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- Unofficial Guide To Bridger Bowl
Bridger/Big Sky Gathering 2013 trip report - Page 2
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Glad you arrived in one piece
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.
Gathering day zero was well attended at Bridger today. I'm probably forgetting someone, but I believe the attendees were Bumpfreaq, Ski3po, qcanoe, Rio, Jgiddyup, MTcyclist, BBinder, Margaritamarcia, At-nyc, Marznc, JohnL, KevinF, Bill Savage, and Marznc friends Judy and lovely lady from Montreal who's name I still don't know.
Conditions were good everywhere except one tree run we did. We did many other tree runs that were excellent. It was just the one run where exposure or something made the snow hard and crusty. It was a little cold but nothing out of the norm with intermittent sun and clouds with a few snow flurries.
After skiing our most gracious hosts Nolo & RidgeHippie held a fabulous Pizza and mostly adult beverage party. Great conversation with great people made for a great time.
Onto a few crappy pictures.
A cloud that overhung the ridge pretty much all day.
Our most excellent guide Rio scratching his head wondering why he signed up to spend a day with this Motley Crue.
Qcanoe sliding on some soft bumps
Bumpfreaq on the same run (and I tried taking more action shots, but the lcd on the camera was essentially worthless in todays light)
My chair partner on my last lift ride of the day
The welcome sign for our apres ski get together
A great time had by all
Tomorrow is the official kick off and if the pre official activities are any indication we're in for amazing time and some amazing memories
Keep the pictures coming as I have to live vicariously through them. I'm dissappointed i'm not back at Big Sky and ecspecially for this event. Sounds like everyone is having a great time. Looking forward to seeing the Peek Videos from this party (Gathering)
Freaking fantastic day at Bridger today. MIchel & I are safely ensconced in our Village Center lodging and it's a really cool place with perfect views of Lone Peak. A few pics and a video or two coming up later.
Really fun day today at Bridger Bowl!
It was a sun's out, buns out kind of day, just beautiful. Sure, I'd rather it had been dumping all day but you take what you get and make the most of it, right? My day started with a 40mph slide (on my back) on fresh corduroy and ended up with three glorious laps off the Slushman's lift in the afternoon. The sun had softened the snow appreciably and it was just really nice skiing up there.
Many thanks to Ric B, Rio, nolo and Ridge Hippie for guiding and to at_nyc for the beacon loan.
Lots of pics were snapped and I'm sure they'll show up here soon.
I have some pics from our first Slushman's lap, but the cables I need to upload them didn't seem to make the trip so they'll have to wait till the weekend.
+1 -- I don't think my legs had ever been this tired. We just arrived at the Huntley and I plan to start lubricating the joints.
Wait.... I saw that you offered Phil some adult beverages.... now you've got joints?
Yup, I will second that. As one who is used to that kind of weather, today was just about the perfect spring skiing day, made all the better by the great company. This is my first ever Gathering and I have to say I'm really impressed that everyone there was such a treat to hang out with, whether skiing, at lunch or at Nolo and RidgeHippie's house eating pizza and drinking beer.
For those of you who will be voting on where to go next year, make a good one since I will probably have to go again next year.
Wish I could have made this gathering, but I could only take off last week due to Passover this week. Hopefully next year.
I made it to Jackson and Targhee last week with my family, though, and skied until my legs couldn't move, all the while ignoring a cold (paying for it now). Conditions at Jackson started out challenging, with an inch or two of nice looking snow over deadly coral reef with zero visibility. I then drove to Targhee on Tuesday and had a magical day under clear, blue skies. Snow was still hard, but it was so beautiful and uncrowded, and the view of the Tetons, like in the photo above with Marznc, Bill Savage and Marznc's friend, is one of the most spectacular alpine views I've ever seen.
The snow improved greatly over the week at Jackson, with snow Wednesday night and Thursday. I took an all-day group lesson with Tetonpowderjunkie, who had his hands full with a randomly assembled group of New Yorkers, some of whom decided to accidentally ski off cat tracks and get tangled in snow netting. TPJ showed us some awesome tree runs, really pushed our boundaries, helped everyone improve, and got us free demo skis for the afternoon. It also turned out that he is friends with my friend from Jackson. Best of all, my basically non-skiing wife became a skier this week. She took two all-day group lessons and was skiing Jackson blues on Apres Vous by the end. More importantly, for the first time in the over 20 years I've know her, she really enjoyed it. My daughter, also fighting a cold, had a great time skiing, and progressed up to the Casper lift and Jackson blues. She also had good things to say about the JH ski school, especially compared with some other places. We can't wait to come back. It was touch and go flying back to New York from Idaho Falls via Denver, with the storms in Colorado, but I fortunately made it home by 2:30am Sunday. I was not looking forward to spending the night in the Idaho Falls airport. If you're still in Jackson and looking for good restaurants, I recommend Osteria in the Village and Local in town. Not cheap, but excellent food and drinks. And apres drinks at the Mangy Moose and breakfast at Nora's Fish Creek Inn in Wilson, just towards Teton Pass from the turnoff to Teton Village, can't be beat.
