Surpassed 400 miles skijoring for the season today!
Recorded our top speed of the season - 26 MPH!
Last outing of the season? Probably :-(
The Conditions: started out icy at the lower portions of the trail; transitioned to icy packed powder in the upper portions; degraded to melting slush returning to the lower portions. French Gulch will not be 100% skiable by the end of today - there are growing sections of mud/puddles that will span the trail by the end of the day. To continue skijoring past today we are going to need some serious help from Mother Nature or we are going to have to start hiking (carrying skis) from the trailheads until the conditions become skiable - boo hiss!
The Fun: this is most likely our last outing of the season... We did not want the day to end... The solution: (1) Victory Lap - instead of skijoring straight up the last meadow (as we usually do), we swung out to the right and hugged the trees on the edge of the meadow. High fiving the trees as we did this "victory lap" up the meadow. That still was not enough... (2) Slalom Lap - instead of skijoring straight down the last meadow on the return route, we did wide, sweeping left/right slaloms down the meadow (skijor to the right, "left turn", skijor across the meadow to the left, "right turn" - repeat 5-6 times). We turned that last meadow into 2x the distance it normally entails, before connecting back with the base trail and sprinting back to the trailhead - fun, Fun, FUN!
Vital Stats: 6.9 miles; 70m total time; 58m moving time; 7.1 MPH moving average; 26 MPH top speed; 700 feet of elevation gain (and loss).
|Skijoring in the upper sections of French Gulch. Icy, packed powder but|
still very skiable (especially compared to the lower sections).
|A look back at the last open meadow in French Gulch.|
We skijored up the left side of this picture, hugging the trees, on the way out.
We slalomed back & forth across the meadow on the way back.
Anything to extend the fun!
|Max & Zorro in unison (from the last picture), "Hey, your hole looks better than my hole!"|
Max & Zorro in unison, "Rotate, switch to the 'better' hole."
|Back at the French Gulch trailhead, Max & Zorro looking over the|
deteriorating conditions... "Please don't let the season end!"