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Expansion at Montana Snowbowl

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Since @volantaddict isn't around regularly, I feel obliged to post this for him.
http://missoulian.com/news/local/new-chairlift-new-runs-coming-to-snowbowl-ski-area/article_fa0ac3af-06df-5a7f-b49b-b6a638f9392e.html
Edited by sibhusky - 9/13/16 at 4:01pm
post #2 of 18

Neat! Sibhusky's link didn't work for me, but searching "snowbowl" at the Missoulian site brought it right up. Maybe this link'll work: New chairlift, new runs coming to Snowbowl ski area

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Neat! Sibhusky's link didn't work for me, but searching "snowbowl" at the Missoulian site brought it right up. Maybe this link'll work: New chairlift, new runs coming to Snowbowl ski area


Worked for me.  Hope they have good weather for the work left to do.

 

" . . .

Regular visitors to Snowbowl, a few miles northwest of Missoula, will recognize TV Mountain as the mountain to their left as they ride up the lower lift, Grizzly Chair.

“If you are driving up Grant Creek you can see TV Mountain because you see the TV towers,” said Brad Morris of Missoula, who has owned Snowbowl with his wife Ronnie for three decades. “It’s a westward expansion. It’s kind of a more mellow slope, a pretty steady slope.”

The new lift will give beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders more options. Snowbowl currently is a famously steep area that delights experts, but gives pause to those who aren't quite as stable on their feet. More options should also relieve pressure on the current lifts on busy weekend days. . . ."

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The man in charge of building the new chair lift is not so optimistic about it being completed as is the owner.  I guess you can't believe everything you read in the paper.

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The man in charge of building the new chair lift is not so optimistic about it being completed as is the owner.  I guess you can't believe everything you read in the paper.


Do you have an idea when actual construction work started?

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Do you have an idea when actual construction work started?

 

Construction has started, but only cement for the bottom three towers was poured before they put the project to bed for the winter.  The mountain manager says that it will likely be completed next year.

post #7 of 18
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Is there a map of what they are doing somewhere? I haven't skied there in years, but since my daughter lives in Missoula now, there's a chance I might.
post #8 of 18
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Is there a map of what they are doing somewhere? I haven't skied there in years, but since my daughter lives in Missoula now, there's a chance I might.

 

Here is the map for the Master Plan.

 

The map is confusing, so to clarify what's happening: first they are putting a lift down the west side of TV Mountain (marked B in bold blue), and this is where the easy terrain is, but it will run to the top of TV, which will also access the East side, and the insanely awesome expert terrain there.  After that they will be putting a lift from the base area straight to the top of TV, another lift from the Spartan saddle to the top of the Grizzly Chair, and a T-bar up Point Six which will make back-country access ridiculously easy.


Edited by volantaddict - 11/11/16 at 12:40pm
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I know there will not be any new lifts this year, but are there any new runs cut or trees cleared yet?

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I know there will not be any new lifts this year, but are there any new runs cut or trees cleared yet?

 

Hey Muddy!

 

Well no new runs in area, but they cut runs on the West side of TV for the new lift.  Also, they likely continued with the process of removing dead snags from within 300 feet of runs, this has been opening up a lot of clear space in the trees, throughout the bowls; you should come see it Muddy, you'd be amazed.

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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

Is there a map of what they are doing somewhere? I haven't skied there in years, but since my daughter lives in Missoula now, there's a chance I might.

 

Here is the map for the Master Plan.

 

The map is confusing, so to clarify what's happening: first they are putting a lift down the west side of TV Mountain (marked B in bold blue), and this is where the easy terrain is, but it will run to the top of TV, which will also access the East side, and the insanely awesome expert terrain there.  After that they will be putting a lift from the base area straight to the top of TV, another lift from the Spartan saddle to the top of the Grizzly Chair, and a T-bar up Point Six which will make back-country access ridiculously easy.

Nice!

 

So these runs on the East side of TV...can you ski 'em back to the base or is it a hike out situation?

 

With all these new chairs perhaps EGR will need to be revisited =)

post #12 of 18
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Hey Muddy!

 

Well no new runs in area, but they cut runs on the West side of TV for the new lift.  Also, they likely continued with the process of removing dead snags from within 300 feet of runs, this has been opening up a lot of clear space in the trees, throughout the bowls; you should come see it Muddy, you'd be amazed.

 

Hi VA,

 

We completely changed our ski situation this year.  Bailed on Solitude after Deer Valley bought the area and we are taking our act to Canada for Jan-Mar, but we have Mountain Collective Passes so will be traveling and skiing around in December and April.  We would like to be skiing the Bowl around X-mas, but it depends on the overall snow situation in the west.  Our original December travel plan appears to be going out the window due to no snow anywhere south of Jackson Hole at this point.  If we make it to the Bowl I'll definitely connect with you.  Love to finally make some turns together.

