mountain biking at Keystone, not for the faint of heart

Next time maybe. My track record downhill mountain biking is not good. But I like how one reader put it to me:

Ya man!

And let me answer this question now

Does the Epic pass get u anything in the summer?

If you have automatic renewal and have put your $49 down or purchased the whole thing you have summer access and benefits. That means you can ride the lifts.

And then I received this one word reply in my inbox


I’m always a little confused when I get one word replies for feedback. I don’t always follow you. Don’t forget to follow and like us though:




Trill of the Mountain



Resorts are BACK open. I was at a ski resort in the summer. Yes, you read that correct. And it was awesome. It’s an amazing time to visit. Like hiking? Check. Like biking? Check. Now’s the time.

Hiking, biking, climbing, walking, bird watching, wild flower finding, summit attempting. It’s all here to be had this summer. It’s all great fun and adventure. Conditions are really great this time of the year, especially for those who don’t like the cold weather. Do I even know you? Who doesn’t like the white fluffy stuff? We need to talk, no seriously. #OPTOUTSIDE


If you need help with lodging, especially last-minute, reach out to us at:


We know people. And we may be able to help you.

Here’s a reservation link to Creekside @ Beaver Creek. Michael Simmons and his crew will take good care of you.



Resort Guiding

We offer all-inclusive resort guiding for you and your family at a discounted rate. Our guides can handle from 1 to 6 people. The day will be customized and tailored to your group and groups needs. A fun day is in store. If this is something you have an interest in? Please reach out, we’ll make it happen. Some feedback we received from tours:

Had an amazing time!!

and this one

It really was an amazing ski vacation!

Thank you. I had a blast. I look forward to it again next year. This always makes me feel good:

Great day on the mountain. Thank you for being so very patient.

as well as this gem:

Thanks for the pics. They are awesome. Thanks for capturing those precious moments.

Glad I could help in making special memories. Received this in my inbox:

We had the best time ever!! Thank you for navigating the mountain for us, for the snow shoe tour, for teaching us how to ski better and for being so wonderful and patient and welcoming to our entire crew!!

No, Thank you. Hope to see you on the slopes soon.

We love writing about the mountains and mountain activities, but even more, we love sharing it with everyone-with all of you. Want to find out what it’s all about? It’s not to early to book for next season. We are already taking reservations for 2018/2019 season.

Early discounts available now. We promise you and your family will have a great time.


Love it. Looks like he does to.

That’s a pretty good price for Boulder. Not sure how long its been on the floor though. We have the five second rule in our family.

Love the panoramic views . . .

As well as the wild flowers. Is that some links in the background?

Oh yes. Looks awesome. What ya shoot?

Great pic friends.

Thanks again for reading this blog. I hope you all have a great start to your week. Until next time, love one another and be kind to each other. Get out there, The Thrill of the Mountain is waiting for you.


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