Have a great time at Big Sky, everyone!
It was cold and snowing most of the time, so I didn't take too many photos, but here are a few:
West side of Tetons from Grand Targhee
Fresh snow and blue skies Saturday at JHMR
Corbet's from below
Bridger south bowl from near top of Pierre lift
Bridger south bowl detail
Bridger south bowl skier's view from center (my favorite in-bounds run at the area)
nolo, mgiddyup, at_nyc, MargaritaMarcia
KevinF, RicB, SKI_3PO, Living Proof, jimmy
Stacey's Bar & Grill in Gallatin Gateway, between Bozeman and Big Sky
Edited by qcanoe - 4/3/13 at 11:04am
Awesome indeed Nolo ordered up perfect bluebird weather and it was delivered on time. I'm guessing about 25ish people today and every part of the mountain was hit with very few people on the hill.
Here's a few crappy pics with some video to follow after I edit the vertigo inducing shaking of the camera.
JohnL at the bottom of I'm guessing a bump run.
View from top of Pierre's Knob lift
Margaritamarcia, LivingProof, Marznc, Michel, DanoT & Jimmy at top of Pierre's Knob
Apres ski that started with 1 table
And finished with 3 tables
Outrageous thanks to Rio, Nolo, RicB, RidgeHippie and someone I'm probably forgetting for showing us around on a fabulous day
Big sky tomorrow and I actually took many action shots today that are complete crap. Hopefully tomorrow is better on the picture front, but the memories etched upon my mind are forever.
We even had a teenager decide to stone grind his skis by crashing onto the concrete deck of the Bridger lodge while we were imbibing various beverages
A few shots showing how empty Bridger was. Without fresh powder, locals were pretty scarce since it was a Monday.
South Bowl as seen from Pierre's Knob lift.
Looking down from near the top of Pierre's Knob lift
View of the base area at 10am, skier in the middle
Yes, we were there on a Sunday (Mar. 3) and it was much busier despite stormy weather. Lots of local kids, as at Montana Snowbowl on a Saturday last season. It did empty out by 2:30 or so, presumably due to some chair wind holds.
With the nice weather Monday, did anyone hike up to the Ridge?
In 2006 my legs were trashed after hiking the Ridge from the Bridger chair on my first day of a 9-day trip. They never really recovered until I took a day off from skiing 4 days later at Jackson. The hike from Schlasman's is supposed to be much shorter. I didn't do it Mar. 3 because there was no visibility up there then.
I don't know what to say other than wow. Not only did I have a great time today, but there has been a whole posse of people who have taken a genuine interest in skiing with and helping Michel get better. I'm truly humbled by the generosity of Margaritamarcia, Marznc, Mary, Aeroski, Livingproof, Nolo, Jimmy, Judy, Lenore and some very deserving of credit whose names escape me for the emergence of a skier vice someone who ski's.
It was also nice to be able to walk to the condo and grab refreshments for some folks
More less than stellar pics from today. But I can say that this time it's just a crappy camera and not operator error.
Noodler, Qcanoe, BBinder and Garyskr off the Challenger lift
Bumpfreaq on Challenger terrain
Ski3po on the same run
The defunct yellowstone club pictured from the Shedhorn lift
Livingproof, Ski3po, Jgiddyup & JohnL enjoying a beverage.
Gracious host Steve Turner, Ski3po, Michel, JohnL, Garyskr & Jimmy at Whiskey Jacks just before mountains of nachos and some Divas showed up
And lastly a video from Bridger yesterday
It really does tell the story of Bridger, EPIC RUNOUTS!
Definitely saw a few people skiing over in the Yellowstone Club yesterday. The lift was running.
jgiddyup - Not to be picky but the Yellowstone Club isn't defunct. It was bought out of bankruptcy by Discovery Land Company a couple of years ago. So, it's the formerly defunct Yellowstone Club now.
Would be nice if the building at the top of Ramcharger could be opened again as a restaurant. Sounds like next season is a possibility.
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