I chose to live in Northwestern Montana, so you won't catch me complaining about winter. I certainly won't gripe in light of the struggles recently faced by folks in Texas, including some of my family. In fact, most of the time, I celebrate the snow and the cold -- its singular beauty can take your breath away as much as the bitter wind could. I might even argue that I want MORE winter, preferably in the form of regular snowfall and temperatures below freezing -- all the better to maintain ideal ski conditions! Welcome to my February highlight post, chock full of wintery scenes and the comforts that await us when we come in from the cold!
On a clear day at Whitefish Mountain Resort, you are surrounded by a 360-degree view of Northwest Montana/Southern British Columbia. It is easy to say you are on top of the world!
Whitefish Mountain Resort employs several snow reporters, who have the enviable job of rising extremely early to report on mountain conditions. I was very amused by this recent creative missive from reporter Pat!
On one of our outings, we tried a new Whitefish restaurant, Jalisco Cantina. Upscale Mexican, and so deliciosa!!!Sometimes, the white stuff (snow) can present its challenges, such as the powder day that caused our normal 1-hour trip to the mountain to explode to 2.5 hours. Of course, a couple of accidents on the mountain road didn't help! But the sun was spotlighting the mountain along the way -- so beautiful!
Fresh snow coats everything, as if a baker spent the night shaking a massive can of powdered sugar. It's a delicious, romantic winter scene, with the warmth of the house beckoning to me across the frozen tundra.
Who doesn't like the aroma of fresh baked goods? To enter the house and be embraced by a swirl of lemon or ginger? #1 Son and I have been getting our baking mojo on!
Mid-month, we had a week of deep freeze temperatures. One day of work on the mountain was cancelled due to wind chills in the minus 30 range, but absent that, we carried on. I took this photo of the car temperature gauge on the way to the ski resort on February 13.
With Lent underway, Head Chef has built more fish into the menu. These fish tacos, with avocado and a creole aioli sauce, were out of this world.
Speaking of fish, the "Circle of Life" continues. The golden eagle has not made an encore, but the bald eagles have been on camera every day. I suspect that the photos represent more than one eagle, but I only have a couple of poor shots with parts of two eagles in the frame. I just can't imagine that one eagle could eat such copious amounts - after I reached 12 fish consumed (in one case, four in less than 15 minutes), I stopped counting. It was hard to pare down the photos, but I thought you deserved to see these!!! (you can click on them to enlarge)
In the next picture, the wind was kicking up snow all around the eagle. The blurry effect is special to me.
Winter is far from over in these parts, but the days in its grip are waning. The other day, as we left the house for work on the mountain, I realized we didn't need to turn on the porch light. The mornings are lighter and even now, as I wrap up this post on Saturday night at 6 pm, the sun is still hovering, casting alpenglow on the hills. Goodbye to February's chills and thrills!
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