Sunday, April 14, 2013

Breaking Trail in April

A good April has on & off snow without too much melt and you are able to lay fresh tracks some days.

A great April finds you breaking trail in a foot of snow in the middle of the month - today defined a great April!

Breaking trail in about 10-12 inches of fresh snow in French Gulch.
Imagine this... Just yesterday, the main French Gulch trail was unusable due to exposed rocks, dirt and mud. We all assumed the main French Gulch trail was closed for the season. But, then, in blew an April treat last night and dumped a foot (and more) of snow all over Breckenridge. Here is what the main French Gulch trail looked like today (remember, it was dirt & mud just yesterday):

With so much new snow, we were able to start our outing on French Gulch Rd and skijor
up some tire tracks until reaching the French Gulch winter trailhead.
Once on the actual trails, it was immediately "breaking trail in 8 inches" and it kept
getting deeper and deeper. This section of trail was complete dirt & mud yesterday!
Further we climbed, the deeper it got... Breaking trail in 10-12 inches at this point.
This portion of trail was a few patches of snow and mostly mud & dirt yesterday too!
Climbing further, getting deeper...
Breaking trail in 12+ inches at this point - wow, what a Siberian Workout!
We had occasional snow much of the last week, we had a foot of snow last night and the forecast is for on/off again snow for the next week. This is a great April!

"We agree, this is a Siberian April!" say Max & Zorro.
Tally for the day: 7.9 miles with 850 feet of elevation climbed, a top speed of 17 MPH and breaking trail in 8-12 inches of snow for over 5 miles of the outing! Woo!

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