Friday, October 30, 2015

Let it Snow

A beautiful October morning on Vail Pass with a layer of fresh snow and active snow falling all around us - wheee!
Laying fresh tracks along the Lime Creek Trail.
Perfect shoulder-to-shoulder, synchronized skijoring machines!

It started snowing a couple of hours after midnight and continued through the early morning hours. With a few hours of accumulation before sunrise, we knew the trails at Vail Pass would be perfect. We spent the majority of the day on the rolling terrain of Lime Creek (the highest of the trails at Vail Pass) and boy did we experience absolutely perfect conditions as we laid fresh tracks and broke trail all morning long!
Outstretched Max & Zorro as we lay fresh tracks on the main Lime Creek Trail.
Off the main trail and onto a side trail forking off Lime Creek.
Breaking trail in 8+ inches of fresh powder - POW!

Put it all together and you get the following short video clip from the day's outing. Sprinting along, laying fresh tracks and light snowfall sprinkling on us - wheeee!
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

How good was the snow on Lime Creek - let's ask the experts:
"Amazing. Just Perfect!" exclaims ecstatic Max.
"Couldn't be better!" declares approving Zorro (notice his snow covered head).

As I mentioned, we spent most of the morning on the main Lime Creek Trail as well as exploring two side trails. After cruising along one side trail for a while we encountered a snow-covered fallen tree. It was time to head back to the trailhead, so I used this tree as our turnaround obstacle. Apparently only I found this to be an obvious turnaround obstacle...
"What? Turnaround? Why, we can hop over and continue breaking trail FOREVER!" demonstrates
determined Zorro.  "I can see over the tree, so why turnaround?" questions tall Max.

Laying fresh tracks and breaking trail all day at Vail Pass: 8.4 miles covered with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 18 MPH.

2015/2016 Season to Date: 5 days on the trails covering 40.0 miles with 4200 feet of elevation climbed.

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