Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Gold Run Nordic

Yesterday was the last day of the season for the Gold Run Nordic Center in Breckenridge. So, that meant today there were "recently groomed", "currently unused" and "no trail pass required" trails just down the road...

Happy Max & Zorro getting their "end of run" turkey dog treats!

Some people might drive to the nordic center to use their trails. Well, that is people. My pals are sled dogs so we skijor to the nordic center (using backcountry trails). Driving is for wimps.

Laying fresh tracks alone in the backcountry as we weave through the forest to
Gold Run Nordic Center.
A little deeper and still all by ourselves as we are apparently the only ones to ski
to Gold Run instead of drive...
And even deeper as Max is plowing through snow while Zorro has decided the
airborne approach will work better for his shorter legs.

Eventually we arrived at the nordic center trails. In Siberian Lingo, "nordic center" means "easy & fast groomie zoomie" trails...
Groomed trails! The fast & easy Groomie Zoomie!

Here is the video counterpart to the previous shot - groomed means zooooom!
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

You might be thinking, "Why is the nordic center closed with all that snow?" Well, much of the nordic center is on the Breckenridge Golf Course and they have to start mechanically removing the snowpack from the course in April to have any hope of being open for golf in June. Apparently golf brings in more money than nordic - boo!

A fun & fast day taking the backcountry to Gold Run to enjoy their groomed terrain: 9.1 miles with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 21 MPH.

2013/2014 Season to Date: 121 days on the trails covering 1044.9 miles and 121,200 feet of elevation climbed.

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