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Bridger/Big Sky Gathering 2013 trip report

post #1 of 176
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Thought I would kick this off since many attendees are skiing in Jackson Hole and surrounding area prior to heading up to Big Sky this weekend or early next week.

 

Michel & I drove up from Denver yesterday in what was a pretty easy drive even with the at times 50+ mph winds.  Roads were clear until about 40 miles from Jackson and even then it was just light wet snow and no issues.

 

I know Garyskr and Living Proof are in town and we will hook up with them tomorrow AM.  I believe Phil Pug, Trekchick, JayT. Fair to Middlin, Cgieb, Dondenver, Betsy and possibly a few others will be passing through later this week as well.

 

Now on to my standard crappy pics.

 

 

A nice sighting of renewable energy along I-80 between Cheyenne and Laramie I think

 

 

 

 

One of three Elk herds we spotted about 30 miles from Jackson.  And all three herds move a little away from the road when they spotted us.  Must be smarter than the deer back east.

 

 

 

 

Some very nice fresh snow in the trees next to ranger run off the gondola.

 

 

 

 

Michel getting her Jackson Hole on.

 

 

 

 

I'll add a video of an improving Michel as soon as I can compress it.

 

Look forward to seeing everyone over the next 10 dayscool.gif

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Nice idea to kick this off earlyicon14.gif

 

Don't have any pics to share but I can report a splendid ABasin day with Noofus and lovebug, a fun solo day at Jackson Hole followed by a really fun day at Discovery and a splendid day at Montana Snowbowl with volantaddict today as I work my way towards Bozeman.

 

I think I'll ski here in Missoula for another day or two before joining the flying circus in the Bozone.

 

Safe travels to all.

post #3 of 176

Just spotted this nice launch of a...soon to be...huge TR.

 

J&M: looking good at JH

 

Bump: that "flying circus" handle just may stick.

 

Look forward to seeing you guys.  Been too long...

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Bump: that "flying circus" handle just may stick.

 

Look forward to seeing you guys.  Been too long...

With your endorsement, Don, how can it miss?

 

Indeed, it has been too long.  I'm really looking forward to seeing all y'all =)

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Nice idea to kick this off earlyicon14.gif

 

Don't have any pics to share but I can report a splendid ABasin day with Noofus and lovebug, a fun solo day at Jackson Hole followed by a really fun day at Discovery and a splendid day at Montana Snowbowl with volantaddict today as I work my way towards Bozeman.

 

I think I'll ski here in Missoula for another day or two before joining the flying circus in the Bozone.

 

Safe travels to all.

 

 

Nice you're getting around BFicon14.gif  I know Volantaddict has skied with a fair number of people on this board, but the pictures are ever elusivewink.gifsmile.gif

 

BTW, there was 8 inches of fresh at JH this morning with another couple falling throughout the day.  9-12 for Big Sky over the last couple of days and temps are going to remain below freezing.  Should be good to great for people making their way to Montana and for the group once the Montana portion kicks off.

 

And Don, the flying circus may well end up being very apropos for this gangcool.gif

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Great day at Jackson with fresh tracks top to bottom on my first run of the day.  Hooked up with garyskr, Living Proof and garyskr friend Greg.  Nice soft snow everywhere.

 

Michel & I are off to Targhee tomorrow followed by the drive to Bozeman.  garyskr and Living Proof are driving up Sunday.  See some of you at Gathering day zero at Bridger on Sunday.

 

Hope this video works as Michel experienced REALLY good snow for the first time ever today and she skied faster than I've ever seen hercool.gif

 

 

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My friends and I are in Driggs after meeting up in SLC yesterday.  Looking forward to skiing Targhee tomorrow.  There was 9-16 inches of fresh powder today.  Apparently the locals were out in force in the morning.  Had to be in line by shortly after 8:00 to catch first chair.

post #8 of 176

last 10 seconds of commentary in the video are great lol

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Second little powder day in a row here at Snowbowl.  The day just kept getting better and better.  Free refills as it dumped with low winds.  Tomorrow should be good then I'll be headed to Bozeman, looking forward to seeing y'all on Sunday.

