Sunday, January 2, 2022


Beautiful bluebird morning to pause and take in some views!

Ok, beautiful morning for ME to pause and take in the views :)
Jack, of course, used the pause to roll snow angels!
Rudy used the pause to eat snowcones!
I guess I'm the only one into the pretty views!

It had been snowing for the last 10 days straight with virtually no visit from the sun the entire time as it was hidden behind constant storm clouds. No complaint here as we REALLY needed this 10 day super storm to bring all our winter trails into use. We had plenty of sun during the dry November and early December. But, today, the sun made a comeback for a beautiful bluebird morning on the trails.

With all the recent snow, Gold Run Nordic Center is FINALLY in GREAT shape. Despite the sun, it was very cold this morning (-8F when we woke up). As a result, we were first out on the freshly groomed nordic track for an incredibly fast & fun morning.

I love the following shot: Jack & Rudy flying along the freshly groomed track with "snow poofs" flying up from their feet as they zoom along.

First tracks, fresh tracks, snow poofs. Wheeee!

Besides snow poofs, what else to do on a freshly groomed sprint track? Well, hover over the trail of course :)

Jack & Rudy catching air as they hover over the trail.
The cool snow poofs behind them are still there!

Eventually it warmed up enough for humans to make it out on the trail. What to do with oncoming humans? Well, floor it past them and put smiles on their faces!!!

Literally flying by the curious & smiling skier coming up the trail.

Put it all together and here's what you get... Jack & Rudy zooming along the fresh groomie, then Jack & Rudy slowing every so slightly to pass on by the oncoming skiers and then zoom again. Love the tail end of this clip as I have to put myself in a very tight tuck to whip around a corner with Jack & Rudy. Jack & Rudy going out of view as the camera points down is me in a tight speed tuck. Wheeee!

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Oh Zorro, you should have seen the perfect groomie zoomie today! 

"I see perfect 'end of run' treats!" says treat inspecting Zorro.
"Flying, we were flying!" adds proud Jack & Rudy :)

Today was zoom day: 7.8 miles traveled with 500 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 24 MPH.

2021/2022 Season to Date: 51 days on the trails covering 403.8 miles with 38,100 feet of elevation climbed.

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