Friday, February 5, 2021


 Nice shot of the historic Iowa Mill at a quick pause on the trails this morning:

"Haha, hehe, you stopped I ROLL!" demonstrates goofy Jack.
"Tell me again how I am the young, immature one?" says baby Rudy
in reaction to older brother Jack's silly antics :)

We had a really enjoyable day frolicking in the fresh snow on Baldy Mountain. We are in the midst of an incredible multi-day snowstorm spanning late Wed and predicted to keep going into early tomorrow. 

We started by doing some fast laps on the well-used & popular Baldy Mountain Trail:

The usual "Hi! Bye! Made you smile!" from Jack and Rudy entertaining
skiers we encounter on the popular main trail.

We then transitioned off the main trail to go frolic on lesser used and more narrow backcountry trails. We connected a series of such trails to an extended lap in the backcountry. 

Zipping along the narrow backcountry trail winding through the trees.

Notice anything unusual about the prior photo? How about this: If I was skiing behind Jack, my head would be hitting tree branches to our right! As a result, I am well to the left of Jack & Rudy as they tow me along this fun but technical trail.

After the backcountry fun, we dropped out of the forest at the Sally Barber Mine. There are two ways down from the mine: the very popular "front side" and the less used "back side". The back side trail is very wide like the front side, it is just not used as much. The front side has a large trailhead parking lot and is publicized by the local tourism office. The back side has very limited parking and only locals tend to use it. The result? There was only 2 or so set tracks on the back side so we found ourselves kicking up powder on this wide trail:

Kicking up powder flying along the back side of Sally Barber Mine.

With so much fun on the trails today, I couldn't decide what video highlight to use, so I made a 20/20/20 summary. 20 seconds of FLYING along the Baldy Mountain Trail, then 20 seconds of zipping along a more narrow backcountry trail and finally 20 seconds of "kicking up powder" on the wide but lesser used Sally Barber Mine Trail. Wheeee!

[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Finally, arriving at our destination point to meet up with elder & retired Zorro. 

"Kids! Welcome back!" says approving Zorro :)
"Hi big bro! We had the best time!" declares the smiling kids.

A very enjoyable day on fresh snow taking us all over the place on Baldy Mountain: 8.1 miles traveled with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 21 MPH.

2020/2021 Season to Date: 76 days on the trails covering 608.4 miles with 53,600 feet of elevation climbed.

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