Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Season Recap

Our annual "July tradition"...
Putting together a video highlight reel of the most recent skijor season.

Our last skijor outing of the 2015/2016 season was June 12th. Well, it is one month later and we are anxiously awaiting the start of the 2016/2017 season (in Sept or Oct). What better way to entertain ourselves in the dog days of summer than to relive the last skijoring season!

So, here you go - the 2015/2016 Season in Review, appropriately sync'd to Molly Hatchet's "Flirtin' With Disaster" (what else would you call skiing 27 MPH attached to and a few feet behind two sled dogs?)  Enjoy...

The "final summary" shot from the video:

Pray for Snow and we hope to be back on the trails in September, but most likely October...

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Season Finale

Our last skijor of the 2015/2016 season this morning - so sad.
But, we surpassed 1300 miles of skijoring for the 3rd season in a row - so exciting!
"Every mile was a BLAST!" declare the 'always happy on snow' Max & Zorro.

Our final outing took us to Buffalo Pass where you always find some of the last skijor-able snowpack in Colorado. How is the following for an impressive shot of June 12th skijoring?
Looks perfect, doesn't it?!?

So, given the previous photo, how are we done for the season? Well, the problem is the shrinking amount of good & connected patches of snow and the trouble accessing it. For example...
Yikes! Just barely enough snow for my skis to glide behind Zorro while Max has to spill over
onto mud. Yuck!

The shrinking band of snow in the last picture will be gone by the end of today and join the ugly stretches of exposed ground like the following we encountered:
"Um.... It's BROKEN!" declares stunned Max.
"Your skis are not going to make it!" Zorro is telling me.

We ended up taking the skis off 8 times during the morning's outing to cross long, ugly stretches of dirt and mud like the prior photo.

Today's video highlight will give you a good look at "last day" conditions. The clip starts with us on "soft & slow" (but still fun) fun and degrades to downright scary as the video ends. Thank dog Max & Zorro know to slow down with me on bad conditions as they run out of snow and I can barely stay upright on the narrow slush shoulder.
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Unfortunately, all seasons must eventually come to an end. June 12th is a nice ending date and 1304.4 miles is a nice tally for the season!

Time for "end of run" pork treats:
"We can hardly wait for October! Bring on next season! Pray for Snow!" say my fun & intense
partners.

A final day run of 7.4 miles with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 19 MPH.

2015/2016 Season Total: 155 days on the trails covering 1304.4 miles with 142,000 feet of elevation climbed.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Rest in July

A 9.7 mile skijor in June at Buffalo Pass this morning!
Nice shot of long Max as I am aligned more behind Zorro as we cruise along the trail.

We are down to one area of skijor-able snow in Colorado - Buffalo Pass. After our last run of the season at Rabbit Ears Pass last Sunday, I said we were going to rest for a few days before starting the adventures to Buff Pass as it is quite the effort to get to this last snow cache. Well, after taking Monday off and watching the high temperatures get into the 70s, we decided, "We can rest in July. Buff Pass has snow but it is melting fast!" As a result, we got up early this morning to get to the Buffalo Pass terrain.

Oh boy was this a great decision. Basically you drive towards the pass until the snow gets too deep to drive. Then you hop out and continue skijoring up the rest of the way. With roughly 5 feet of snowpack at the top of the pass, we were able to do a 9.7 mile skijor on June 7th. Wow!

Top of Buffalo Pass and it is white with snow as far as the eye can see:
"This is incredible!" exclaims ecstatic Zorro.
"I'm impressed!" declares terrain surveying Max.

The best part about skijoring up Buff Pass? Well, what goes up must come down!
Whee, Zoom and "Wow, this is June 7th!"

While the mornings are still cool (to the human), it is June...
"Must roll snow angels to cool off!" demonstrates snow rolling Max.
"We should keep going before it melts!" declares Zorro.

An amazing June run up & down Buffalo Pass this morning: 9.7 miles traveled with 1050 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 18 MPH.

2015/2016 Season to Date: 154 days on the trails covering 1297.0 miles with 141,100 feet of elevation climbed.

We plan to surpass 1300 miles on Friday (unfortunately we have commitments for Wed/Thu and cannot return to Buff Pass until Friday - silly humans!)