Winter Flying
It was a beautiful flying day.  I dropped in at Buena Vista (KAEJ) and Salida (KANK).  South Park was covered in fresh snow.

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Looks amazing. Thank you for taking the time to post. And sweet wings you got there.
great pics! Any tips for winter flying? Im a student pilot.. 
  • Keep the airplane in a heated hanger.  If you can't do that, pre-heat the engine prior to starting.
  • Keep flight surfaces clean.
  • Have a working heater on the airplane.
  • Watch out for reduced traction on ice and snow (slow taxi)
  • Be prepared for excellent aircraft performance and beautiful vistas.
  • Have fun!
Winter snows can be useful in visualizing the wind.  I departed Fremont County Airport in light winds, crossed the Wet Mountains at 10,500’ in smooth air, and encountered high winds and clouds as I approached the Sangre de Cristo Range.

Pictured is what 40mph winds over 13,000’+ mountains look like.  I cruised south at 10,500' in the Wet Mountain Valley, standing off 10 miles east of the big peaks.  Close-ups are courtesy of a telephoto lens.  Even that far out, there were rough patches.  In the last picture a rotor cloud is forming 1,000 above me.  It was time to go home.

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