Monday, January 28, 2013

Skier or Skijorer

Happy faces all around as we take a quick break high up on Boreas Pass Rd
"Hi! We are having the BEST time - we love skijoring!" express Max & Zorro.
Cross country skiing versus skijoring - what is the real difference? Well, the video below tells it all. We were coming down Boreas Pass Rd when we caught a couple of skiers trekking down the trail. This couple was skiing down from the Boreas Summit: a pretty long trek for a cross country skier so you need to conserve your energy and ski at a pace suitable for a long outing. Us skijorers, on the other hand, have no need to conserve energy - we are in a natural lope as we cruise along the trail at a very comfortable trot for Max & Zorro. "Conserve energy - what for?" say Max & Zorro. If you have your volume up high, you can hear the first skier exclaim "Woo!" as we pass by - she clearly knows Siberians :-)

Skier or Skijorer - which would you rather be?
The Siberian Skijoring Pace is quite fast compared to the average Cross Country Ski Pace.
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

During our break at our high point of the day, I had some extra equipment adjustments to make. Max was unimpressed with the extra time I was taking:
"Boy are you slow! I'll be down here enjoying the snow and sun until you FINALLY get
ready to get going!" states sun-bathing Max.
Today's outing took us from the Baldy Mountain winter trailhead up & over to our high point on Boreas Mountain and then down Boreas Pass Rd to the Boreas winter trailhead: 9.7 miles with 1100 feet of elevation climbed.

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