Monday, May 4, 2015

May Yay

Great day for a 10+ mile skijor in May - Yay!
An approving look from my partners at our turnaround point on the trails this morning.
"So much fun! Love snow!" exclaims giddy Max.
"Toes on snow - go, go gooo!" declares happy Zorro.

If you know where to go, the skijoring is still excellent in early May! Today we ran the "most preserved" trail at Rabbit Ears Pass. By "most preserved", I mean that this trail stays skiable the longest into Spring of all the trails at Rabbit Ears. One reason is that the trail is primarily in the forest so the snow gets tree protection from the sun. The other reason is that this trail is at a higher elevation than most other trails at Rabbit Ears. You do a quick 500 foot climb from the trailhead to get above 10,000 feet and then you spend the rest of the outing on rolling terrain at an elevation that lasts longer into the Spring.

Come along for the day's fun:
Zooming along the rolling terrain above 10,000 feet elevation.
Perfect conditions as far as the eye can see!
Cresting just above 10,000 feet after the initial 500 foot climb. Sure you can see some brown
off the trail; but notice the shelf directly to the left of Max's back foot. This shows you that,
despite some exposure off the trail, we are still on a 3+ foot snowpack on the trail! Nice!
Back to the endless, rolling terrain at the higher elevations. So nice up high!

After getting the approving smiles at our quick break in the first photo, it was all business before restarting the run.
"Must cool off first! Rolling snow angels!" says funny Max.
"Ready - white as far as I can see, why go back?" asks intense Zorro ready to go all day.

A 10+ mile skijor in May? Beautiful! 10.2 miles with 950 feet of elevation and a top speed of 20 MPH.

2014/2015 Season to Date: 136 days on the trails covering 1171.8 miles with 122,750 feet of elevation climbed.

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