Sunday, March 26, 2017

Fresh to First

From laying fresh tracks to first tracks on a groomed trail. What a fun day!
"I am having a BLAST!!!!" exclaims giddy Zorro.
"Yes, what a fun day!" adds happy Max.
It was a fun day combining "backcountry skijoring" with a fast "groomed trail loop".

We started in the backcountry and were laying fresh tracks in 2-3 inches of new snow. Some nice wide sections of trail, as shown below, combined with some narrower weaves through the trees.
New snow all to ourselves. Laying fresh tracks: wheeee!
The goal of this particular route is to wind through the backcountry until arriving at a fast "groomed loop" tucked away back in the forest. We were ecstatic to find the trail freshly groomed as we were first tracks on the fresh & fast groomie zoomie:
First on the fast terrain: zoom!
Today's short video clip goes with the shot above. Watch as we fly along the fast terrain being first tracks on the fresh groom. Watch closely and at about 20 seconds into the clip you see Max giving Zorro a "devilish look". If your volume is up high, you can hear me call out a few "forward" commands to get Max back in line and then I give a rewarding "woo" as he aborts his devil itch :)
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Parting shot of the day. It was cloudy and snowing lightly on/off the majority of the outing. The clouds started to part as we neared the end of the day. Here we are in the sun while you can see the bottom of the ski runs at Breckenridge Ski Resort across the valley. The morning storm has yet to completely burn off the ski resort, so the upper portion of the mountains are still enveloped in clouds. Cool shot...
Galloping along as only the bottom of the ski runs has emerged from the morning clouds.

Fresh tracks to first groomed tracks - what a fun day: 8.7 miles traveled with 800 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 24 MPH.

2016/2017 Season to Date: 112 days on the trails covering 935.9 miles with 99,300 feet of elevation climbed.

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