We were dogsitting Freddie today. He turned one year old on Dec 1, so it was time for him to learn to ski. Off to West Bragg Creek where he can ski off-leash.
I’ll give him credit for staying out of the tracks. He seemed to have an innate sense that the tracks weren’t for him, and he was incredibly fast for a beginner!
Our dog Tessa learned some critical commands that came in handy while skiing, such as “Look out” and “side.” Unfortunately she’s gone deaf in her old age but by now, she instinctively knows what to do when on the ski trail.
With Tessa, I ski slowly down hills now, so she doesn’t have to struggle to keep up. Freddie passed me like I was standing still when I was speeding down hill.
Freddie started the day without boots, but after 30 minutes his paws had iced up. After removing the icy snow from his paws, he put on his boots. He still had three of them when we finished. I was so distracted with his paws and boots when Jo and Piper the retriever came by, I forgot to get a picture. Piper was learning to ski last winter and she seems to have learned well.
All the other dogs on the trail were very patient with Freddie. He tried to cajole them into playing with him but most went on their merry way without too much disruption to their day. Everyone was friendly and understanding.
As for WBC ski conditions, you’ve already read Chip’s, Ernie’s, and Steve’s trip reports. I’ll reiterate the compliments to the tracksetters. Freddie and I skied Mountain Road, Moose Connector(south) and Lower West Crystal Line. Lower West Crystal Line was wonderful. There was some grass, a few twigs and occasional dirt on Mountain road but easy enough to avoid. All the Links between Lower and Upper Crystal looked enticing.