Our return to the French Gulch winter trailhead. The tracks you
see on the right side of the trail are our original tracks. We had
the trails 100% to ourselves today and were laying fresh tracks
in untouched powder from 2 to 20 inches deep! Woo!
The changing depths of untouched powder made for a fun day with lots of varying speeds:
(1) 1/3 of the outing we were laying fresh tracks in 2-4 inches of untouched powder - the "fast track".
(2) 1/3 of the outing we were laying fresh tracks and breaking trail in 4-10 inches of untouched powder - the "jog track".
(3) 1/3 of the outing we were breaking trail 10-20 inches of untouched powder - the "workout track".
Vital Stats: 6.7 miles; 90m total time; 80m skijoring time (the "workout track" really slowed down our pace - but, boy, was it a workout!); 20 MPH top speed; 900 feet of elevation climbed.
|At our "break point" far out in French Gulch. Max burying his head deep in the|
snow - notice the top of Zorro's little black ears as he observes Max's snow dive.
|Seconds later from the previous shot. Max has rotated around (without lifting|
his head out of the snow) as Zorro dives in to help explore...
|A nice shot of our tracks coming up & out of French Gulch. Sunny blue skies|
and untouched powder - what a peaceful & fun day!