Opening it up along one of the really nice stretches of trail this morning!
We are still skijoring off of the monster storm we got on October 29th! That is pretty amazing; but the ground is really starting to show here & there on the trails. This morning took us to the upper elevation trails at Breckenridge Nordic Center, hoping that being higher up in elevation would have better trail conditions. As you see in the prior photo, we did find some really nice stretches of intact snow.
But, we also had to proceed cautiously around patches of ground showing through the snow:
|Caution - exposed ground coming through the snow between Jack & Rudy.|
Today's video highlight follows suit to the highlight I showed from our last outing. Come along and watch as we start out galloping along a nice stretch of trail. Then we come upon a downed tree across the trail. Watch as Jack & Rudy understand perfectly to move to the left so I can pass by on skis (I don't say anything, they do this maneuver all on their own). I love how they both look back to make sure I am really going to get by the tree. Finally, once on by the tree, it's "over to the right" and floor it on a nice stretch of trail again. Great partners!
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If you look closely in the video, you will see it is snowing lightly. Thank dog, as we encountered multiple pieces of exposed ground like the following:
|"Can't get over this on skis, we should turn around!" suggests smart Jack & Rudy.|
Turnaround is what we did at this point. We had come over this patch of ground on the way up. Above this point is where we found all the great conditions, so we redid the section of trail 3 times before finally having to walk over this patch of ground to get back to the trailhead. On our second pass over the same section of trail, we encountered moose tracks crossing the trail that had NOT been there on our first pass! Oh my!
|"Sniff, sniff, these are FRESH!" declares track inspecting Jack & Rudy.|
Indeed they were, as they were NOT here just 10 minutes ago!
Back to the trailhead to celebrate a successful "early season conditions" skijor:
|"It's better than no snow at all!" declares the focused pair.|
A short outing due to deteriorating conditions: 6.1 miles traveled with 600 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 19 MPH. But, the good news is the snow is falling and is supposed to continue all day. Tomorrow we should be back to nice conditions and possibly a powder day!!!
2023/2024 Season to Date: 8 days on the trails covering 61.3 miles with 6600 feet of elevation climbed.