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post #151 of 176
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Originally Posted by DonDenver View Post

I can't recall where this photo was taken at this huge place, but Betsy and I sure are having fun

with the gang :)

 

 

 

Pretty sure that was the top of the Shedhorn lift. I remember taking the shot with your camera. Should have thought to prompt for momentary goggle removal. :)

post #152 of 176

Thanks, Nolo, for doing such a great job and thanks to the guides.

 

Thanks, Nolo for showing me your favourite run at Big Sky, "Stump Farm". I enjoyed it's undulations and varied terrain but I haven't skied enough of Big Sky to unequivocally declare it my favourite. However as a former logger, I would say "Stump Farm" is my favourite name for a run.

 

In British Columbia the forest companies work under "tree farm" licences from the government and when the tree planters show up at a cut block, after the trees have been removed, I've heard them call it a "Stump Farm".

 

I love the name Stump Farm but if I were running a ski resort I'm not sure I would be advertising what is under the snow pack.

 

Cheers to all who attended the Gathering. I am already planning next season's ski trip to Utah or Mammoth.

post #153 of 176

^^ Agreed that Stump Farm was one of the most fun trails at Big Sky.

post #154 of 176
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^^ Agreed that Stump Farm was one of the most fun trails at Big Sky.

 

Thirded.  It's short, but no two runs through there were the same, and I must have done it a half-dozen times.

post #155 of 176

Thanks for your trust in me. biggrin.gif

post #156 of 176

I enjoyed Stump Farm too.  It reminded me a little bit of home...especially the long runout =)

 

You guys should plan to get to Mary Jane sometime... lots of runs like thaticon14.gif

post #157 of 176
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Originally Posted by bumpfreaq View Post

I enjoyed Stump Farm too.  It reminded me a little bit of home...especially the long runout =)

 

You guys should plan to get to Mary Jane sometime... lots of runs like thaticon14.gif

 

I'm thinking bumpfreaq needs to be a Mary Jane gathermeister in 2015.  smile.gif

post #158 of 176
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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post

 

Pretty sure that was the top of the Shedhorn lift. I remember taking the shot with your camera. Should have thought to prompt for momentary goggle removal. :)

Thanks Tony for the picture taking.  Betsy has it on her FB page :)  

 

Now I recall the pic location, that specific run (damn that was nice snow down to the lift) as well as the Patrol sled still held up in the trees after that avi placed it there so many years ago.

 

Great meeting you and look forward to seeing your smooth skiing at the next gathering.

post #159 of 176
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Originally Posted by KevinF View Post

 

I'm thinking bumpfreaq needs to be a Mary Jane gathermeister in 2015.  smile.gif

I'm always tryin'a get peeps to the Jane.  It doesn't happen very often but it's been sweet when it does!

post #160 of 176
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Originally Posted by nolo View Post

Thanks for your trust in me. biggrin.gif

We all kept a keen eye on you...wink.gif

post #161 of 176

Looking through the phone pics I took on this last excursion and figured I'd do my best to amuse y'all with some of 'em.

 

Been having some boot trouble this season.  Here you see three boots and nine liners that I hauled around for the entire little loop but thankfully never used.

 

 

 

First of the wind turbines in Iowa along I-80

 

 

 

First stop was Arapaho Basin where I wished Love Bug and Noofus well on their last day of being resident skiers.  I so wish I had taken a photo or two of them =(  Here's my fave Alley of the day.

 

 

 

Next stop was Steamboat Springs where I had hoped to luck into a powder day.  Instead I unlucked into a morning in the Subaru dealership.  Luckily the fix was cheap..... and un-photo documented.

 

The drive up was pretty, though.

 

 

 

Next stop was Jackson where I was once again the guest of the Painted Elephant.

 

 

 

I was solo this day and that's my excuse for no skiing shots.... but here's what I had for lunch.

 

 

 

 

So, when we decided that this year's Gathering would be at Bridger/Big Sky/Moonlight I immediately planned to expand the trip a bit and tour some of Montana's lesser known hills.  The next stop was Discovery, which absolutely blew my mind.

 

I didn't arrive at the top of the hill until 11:30 and it had been a minor powder Wednesday.  I never saw the report but I'd guess 6-8".  I also never saw another skier on the hill.  Perhaps ten others were spied between the parking lot, lodge and lifts but never saw a soul on the hill.  There were plenty of tracks but all I can guess is that it was the volunteer fire department that was there early.  They must have gotten a call and had to rush away when only a third or so of the pow was gone.  I dunked my biscuit and soaked up that gravy the rest of the day!

