A rare occurrence for us - skijoring the (easy) trails of a Nordic Center.
|Cool shot of us gliding along in what looks like endless terrain in front of us!|
We rarely get the chance to skijor actual nordic centers for two reasons: (1) the trails are often too short for our liking and (2) the terrain is so easy that the trails are way too short for our liking :-)
But, yesterday was a rarity as we skijored the trails at Catamount Nordic Center. Typically a nordic center will run its groomers on the trails first thing in the morning before people are on the trails. This was the case at Catamount yesterday; but it was snowing heavily all morning as well. So, by the time we got to Catamount, there was 3-4 inches of new snow atop the morning's groomed terrain. As a result, we had the treat of laying fresh tracks most of the day on otherwise easy/groomed nordic trails. The "dogs allowed" trails at Catamount consist of two loops covering about 10K in distance (6 miles) and there was an additional snowmobile trail adding another dimension to one of the loops. We did the first loop once and then used the snowmobile trail to make 3 slightly different rounds of the second loop. After compiling 11 miles on these easy trails, we had exhausted all possible configurations without repeating the same loop twice, so we called it a day...
|Laying fresh tracks on what would normally be a groomed nordic trail at Catamount.|
|Still laying fresh tracks as the trail takes us along the shores of a frozen lake.|
We had to cross a road to get onto the first loop....
|"Slow down for a road crossing, ok...." states happy Max.|
"What is that weird word on the red sign to the right? Never heard of it!!!" says goofy Zorro
peeking at the STOP sign to the right.
A gentle day laying fresh tracks on the "nordic center easies": 11.1 miles with 400 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 19 MPH.
2014/2015 Season to Date: 73 days on the trails covering 628.8 miles with 67,050 feet of elevation climbed.