Sunday, February 4, 2024

Let's Dance

Let's dance, put on your furry white shoes and dance :)

Apologies to Davie Bowie fans out there, but I've had this modified version
of his song on my mind all day since this dance broke out between Jack & Rudy
on the trail this morning :)
Oh, nice view of Breckenridge Ski Resort in hazy, light clouds across
the valley from this dance party too.

Today's outing was another backcountry then groomed nordic combination run. We started on Prospect Hill and found ourselves laying fresh tracks in the morning's new snow all the way out. Eventually we turned around to head back down. Well, the dance party above broke out moments after Jack & Rudy finished rolling snow angels. Rolling snow angels to then transition into a dance party - talented :)

Ok, dance session over and it was time to come back down in the tracks we set on the way up:

Nice skijoring action (instead of dance action) with Breckenridge Ski
Resort still in view across the valley to our left.

Now for some video fun from our skijor back down Prospect Hill. Along the way we encounter 5 very sharp/tight hairpin turns. One such turn happens about 33 seconds into this clip. Notice how Jack & Rudy automagically slow approaching the tight turn as they know I can navigate such a sharp turn only so fast on cross country skis. Then, once through the turn and the smart, fun kids take off fast again. Fun time, fun partners!

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After our backcountry romp on Prospect Hill, it was time to get on a seldom used backcountry connector to Gold Run Nordic Center. How "seldom used" is this connector? Well, you'd have no idea anybody had used it at all this season :)

Jack & Rudy BLASTING through deep powder on this seldom used
connector trail. You can see my right ski riding in Jack & Rudy's plow
path while my left ski is buried in snow to the side. Fun deep snow skijor!

The reward for blasting through all that snow is dropping onto the groomed trails at Gold Run Nordic Center to end the day. I did not realize until looking at this footage later that a large piece of snow flew off Jack or Rudy's feet and onto the upper right of the camera. Luckily is was "upper right enough" to not block images of the fun kids:

Zooming in the shade as a reward for blasting through deep powder.

A couple of turns later and we broke out of the shade of dense trees and onto the sun soaked nordic speed track. Zoom!

Flying in the sun as only a couple of other skiers and dogs had been on the
daily groom before us. Wheeee!

Backcountry fresh tracks, deep snow trail breaking and then groomed nordic zooming - all in one outing! What a way to earn end of run treats!

"We loved it ALL!" says the happy, happy kids once again awaiting
end of run treats from atop a nice snow wall.

A pretty day riding behind the pretty sled dogs: 7.8 miles traveled with 600 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 23 MPH.

2023/2024 Season to Date: 76 days on the trails covering 636.5 miles with 61,400 feet of elevation climbed.

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