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Bridger Bowl/Sun Valley trip questions - Page 2post #31 of 344/3/16 at 5:52pmGallatin County is the fastest growing county in Montana.
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Trip Report: This report will consist of all things at each location, not just the sking :)
Day 1- Sun Valley Arrival: First impressions of the town of Ketchum. a smaller town trying to be the next Aspen or Park City. Lots of activity based buildings and a cutesy charachter. Being a Sunday night after most peoples break, not many people were out and alot of stores were closed. We found the BEST cheap food at a place called KB's. Wonderful street style tacos and burrtios.
Day 2- Sun Valley: This was my first day skiing Sun Valley and going with the family consensus, we started our day at Dollar Mountain. It was a warm bluebird day perfect for groomers. Dollar mountain was empty and made for a great trip warmup with some fantastic terrain parks. Now, even though im 15 and athletic, I suck at terrain parks and this one was advanced. The halfpipe was impressive and alot scarier once your inside looking up the 22ft walls. after throwing a few 3's on the jumps off half-dollar and everyone is ready to go, we head to Bald Mountain at Lunch. We spent most of the rest of the day skiing Seattle ridge. Seattle ridge had no crowds, consistent well-pitched groomers that begginers pizza skiers to gs experts could enjoy. The lift was quick to whitch made for some quick laps. My Dad and I eventually ventured off and found 2 inches of glorious powder untouched powder off of May day. We got off mayday and took the cattrack on lookers left. When it splits, we took hiked the route that goes up above the cattrack. With fun cornice to jump and a few turns of powder, It was definitely worth the short hike.
Day 3- Sun Valley: We spent the day again skiing seattle Ridge. We took it easy so we wouldnt kill oursleves before Bridger Bowl. Once some clouds rolled in at lunch, my mom went home and the rest of the family went to dollar. While my dad and I were working on spin technique off of Half-dollar, my brother got very good in the halfpipe and we later found him smacking the top of the wall on each pass with his pole. We ended the day at KB's tacos again. My mouth still waters over their Ketchum Burrito.
Day 4: Bridger Bowl: For the sake wwrivers and studebaker Hawk, I will keep as short and boring as my overactive mind can keep it. On this day we arrived an got Papa Murpheys and baked it at the hotel.
Day 5- Bridger Bowl: For my first day skiing, we again followed the family consensus and headed to apline. With a light snow falling and what looked like lighty tracked snow underneath the sloooooowwww lift, I was expecting to have a great day. However, All off-piste stuff felt like cement. After Lunch, I finnally got to head to bridger where I hoped the Higher altitude might have kept the snow in better shape. I was correct. With the fresh snow fallen over soft bumps, I had a fantastic time. I wish I wouldve have somthing rockered though for quickness in the powdery bumps. I found dozens of little drop offs into soft snow to have some fun in as well. I went home for the day ecstatic for what I got but bummed that it would probably be gone by tommorow.
Day 6- Bridger Bowl- First thing in the morning, my mom goes to alpine and the rest of us hit bridger. What we found was a little slice of heaven. Despite the meager 2 inches the day before, the wind blew the snow in such a way that we had about 18 inches of cold powder... All to ourselves. The wind continued to blow and covered all the tracks resulting in a few hours of fresh tracks straight under bridger lift. once again, I found my self wanting a fatter rockered ski instead of my skinny cambered skis. By lunch the wind died down and the sun came out causing my dreamy experience to slow down. We continued to ski until about 2:30 still getting fantastic runs in North Bowl. By then my legs were shot and i headed to the ski shop to look. They had a rack full of demo skis mounted with griffons for $400. My dad bought some 188 super 7's and I almost bought some 182 Salamon Rocker2 108's.
Day 7- Bozeman and company: On saturday, we had a blackout date and visited some friends and a few places special to our family. I had a fantastic Chicken Fried Steak at a place Called the Frosty Freeze in Big Timber. This was our last day.
So after 4 days of skiing at two very different resorts, I can conclude that Sun Valley is great for anyone who isnt a powderhound and no one should ever go to Bridger Bowl unless your me ;).
sorry for typos, I didnt edit.
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