Monday, April 25, 2016

Track Follow

"Pick a track to follow" day at Rabbit Ears Pass - wheeee!
Following a solo snowmobile track for miles & miles with 1-2 fresh snow atop the track.
So peaceful - endless skijoring!
We decided to play "pick a track/follow the track" at Rabbit Ears Pass this morning. It was dumping snow yesterday and, since the snow season is winding down, only a few snowmobiles made it out on the new snow since yesterday afternoon. Instead of following the set trails at Rabbit Ears, we decided to wing it and just follow snowmobile tracks wherever they took us. There was 1-2 inches of new snow in all the tracks we encountered, so we were laying fresh tracks all morning as we meandered all over the pass.

Sometimes the tracks would end (or turnaround actually) and we'd be left with the decision of turning around too or seeking out a new track. I would scan the terrain, and if a fun looking track was in sight, then we would hop through the powder to pick the new track to follow.
Hopping through 3-4 inches of snow making our own way to snowmobile tracks in the distance.
Take note of the track left/center in the previous photo that is going up into the trees. That was the target I set Max & Zorro on the path to intersect. It looked so much fun to connect to that track and cruise up into the trees. Want to know why.... because...
What goes up, must come down - zoom!
We connected with and climbed up the track in the center photo so that we could eventually
turn around and fly back down The clump of trees to our left is the same clump you see to
the right of the track in the previous photo.
Notice my skis are actually out of the track in the prior photo. I am having fun swooshing through the side powder as Max & Zorro sprint down the snowmobile track. So much fun to tow the human up so that we can fly down - right guys?
"What a blast!" exclaim the happy pair veering left and looking back at me as I called out a
"left" after we came flying down that snowmobile track.

Pick a track/follow a track all day long on Rabbit Ears Pass: 7.9 miles traveled with 800 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 19 MPH.

2015/2016 Season to Date: 124 days on the trails covering 1049.6 miles with 115,100 feet of elevation climbed.

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