We took the dog sled out on Vail Pass this morning (instead of the skis).
It was a mistake, the skis would have been fine.
Oh well, still a fun time had by all!
|Conversing with my attentive partners at our high point on Lime Creek. Such focus!|
Entering the backside of Shrine Pass and discovering there was enough snow to ski after all. Oh man, wish we had driven a little farther to discover this before abandoning the skis for the sled! The further we went on the backside of Shrine Pass, the deeper it got - probably up to about 7 inches of fresh snow in places!
|Trotting along in tire tracks with what turned out to be enough snow in between the tracks to ski.|
After the backside of Shrine Pass, we hooked a right onto Lime Creek. Look what we found - untouched snow (4-6 inches worth) as far as the eye could see! Wow, we really could have cut loose on the skis on this section of trail!
|Laying fresh tracks with the morning's new snow on Lime Creek all to ourselves.|
A nice jaunt up Lime Creek and then we turned around to trace our tracks back.
|Return leg along Lime Creek jogging in our "out tracks".|
After Lime Creek, it was time to explore Turkey Creek. This was a new trail for us to explore Vail Pass and it was perfect for the sled - almost all down or flat!
|Zipping along Turkey Creek. Zorro and I (on the sled) riding in the tire track while Max|
is having fun laying fresh tracks on the shoulder. Wheeee!
A "darn, should have used the skis instead of sled" day on Vail Pass but my pals and I found a way to make the best use of the sled and still pound out an 8.8 mile run!
Tally for the day: 8.8 miles covered with 350 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 16 MPH. A very flat outing (only 350 feet of elevation) by our usual standards - the perfect thing to do with the sled instead of the skis.
2015/2016 Season to Date: 4 days on the trails covering 31.6 miles with 3300 feet of elevation climbed.