 

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So I haven't been out a whole lot this year and I've skied some less than stellar conditions in CO.  Today I uttered the words, "This is the best coverage I've skied all year."  Within minutes I had my first core shot ever on my beloved Maestros.

 

Can anyone recommend a good repair shop that might have some fun big skis to demo?

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The car is all packed and I'm a few hours from my trip report starting.  Now if I could just fall asleep.... rolleyes.gif

post #11 of 176

Bags are all packed...  (I think, double-checking everything).  Wheels up from Bawstin Taxachusetts at 5:15 this afternoon.

 

See ya'll soon!

 

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Originally Posted by bumpfreaq View Post

Second little powder day in a row here at Snowbowl.  The day just kept getting better and better.  Free refills as it dumped with low winds.  Tomorrow should be good then I'll be headed to Bozeman, looking forward to seeing y'all on Sunday.

 

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So I haven't been out a whole lot this year and I've skied some less than stellar conditions in CO.  Today I uttered the words, "This is the best coverage I've skied all year."  Within minutes I had my first core shot ever on my beloved Maestros.

 

Can anyone recommend a good repair shop that might have some fun big skis to demo?


PHD Skis, west main in Bozeman.406-587-5227, tell em Ric B sent you in. Best shop in town for repairs and they sell Atomic, Vokll, Head, DSP ect. At Big Sky  I would try Lone mountain sports. Because it is Big Sky most shops on the mountain should be good with repairs. Looking forward to skiing with everyone at Bridger. I have two loaner beacons to share as well.

post #13 of 176
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Bags are all packed...  (I think, double-checking everything).  Wheels up from Bawstin Taxachusetts at 5:15 this afternoon.

 

See ya'll soon!

 

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Delta flight through SLC?

 

If so, then we will see you at the gate.  And I guess I better start packing...


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post #14 of 176
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Nice idea to kick this off earlyicon14.gif

 

Don't have any pics to share but I can report a splendid ABasin day with Noofus and lovebug, a fun solo day at Jackson Hole followed by a really fun day at Discovery and a splendid day at Montana Snowbowl with volantaddict today as I work my way towards Bozeman.

 

I think I'll ski here in Missoula for another day or two before joining the flying circus in the Bozone.

 

Safe travels to all.

You skied with VA and didn't get a picture? eek.gif

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You skied with VA and didn't get a picture? eek.gif

I know!  Doin' it again today, too.

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I know!  Doin' it again today, too.

What?  You're going to ski with him and not get a picture.............aaaaagain!!!

post #17 of 176

OK Bears I am just about to check out of the Huntley Lodge here at the base of Big Sky.  Here's the report.  It has been snowing off and on all week 6" here, 4" there....the result is lots of powder.  the bad thing for you is I tracked as much of it up as I could!  The bad thing for me - the tram was closed all week and is opening today.  So as far as snow on the hill, it's good everywhere, probably deepest and more freshies to be had over at Dakota and Shedhorn lifts.  Everything from the top is untouched and there should still be plenty up there tomorrow.  Have fun, if we could stay a few more days and ski with you all we would but time to head back to reality gosh darn it.

post #18 of 176

We were getting the livers prepared last, leaving before sunrise tomorrow am. See you in Jackson then big sky. 

post #19 of 176

Livers??  With fava beans?

post #20 of 176

Liver? I thought he was referring to that large, lobed organ that acts as your body's oil filter.

 

Ski safe and party hardy friends. Wish I could join you.

post #21 of 176

At the airport waiting for a jet plane.

post #22 of 176
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Great day at Targhee today.  We're in the inn in Bozeman as I typesmile.gif  More to follow  as we're off to stock up on supplies (beer).

post #23 of 176
Arrived Bozeman very late last night. Skied the afternoon at Bridger ... pathetically. Conditions are good, now that I've left the crud behind. smile.gif See some of you tomorrow.

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Snowbowl was pretty furry freaqin' good today.  Three inches Thursday, three inches Friday, ten inches this morning and it was pukin' most of the day.  Fun, fun mountain.  After Disco and Snowbowl my expectations for the small MT hills is pretty high.  Will Bridger deliver?  Can't wait to see.