 

The back side of the mountain was in very good shape and I just grinned, getting tips from the lifty each time I got to the bottom.

 

Check out the sparse tracks on this vast expanse of pow at 2pm.

 

 

Funny thing about Disco, I drove in through the town of Anaconda.  As I was anxious to get on the hill, the 25mph zone through town seemed to last forever.  When it was over, the 35mph zone stretched five times longer.  Now, I'm a definite scenery gaper and I don't know if I was just too focused on the ski day ahead or if the landscape on this drive wasn't very memorable but at any rate, I don't really remember it.  Conversely, the drive away from Disco towards Missoula was perhaps the most stunning of my little loop.... and the speed limit on the twisty two lane was seventy!  Too fast for pics.

 

Next up was Montana Snowbowl.

 

I guess I got to see a good range of conditions during my three day stay here.  Temps had breached 50 the day before I arrived and the destructive orb in the daylight sky had not been kind to the snow pack.  It did snow a reported three inches and there was a bit of wind with it so while most of the mountain was mank, there were truly tasty lines to be had.  Fortunately I was skiing with local legend VolantAddict who knew just where to look.  We skied a bit of mank for sure but let's just say that this mountain made a favorable impression on me.

 

The next day saw another three inches and my last day ten and puking all day.  Like MRG, Jay Peak, Telluride, Mt. Rose and Mary Jane, the thought of skiing this place again puts a special smile on my face.

 

However, sometimes a price must be paid and on that last day I tempted the ptex on my beloved Bluehouse Maestros two times too many then slammed one of 'em into a buried stump for good measure.  Damage was two core shots and one sidewall in four pieces.  I'll be lookin' for some new five points this summer.

 

Here's the Missoula Super 8

 

post #162 of 176

^^^VA MIA???

post #163 of 176

I quite liked Bozeman too but I don't know..... the Super 8 there felt a little more..... formal or something.

 

 

 

 

At Bridger Bowl, RicB lets us know that we probably shouldn't duck any ropes at this area.

 

 

Hey, this looks like a fun place to ski.

 

 

 

Here's DanoT trying not to look at Jimmy's belt.

 

 

 

 

Blue Marg and Noodler's shoulder.

 

 

Dinner with friends.

 

 

The view of Little Bear most are familiar with.  "Don't do anything I wouldn't do!"

 

 

 

 

Looking down on the clouds from the top of Lone Peak.

 

 

Let us break bread together on our knees.

 

 

 

So sorry to have to drive away from another ski season, but the road was calling.

 

post #164 of 176
Thread Starter 

Great stuff Bump and glad you made it home safe.  See you next season and for future reference all VolantAddict sightings must be documentedwink.gif

post #165 of 176
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

looks like all are having a great time!  Bump's looking particularly awesome in those pants.....  

 

Cheers to all!

You'll have to ask about his belt, sometime.

post #166 of 176

I usually don't put on the gaper cam unless there's hero snow to play around in, but here's a little footage from the day at Moonlight.  Also featuring PhilPug and FairToMiddlin.

 

post #167 of 176
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Originally Posted by jimmy View Post

You'll have to ask about his belt, sometime.

The hook for his lift ticket was prettying interesting.......Just saying. 

post #168 of 176

Good skiing!

Good friends from past events.

New friends.

Thanks Nolo and all for a very successful gathering and printing the Tee shirts.

I learned something new (not easy these days) - Shotzski!! - probably need some more practice.

The guides were great.

Next is Utah and Mammoth

 

Gary

post #169 of 176
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Originally Posted by garyskr View Post

Good skiing!

Good friends from past events.

New friends.

Thanks Nolo and all for a very successful gathering and printing the Tee shirts.

I learned something new (not easy these days) - Shotzski!! - probably need some more practice.

The guides were great.

Next is Utah and Mammoth

 

Gary

And you learned that Ullr works! 

We have video.......just saying. 

post #170 of 176
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Originally Posted by garyskr View Post

Good skiing!

Good friends from past events.

New friends.

Thanks Nolo and all for a very successful gathering and printing the Tee shirts.

I learned something new (not easy these days) - Shotzski!! - probably need some more practice.

The guides were great.

Next is Utah and Mammoth

 

Gary

 

Just for future reference...  http://www.shotzski.com/

 

The Evil Elf, he's a friend of mine.... (doesn't say too much about me, does it?)

post #171 of 176

This is my (long) trip review of my first Epic Gathering.

