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Poll Results: Going to Bridger Bowl on March 24

Poll expired: Feb 1, 2013  
  • 55% (5)
    Yes, definitely
  • 11% (1)
    Maybe, can decide before Jan. 15, 2013
  • 22% (2)
    Maybe, can decide before Feb. 1, 2013
  • 11% (1)
    No, but very tempting!
9 Total Votes  
post #31 of 49
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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post

I'll be skiing Whitefish Fri & Sat, March 22 & 23, and driving to Bridger on Sunday so I should arrive at Bridger in time for apres-skiing!

C'mon Dano, hit the road at 4 and we'll see you on the hill around 10, eh?

 

At any rate, it'll be good to see you, man.

post #32 of 49

I've been asked to be head cat-herder for the day zero group. Let's plan on meeting at the bottom of the Powder Park quad at 9:30.  I will be in khaki pants, a red jacket, red & white Nordica boots and a silver helmet. I will then give a quick tour of the three main chairs on the upper mountain (Alpine, Bridger & Pierre's Knob) and some of the popular runs along with my best guess at what to ski and when to ski it that day. After that people can group up by desired terrain. I'll take some of the more adventurous folks into some of the inbound steeps. 

post #33 of 49

Thanks, Rodger. You da man!

post #34 of 49

Hmmmmmmmmm. We are in a period of what our local weatherman calls "unstable air" which means snow can occur at anytime. (Last night's 4" at Bridger was not forecast until yesterday.) They have changed the weather projection for Saturday, Sunday & Monday from no snow to snow showers possible Saturday & Sunday and likely Monday. If its snowing Sunday the tour might be shortened......you know the old saying in these parts, "There are no friends on powder days."

post #35 of 49
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Originally Posted by Rio View Post

Hmmmmmmmmm. We are in a period of what our local weatherman calls "unstable air" which means snow can occur at anytime. (Last night's 4" at Bridger was not forecast until yesterday.) They have changed the weather projection for Saturday, Sunday & Monday from no snow to snow showers possible Saturday & Sunday and likely Monday. If its snowing Sunday the tour might be shortened......you know the old saying in these parts, "There are no friends on powder days."

 

Given a choice between you and snow, I'll take snow.

post #36 of 49
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Originally Posted by JohnL View Post

1) Marznc + 4 condo housemates - driving from Big Sky
2) jgiddyup + Mrs.
4) bbinder
5) qcanoe
6) JohnL
7) marigee
8) mtcyclist
9) bumpfreaq
10) SKI-3PO

11) AeroSKI5150 + 1 - driving from Jackson Hole on 3/23

12) at_nyc

13) Jimmy

 

I think it's safe to add Jimmy since he'll be in the rental car I'm driving...
 

True that, I was hoping to suprise Rio wink.gif but it's all good.

post #37 of 49
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Originally Posted by jimmy View Post

True that, I was hoping to suprise Rio wink.gif but it's all good.

Surprise me? I'm used to skiing with people in one piece Carhartts or NFL jackets.

post #38 of 49

Ha You'll never catch me skiing in an NFL jacket..........................

post #39 of 49

Things are shaping up for a good day Sunday. Bridger got 5 inches yesterday and more snow is on the way. The important thing, though, is this snow is being followed by cold weather so even if we don't get to ski powder Sunday we're in for soft snow in some form.....actually, multiple forms. When you add in the terrain at Bridger it doesn't get much better.

 

The forecasts are all over the place for tomorrow due to the 'unstable air' (which our local weathermen use to indicate they know snow is on the way but they don't really know how much, when and where.) If Sunday turns out to be a powder morning (and that is looking to be a good possibility) it is insane for people to hang around for a tour. I'll still be at the bottom of Powder Park lift at 9:30 but feel free to head out on your own. We can meet at 12:30 in the Deer Park lodge by the bottom of the Bridger Chair (or in Jimmy's B's Bistro after skiing is over or when you're worn out.)

