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Beartooth Pass, June 2011

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The road is now open, and so is the summer ski area near the top.

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Looks great Martin. We still have a fat snowpack in the Sierra as well, but hot weather is going to have a rapid impact.

I was over Bear Tooth at the end of June last year and it sure is a great motorcycle road, as well as summer ski area.
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Thanks for the report, Martin.

 

I'm planning a couple of days up there in the next week or so.  Looks like fun.

 

I just hiked up the ski area at JH this morning and I just can't believe how much snow is still up there.  It's just mind-boggling.

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Bob, they closed the Wyoming side of the road again due to blowing snow. Right now you can only get from Red Lodge to the state line. (From there you can access the Rock Creek Headwall.) People skiing at the summer ski area were able to drive as far as the top of the lifts.
Hopefully by the time you go, you'll be able to get up from the south side.
Some more photos from today:

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WHOA!

 

Thanks for the report, Martin.  I think we might try to head up there toward the end of this week.

 

I loved the shot of the little kids lined up for the T-bar.

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I loved the shot of the little kids lined up for the T-bar.



Nice try Bob. We all know you're old enough to know the difference between a poma lift and a T-bar.

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Nice try Bob. We all know you're old enough to know the difference between a poma lift and a T-bar.


Oops.

 

My bad. 

 

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I talked to someone who was up these last weekend and he said it was skiing on the hood of a car.eek.gif

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I'm 50 but I don't know the difference. Never had to use either. Care to fill me in?

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The T-bar has an upside down T on a long cable.  One person is on either side of the center bar of the T, LEANING against the cross bar, which is just below your fanny.  You have to stay in the track and NOT SIT on the bar.  The bar pulls you to the top.

 

On a Poma, there is a pie plate at the end of a long pole, which is attached to a cable.  You STRADDLE the pole, with the late just under your bum.  Once again you have to stay in the track and NOT sit. 

 

Both items can be attached to the pulling cable with some kind of shock absorber, which may or may not launch you as you take off, depending on your weight.  Both are also kind of tricky to dismount depending on the configuration at the top, and, with a T-bar, your partner's antics. 

 

Although both used to be primarily on beginner's parts of the hill, neither was the ideal introduction to skiing for a beginner. 

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T-bars were fun because you were at the mercy of whoever you rode with. If they fell (something that happened quite often as people tended to try to sit on them) you went down with them. When you got off you had to watch the other rider to make sure they didn't push the t-bar to the side allowing it to slip under your jacket as it retracted resulting in you being suspended in air hanging by your jacket.

 

Poma lifts were tricky since you were handed a contracted poma to put between your legs. The poma would stretch from your weight and often contract some after it was fully stretched. The recontraction could sometimes be much jerkier than one would want on a pole stuck between your legs. The old slingshot poma at Willamette Pass in Oregon was notorious for strong jerks and was fondly referred to as 'The Nutcracker'.

 

post #12 of 12

Pomas are great! They are inexpensive, ground hugging and resistant to wind. They are not everyones favorite, They don't provide high capacity or comfort but remain a great way to provide no-frills lift access.

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