 

 

The three bears, actually two bears and a guest, decided to head to the Gathering at the last moment. One bear flew all the way from the Netherlands to join in the fun, another from Arizona and myself from Utah.
 
We deviated from the Gathering plan and decided to hit Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee on the way to Montana. It turns out that we were not alone in this thinking as there were about sixteen bears at Jackson Hole on Monday!
 

 

 

We made the mandatory pose at the top of the tram at Jackson. This is Rob and Hubert:

 

 

 

 

Of course, Corbet's Couloir is mandatory at Jackson. Unfortunately, it was closed so we all lived to ski another day. wink.gif

 

 

 

 

We got guidance and wisdom from the guru and wizard of Jackson Hole, Bob Peters! If you get the chance to ski with Bob, do not pass it up.

 

 

 

 

 

After dinner and swapping lies about how well we skied and how steep the lines were, we hit the sack before heading to Grand Targhee the next day.
 
Grand Targhee received an entire inch of POWDER during the night! Who gets first chair?
 
Rob on a run called Lost Warrior:
 

 

 

If you pay attention, Grand Targhee is not as flat as the detractors say.

 

 

 

 

After the lifts closed, we immediately headed to Montana. Along the way we made new friends but they were not interested in skiing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We finally arrived at our destiny, Bucks T-4 Lodge, our residence for the remainder of the Gathering. We went to sleep dreaming of what was to come tomorrow, the Epic day at Moonlight Basin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Made the mandatory pose. Rob and Vince:

 

 

 

 

Took a look at some of the steep stuff.

 

 

 

 

We decided to test the snow conditions of Headwaters area before going up there. Skied a run called Dead Goat from a short traverse off of the Lone Tree lift.

 

 

 

 

Snow was actually good so we were crazy enough to commit to the Headwaters lift. 

 

 

 

 

We survived the ride up and actually smiled about it! Rob and Vince:

 

 

 

 

Of course, confidence is the feeling you have before you fully understand the situation.

 

 

 

 

First run was down Alder Gulch.

 

 

 

 

Then Hubert and I decided to ski Fire Hole. Not sure why! It starts at around 40 degrees and there is a rollover half way down to maybe as much as 45 degrees. In the wise words of Forrest Gump, "Stupid is as stupid does".

 

 

 

Rob made a video of us skiing this chute but he hasn't sent it to me yet.  mad.gif

 

 

 

Actually, it was a very fun run. We went to sleep that night working on great lies to tell at the bar.
 
Thursday and Friday we were at Big Sky.
 

 

 

Made a few runs and then posed for a pic. Rob and Vince:

 

 

 

 

Then we headed for the tram.

 

 

 

 

Got this great shot of my finger while looking at the A-Z Chutes from tram line. biggrin.gif

 

 

 

 

After several tram cars we made it to the top and looked back down.

 

 

 

 

Posed for more pics.

 

Rob on Lone Peak:

 

 

 

 

Hubert on top: (one in orange at very top)

 

 

 

 

Saw this boundary benchmark on top:

 

 

 

 

Skied down and posed for yet another pic. Hubert and Rob:

 

 

Eventually Friday came and we made the best of our last day. We even made new friends on the way to the resort.

 

 

 

 

By now you may have noticed that there are not a lot of other Bears in my pics. This was not by design! We just managed to always be running late and we never able to catch up with the main group. However, I promised to endeavor to make a stronger effort and we finally skied with the group on Friday. yahoo.gif

 

John L getting ready to slay the day:

 

 

 

More bears, Hubert, Trekchick, Rob psyching themselves up:

 

 

 

 

Bears at the top of the Swift Current lift:

 

 

 

 

Ursula, the skiing goddess, showed us the best snow of the trip off of the Challenger lift.

 

 

 

 

She took us down again to a run called the Outer Limits. What fun!

 

 

 

 

All good things come to an end and we had to say our goodbyes. Our newest friends were waiting on the way home.

 

 

 

 

Fun trip, met a lot of Bears. Good times!beercheer.gif

post #172 of 176

Nice!  

post #173 of 176
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Originally Posted by Maui Steve View Post

Nice!  

I agree.

And it is nice to see VInce and Hubert again, even if only on the interwebs.

post #174 of 176

Vince it was nice meeting up with you.  

I see, according to your TR post, you survived!!  yahoo.gif

That last day off Challenger was something, eh!!

