About five weeks ago, Keith and I went in to Skoki Lodge for my birthday. It is a backcountry lodge located in one of the most gorgeous corners of the park and we had such a great weekend. While we were skiing in to the lodge, I said to Keith: "Ya know, under the right conditions, I could run this in winter!!" Well.
Just me and my shadow following the skidoo track up to Boulder Pass......
Then you get to descend a little ways and cross a frozen lake.....the snow was perfectly packed so I could actually run without sinking to my neck. But if you stepped off the pack you sank. Deep. I only had to dig myself out a few times!
Bookin' it across Baker Lake
Then you climb Deception Pass - elevation 2474m. From the pass it is a big steep descent all the way to the lodge at 2165m. Phew! Then you eat some cookies, turn around and do it all again!
The cookies were REAL good.
UP! UP! UP! Looking towards Deception Pass
Looking back from Deception....I came from there!
At the lodge, they were surprised to see me. I don't think they see too many runners in February. I also ran into two Park Wardens on skis who were VERY surprised to see me! I walked with them and visited for a bit....they were having a great day in the sun and taking their time.
When I reached the top of Boulder Pass coming out, Mount Temple was there to greet me. From there it was a nice 8.6 km cruisy descent back to my car. What a day!!