Saturday, May 20, 2017


Showing our thanks and appreciation of this great May snowstorm from last few days:
"Aaaahhhh, fresh May snow to roll in!" demonstrates snow loving & rolling Max.
"Yum, fresh May snow to chomp on!" shows snow loving & eating Zorro.
We returned to French Gulch today as this will be the first trail to lose snow from the storm of the last few days. We've got to make use of one of our favorite trails while it is still alive! Conditions were great far back and up higher in elevation:
Zooming along with just enough new snow to open the throttle.
Today's video highlight is amazing simply because of the fact that we are sprinting along the French Gulch Trail on May 20th. Come along and watch the fun - wheeee!
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

One of the main attractions of French Gulch: the search for moose!!!! Only the "scent (or sight) of moose" can bring Max & Zorro to a halt and draw their complete attention off trail. No sighting of moose today, but the following photo shows you the scent was clearly in the air!
"Beep beep - our 'moose radar noses' say they are nearby to the right!" say the moose
seeking sillies.
Okay, now for the grim reality... French Gulch is one of the first trails to die because its entrance is lower elevation (compared to other trails in Breckenridge), it is sun exposed and it can get driven on by the owners of the few private cabins in the gulch. This morning was the official "last day in French Gulch" for this season. While the photo is ugly, we were still excited being able to get an outing on this trail on May 20th and get the upper elevation conditions you saw in the photos & video above.
Yuck... Trail dead.... The skis were still on; but only because Max & Zorro know to go
slow so the human can stay upright on such sketchy terrain.

A May 20th French Gulch Treat: 8 miles traveled with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 19 MPH.

2016/2017 Season to Date: 159 days on the trails covering 1326.7 miles with 140,500 feet of elevation climbed.

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