 

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Originally Posted by Vince F View Post

This is my (long) trip review of my first Epic Gathering.

 

 

The three bears, actually two bears and a guest, decided to head to the Gathering at the last moment. One bear flew all the way from the Netherlands to join in the fun, another from Arizona and myself from Utah.
 
We deviated from the Gathering plan and decided to hit Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee on the way to Montana. It turns out that we were not alone in this thinking as there were about sixteen bears at Jackson Hole on Monday!
 

 

 

We made the mandatory pose at the top of the tram at Jackson. This is Rob and Hubert:

 

 

 

 

Of course, Corbet's Couloir is mandatory at Jackson. Unfortunately, it was closed so we all lived to ski another day. wink.gif

 

 

 

 

We got guidance and wisdom from the guru and wizard of Jackson Hole, Bob Peters! If you get the chance to ski with Bob, do not pass it up.

 

 

 

 

 

After dinner and swapping lies about how well we skied and how steep the lines were, we hit the sack before heading to Grand Targhee the next day.
 
Grand Targhee received an entire inch of POWDER during the night! Who gets first chair?
 
Rob on a run called Lost Warrior:
 

 

 

If you pay attention, Grand Targhee is not as flat as the detractors say.

 

 

 

 

After the lifts closed, we immediately headed to Montana. Along the way we made new friends but they were not interested in skiing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We finally arrived at our destiny, Bucks T-4 Lodge, our residence for the remainder of the Gathering. We went to sleep dreaming of what was to come tomorrow, the Epic day at Moonlight Basin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Made the mandatory pose. Rob and Vince:

 

 

 

 

Took a look at some of the steep stuff.

 

 

 

 

We decided to test the snow conditions of Headwaters area before going up there. Skied a run called Dead Goat from a short traverse off of the Lone Tree lift.

 

 

 

 

Snow was actually good so we were crazy enough to commit to the Headwaters lift. 

 

 

 

 

We survived the ride up and actually smiled about it! Rob and Vince:

 

 

 

 

Of course, confidence is the feeling you have before you fully understand the situation.

 

 

 

 

First run was down Alder Gulch.

 

 

 

 

Then Hubert and I decided to ski Fire Hole. Not sure why! It starts at around 40 degrees and there is a rollover half way down to maybe as much as 45 degrees. In the wise words of Forrest Gump, "Stupid is as stupid does".

 

 

 

Rob made a video of us skiing this chute but he hasn't sent it to me yet.  mad.gif

 

 

 

Actually, it was a very fun run. We went to sleep that night working on great lies to tell at the bar.
 
Thursday and Friday we were at Big Sky.
 

 

 

Made a few runs and then posed for a pic. Rob and Vince:

 

 

 

 

Then we headed for the tram.

 

 

 

 

Got this great shot of my finger while looking at the A-Z Chutes from tram line. biggrin.gif

 

 

 

 

After several tram cars we made it to the top and looked back down.

 

 

 

 

Posed for more pics.

 

Rob on Lone Peak:

 

 

 

 

Hubert on top: (one in orange at very top)

 

 

 

 

Saw this boundary benchmark on top:

 

 

 

 

Skied down and posed for yet another pic. Hubert and Rob:

 

 

Eventually Friday came and we made the best of our last day. We even made new friends on the way to the resort.

 

 

 

 

By now you may have noticed that there are not a lot of other Bears in my pics. This was not by design! We just managed to always be running late and we never able to catch up with the main group. However, I promised to endeavor to make a stronger effort and we finally skied with the group on Friday. yahoo.gif

 

John L getting ready to slay the day:

 

 

 

More bears, Hubert, Trekchick, Rob psyching themselves up:

 

 

 

 

Bears at the top of the Swift Current lift:

 

 

 

 

Ursula, the skiing goddess, showed us the best snow of the trip off of the Challenger lift.

 

 

 

 

She took us down again to a run called the Outer Limits. What fun!

 

 

 

 

All good things come to an end and we had to say our goodbyes. Our newest friends were waiting on the way home.

 

 

 

 

Fun trip, met a lot of Bears. Good times!beercheer.gif

post #175 of 176
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

Vince it was nice meeting up with you.  

I see, according to your TR post, you survived!!  yahoo.gif

That last day off Challenger was something, eh!!

 

That last day was very nice! Many thanks to Ursula for showing us that spot. She earned the title Skiing Goddess for that one!  ski.gif

post #176 of 176

This shot on Big Sky's wall was worth bumping this thread to share. 

 

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