One of my favorite workouts is a mountain run that winds up to Avalanche Lake, in the heart of the High Peaks Wilderness. I just ran up there this morning for a 2.5 hr run with ski poles. It dawned on me that I had opened the new training year with the same workout just over a month ago… You can see the difference in climate in the two pics below.
In between those two workouts, I spent almost two weeks in Bend, Oregon getting a bunch of on-snow hours in. We skied 3 hours every morning at the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center, and then descended to Bend for two hours of afternoon training, either running or on mt. bikes. It is always a great way to start the year; easy to get plenty of training in and this year was one of the best for skiing that I’ve witnessed over multitude of trips to Bend. We even had a few days with fresh powder conditions… Much of last winter’s race course conditions didn’t compare to the spring skiing in Bend!