 

Very much looking forward to tomorrow.

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Snowbowl was pretty furry freaqin' good today.  Three inches Thursday, three inches Friday, ten inches this morning and it was pukin' most of the day.  Fun, fun mountain.  After Disco and Snowbowl my expectations for the small MT hills is pretty high.  Will Bridger deliver?  Can't wait to see.

 

Very much looking forward to tomorrow.

 

 

I'm pretty sure Bridger will absolutely deliver.  Maybe not 10 inches of fresh, but I think everyone will be very satisfied with their experience.  Also looking forward to tomorrowicon14.gif

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Garyskr and I did Jackson today (Saturday). Bluebird day, cold,no wind. Skiing-in-Jackson was our early tour guide along with his son Blaze. Blaze in now 6ft 5in, at 14 years old. I had forgotten just how steep the blue trails at Jackson are and that mountain puts this small mountain eastern skier in awe.  Jackson did a great job of grooming following the Friday snow, so we mostly cruised. Gary found a lot of powder stashed in tree runs. Just a great two days.

 

Tomorrow we drive to Bozeman, and, will rest our legs for Day 1 at Bridger. See ya all at Nolo's Sunday night.

post #27 of 176
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Supplies (beer) have been acquiredcool.gif

 

A few pics from yesterday and today.

 

 

Garyskr and I atop rendezvous bowl

 

 

 

Marznc, Bill Savage and Marznc friend (a wonderful lady from Montreal) name I'm not surefrown.gif with Tetons in the background at Targhee today.

 

 

That wonderful lady from Montreal slaying terrain off the blackfoot lift.

 

 

Marznc charging down the same terrain.

 

 

Bill Savage slaying it as well (sorry for the blur, but he was too fast for the camerasmile.gif)

 

 

Michel having as much fun as she has ever had outside of our (kitchen)eek.gif  I'll pay for that commentbiggrin.gif, but seriously she's gaining confidence and speed as each day goes byicon14.gif

 

 

And lastly for today Michel did a quintuple back flip off that ridge with 27 twists and landed just like that.  Gymnast around the world should be ashamedrolleyes.gifbiggrin.gif

 

 

 

We saw incredible scenery and wildlife on a mostly bluebird drive to Bozeman after Targhee today.  I'll post the wildlife pics after I can pull the decent ones off her phone sometime later.  It's been a fantastic trip and it only looks to get better as the official part and Epic people come togethercool.gif


Edited by jgiddyup - 3/23/13 at 7:45pm
post #28 of 176

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step...  Unfortunately those first few steps were damn tough this morning (and it was only a journey of 550 miles).  The trip from Denver to Jackson Hole was an incredibly difficult nerve shattering journey for the first half.  An upslope storm started hitting Denver Friday evening and it made the trek up I-25 a nightmare and between the snow drifts, big trucks, and near white out conditions, I-80 across Wyoming wasn't much fun either.  Somehow through it all I managed to stay alive and make it to JH.  I guess someone upstairs decided that I need to "toughen up" before hitting the mountains. wink.gif

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^^^ I feel for ya Noodler, I've been on a few of those drives.  Hope JH is good for youicon14.gif

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Garyskr and I did Jackson today (Saturday). Bluebird day, cold,no wind. Skiing-in-Jackson was our early tour guide along with his son Blaze. Blaze in now 6ft 5in, at 14 years old. I had forgotten just how steep the blue trails at Jackson are and that mountain puts this small mountain eastern skier in awe.  Jackson did a great job of grooming following the Friday snow, so we mostly cruised. Gary found a lot of powder stashed in tree runs. Just a great two days.

 

Tomorrow we drive to Bozeman, and, will rest our legs for Day 1 at Bridger. See ya all at Nolo's Sunday night.

 

Just missed you.  I was up there on March 21 taking my son on his spring break from college.  8" of freshies, not too bad.  The Hobacks got a bit sloppy at the bottom, but the Casper area was sweetness.  Did you miss the Thunder bumps?  They have been grooming it (just for you).

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