Thursday, October 24, 2013

Touring Rabbit Ears

With warm weather coming back to Colorado, our amazing "October Skijoring Run" is winding down and in need of new snowstorms.

We were on the trails in Breckenridge Monday and knew that was the last day on nearby trails until a new storm. A quick check of the snowpack in the state suggested that Rabbit Ears Pass was still viable for the early part of this week, at least. So, we hit the road Tuesday morning for (a hopeful) 2 days of skijoring atop Rabbit Ears.

Blue skies & warming temperatures always lead to dual snow angels to cool off.
Success! While the conditions deteriorated noticeably from Tue to Wed, we were able to get in 2 days and 18.7 miles of skijoring fun! Woo!

Day 1: Exploration Day

We arrived at Rabbit Ears Pass around 10:30 Tuesday morning and found a nice snowmobile track to lead us into the backcountry. We spent about 2/3 of the day on set snowmobile trails and about 1/3 of the day making our our own trail to connect set tracks.

Cruising along a set track with a few inches of untouched powder on top. Wheeee!
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Hopping through deeper snow as we set a new track between two set sections of trail.
Nice "dual airborne Siberians" launching through the powder!
We covered 9.2 miles with 700 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 18 MPH on day 1 of our trip.

Day 2: Rabbit Ears Day

We spent the second day of our outing on & near the same trails as day 1. It was amazing to see how much the sun had deteriorated the conditions in just 24 hours!

Max and Zorro will be your tour guides to Rabbit Ears Pass in the photos below...

"Hi! Here it is the 'rabbit ears pass' marker. Come along as we search for
rabbits!" declare happy Max & Zorro.
And, there are the "real ears". The rock formations in the red oval are the Rabbit Ears giving the
name to Rabbit Ears Pass. It looked really impressive in person, unfortunately my GoPro
does not have enough zoom to do it justice as a photo. Trust us, the ears look really
impressive in person...
"Hi again! The temperatures may be rising, but we are still having an incredible day!
Such a fun October we have had!" express happy Max & Zorro.

We covered 9.5 miles with 750 feet of elevation climbed and a moderate top speed of only 14 MPH on day 2. The "low" top speed tells you how much the conditions had deteriorated. It was never safe to uncork the Siberians as you did not know what newly exposed rock or dirt was around any corner or over any bump.

All in all, a great 2 day trip. 18.7 miles with 1450 feet of elevation climbed at a top speed of 18 MPH.

That brings us to an impressive 77 miles of skijoring through October 23rd. Wow, what an October! Come on mother nature, bring us some more...

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