Fresh snow on Baldy Mountain always leads to a fun, fun run - wheee!
|Laying fresh tracks in the morning's new snow. Love the freshies on Baldy Mountain!|
We only skijor Baldy Mountain after fresh snow. The terrain is very steep and the trail is so popular with backcountry skiers that new snow gets packed within a day or two of falling. But, if the snow is fresh, we have the funnest time skijoring up Baldy and then flying down in the freshies. I learned the hard way many years ago that Baldy's steepness + Max & Zorro's speed means it is impossible to skijor down without fresh powder to slow you down! Ouch, I still remember that lesson :)
But, back to today... There was 2-5 inches of fresh snow all over the trails with active snowfall during the entire outing. A perfect day for a Baldy Fun Run!
After a warm first two days of Spring, temperatures were back to the teens this morning. Cool temperatures plus fresh snow makes for frisky puppies!
|"I'm feeling frisky little bro! Ready to punch the gas pedal?" says giddy Max to Zorro as we|
came around a corner and into a fast straightaway with fresh snow!
Zorro's black coat is always quite useful for showcasing active snowfall during the outing...
I do not wear goggles while skijoring and use a cap with bill instead to keep sun & snow out of my eyes. But, a couple times a year, the snow is falling so hard that I actually wish I had goggles as the snowflakes get under the bill and pelt my eyeballs. I tend to just squint and/or look down and put my trust in Max & Zorro to keep us on trail. That has never failed me yet - great partners. Today's short video clip shows us flying along the main Baldy Trail with active snow falling. I did not see most of this clip until I got home as my eyes were getting pelted by the snow! Wheeee!
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Inspecting an old mining cabin on one of the side trails we explored on Baldy...
|"This wall looks structurally sound to me - we should move in!" declares wall inspector Max.|
"Agreed. Great layout inside - open floor plan with snow!" declares home inspector Zorro.
Fun morning using the fresh snow to play on steep Baldy Mountain: 7.7 miles traveled with 1400 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 19 MPH
2015/2016 Season to Date: 102 days on the trails covering 865.0 miles with 94200 feet of elevation climbed.