Saturday, February 11, 2017

Cruising Boreas

A peaceful morning cruising up & down Boreas Pass with Max & Zorro:
Gliding by Bakers Tank, about halfway up Boreas. The tank is a relic from the 1800s when
Boreas Pass had a railroad track connecting Breckenridge to Denver.
Conditions were "nice up high" and "delicate down low" as we have been in a heatwave for February the last few days. Our definition of heat wave is temperatures in the 30s/40s (F) with 2 straight days of no temperatures below freezing! Max & Zorro smartly put themselves into a gentle trot all morning long - you do not want to go too fast and overheat (and, thus, end the run early) on such hot days. Smart guys!

Usually we get a great photo of Breckenridge Ski Resort from Boreas. Not today, though, as we had low clouds with developing snow. But, we'll take it - we need to get the weather back to winter-like!
Rounding a corner that has incredible views of the ski resort on sunny days. Today the tops
of the mountains are hidden by low clouds and developing snow. But, you can make out a
few of the ski runs cut into the trees on the mountains across the valley.
Today's "interesting photo shot"... It has been incredibly windy the last few days with wind gusts topping 80 MPH and approaching 100 MPH. So, below is an interesting shot of the trail covered in red dirt! The wind has been so strong that it is eroding the rock wall to our right and depositing the red erosion on the snow. That is some strong wind!
It's still perfectly ski-able, just looks weird as we glide over a red dusting across the trail.
A little warm for our liking; but it was "toes on snow" and that is all that matters:
"Exactly! If there is snow, we go!" say my happy partners looking back at me at after a short
pause on the trail.

A gentle glide up & down Boreas this morning: 9.1 miles traveled with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a mild top speed of 18 MPH.

2016/2017 Season to Date: 79 days on the trails covering 640.6 miles with 69,300 feet of elevation climbed.

1 comment:

  1. That place where those cliffs are looks amazing! Must be beautiful in summer