Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Powder Plows

Paused at the historic Iowa Mill on Baldy Mountain. Anyone besides me into history?

"Nope; but you did stop...." goes stop, drop & roll Jack.
"Nope, but WOOOO!" adds wooing Rudy.

We spent the morning on Baldy Mountain to enjoy the new snow that fell overnight. The amount of new snow was in the neighborhood of 6 inches with a little less lower in elevation and a little more higher. Baldy is so much fun to skijor when there is fresh snow!

At one point, I directed us off the main trail and onto an unused and untouched side trail. I love this sequence of action shots of Jack & Rudy the powder plows:

Following my "left" command and launching into the deep and
untouched side trail. POW!

After every plow launch comes a lift to dolphin swim through
the deep powder.

Plow, lift, plow, lift - you get the idea :)
So off we go snorkeling along this untouched side trail.

The powder plowing was a short distance as I knew that particular side trail would connect back to more established trails quickly. But, it was still so fun to break trail in over 2 feet of untouched powder cache for a little ways.

We spent the majority of the morning, though, on the popular trails around Iowa Mill. On these trails, we were running in shallow powder in set tracks from all the skiers that had already been out to get some of the morning freshies. What to do on the main trail? Well, flirt & fly of course:

"Hi... Bye... Made you smile!" goes Jack & Rudy entertaining the
skiers paused to watch us fly on by.

Finally, we get to today's humorous video highlight. If you put anything on the trail in front of Jack & Rudy, they want to chase and catch it. I literally mean ANYTHING - skier, moose, squirrel, dog, fox, ameoba - you name it, if it is in front of them, they want to catch it :) Come along for today's video demonstration of this. The clip starts with us stopped as I am letting a skier in front of us get a big head start on this final stretch of the Baldy Mountain Trail. Then, once I give the command to go and you'll see Jack & Rudy gaining on the skier in front of us until we eventually catch him at the trailhead gate. Fun guys!

[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Deep powder, flirt & fly, catch the skier - what a fun batch of activities to combine in one outing!

"We had a blast!" says my happy, happy pals.

Powder day fun: 6.7 miles traveled with 1100 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 21 MPH.

2022/2023 Season to Date: 65 days on the trails covering 561.6 miles with 49,700 feet of elevation climbed.

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