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Should I take rock skis or new skis to Big Sky next week (Jan. 8-10)?

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 

I am going to Big Sky for the first time ever next week and from what I can gather they do not have a lot of snow (at least by Montana standards) so I am trying to figure out if I should take my rock skis or my new skis. If anyone has any advice for me, I would appreciate it.

post #2 of 28

They don't have a lot of snow, they do have a lot of sharp rocks. Take both pair. If you only take one, they will be the wrong ones. Keep in mind that Grand Targhe is a 2 hour drive from BS and they have a lot of snow. Also, look on eBay for 2 for 1 BS lift tickets. If you have the time, take a snow coach tour into Yellowstone. Well worth it. Have fun.

post #3 of 28
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They don't have a lot of snow, they do have a lot of sharp rocks. Take both pair. If you only take one, they will be the wrong ones. Keep in mind that Grand Targhe is a 2 hour drive from BS and they have a lot of snow. Also, look on eBay for 2 for 1 BS lift tickets. If you have the time, take a snow coach tour into Yellowstone. Well worth it. Have fun.



I will be at BS during that time too. Those ebay deals real?

post #4 of 28

I've gotten base damage at Big Sky mid season in a normal year.  On mostly groomers.  

post #5 of 28

Even in late March of an exceptional year I would use beaters at Big Sky.

post #6 of 28

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I guess it depends on what kind of rock skis you have.  For a big trip I wouldn't want to be skiing something I don't really like to ski on.  I'd bring something decent.  If your rock skis are total junk take your new ones and buy new new ones if they get torn up.

 

Or, why not demo something?devil.gif

 

post #7 of 28

Demo'ing is a great idea!!

post #8 of 28

There are two types of skis...rock skis and skis yet to be mounted. If they have bindings on them..take 'em

post #9 of 28

Hey, I'm going to Big Sky next week too!  I'm planning on bringing my new gear (rockered twin-tips) but if it's too rocky I may demo.  If it dumps a buttload of powder (yeah right) then I'll skip the skis and bring my pow board.

post #10 of 28

It looks like they have been getting a decent amount of snow compared to some ot the other western resorts.  When looking at their website it looks like a decent amount of terrain is open.  They give the base on the conditions page, but I can find their season total.  Does anyone know where I can  find that info?

post #11 of 28

Not sure why the season total matters to anyone.  If it's not on the base, what good is it?  Plus some resorts only count snow falling beginning opening day and some count since October.  So, "season totals" are not even comparable.  

post #12 of 28
Thread Starter 

Thank you everyone for your feedback; I have never been to Big Sky so I didn't want to rely on the area's Website. I'm pulling out the double bag to take both pairs but will keep the demo option open.

post #13 of 28
Thread Starter 

As we used to say when someone scratched up their skis: "Don't worry about it, they make skis everyday."

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Yep, don't worry, you bought them to enjoy them not to have them in a corner of the room. Just about any damage can be repaired so go ski and enjoy.  All that money you spend on this trip isn't worth anything skiing on something you don't like. 
 

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There are two types of skis...rock skis and skis yet to be mounted. If they have bindings on them..take 'em

 

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As we used to say when someone scratched up their skis: "Don't worry about it, they make skis everyday."



 

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There are two types of skis...rock skis and skis yet to be mounted. If they have bindings on them..take 'em



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As we used to say when someone scratched up their skis: "Don't worry about it, they make skis everyday."



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Yep, don't worry, you bought them to enjoy them not to have them in a corner of the room. Just about any damage can be repaired so go ski and enjoy.  All that money you spend on this trip isn't worth anything skiing on something you don't like. 
 

 



It's ALL blasphemy confused.gif

 

YES, they are tools but all quality tools should be handled with skill and care. (remind me not to buy any used skis from you guys....)

 

 

post #16 of 28

A few people I know that hit Big Sky this past weekend said the groomers are skiing nicely with few rocks but the off-piste is a different story. If you are going to be adventurous don't use skis you don't want to damage. If you are going to stick to the groomers (and there are a lot to choice from) you can use you nice skis.

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I guess it depends on what kind of rock skis you have.  For a big trip I wouldn't want to be skiing something I don't really like to ski on.  I'd bring something decent.  If your rock skis are total junk take your new ones and buy new new ones if they get torn up.

 

Or, why not demo something?devil.gif

 



Why would you have a ski you didn't like to ski on?

 

 

post #18 of 28
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the update Rio; I will keep it in mind as I venture out next week.

post #19 of 28
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A few people I know that hit Big Sky this past weekend said the groomers are skiing nicely with few rocks but the off-piste is a different story. If you are going to be adventurous don't use skis you don't want to damage. If you are going to stick to the groomers (and there are a lot to choice from) you can use you nice skis.


 

Gahhhh!  I've had too many groomer days already this season.  I'm just about groomered out.  Me want pow-pow!

post #20 of 28

One thing to be aware of is; The shops in Big Sky know what the conditions are like. They are holding back on their new demos and require you either buy insurance or pay for the damage.

 

Just sayin.

 

It is rocky in spots at Big Sky and Moonlight Basin but for the most part unless you do something stupid you can avoid doing much damage.

post #21 of 28

Take your skis you want to ski, i ski Big Sky a lot and have went to bed and woke up to 12 inches of fresh overnight, with no snow in the forecast, skied pow all day. There just skis man, like Sibhusky says i have hit rocks out there when its been super deep. Its Big Sky. Go ski and have some fun.

post #22 of 28
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Why would you have a ski you didn't like to ski on?


 

Skis that were once decent can noodle out after a season or two. 

post #23 of 28
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Skis that were once decent can noodle out after a season or two. 



I hope you are talking about 80 day seasons all on that same pair of skis........

 

post #24 of 28

I don't remember anyone ever complaining about my ski's rolleyes.gif  you don't have to trash them just be a little careful.

 

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It's ALL blasphemy confused.gif

 

YES, they are tools but all quality tools should be handled with skill and care. (remind me not to buy any used skis from you guys....)

 

 



 

post #25 of 28
Thread Starter 

Postscript: I took both new and rock skis and immediately opted to go with the later as there were an ample number of pebbles, boulders and rocks on visible runs. The skiing on the groomers was good but the runs on the upper mountain required a lot of attention. My skis survived the first day but not the second. I should have been more careful on a southern face that received a lot of sun in the morning exposing even more jagged rocks. The multiple core shots were worth it as I got some good runs in and spent time with some cool people.

post #26 of 28

Thanks for giving some trip report feedback ajhjr.  So often we get skiers agonizing over this or that in the forums, and never hear from them again.  Multiple core shots - ouch!

post #27 of 28

Glad I read this ... this time next week we're there (1/21 - 1/28).  Looks to be pretty good chance of snow this week, but still I don't like the idea of core shots to the "Myths".

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Glad I read this ... this time next week we're there (1/21 - 1/28).  Looks to be pretty good chance of snow this week, but still I don't like the idea of core shots to the "Myths".


 

I just left Big Sky this morning.  There was a ton of exposed rock, especially off the top from the tram.  It was looking like snow as I left today though.  I'd bring my good skis.

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