Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Fresh Loop

Doesn't Max's face look absolutely content while rolling a snow angel!
"Completely 'at peace' with my elements!" displays snow rolling Max.
"Me too! You just cannot see my face!" adds snow rolling Zorro.
We had a very serene glide through the forest this morning. We skijored a large loop through trees and open meadows which found us laying fresh tracks in 1-3 inches of new snow all morning long. We did not encounter another soul all day - just my partners and I gliding all over the terrain.
Laying fresh tracks as we wind through one of the dense sections of trees.
When we encountered open meadows with a stiff spring crust, we would open up the throttle and speed along - wheeee!
Galloping along as Max & Zorro leave their footprints in the morning's fresh snow.
We got to one point in the trail and Max & Zorro's "wildlife radar" fired and they had intense interest in the trees to our left. I noticed we were ahead of our scheduled end time, so I let them take me off the main trail and follow their noses into the trees. We did not find the source of their intensity; but not from a lack of trying :)
"Oh boy - he agreed to our 'left' request! Let's go hunting!!!" say the intense pair on full alert
to follow their noses into the trees.

A peaceful day laying fresh tracks on a loop around the forest: 8.4 miles traveled with 1000 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 18 MPH.

2016/2017 Season to Date: 114 days on the trails covering 953.7 miles with 101,300 feet of elevation climbed.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Four Activities

We found this incredible freshly groomed speed track atop Vail Pass this morning! Zoom!
Wow - what pristine terrain. Flying!
So much fun to have atop Vail Pass. We experienced four different activities all on one outing. Come along as we show the fun we had in the order it occurred...

(1) Cruising up Shrine Pass on the snowshoe/cross-country ski trail.
Cresting at the top of Shrine Pass as we see endless winter terrain as far as the eye can see!
(2) Flirting at the huts. Max & Zorro love to tour by the backcountry huts on Vail Pass. They are such a hit with the overnight hutters and its hard to tell who is having more fun: Max & Zorro getting all this attention or the hutters getting to give all this attention! Such flirts :)
"Oh, nice, rub the shoulders - love it!" says docile Max getting a nice shoulder rub.
"The ears, the head and the shoulders all at once - love it!" declares flirty Zorro.
(3) Springtime always brings a third fun activity to life: cruising atop the spring crust! After skijoring past the huts, we found the crust up high was untouched and solid enough to hold our weight. So, off we went sprinting the spring crust. Wheeee!
Solid enough to hold a sprinting Max & Zorro as they leave fun footprints behind them.
(4) The final fun activity: connecting with the snowmobile trails to uncork the skijoring engine.

The first photo above and the following video showcase today's sprint track. We found this freshly groomed snowmobile trail high atop Vail Pass. It was a mix of gentle & steep downhill grades as we put the pedal to the metal. Wheeee!
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Four fun activities in one outing, what a great day: 9.4 miles traveled with 1000 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 23 MPH.

2016/2017 Season to Date: 113 days on the trails covering 945.3 miles with 100,300 feet of elevation climbed.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Fresh to First

From laying fresh tracks to first tracks on a groomed trail. What a fun day!
"I am having a BLAST!!!!" exclaims giddy Zorro.
"Yes, what a fun day!" adds happy Max.
It was a fun day combining "backcountry skijoring" with a fast "groomed trail loop".

We started in the backcountry and were laying fresh tracks in 2-3 inches of new snow. Some nice wide sections of trail, as shown below, combined with some narrower weaves through the trees.
New snow all to ourselves. Laying fresh tracks: wheeee!
The goal of this particular route is to wind through the backcountry until arriving at a fast "groomed loop" tucked away back in the forest. We were ecstatic to find the trail freshly groomed as we were first tracks on the fresh & fast groomie zoomie:
First on the fast terrain: zoom!
Today's short video clip goes with the shot above. Watch as we fly along the fast terrain being first tracks on the fresh groom. Watch closely and at about 20 seconds into the clip you see Max giving Zorro a "devilish look". If your volume is up high, you can hear me call out a few "forward" commands to get Max back in line and then I give a rewarding "woo" as he aborts his devil itch :)
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Parting shot of the day. It was cloudy and snowing lightly on/off the majority of the outing. The clouds started to part as we neared the end of the day. Here we are in the sun while you can see the bottom of the ski runs at Breckenridge Ski Resort across the valley. The morning storm has yet to completely burn off the ski resort, so the upper portion of the mountains are still enveloped in clouds. Cool shot...
Galloping along as only the bottom of the ski runs has emerged from the morning clouds.

Fresh tracks to first groomed tracks - what a fun day: 8.7 miles traveled with 800 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 24 MPH.

2016/2017 Season to Date: 112 days on the trails covering 935.9 miles with 99,300 feet of elevation climbed.