Yeah, I know. Ugh. Here's what I did to fix it in Photoshop Elements:
1. Selected Enhance/Lighting/Shadows and Highlights. Set the sliders thusly: Lighten Shadows 25%, Darken Highlights 6%, Midtone Contrast +17%. Nothing too magical about those numbers. I just liked the resulting "pop" that those settings provided.
2. I ran the photo through Enhance/Unsharp Mask. I've posted a brief tutorial on using Unsharp Mask on my photo advice blog, Ready, Aim, Click. If you want to get good at editing pictures, it's just something you gotta know. I used my default settings (also listed on RAC).
3. Selected Enhance/Color/Hue and Saturation and set the Saturation at +30%. Ooooh.
4. Then, just because I like it, I ran a violet filter on the photo - Filter/Adjustments/Photo Filter/Violet/Density 25%. It just seems to add a bit of winter chill to the image.
That was about it, other than using the Clone Tool to clean up some goop in the foreground snow.
Click on pictures to enlarge. Photographs © 2009 James Jordan.