The dog stayed home for today's ski, it was just a little too deep for him. The little fella is going on 11 after all!
I broke out the "big" skis and broke trail from SBRHQ to one our private stashes, Bonk Hill. TD and I have been working on this little glade for a few years, and what it lacks in quantity (ie, vertical drop), it makes up in quality. Sustained pitch, excellent snow-holding aspect and easy access make this the go-to destination for the first deep day of the season.
Damn deer snaked my line:
I took it easy on the first run, feeling out how well the new snow was covering up whatever nasties we had not got around to cleaning up this fall:
I booted up for run two. The thicketeering was just too daunting a prospect for trying to set a skin track. The Fischer S-Bounds are an ideal ski for this kind of meadow-skipping: nowhere near as fat as TD's new boards but they turn very smoothly. I am a big fan of the Lite Spike binding too - no bending over required:
On the second run, I let the skis run a bit. In knee-deep snow it is hard to pick up too much speed. The lighting was a bit weird, and I have been playing with the HDR setting on my new camera, so the snow is a bit blue.
I took the scenic, and long, way back. It was a bit of a slog around the pond up the logging road.