The Ice is Nice

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  1. PistonPants

    PistonPants Crankcase Scavenger

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    I haven't seen a cloud in over a week. 12° in the morning, 45° highs in the afternoons. I'm not ready to let it go. I have to truck the bike to mile 222 to get on the ice. It's still pretty good.
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  2. PistonPants

    PistonPants Crankcase Scavenger

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    I can't pull the plug on ice season without a session on Bison Gulch.


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  3. HayDuchessLives

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    The ice is nice in Piston Pants' neck of the woods, and I love the stunning photos and videos. While the ice is undeniably nice, the snow is also really nice in his area and a friend and I spent a couple weekends camping out and skiing 8-9 hours/day, blazing trails wherever we felt like going, marveling at the majestic mountains and cheerful sunshine. Winter camping is free at Riley Creek Campground, but we only stayed there one night, opting for camping in more open areas to see the Northern Lights. We Alaskan inmates are lucky to live in such an incredibly diverse and scenic state.

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    A scene from one of the long, perfect days we didn't want to end. We tried to get as close to Denali as we could, but it's slow going on skis. Plus while the terrain looks flat, there are lots of creek drainages, ridgelines and hills with lots of ups and downs. Quite tiring.

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    That's me barely visible in the photo. We love making first tracks - even on the flats.

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    Morning sunrise in the Broad Pass area.

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    Beautiful sunshine highlights the contours of the peaks.
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    2018 Ice Season Kickoff

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  6. PistonPants

    PistonPants Crankcase Scavenger

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    Did 27 miles riding today. Tuned up my rear tire last night with 250 new screws replacing old dull ones. Winter jetting is spot-on. The ice is nice.

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    I love your photos. It looks like we'll be up there skiing again soon. I hope there's lots of snow!
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    Loaded up to hit the ice at mile 222 tomorrow after work. Snow messes up the ice. It should all blow off of the river. 94194388-4F4E-45F8-8CC7-1D0EE9CFF123.jpeg
    I’ll settle for powder turns if I can’t get two stroke adrenaline.

    222 is good. Bison is also good.

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    you've got quite a nice playground there
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    Thank goodness for sparse population
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    222 was sweet after work. It was grey and windy, but the ice was glare and smooth. I picked the day with gnarly weather. 4 miles of Nenana river with good conditions. Bunch of caribou. It was a good time. Unfortunately, the access to ride from home collapsed and I can't get to the Panorama ice playground. Have to use the truck.

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    Ka-Chow!

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    @PistonPants Summers finally over here at the beach. Monday was our first day below 70' since May, just sayin :loco
    And Steph used all that sav mama gave her - really like it please give her a thanks from Team Cole!

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    There is ice which is not nice. That would be the ice that comes form moisture in the fork oil that settled to the bottom of the forks locking up the compression valve making the forks rigid. Time for a suspension service and oil change.

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  17. deserttowers

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    Looking forward to riding with you in Utah Piston ...
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    You going to be there?!?!
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    That's the plan ...
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  20. PistonPants

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    That's great news! Let's kick up some red dust!
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