Nordic Valley Trail in the snow

Soft and Short

Joel and I headed to Nordic Valley this morning hoping to put in some miles on the snow. The snow had other ideas and after just a bit more than a mile and plenty of sinking in the snow we turned back. Still it was fun to get out. The ride – Nordic Valley The bike – Salsa Beargrease

Ruts in the trail in Providence Canyon

This is why we can’t have nice things

It was a beautiful winter Saturday to get out and ride The almost perfect trails. Without obligations pulling me back to my desk I had time to ride up to the top of the quarry in Providence Canyon. The last time I attempted this climb the road lacked the base needed to make the climb. The snow machines float above the snow and with being

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Green Canyon winter trail

Winter Dream

rm today having been lovingly groomed by local volunteers. The sun reflected beautifully off the snow. The trail past the upper parking lot towards the Mt Naomi Wilderness was also in fine form for a while. The nightmare doesn’t begin for a mile or so. At that point the grooming ends and the only trail left is from hikers that attempted to wade through the

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Winter in Green Canyon

Crunchy Smooth

Green Canyon is almost always a beautifully groomed, hard packed, ice road. At the beginning of the trail the air bit at any of my exposed skin and pierced deep and painful. The hard packed icy snow crunched loudly but the trail was smooth, sticky and fast. As I ascended the last section towards the Mt Naomi Wilderness I didn’t expect much given that the

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The sun shining over snow covered Providence Canyon

Love Letters to the Sun

While the valley is wrapper in the bitter cold of winter inversion the mountains reward those who venture higher with an escape from the filthy air and the biting frost. It’s counter-intuitive at first but the higher you go the warmer the air becomes (if 30 degrees is warm). The sky is blue and the sun breaks out. Covered in layers of winter gear the

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Sunshine in Green Canyon

Green glittering like a gem

Some days are just perfect. Today was just perfect. I haven’t been up Green Canyon since I managed to repair the Beargrease. After taking the last spot in the parking lot I set out from the dark grey of a typically Cache Valley winter day and ascended into the sunshine and glittering snow. On the way up I passed the carcass of a dear recently

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