They say a picture speaks a thousand words...

They say a picture speaks a thousand words, and we’re honored to share the tales of winter warmth and wonder captured by the winners of our winter photo contest! From Texas visitors, to doggy adventures, and sunrise captures, YMCA of the Rockies provides the perfect setting to tell a piece of your story.

We loved seeing all the entries and enjoyed reading the unique stories and captions sent along with each photo.

Thank you to everyone who entered our Winter Photo Contest!

And the winners are:
(photos below from left to right, 1st, 2nd, 3rd)

1. Tim Ranglos – “Sunrise from Sanctuary”
Estes Park Center
This photograph was taken from the Sanctuary Cabin during a recent stay and encapsulates the beauty and tranquility of a winter sunrise at the YMCA. The first few days of our stay were filled with dreary weather that brought fog and light snow to the area, so waking up to a dazzling sunrise that infused the valley with the warmth of orange and purple hues was very much welcomed. As a landscape photographer being able to capture such tranquility from the deck of a cabin is testament to the abundant beauty of the YMCA and surrounding area.

2. Amy Shertzer – “Homeward Bound”
Snow Mountain Ranch
We are YMCA of the Rockies members and spend many winter days on the amazing XC ski trails! (This photo is of) my son and dog on the dog loop around the ball fields on a gray and snowy day.

3. Natalie Casey – “Lyla in the Snow”
Estes Park Center
My family and I visited in December and had a blast in the snow! We are from Texas so it was very exciting to see so much of it. This is a photo of my daughter Lyla that I took on our first morning while she played on our balcony.

Take a look at the runners up gallery!

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