Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Why Not

"Why not fly today?" was the skijor question of the day...
You can see Zorro is clearly flying as I am aligned behind and to the left of Max. Max is also
flying - wheeee! "Yes indeed, why not fly today?" demonstrate the flying Siberian pair.
Actually, the title of today's blog ("Why Not") is the main trail of the day. We skijored up and down the Why Not Ski Run of Steamboat Ski Resort. We were planning a 3 day skijor party at Rabbit Ears Pass for Sun through Tue. But, the storm Mon morning and into Tue morning was much more intense than anticipated and driving from Steamboat to Rabbit Ears this morning was near impossible.

"Snowed-in in Steamboat, hmmmm - did you say snow? Then what is the problem?" asked my skijor partners. No problem at all, we realized. A better than anticipated snowstorm meant there was enough snow to skijor the Steamboat Ski Resort instead of heading up to Rabbit Ears.

For the curious.... Steamboat Ski Resort is not open for the season yet as it rarely has enough snow in mid November whereas Rabbit Ears is 2400 feet higher in elevation so it regularly has snow in mid November. But, the huge storm that rolled through Mon-Tue delivered enough snow to to use the ski resort!

So here we go, watch us skijoring the Why Not Ski Run at Steamboat. Wheeee!
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Lots of others got the same idea as us as we passed many skiers on the way up (skijorers go up much faster than skiers) and flew by many on the way down.
"Hi - passing through!" say Max & Zorro as people always love to move to the side and watch
the flying Siberians run by them towing the suicidal human.

For a moment on the way up, Max & Zorro's "moose radar" went off and we had to pause to scan for moose:
"We smell you... Where are you?!?" ask the moose seeking pair

A fun time making use of a larger than expected snowstorm on Steamboat Ski Resort before it is open for the season. We actually did the Why Not trail and two others for more distance: 8.3 miles traveled with 1700 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 23 MPH.

2015/2016 Season to Date: 16 days on the trails covering 132.7 miles with 13600 feet of elevation climbed.

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