Friday, January 7, 2022

Packed and Powder

Coming by - made you smile!
Our usual interaction with other skiers on Baldy Mountain:
Jack & Rudy flying on by as the skiers step aside to smile and watch
the cool sled dogs cruise on by!

We had a really fun "packed and powder" skijor on Baldy Mountain this morning. We spent the majority of the time on the main Baldy Mountain Trail which had a nice packed track just wide enough for Jack & Rudy to fit side by side:

Zooming along the packed & fast main trail.

If you look closely above, you can see that the snow outside of the packed track was quite fresh and deep. How deep? Well, we went "off trail" a handful of times to veer away from the main trail before returning to it. The side trails were DEEP and untouched - see for yourself:

Jack & Rudy breaking trail as they bust through 2+ feet of untouched powder!

Now come along for a fun video clip putting it all together. The clip starts with us on one of the side trails as we are making our own path through the deep snow. Then, we intersect with the historic Iowa Mill. The mill is a popular "meet & congregate" point on Baldy, so you see lots of random tracks going every which way that Jack & Rudy pick their way through. Finally, we cut around the mill and onto the fast packed main trail and off we goooooo! Wheeee! Powder to Packed fun.

[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Of course, all that work in the deep side trails means you need to roll & cool off at any break along the way :)

The "stop, drop & roll" goofballs doing their thing!

Back to the trailhead to meet up with retired Zorro and let him know Jack & Rudy were in goofy moods all day long :)

"I'm right here!" declares wonderfully focused Zorro.
"We are playing king of the mountain!" says Rudy.
"I'm king... No, wait, end of run treats? I'm ready!" adds silly Jack.

A beautiful morning to do a couple of laps on Baldy Mountain with the occasional POW powder side trail added in for fun: 8.2 miles traveled with 1000 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 20 MPH.

2021/2022 Season to Date: 56 days on the trails covering 446.1 miles with 42,100 feet of elevation climbed.

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