Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Perfect Corridor

Cruising by the historic Sallie Barber Mine with active snow falling all around us! Wheeee!

Cruising on by with lots of snowflakes visible against the mine, trees
and Jack & Rudy. Beautiful day for May!

We started the day on the backside of the Sallie Barber Mine Trail. This side of the trail gets warm afternoon sun on clear days and it really showed. Even though we had fresh snow, it was very thin in areas and we had to keep the speeds down to a gentle trot for me to avoid partially snow covered obstacles for my skis!

Great partners keeping the speeds to a gentle trot as I watch
for obstacles to avoid on skis!

Then we crested at the mine and started down the frontside. This side does NOT get afternoon sun and it was amazing! We found ourselves laying fresh tracks in a wonderful layer of new snow at the top of the frontside trail. This perfect corridor only lasted for about a half mile or so before it started to deteriorate due to the decline in elevation; but, oh my, was it ever a perfect corridor! How perfect? Well, we repeated this magic corridor 3 times before finally continuing back down to the trailhead.

Pass number 3 along this perfect corridor!
We were fresh tracks in the new snow on the first pass and then kept 
repeating and reusing the tracks we set on previous passes.

Now come along for a minute of this perfect corridor. Like I said, it was only about a 1/2 mile of perfect; but it was incredible as you'll see in the video. What a magic corridor of perfect trail!

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Of course, repeating the perfect corridor meant we turned around a few times. You know what that means...

"Turnaround! Roll around!!!!" goes goofy snow rolling Jack.
"Turnaround! Woos abound!" sings vocal Rudy :)

Back to the trailhead and the creative kids are always able to find any snow wall to climb for end of run treats if one exists!

"You have my full attention!" says focused Jack.
"I love snow walls!" adds cute Rudy

A short outing today by our standards; but all outings in May are wonderful and the three laps on the short perfect corridor was amazing: 4.2 miles traveled with 500 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 20 MPH.

2023/2024 Season to Date: 145 days on the trails covering 1230.5 miles with 122,100 feet of elevation climbed.

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