|We just finished our hot dog treats that we always|
share at the high point of our outings.
"YUM, <smack>, <lick>!" says Max!!!
Just when it looked like summer was going to take hold and stick - back comes a blast of winter. It started snowing again Thu afternoon/night, so Max, Zorro & I hit the slopes for another skijoring outing Friday morning!
Our Goal: to once again Skijor the Breckenridge Ski Resort. Since the ski resort does such a wonderful job of packing and preserving snowpack during the season, there is a pretty significant base still covering the mountain. We figured some fresh snow and the deep base would make for a great outing...
The Reality: apparently someone at the ski resort got the bright idea that it might actually be summer sometime this year in the Colorado high country. As a result, they have been plowing "forest service roads" across the mountain to open up paths for biking/hiking. They have also been running deep groomers over the more popular summer hiking/biking trails to break up the snow base and try to get it to melt quicker. The impact to our skijoring outing: (1) the forest service roads left 4-6 foot deep cuts across some of our intended path (see picture below); (2) the deep groomed terrain left slick & FAST conditions for my Siberian pals to launch me down with reckless abandon ;-)
All in, a very fun outing but probably our last tour of the ski resort this season - too much carving up the terrain in hopes that summer will really arrive sometime in June...
Vital Stats: 6.2 miles; 90m total time; 65m moving time (25m non-moving due to a few breaks and navigating hazards); 5.7 MPH moving average; 17 MPH top speed; 1500 feet of elevation gain (and then loss) - WOW!
|A look back at our path up the Four O'Clock ski run.|
The run leveled out nicely in the portion shown, note that it looks
like the run "drops off a cliff" at the far end - it was a very steep
section that Max & Zorro powered us up!
|Taking our "high point break" at Vista Haus.|
|Max & Zorro's thoughts on our break at Vista Haus, "Why are we stopped,|
the trail looks GREAT this way!!!"
|Zorro cooling his nose with some fresh snow.|