Sunday, May 1, 2022

Trees to Meadows

I think Jack & Rudy had a super fun skijor this morning, what do you think?

"We had a BLAST today!!!!" exclaims the happy, happy kids.

Today's outing took us exploring the Spring crust on the West Summit of Rabbit Ears Pass. Temperatures were above freezing as we started (but still in the mid 30s), so I was not sure if the crust was going to be solid enough to hold us. We started the day on set trails from the West Summit and then, once up a few hundred feet in elevation, we decided to abandon set trails and test the crust.

Success!!! The crust was surprisingly firm for the temperatures. As a result, we were able to set our own path and weave through the trees for the first 1/3 of the outing!

Cruising through the trees on a wonderful Spring crust.

Eventually the forest started to thin and we transitioned into vast open meadows. The crust was great in the openings as well. Jack & Rudy know what to do in vast meadows - no obstacles means floor it :)

Zoom, zoom, zooming along!

Come along for a short video highlight capturing the theme of the day. We start in the trees and then transition into a vast open meadow. I can't decide which was more fun: weaving in the trees or flying across the meadows. Both were great fun - we'll call it a tie :)

[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

With temperatures above freezing, you know what Jack & Rudy were going to do at any pause along the way...

"Aaahhh - rolling snow angels to cool off!" demonstrates the goofy kids.

A fun, fun day to report back to retired mentor Zorro and share 'end of run' treats!

"Ready!" declares focused Zorro.
"We had such a great time!" adds the patiently waiting kids.

We love when the conditions match our expectations!!! 6.8 miles traveled with 600 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 22 MPH.

2021/2022 Season to Date: 149 days on the trails covering 1250.3 miles with 117,300 feef of elevation climbed.

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