Sunday, May 28, 2017


How is this for pristine & untouched open space on May 28th?
Flying along laying fresh tracks in 2-3 inches of powder on the untouched back side
of Walton Peak
Temperatures at Rabbit Ears got into the low 20s last night and remained in this cool range long enough to re-establish a spring crust under the fresh snow. This made for the beautiful picture you see above where we were able to abandon set & packed trails and go exploring terrain untouched by others.

As we approached the trees you see in front of us in the prior photo, I called out a "right turn" to my partners as I started turning right too. This lead to a fun profile shot of my impressive partners:
Flying Zorro and Kicking up Powder Max!
To get to the untouched back side of Walton Peak, we skijored up the front side. This is a trail used by others that takes you along a high ridge for miles. There was a set track under an inch or so of new snow, so I skied outside the track to set one next to it. Why make a separate track? Well, I knew we would be coming back this route and if I set an additional track then I knew Max & Zorro could each pick a track, if they wanted, and fly side by side back down.
Flying back as Max is in the original track and Zorro is in the one I set on the way up.
Today's short video clip goes with the prior photo. Come along as we fly along the front side ridge trail of Walton Peak at Rabbit Ears Pass. Wheeee!
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

What a fun day, right guys?
"Oh yes! Incredible!" says fun Max.
"I could go all day!" expresses happy Zorro.

Believe it or not: but winter is finally supposed to end starting today. With warm temperatures starting to arrive, this was probably our last run in the "9 mile range" for the season. But, the impressive May snow we have had has certainly left enough snowpack for us to reach 1400 miles. Today's tally: 8.8 miles traveled with 1000 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 22 MPH.

2016/2017 Season to Date: 166 days on the trails covering 1381.9 miles with 146,000 feet of elevation climbed.

Approaching 1400 miles... Stay tuned :)

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