It was a great day laying fresh tracks for miles & miles yesterday morning!
|Laying fresh tracks in the backcountry. Wheeee!|
We got started just after sunrise on Saturday and hit the trails on Peak 7. There was a nice layer of new snow atop the packed/used trails close to the trailhead. But, we were first out, so had the 2-5 inches of fresh snow all to ourselves to lay fresh tracks for miles & miles. Come along for a video glimpse into the fun.
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But, eventually, we outskied where people had been on previous days and found the trail far back (and up) untouched with the occasional powder cache to plow through!
|Blazing through about 12 inches of untouched powder. Fun!|
We also ran into one short uphill stretch with extremely deep snow. When it is this deep and uphill, I have to help propel me along. Well, when the silly human has to help, he also has to take breaks to catch his breath. Here we are at one quick break before I prepare to get the skis moving again. My pals don't understand why I paused :)
|"You ok back there?" asks gentle Jack.|
"Yeah, what's the holdup?" asks curious Rudy.
We skijored a loop on this outing, so there was not a point for "turnaround, roll around". That's ok, about midway through the outing as I called out a "left", both Jack & Rudy did a "stop, drop & roll" before continuing on - silly kids.
|Stop.... Drop.... and ROLL!!!|
Another great morning, right guys?
|"FUN!!!!" exclaims the happy kids.|
As I said, the majority of the day was spent laying fresh tracks in 2-5 inches of fresh snow; it was only a few stretches far & high away from the trailhead that we got slowed by deep snow: 8.8 miles traveled with 800 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 19 MPH.
2022/2023 Season to Date: 9 days on the trails covering 58.7 miles with 5150 feet of elevation climbed.