Friday, February 7, 2020

Baldy Fun

Fun shot of the happy youngsters in the deep snow at our turnaround point high up on Baldy Mountain.
"What a FUN powder day!" exclaims the happy pair.
Our route this morning took us up & down Baldy Mountain with a few side tours added in for extra distance. We left Zorro out of most of today's run for three reasons. First, he had a full outing the last two days so it was time to give him a light day.

Second, it is hard to almost impossible to skijor Baldy Mountain with a team of 3. Baldy is so steep that I only feel safe on this trail if there is a lot of new snow. But, if there is a lot of snow, then the set trail will be only 2 Siberians wide with the snow outside of the track too deep to keep pace with the 2 who are in track.
A very tight "2 Siberians wide" trail as you can barely tell where
Rudy ends and Jack starts.
Third, well the forecast was for a ton of snow overnight and that was the case. At Zorro's age, we don't want to ask him to break trail any more (except for an infrequent very, very short distance). The main trail on Baldy was "set" with only a few inches of new snow as people had been out this morning before us. But, our side tours were as expected - POW!
Love this shot of the power twins busting through 15+ inches of
untouched powder on a side trail.
Once you power up & forward in deep powder, you then come down into the snow before powering up & forward again. Time to snorkel in the deep snow before launching up again:
POW POW powder day!
We were able to hit the occasional stretch where the set trail was just wide enough to uncork the skijoring engine:
Wheeee and Zoooom!
But, even these open stretches had snow in the trail and it was hard to fit "2 in" for the entire time. Come along and watch as we open up the throttle but are still slowed somewhat by bouncing in & out of the set trail and into the deep side. Fun thing to watch for - you hardly ever see my left ski in this whole clip as I am riding my right leg "in track" for speed and my left leg "out of track" for control.
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As always, Zorro joins in for at least the final sprint to the finish for the day. Such happy boys.
Such a happy trio!
A great day for young Jack & Rudy on steep Baldy Mountain with tons of new snow: 6.6 miles traveled with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 18 MPH.

2019/2020 Season to Date: 89 days on the trails covering 610.5 miles with 56,650 feet of elevation climbed.

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