Saturday, November 16, 2013

Back on the Snow

"Friday night snow" meant "Saturday morning we go!"

Is there one Siberian or two in this shot?
Max and Zorro are so "shoulder to shoulder" you almost cannot see two bodies in the
big fur ball :-)

We had been off the trails for the past week. The daily high temperatures had melted our "close to home" trails and we had other commitments for the week that prevented us from driving to the trails deep in the backcountry that would have sufficient snow. But, Friday night finally corrected this week long lull and we got a good dump of snow to refresh the trails near home! There was much celebrating when we awoke to the fresh snow Saturday morning...

Laying fresh tracks up a steep section of trail. A typical cross country skier would need to
fan out the skis and "duck walk" to ascend this incline.
But, a "Siberian Powered Skijorer" only needs to shuffle the feet to help a little as I
parallel ski uphill! Whee!

Cruising along in French Gulch - coming back down the track we set on the way up.
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

At our "deep in the backcountry" turnaround point.
Max rolling his snow angels to cool off.
Zorro demonstrating how wonderfully deep the snow is if you step off the main trail.

We are all hoping this weekend's storm is the one to finally set all of our trails with snow for the rest of the season. Hopefully no more of 7+ days off the trails until May! Pray for Snow!

Today's outing covered 8.9 miles with 950 feet of elevation climbed, a top speed of 17 MPH and laying fresh tracks for most of the day.

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