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Red Lodge Mountain has biggest opening in 15 years

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RLM opened the day after Thanksgiving with more of the mountain open than any other time in the past 15 years.  There were 1,500 skiers and riders on opening day and since then conditions have improved.  A fairly serious storm moved in on Monday and dropped 17" Monday and Tuesday.  Snow conditions should be excellent but I heard reports yesterday that it was a near white-out on the highway from Billings.  The interstate in Billings is in terrible condition, even 18-wheelers are driving only about 50mph.  High temperatures in Red Lodge for the next three days are forecast as single digits below 0 with lows for the next four nights double digits below zero.  If this keeps up, the entire mountain, including the Palisades area will be open for Christmas.  After last season, we seriously need a good one this year.

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As a followup, Red Lodge has continued to get more snow and is now skiing better than I have seen since I moved to Billings in 1999.  The mountain is currently 100% open, all 70 runs and you can find excellent snow on all the ungroomed runs as well as in the trees.  The green groomers tend to be really hard as are some other south facing slopes.  I was there for several hours today and spent my time skiing the cutup powder on the runs and in the trees.  The weather was perfect and it was a great day.

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With Tahoe sitting in a drought system, I'm in the mood to see anything that resembles snow.  

 

Glad you're getting the snow you deserve!!  Now, bring us some pics!

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Sorry if I'm veering the thread but you reminded me of an incredible 2-3'  bluebird day at my only trip ever  to Red Lodge, back in 1993.       I had half the mountain to myself all day and it was the good half.  One of those ski days that you remember forever.

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I did take some video yesterday so here's about 30 seconds from three different runs:  Lobo, a ridge above Lower Miami, and WInchester.  There is no sound.

 

 

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I was at Red Lodge in December this year and had a blast. Very friendly people/staff, affordable ticket prices, and some great terrain.  I especially enjoyed Cole Creek; it's a great place to burn out your legs.  Wish I could have hit the Palisades Area but it was closed. The Headwaters were open, but a little thin in areas. I'll go back to Red Lodge again.

 

Does the Lower Miami run dump you into the parking lot?  

 

Are those the Atomic Rituals your skiing?  If so, I may have talked with you while I was there.  I had the Atomic Theories.  Enjoy your season!

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Originally Posted by BaconMeCrazy View Post
 

Does the Lower Miami run dump you into the parking lot?  No, it ends at the Miami Beach lift.  If you came down that ridge and headed way left you could end up in the parking lot if you're not careful.

 

Are those the Atomic Rituals your skiing?  If so, I may have talked with you while I was there.  I had the Atomic Theories.  Enjoy your season!  They are Rituals.   I was only at RLM the Sunday and Monday before Christmas and I don't recall talking to anyone who was skiing Theories.

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And Red Lodge gets another 19" overnight.

 

They just updated it from 13" to 19".  :yahoo:


Edited by mtcyclist - 1/14/14 at 9:41am
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Nice video of those powder runs!!

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