Saturday, April 25, 2015

Vail Pass Uncorked

It was "pedal to the metal" all day as we uncorked the skijoring engine on perfect conditions at Vail Pass!
Flying along the hard crust in one of the many open meadows around Shrine Pass.

There was about 1/4 to 1/2 inch of new snow on Vail Pass and the "Spring crust" in all of the open meadows is still strong enough to hold a Siberian Husky. As a result, we were sprinting all day on trail, off trail and just about everywhere up, down and around the Shrine Pass area at Vail Pass!

The first photo is "off trail" sprinting while the following is "on trail" as the layer of new snow gave me enough control on the skis to let Max & Zorro keep it full throttle all day - wheeee!
Zoom! Beautiful form shot of Zorro as I am directly behind Max and able to catch this
nice side view of the Sprinting Z.

Today's video highlight is just what you would expect from the title of today's blog... Zoom we go flying along the terrain atop Shrine Pass. About 25-30 seconds or so into the video is where we hit the day's top speed of 23 MPH.
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Nothing like perfect conditions for a late April sprint run!
"What a great day & perfect conditions to 'open it up'!" declare the happy pair looking back
at me at our turnaround point atop Shrine Pass.

Zoom: 9.1 miles with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 23 MPH.

2014/2015 Season to Date: 130 days on the trails covering 1122.6 miles with 117,800 feet of elevation climbed.

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