Friday, May 16, 2014

Fresh Tracks at Vail Pass

We found ourselves laying fresh tracks at Vail Pass for the majority of our 8.6 mile outing!
Fresh Tracks on May 16th - Awesome!
May 16th and the terrain is still white as far as the eye can see!
Zipping along the backside of Shrine Pass and laying fresh tracks in 1-2 inches of snow!
Cruising along an untouched plateau with about a 1/2 to 1 inch of untouched snow
as far as the eye can see!

Today's quick video clip shows some of the day's fun as we cruise along the almost untouched trail (only a set of fox tracks beat us to the fresh snow :-)
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

It was a warm day (temperatures in the upper 30s/low 40s) but we had the fresh snow to keep our toes cool. All smiles at our quick midpoint break of the day:
"Why 'YES', we are having a great time! Glad you asked!" say the happy pair circling
back to me at our midpoint break.
"Ok, it is a little warm; so I'll happily cool my belly while you adjust equipment." says happy Max.
"Look how much snow we still have at Vail Pass!" states Zorro surveying his surroundings
while cooling his belly too.

If you told me we would be laying fresh tracks on Vail Pass for 8.6 miles on May 16th, I would have called you CRAZY until witnessing this year's epic snowpack: 8.6 miles with 1000 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 17 MPH.

2013/2014 Season to Date: 148 days on the trails covering 1284.3 miles with 146,900 feet of elevation climbed.

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