• Winter is here. Now what.

    The new residence in Eagle, CO sits at a moderate height of 6600 ft. Not too high....but also not very low.  It's at the west end of the Vail Valley, so that means we are surrounded by mountains and only a stones throw from places like Vail and Leadville.  Even though sitting at only 6600 ft, winter is here.  Cold air pools in the valley at night keeping temps below zero mostly every night.  During the day, temps creep to freezing or just above.

    New Years Day 6 hour ski tour

    Bike time is minimal and I am OK with that.  95% of any bike time over the last 2 months has been between 1-2 hours on the trainer.  Short and too the point and very specific.  There is plenty of time to come on the bike.  With that said, I finally decided to get on skis.  3 weeks ago I got my first ski lesson at the Vail Nordic Center.  It was a humbling experience.  Something that seemed so simple had me not moving very fast or covering mush ground.  But, it only took a 4 hour day on nordic skis for my to put my addictive personality towards skiing.  2 weeks later I had a set of nordic backcountry skis sitting at my from door; Fischer E109 skis, Fischer BC poles, and Salomon boots and bindings.

    Adventure mode: ON

    Singletrack ski tour near Yeoman Park

    I look at it as mountain biking on skis. With my ski set up I can virtually hit all the mtb trails and forest service roads in and around Eagle. The up is a blast....my down needs some work for sure as I tend to be on the ground more than upright, especially on steep singletrack.  It's all new to me, so think about it all the time now.

    New Years Day 6 hour ski tour

    It is amazing to ski the same terrain that is biked in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. In winter is looks different and with the slower speeds of BC nordic skiing you see things you normally miss while zooming by on 2 bicycle wheels. Doesn't take long either to rack up a 3-6 hour day on the skis. By the time that is said and done my legs feel the same as they did after a 4-5 hr road ride.  Worked over. Jelly. Curled up on couch in a ball with warm tea.

    Singletrack ski tour near Yeoman Park

    Image above, a duo tour with Summit County mountain biker, Kyle Stamp.  The trail is located at Yeoman Park, which is southeast of Eagle.

    Bike - Ski - Bike

    So, for the time being it is a mix of bike and ski. In some cases I get both in one day. Time to enjoy the new surrounding while doing something else than specifically pedaling a bike and staring at numbers on the SRM powermeter.


    Singletrack ski tour near Yeoman Park

    Image above, pillows of snow at 9,800 feet outside of Eagle.