Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sledding the Ski Resort

Today was "fun with the sled" day. Breckenridge Ski Resort is closed for the season, but there is still a decent base of snow at the higher elevations.

"There is snow - we must use it!" declared my Siberian partners & I. So, we broke out the sled (instead of the skis) today and pulled the dog sled up from Peak 9 to Vista Haus (high up on Peak 8) and then sprinted down from Vista Haus over to Peak 7 before connecting down to the base area on Peak 8. Wheee!

Quickly approaching the Peak 8 Base Area of Breckenridge Ski Resort.
One thing to remember about a ski resort - it is designed for downhill skiing... So, the runs are steep - downhill skiers do not want flat terrain. As a result, our outing was short (mileage-wise) and steep (elevation-wise). The Siberians pulled the dog sled up about 1700 feet over 2.5 miles and then sprinted & launched the sled down another 2.5 miles.

On the route up the 4'Oclock trail on Breckenridge Ski Resort.
The Siberians are pulling hard and giving it their all to go up the steep terrain.
About to start the steep descent down. Hang on....
Flying downhill. I was "riding the sled brake" the entire way down and we still hit a
top speed of 19 MPH - wow!
We encountered some skiers skinning up the runs to ski down themselves. They had to stop
and ask about our setup (Siberians + sled). Zorro says, "They sure are impressed with Max & I!"
Why did I swap out the skis for the sled, you wonder? Well, you try being on skis (equipment with no brake) and attach yourself to two sprinting Siberians down a steep trail. Trust me, you will not do it again. The sled, on the other hand, has a brake and I was riding the brake all the way down!

A fun little day making use of the snow still available on the ski resort: 5 miles with 1700 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 19 MPH.

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