 

That Master Plan looks like a Chinese puzzle.  I am very familiar with the area and I still can't tell exactly what is going on, but clearing down trees is always a good thing. The Bowl has some fantastic terrain, but in many areas the trees are just a little too close together for comfort, but my memory is mostly based on skiing them on 210s in the old days, so maybe it's better than I remember.  Not sure if it'll work out to make it there this year, but I'll definitely be checking out the new lift and terrain in the near future. Later, MF

post #13 of 18
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Nice!

 

So these runs on the East side of TV...can you ski 'em back to the base or is it a hike out situation?

 

With all these new chairs perhaps EGR will need to be revisited =)

 

Yes, the East side of TV will lead into the base area.  They are planning on cutting a couple runs, and doing some thinning on the East side. 

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Hi VA,

 

We completely changed our ski situation this year.  Bailed on Solitude after Deer Valley bought the area and we are taking our act to Canada for Jan-Mar, but we have Mountain Collective Passes so will be traveling and skiing around in December and April.  We would like to be skiing the Bowl around X-mas, but it depends on the overall snow situation in the west.  Our original December travel plan appears to be going out the window due to no snow anywhere south of Jackson Hole at this point.  If we make it to the Bowl I'll definitely connect with you.  Love to finally make some turns together.

 

That Master Plan looks like a Chinese puzzle.  I am very familiar with the area and I still can't tell exactly what is going on, but clearing down trees is always a good thing. The Bowl has some fantastic terrain, but in many areas the trees are just a little too close together for comfort, but my memory is mostly based on skiing them on 210s in the old days, so maybe it's better than I remember.  Not sure if it'll work out to make it there this year, but I'll definitely be checking out the new lift and terrain in the near future. Later, MF

 

Thinning the trees by removing dead ones has been an ongoing thing for the past few seasons, I'm sure you'll be impressed if you haven't been here in the past decade.  Of course there are still impassibly dense areas in the trees, but the amount of area opened up is significant. 

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Thinning the trees by removing dead ones has been an ongoing thing for the past few seasons, I'm sure you'll be impressed if you haven't been here in the past decade.  Of course there are still impassibly dense areas in the trees, but the amount of area opened up is significant. 

The Bowl just keeps getting better!  Almost ever square foot of the place is good ski terrain if you can get through the trees.  I'm really looking forward to seeing what you've got going up there.

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The Bowl just keeps getting better!  Almost ever square foot of the place is good ski terrain if you can get through the trees.  I'm really looking forward to seeing what you've got going up there.

 

I think if you come back Muddy, you won't want to leave. ;)

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That may very well be the case.  I have skied in a lot of places in my life and have some of my best memories from Snow Bowl.  The big resorts just keep getting bigger and more expensive, but the skiing is not getting any better.  A $120 lift ticket at Deer Valley gets you 100 miles (really!) of perfectly groomed intermediate runs, which were boring by the time most good skiers were teenagers. The Bowl is the real deal without the glitz and B.S.  Just good terrain and serious skiers, and you might even be able to sit on the bar deck with a braut and a beer watching amature gelande jumpers.

 

I just watched the Jackson Hole Air Force documentary, which I came across for free on Youtube, and it had me flashing on old times on long skis at the Bowl.

 

 

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Swift+Silent+Deep+Full+Movie&view=detail&mid=840151708B80F3DE3031840151708B80F3DE3031&FORM=VIRE

Not sure if we'll make it there this season, but if so it'll be before Christmas, so pray for snow!:snowfall 

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Originally Posted by mudfoot View Post
 

That may very well be the case.  I have skied in a lot of places in my life and have some of my best memories from Snow Bowl.  The big resorts just keep getting bigger and more expensive, but the skiing is not getting any better.  A $120 lift ticket at Deer Valley gets you 100 miles (really!) of perfectly groomed intermediate runs, which were boring by the time most good skiers were teenagers. The Bowl is the real deal without the glitz and B.S.  Just good terrain and serious skiers, and you might even be able to sit on the bar deck with a braut and a beer watching amature gelande jumpers.

 

I just watched the Jackson Hole Air Force documentary, which I came across for free on Youtube, and it had me flashing on old times on long skis at the Bowl.

 

 

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Swift+Silent+Deep+Full+Movie&view=detail&mid=840151708B80F3DE3031840151708B80F3DE3031&FORM=VIRE

Not sure if we'll make it there this season, but if so it'll be before Christmas, so pray for snow!:snowfall 

 

Yes, prayers commencing.  The manager at Gull Ski told me they've been seeing a lot of business, so confidence is high this year, but the snow hasn't come yet.  Well, it got cold last night, so at least the ground is frozen.

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