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Dec 31 - Jan 3, 2010, Caribou Lodge, Idaho
« on: 01/04/10, 07:28 AM »

Last year's TR:  March at Caribou

Eight of us (and two puppies) returned to Caribou for the New Year weekend, hoping to find better snow conditions than we did last year (when it rained most of the trip).  Well, we got half our wish -- the snow was excellent powder the first two days, with 5 inches of fresh the first night.  Unfortunately, Idaho has had the same rough start that the Cascades have had -- coverage is very thin and most of the skiing is still pretty brushy. 

The upper SE slopes of Caribou Peak were in good shape, but when we went back to get them on day three they'd been so wind-hammered that extensive windslab had formed and the avy conditions were way too high to ski anything more than 25 or 30 degrees with comfort.

But again, just like last year, the lodge and surroundings are so nice that it's a fantastic place to get skunked on snow.  The two dogs (Hopi and Tundra) are both in SAR training, so they got lots of search-game time.  The people (Andy, Mica, Pete, Becky, Chad, Mary, AP and I) are all in food-and-drink training, so we got lots of alcohol and sauna practice.   Kudos to Mark & Lynn for letting us stay in their wonderful place.  Highly recommended, again.


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Re: Dec 31 - Jan 3, 2010, Caribou Lodge, Idaho
« Reply #1 on: 01/04/10, 10:15 AM »

Sounds like a fun trip -- wish we could have been there!  Maybe next year when little Isaac is ripping up the slopes as a 1 year old.  :P

So did Hopi like the booties?! 

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Re: Dec 31 - Jan 3, 2010, Caribou Lodge, Idaho
« Reply #2 on: 01/04/10, 10:19 AM »

We mentioned at least once that Caribou would be the perfect b/c lodge for a baby/toddler -- y'all should absolutely come next year Smiley

Hopi used the booties on the 7 mile run out from the hut and had no problems.  She went au natural for the rest of the trip and paw-waxing did a good job keeping her feet from getting snowballs.
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Re: Dec 31 - Jan 3, 2010, Caribou Lodge, Idaho
« Reply #3 on: 01/04/10, 10:29 AM »

Thought you'd had enough " food and drink " training in Argentina?
Glad you got some pow but conditions are certainly challenging this year in certain places.
Nice to know they let dogs go.
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Re: Dec 31 - Jan 3, 2010, Caribou Lodge, Idaho
« Reply #4 on: 01/05/10, 09:58 AM »

I'm always up for additional "F&D" training, and I felt that I'd fallen off my peak since Argentina.  I was pleased to discover that I have inherent natural skills in that department...
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