So much for Spring

Yep, the following picture is of solid ice about two miles up the Mason Creek Trail at Staunton State Park. I especially like the image of the slipping hiker on the warning sign! This goes for quite a ways, and will probably not melt out for a few more weeks, since this area doesn’t see much sun until late Spring.

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Ice flows

While knocking off the monthly half marathon (now 35 in a row) at Staunton State Park, I came across this nifty little sign about 6 miles from the trailhead. There is an ice flow going down the trail that is about 4” deep, and which could make for some great inadvertent skating!

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View from Bergen Peak

This was the view this morning from the top of Bergen Peak in Evergreen, looking west. Everything is choked with snow - including the trail up, which appears in the lower right corner of the photo. Elevation about 9,600 feet. This is a stiff trail run of about 2,000 vertical feet over 3.5 miles.

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Backcountry skiing shots

Our favorite cat skiing operation, Steamboat Powdercats, shut down for the season yesterday, with 104 recorded days of operations during the 2018-2019 ski season. Here are a couple of shots of us from our seven days of skiing with them this season (and yes, they have a photographer):

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...and this is why we wear cleats

Just did a 10 mile trail run in Falcon Park, which had highly variable conditions. The snow from the recent storms was heavily packed down and frozen in on the north-facing aspects of the Turkey Trot trail, so it was pretty much solid ice for a mile or so (see photo below). This is why we wear cleats!

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Half marathon in the snow

I just completed the monthly half marathon trail run (34 months in a row so far). There were snow showers in the parking lot at Staunton State Park, but that ended fairly quickly. Still, there was a lot of snow from the massive snow storms of the past few weeks (see the photo below). Luckily, the park staff had run a snowmobile through a number of the trails, which packed down the snow somewhat (see the trail grooming sign below). Incredibly, someone else was going through on a fat-tire bike!

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