Monday, April 23, 2018

Ski Resort

Young Jack's first "hover husky" shot alongside Zorro as we skijored Breckenridge Ski Resort this morning. Quite impressive, Jack!
Zorro and Jack catching air as they are synchronized flying along the fast & groomed terrain!
It had become a tradition with Max, Zorro and I: we would "skijor Breckenridge Ski Resort" within a few days of its annual closing every year. Well, yesterday was closing day for the ski resort, so this morning we introduced young Jack to our annual tradition. Boy did we have a blast!

The beauty of skijoring the ski resort soon after closing is that the trails would have been recently groomed and not too chopped up and/or icy yet. But, this morning we found a real treat: the ski resort had run a groomer up the main trail from Beaver Run to Ten Mile Station. We were first tracks on the fresh "groomie zoomie"! You can see how beautiful the groomed trail was in the first photo.

Of course, we are still doing short runs with young Jack so our outing was to skijor from Beaver Run up to Ten Mile Station and then down to the Maggie. Turning around at Ten Mile Station, everybody having a good time?
"Oh yes, oh yes! We are having a blast!!!" declare my happy pair as I call out time to stop
and turn around at Ten Mile Station.
Coming back down and a fun shot of the galloping sled dogs, a ski lift above us and the Beaver Run Conference Center coming into view to our left.
Zoom, zoom, fun fun!!!
A fresh groomie zoomie on fast downhill trails and guess what happened? Jack hit his top speed of his young life: 19 MPH! Wow, I did not think we would hit this speed until Jack was much older (Zorro, of course, can top 20-24 MPH regularly, but we keep our speeds to Jack's limit right now). Come along and watch as we topped 19 MPH somewhere in this video clip. Zoom!
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Done with the day's fun run and we gathered puppy Rudy to join in for our "end of run" treats. It is safe to say Zorro and Jack had a GREAT day...
"So much fun, young Jack was a blast today!" exclaims ecstatic Zorro.
"I'm a sled dog! I'm a sled dog!" exclaims happy Jack.
"Treats? Did someone say 'treats'?!?" asks silly puppy Rudy.

An impressive outing for young Jack on a perfect groomie zoomie trail on Breckenridge Ski Resort: 2.75 miles traveled with 700 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 19 MPH.

2017/2018 Season to Date: 48 days on the trails covering 321.2 miles with 30,300 feet of elevation climbed.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Just Enough

All smiles looking back to me at one of our break points on this morning's skijor!
"So fun being a 2 husky team again!" declares satisfied Zorro.
"I'm really getting the hang of this and LOVING it!" declares happy young Jack.
We went to the trails of Breckenridge Nordic Center this morning hoping that they would be freshly groomed for one of our last "groomie zoomie" outings of this season (the nordic center closes on Sunday). Unfortunately, the groomers had not been out on the trails yet today. But, not to be deterred, Zorro, Jack and I found a way to have a great outing anyway.

Our solution? Well, stick to the lesser used of the nordic trails and hope they were not too tracked up. The result? Success! Look at the following shot.... You can see some existing tracks in the middle of the trail; but the shoulders are pristine and/or barely touched! Now, look closely as the shininess of the set tracks - this is ICE! You cannot skijor on ice as the human becomes frictionless and the sled dogs take "lack of friction" as a signal to floor it. Well, "floor it" and "ice" rarely combine into a happy ending :) But, notice the angle of this photo and you see that I am on the shoulder with my skis while Jack is sprinting the easy set track with Zorro straddling the shoulder and track.
Fast & flying Siberian Huskies with just enough untouched shoulder for the human to
safely come along.
Today's short video clip goes with the prior photo. Come along and watch as I am able to safely ride the "just wide enough" shoulder and avoid the icy middle track as we top 16 MPH skijoring with Zorro and young Jack. Wheeee!
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We are still taking 2 breaks during our short skijors as we train and grow young Jack. The breaks are good practice for him to learn to listen and stop on command and they are also good to give him a couple of chances to rest and catch his breath during the outing. Zorro, of course, could do these short runs with no rest; but that would only serve to discourage Jack as he could not keep up.
"Stop again? Ok! Did I mention I am having so much fun!" declares happy Jack.
"If I point us to the right, can we get started again?" asks Zorro.
Everybody loves puppy photos. So here's your closing shot for the day as little Rudy joins us for "end of run" pork treats.
"Here I come, here I come! Save some for me!" states cute little Rudy.

Another fun, fast albeit short "start to finish" run with Jack joining Zorro: 2.1 miles traveled with 400 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 16 MPH.

2017/2018 Season to Date: 47 days on the trails covering 318.4 miles with 29,600 feet of elevation climbed.

Sunday, April 15, 2018


Young Jack's first skijor run laying fresh tracks all morning long!!! Whee!
Great view of sprinting Zorro & Jack laying fresh tracks in about 2 inches of new powder.
Great view of the ski runs of Breckenridge Ski Resort on the mountains across the valley
from us.
This morning was Jack's second "start to finish" skijor with Zorro and I. He was having a blast laying fresh tracks in the morning's new snow. Come along and watch as I have spliced together 2 fun video excerpts from the outing. First, you'll see us laying fresh tracks on a trail covered in wonderful untouched snow. Second, you'll see us running alongside our "out tracks" on a section of Prospect Hill where we did and out & back. Fun, fun, fun....
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As with our first "start to finish" skijor with young Jack, we took multiple breaks and kept the distance 2 miles. Jack really understands what to do with a break:
"Hehehehe, so much fun rolling snow angels to cool off!" declares giddy Jack.
"Kid, you are a goof!" declares Zorro.
After skijoring a little more, time for our second break as I stopped and knelt down to give my partners some pats and hugs...
"Stop again? Ok, here we come for some group hugs!" says the happy pair circling around
to come back to me.
Finally we end the day connecting with puppy Rudy at the trailhead as we all share "end of run" pork treats:
"Fun day!" states happy Jack.
"I see the treats!" smirks Zorro.
"You came back, you came back! Yay!" declares silly Rudy.
Laying fresh tracks with young Jack on his second "start to finish" skijor with Zorro and I: 2 miles traveled with 400 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 16 MPH.

2017/2018 Season to Date: 46 days on the trails covering 316.3 miles with 29,200 feet of elevation climbed.