Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia

Photos from visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia, during the early winter offseason.

Plitvice Lakes is cold during the offseason, but the benefit is the crowds are much, much smaller. I can’t imagine this place during summer — I bet it’s a zoo. Check out some photos past the jump:

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Sun Down Bowl

Sunset behind the Sun Down Bowl sign

The Sun Down Bowl, Sun Up Bowl and China Bowl are now open on the back side of Vail Mountain.

The early-season openings mean that three of Vail’s seven Legendary Back Bowls are now open.

Game Creek Bowl is open; Blue Sky Basin is also open as of 12/4/2014. Lots of terrain opening up very early; this 2014 ski season is looking good!

Photo taken on the ridge between Game Creek Bowl and Sun Down Bowl. Snow was a little icy today (first day of December, 12/1/2014) due to sunny conditions and a lack of new snow. More snow is expected in Vail on Wednesday (update: did not materialize), although as my father always says: you can’t predict the weather.