Saturday, November 28, 2020


 Happy Jack & Rudy during a quick break on this morning's 10 mile skijor!

"I could do 20 miles!" exclaims happy Jack!
"Me too! Quick break then I'm READY to go!" adds chilling Rudy.

We had an incredible morning skijoring every possible inch of "dogs allowed" trails at Breckenridge Nordic Center this morning. These trails are high up on Peaks 7 and 6 of the Ten Mile Range and you get some really nice views once you get high enough for the trees to start thinning (i.e., approaching treeline):

Great trail in front of us, great sled dogs flying down the middle
and incredible views of the Rocky Mountains to our right!

When you go as fast as Jack & Rudy, eventually you run out of nordic terrain but not sled dog energy! In order to keep going, we'll dip out of the set trails and make our own path breaking trail for a few short stretches:

The "powder twins" plowing through 15+ inches of untouched powder
off the main trail. Wheeee!

We did two short stints of breaking trail on untouched side trails. But, we spent the majority of the day flying fast all around the set trails of the nordic center. Nice shot of us skijoring near treeline. Whee!

Catching air (just barely) in a synchronized sprint tuck high up on Peak 6.

Now for the video counterpart of the prior photo. Come along as we are on an endless cruise along the highest elevation trail at Breck Nordic Center. Fun, fun, fun!

What a wonderful morning for 10+ miles of fast & fun skijoring, right?

"Thanks for exercising the kids!" says Zorro.
"Whew, that was a fun outing!" adds Jack & Rudy.

You may have noticed we've been spending a lot of time on the upper elevation trails of Breckenridge Nordic Center this November. Well, that's where just about the only good snow is right now (it's been too dry and warm on the lower trails). That's ok, we'll take the same trail over NO trail any day! 10.2 miles traveled with 1000 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 23 MPH.

2020/2021 Season to Date: 16 days on the trails covering 120.8 miles with 11,000 feet of elevation climbed.

Friday, November 27, 2020


Cool shot of Jack kicking up fresh powder as we fly along in the morning's new snow!

Fresh snow flying off/behind Jack as we sprint along!
Same for Rudy, but the gangline is obscuring most of his kick dust

We had a blast laying fresh tracks in 1-2 inches of new snow on the trails at Breckenridge Nordic Center this morning. 

The GPS registered our top speed as 21 MPH; but I sure felt faster to me! How fast? Well, I cannot answer that, but look at "how fast" this looks:

Jack the Airborne Bowling Ball :)
Rudy the Flying Missile :)
Looks darn fast to me!

Come along for the video counterpart to this photo. Zoom, zoom, zoom!

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But, alas, the GPS said "21 MPH" so that's what will go with for the day' outing. It was plenty fast enough for Jack & Rudy to take a dip in the snow to cool off at our turnaround point:

Well, ok, so they roll snow angels to cool off at every
turnaround point :)
We had an early morning appointment that made our run shorter than typical. Funny evidence of this at our end meeting up with Zorro:
"I'm ready for 'end of run' treats!" declares reliable, retired Zorro :)
"We are going to burn some more energy digging a hole in the snow
" demonstrates the silly kids.

What were they digging for in the snow? Who knows with these two goofballs. But, once I reminded them we had 'end of run' treats, they do know what is more important:
"Finally children!" says Zorro.
"Reporting for duty!" says the now focused Jack & Rudy

A fun albeit quick morning run laying fresh tracks for 6.4 miles with 500 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 21 MPH.

2020/2021 Season to Date: 15 days on the trails covering 110.6 miles with 10,000 feet of elevation climbed.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Room for Turkey

 After 15+ miles of skijoring the last two days, we have made room to enjoy some Thanksgiving turkey!

"We'll accept pork as well!" declares the focused trio happy to get
'end of run' pork on Thanksgiving :)

It was a beautiful bluebird day skijoring the trails of Breckenridge Nordic Center yesterday:

What a beautiful morning! What incredible conditions! Zoom!

Along the way, Jack and Rudy decided to make use of one of the warming huts situated throughout the nordic center. What does a Siberian Husky do at a warming hut?

Yep, you roll snow angels at warming huts :)

Need some video evidence of yesterday's beautiful morning? Here you go:

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We only had time for a quick 6.8 mile outing yesterday, so did 8.4 miles this morning to make sure we got 15 "turkey earning exercise" miles. We decided to try French Gulch this morning:

Snow, but super thin coverage in French Gulch.

It was quite disappointing to find the coverage in French Gulch this thin 24 hours after we had a foot of snowfall. I have come to the decision it is time for me to retire French Gulch from our list of skijor trails. It is hard for me to let go, given its history. It was the first trail in Breckenridge we ever dog sledded with our first two sled dogs, Paco & Cisco. It was Max & Zorro's favorite trail (for both pristine snow and seeing moose) for years & years. But, even in Max & Zorro's later years skijoring, French Gulch was becoming increasingly overused and beaten down. I kept trying to hold on to this trail for Jack & Rudy, but it has continued to get more overused and more mistreated every year. I've decided to remove it from Jack & Rudy's list of skijor trails so that I can always have fond memories of the incredible outings I had with Max & Zorro on this terrain. I don't ever want to forget those Max/Zorro memories due to what is now a beat up and abused trail. Not to fear, I have other trails that did not exist in Max/Zorro's tenure that will becomes cornerstones for Jack/Rudy's career instead.

With such poor conditions on French Gulch, we did a quick out & back on this trail and then turned to the Sally Barber Mine trail (which shares the trailhead with French Gulch) to get some better skijoring:

Perfect conditions at Sally Barber Mine while this trails meets up
with an abused and beaten French Gulch just a few miles away!

Pretty parting shot from yesterday's 'end of run' treats with Zorro:
Pretty snow covered peaks in the distant with cute & happy sled
dogs in the foreground.

Beautiful 6.8 miles yesterday. Beat up initial miles this morning and then great miles to finish once we abandoned French Gulch for Sally Barber Mine. Two day total: 15.4 miles traveled with 1250 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 23 MPH.

2020/2021 Season to Date: 14 days on the trails covering 104.2 miles with 9500 feet of elevation climbed.

A sad farewell to French Gulch; but the fun Paco, Cisco and then Max, Zorro had with Nancy & I on this trail with forever be etched in our fond memories!