 

If its a powder day here are some hints. If you are an intermediate skier try starting out on Bobcat & Wolverine on the Alpine chair. As you get more adventurous you can start venturing off the main parts of those runs into the less skied snow on the sides. For more advance skiers, if the visibility is poor try the trees that are access by Powder Hog off the Alpine chair. (You need to get off to the left and traverse on the road past the three chutes and the section of trees to find it.) They usually have the best visibility and are great to ski in powder. For people that like trees those runs are great. Another good spot is to take Pierre's Road off Pierre's Knob to Southern Drawl. Ski Southern Drawl on the left side by the trees. About 1/2 down you'll see trails going into the trees. Follow them into the trees and have fun.

post #40 of 49

Here is a photo of me in my gear. I am the guy in the red on the right. I'll be in those jacket, pants, helmet and boots Sunday (and some model of Look/Rossi bindings.)

 

 

 

Here is a dimmer photo taken looking down one of the intermediate runs I'll be taking everyone down.

 

 

 

Actually, we're looking down the steepest part of the North Bowl. Using the trees and a compass you can get a good idea of the degree pitch of that run.

post #41 of 49
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If Sunday turns out to be a powder morning (and that is looking to be a good possibility) it is insane for people to hang around for a tour.

 

I thought you were giving a tour of powder stashes? biggrin.gif
 

post #42 of 49
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Originally Posted by JohnL View Post

 

I thought you were giving a tour of powder stashes? biggrin.gif
 

I will be but this late in the season crowds will be minimal so the whole mountain should be a powder stash.

post #43 of 49
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Originally Posted by Rio View Post

Things are shaping up for a good day Sunday. Bridger got 5 inches yesterday and more snow is on the way. The important thing, though, is this snow is being followed by cold weather so even if we don't get to ski powder Sunday we're in for soft snow in some form.....actually, multiple forms. When you add in the terrain at Bridger it doesn't get much better.

 

The forecasts are all over the place for tomorrow due to the 'unstable air' (which our local weathermen use to indicate they know snow is on the way but they don't really know how much, when and where.) If Sunday turns out to be a powder morning (and that is looking to be a good possibility) it is insane for people to hang around for a tour. I'll still be at the bottom of Powder Park lift at 9:30 but feel free to head out on your own. We can meet at 12:30 in the Deer Park lodge by the bottom of the Bridger Chair (or in Jimmy's B's Bistro after skiing is over or when you're worn out.)

 

If its a powder day here are some hints. If you are an intermediate skier try starting out on Bobcat & Wolverine on the Alpine chair. As you get more adventurous you can start venturing off the main parts of those runs into the less skied snow on the sides. For more advance skiers, if the visibility is poor try the trees that are access by Powder Hog off the Alpine chair. (You need to get off to the left and traverse on the road past the three chutes and the section of trees to find it.) They usually have the best visibility and are great to ski in powder. For people that like trees those runs are great. Another good spot is to take Pierre's Road off Pierre's Knob to Southern Drawl. Ski Southern Drawl on the left side by the trees. About 1/2 down you'll see trails going into the trees. Follow them into the trees and have fun.

 

I was already a little over-adrenalized about this trip. (Getting on a plane in a few hours.) This is not helping! 

 

As for identification, I've got a white helmet with two pieces of white ribbon hanging off the back (per suggestion from Nolo or someone). Jacket may be red (looks a lot like Rio's) if warm, or black with white and red trim if cold. Easiest way to identify me on the hill, though, is that pole grips, baskets, and boots are matching hi-liter day-glo yellow.

post #44 of 49
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Originally Posted by Rio View Post

take Pierre's Road off Pierre's Knob to Southern Drawl. Ski Southern Drawl on the left side by the trees. About 1/2 down you'll see trails going into the trees. Follow them into the trees and have fun.

 

This is some really awesome tree skiing, and what leads to it isn't bad either.  There's a lot of tree skiing off the Alpine chair and Bears Bowl is also fun when there's fresh snow.

post #45 of 49
"Day minus one" at Bridger served up the expected first day at altitude dose of humility. Let's just say I wasn't exactly ready to go higher and steeper.

post #46 of 49
My reward, at Plonk.

post #47 of 49

2 inches on the ground here at the Bozeman super 8cool.gif

 

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post #48 of 49

I should just give up reading this thread! I'm so bummed I couldn't make it! Or maybe I will keep reading just to see how much fun I'm missing and regret for not driving alone to Montana! frown.gif

 

YOU GUYS HAVE FUN AND ENJOY THE WEEK!

post #49 of 49

Day zero was much fun.  Big thanks to Rio for showing us around.

 

It was good to see old friends and make some new ones.

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