Sunday, December 14, 2014


Playing in 6-10 inches of fresh snow all day - wheeee!
Trotting & gliding along the trail in 6+ inches of fresh snow.

Our last significant snowfall before last night had been the day before Thanksgiving. While the storm before Thanksgiving did give us a 70 inch base, it was getting tracked and packed over a dry 2 week stretch. Well, last night brought us our first significant snowfall in weeks and we were back to laying fresh tracks and breaking trail in soft new snow!

Most of our route today was similar to the following photo: 2 pre-existing tracks (with 6+ inches of fresh snow today) and a deep middle between the tracks. This is the common track pattern to find in backcountry terrain as you do not have machines making a wide trail; but instead typically have 2 narrow cross country ski tracks with deep shoulders and middles between them. Max & Zorro happily split the tracks today and had fun each breaking trail in their own path. I would alternate following behind one or the other.
Following Max along this stretch of trail as each is breaking trail in their own track.

Time to turnaround and head back the way we came, how's the day going everyone:
"Ah, fresh snow again - so fun!" declares happy Max.
"Ok, I'll have fun going any direction!" expresses happy Zorro.

The best thing about an "out & back" trail in deep snow? You get to ride your "out tracks" on the return path - wheee!
Max & Zorro each following their out tracks for a nice return trot as I choose to follow
behind Zorro for this stretch.
Still following our out tracks but now flipped as I am having fun gliding behind Max.

A short day (distancewise) with lots of breaking trail in 6-10 inches of powder: 6.4 miles with 700 feet of elevation climbed.

2014/2015 Season to Date: 36 days on the trails covering 294.9 miles with 32,250 feet of elevation climbed.

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