Sunday, February 2, 2020

US Ice trip Dec 2019

As I was heading to San Francisco in December (2019) to meet our daughter I decided to go early to see if I could get in some skating.  I have always wanted to visit Helena, Montana as it has a reputation for skating and ice sailing.  Spent two weeks travelling to there and the Eastern Sierra and had some great skating.  

Below are some pics from the trip

First skate - on a snow melt pond at the side of the road while travelling to Twin Falls ID
Swan Valley skate on a pond - bit soft! 
Swan Valley pond
Amazing ice on Clark Canyon Reservoir 
Clark Canyon - think green ice - massive area

Lake Helena - thick ice again - smooth!
Rest on Lake Helena
Frozen Creek near Canyon Ferry
Loving Lake Helena 
Pond area at top of Canyon Ferry 
Skated around a small boat harbour on Canyon Ferry - industrial skate just for fun
Frozen Boat Harbour
Huge ice on Canyon Ferry Dam 

Clark Canyon Res on the way back.

Skated to the Island on Clark Canyon Res - light snow on the ice but good for Nordic Skates
And back to the Island the next day 

Bit of a dodgy skate near Elko NV
Amazing ice on Caples Lake - had to snow shoe around the lake to get there
Bridgeport Reservoir - fab skate - huge area
Lake Crowley arm - good skate.
Back to Bridgeport the next day
Caples - amazing ice
Alkalai Ponds near Bishop - snow ice but good in the Nordic Skates