Thursday, January 5, 2017


A Powder POW Day on Baldy Mountain - wheeee!
Leaping, lunging and plowing through at least 18 inches of fresh powder - POW!
Baldy Mountain is one of our favorite "powder trails". Max & Zorro enjoy this trail but it is very steep in locations so I need fresh powder on the ground to slow them down and give me some control of my skis. Well, we awoke to over 10 inches of snow at home, so knew Baldy would be deep and fun this morning. Here we go...

Lower Baldy is a very popular trail, so the trail had been already tracked when we started:
Zorro jogging in a well-packed ski track while Max is trotting in a lesser packed snowshoe track.
It is a little more work for Max in the less packed trail (thus the reason the gangline is taut to
Zorro), so I am riding the packed track with Zorro.
Popular "lower Baldy" quickly gave way to lesser used "mid Baldy" where only serious skiers had been before us. People quickly get in a tight single-file routine in mid Baldy as there was 12-15 inches of powder outside of the set track:
Gliding along in the narrow set track as Max & Zorro alternate who jogs in lead.
Finally, "upper Baldy" was, well, look at the first photo again... Upper Baldy was breaking trail in over 18 inches of powder - POW! Here's a nice look at the snow depth at our turnaround point on Baldy:
Shoulder deep - fun!
You might be looking at that last photo and thinking, "Max & Zorro sure look serious and focused!" Well, we were taking a break at this turnaround point and had the chance to watch a group of people swooshing down Baldy below us. Max & Zorro were watching intently :)

Powder days are always "low mileage" days as we are breaking trail and plowing through the snow! 6.1 miles traveled with 1100 feet of elevation climbed.

2016/2017 Season to Date: 51 days on the trails covering 393.3 miles with 41,000 feet of elevation climbed.

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