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Heading out to Big Sky next week, How are the conditions ?

post #1 of 9
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I've seen that they are receiving 1-2 inches every day but that doesn't seem like much to make a difference. How are the conditions on the mountain? I've never been out there so any insight on the snow quality and coverage would be appreciated.

 

thank you,

 

Once I return I'll post a trip report.

post #2 of 9
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also, are the conditions good enough for chutes etc.

thanks again.
post #3 of 9
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Come on mannnn, no locals willing to give any insight on this mountain ? share the goods.. I'll trade you information, you give me secret zones and conditions I give you NJ traffic updates and tell you what roads to avoid..

 

Here I'll start.. All roads have traffic, avoid NJ unless you have to live here because of work and family.

 

ok, now you go..

post #4 of 9

I was at Moonlight Monday & got a good view of Lone Mountain.  From what I could see the upper reaches of both Big Sky and Moonlight were stripped of a lot of snow in the recent windstorms.  The lower areas at both have good coverage.  Talking to some locals they said skiing is good off the tram in Lenin, Marx and Liberty Bowl but you need to watch for rocks getting to them.  At Moonlight the first few chutes in the Headwaters Bowl looked good (I couldn't ski them due to high winds) but the ones further out didn't look skiable.  Weather predictions for this weekend and through next week are wetter than normal and cooler than normal so we are expecting new snow through much of your visit.


Edited by Rio - 3/2/11 at 7:17am
post #5 of 9
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Rio , thank you for the info.

Praying to the snow Gods
post #6 of 9

the weather pattern has been frustrating. Big epic snows not too far to the West (N.Idaho, Whitefish) but narry a flake in Bozeman. Not even any bluebird weather-just clouds but no snow-hopefully things will start to change soon and the storms will roll our way.

 

I just moved here, no season pass and I don't think the conditions are really worth it right now to pay the full price-maybe the mid week deal at Moon Light or Bridger.

 

post #7 of 9

All in all you still have tons of great skiing available at Big Sky.  They got another 2 to 4 inches last night and snow is predicted Saturday through Monday.  Lenin, Marx & Liberty Bowl are the best runs off the tram & their doing well.  The glades on Andesite have good coverage, they're one of best places to ski powder there.  You'll just need to be careful at the top of the tram and Challenger.  Once you navigate through the top section the skiing will be wide open.

post #8 of 9
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Crossing my fingers this holds true:

 

ANOTHER SURGE OF ARCTIC AIR IS EXPECTED LATE SATURDAY NIGHT INTO
SUNDAY. THIS COLDER AIRMASS WILL INTERACT WITH PACIFIC MOISTURE TO
BRING SNOW TO THE AREA SUNDAY INTO MONDAY. TOTAL SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS DURING THIS PERIOD ARE EXPECTED TO RANGE FROM 3 TO 6
INCHES IN THE VALLEYS TO 6 TO 12 INCHES IN THE MOUNTAINS. IT IS
POSSIBLE WINTER WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS MIGHT BE NEEDED.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

WEATHER SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT SIGNIFICANT WEATHER
CONDITIONS ACCORDING TO STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES.

 

plus anothe 7" expected on Sunday.. could be looking at 20" of fresh monday..

 

come on snow Gods!!!ski.gif
 

post #9 of 9

The conditions are great. Yes, on the top of the tram you will have to negotiate rocks. The wind blew the snow off. But Liberty Bowl, Lenin and Marx got groomed by the same wind. Now with a couple of inches of frech powder on top - it's a delight! The Big Couloir is outstanding.

North Summit Snowfield on the other hand was closed the last few days. Snow got blown off in some of the real narrow spots.

All the glades on Andesite (Ramcharger) are awesome. Lone Moose Tripple is also a good place to have a few nice bump runs.

Challenger is in top shape.

 

So, come on out to Big Sky and have fun!

 

Ursula

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