The flowers of winter

The weather might be frightful to some, but itís not stopping dedicated skiers and snowboarders at Ski Hesperus. The area 11 miles west of Durango officially opened Dec. 21. Lift operations are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Night skiing is scheduled to begin in January. Enlarge photo

SHAUN STANLEY/Durango Herald

The weather might be frightful to some, but itís not stopping dedicated skiers and snowboarders at Ski Hesperus. The area 11 miles west of Durango officially opened Dec. 21. Lift operations are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Night skiing is scheduled to begin in January.

Under blue skies and above white slopes, 3-year-old Nathan Gaddis huddles under the arm of his father, Wesley Gaddis, as the two ride the lift Friday at Ski Hesperus. Enlarge photo

SHAUN STANLEY/Durango Herald

Under blue skies and above white slopes, 3-year-old Nathan Gaddis huddles under the arm of his father, Wesley Gaddis, as the two ride the lift Friday at Ski Hesperus.