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post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
does anyone regularly ski the bozeman area ski resorts? (big sky, bridger, moonlight, or yellowstone club)
post #2 of 27
I have a pass at Bridger and hit Big Sky 5 to 10 times a year.
post #3 of 27
i skied big sky just about every day of the season last year.
post #4 of 27
I have a pass to Bridger Bowl...
post #5 of 27
Why am I thinking that anyone who skis at the Yellowstone Club will never read this forum...
post #6 of 27
Not true - I read this forum all the time, and I ski at the Yellowstone Club! This is my first year there, though -- is the lack of snow normal for the Big Sky area this time of year? Will it get better?
post #7 of 27
Coleman... you a lift op or what????

Vanessa, MLB about 5 out of 7 days a week, more if it snows.
post #8 of 27
Coleman -

Great timing. You arrived during a winter with the lowest snowpack in 28 years.
post #9 of 27
If "ONCE" = regularly, then yes.
And I will go back. Just waiting for there to be a bit more snow.
post #10 of 27

big sky

Great, great mountain. This was our first trip 1/15-22/05 and will definitely go back. The lack of snow is odd for there, but there was enough to ski on.
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post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by Rio
Coleman -

Great timing. You arrived during a winter with the lowest snowpack in 28 years.

Well, that's a relief - I was afraid it was always like this! Let's just hope it isn't a trend... still, I'll be there for nine days starting the 18th and I am keeping all digits crossed for some more snow by then.
post #13 of 27
Okay, we've got a list of SW Montana skiers. Now what?
post #14 of 27
Last year around this time was pretty weak too, let's keep it real.
post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by xdog1
Last year around this time was pretty weak too, let's keep it real.
I disagree totally on that. Last year was about average coverage by the end of January. All the groomers and glade runs at Big Sky had good coverage. The Dictator Chutes and Liberty Bowl were very skiable. There were some sketchy areas off the tram and Challenger chair but that's normal.
post #16 of 27
Kcolemen can we all become your new best friends
post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by Rio
I disagree totally on that. Last year was about average coverage by the end of January. All the groomers and glade runs at Big Sky had good coverage. The Dictator Chutes and Liberty Bowl were very skiable. There were some sketchy areas off the tram and Challenger chair but that's normal.
Rio - what are Big Sky conditions like now? They list 100% open, but do you have any idea what the south-facing stuff (Dictator, Liberty, etc..) off the tram is like? What about Bridger - do they get more snow, and how are the conditions there?
post #18 of 27
I haven't been there for about 10 days. My friends that go there say the groomers are still holding up well. The glade runs on Andesite are okay but there are wooden objects (AKA stumps, branches....) here and there so you have to be careful. The Lone Peak bowl is still doing great. Unfortuntately, things are real thin coming off the tram so its only recommended for people that don't mind damaging their skis. Once you get down to Lenin, Marx and the Liberty Bowl the skiing is good but getting there is a challenge.

As for Bridger, the groomers as well as the North and South Bowl are doing well. Some of the southern facing in-bounds areas like the face of Deer Park are sketchy and some of the runs off the high traverse are, also. Skiing off the Ridge is pretty good, also.
post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by Utah49
Kcolemen can we all become your new best friends
Hey, you already are! You're on this forum, arent' you? Some advice if you have time: I'm headed to your neck of the woods this weekend (staying at the Westgate something or other at The Canyons) - and am tentatively planning on spending some time at Deer Valley (I have a 10-year-old daughter who dislikes skiing with snowboarders around, based on some close calls and one actual hit) -- good plan?
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by Rio
Okay, we've got a list of SW Montana skiers. Now what?
If any of you see me at Bridger, say "hello" - I'm the tall guy riding the long Bandit X skis ;-)

Snow coverage was deceptive (to me) last weekend. I had high-speed crash under the Alpine lift and ski patrol sent me home.
post #21 of 27
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Originally Posted by trurl2003
If any of you see me at Bridger, say "hello" - I'm the tall guy riding the long Bandit X skis ;-)

Snow coverage was deceptive (to me) last weekend. I had high-speed crash under the Alpine lift and ski patrol sent me home.
trurl -

I'll look for you but since Bandits are very popular you might be hard to spot. I'm probably easier to spot since I am close to 50 with a graying beard, khaki pants, a turquose jacket, a light blue helmet and red, see-through Nordica Beast boots. I can't name a ski since I bounce between a few pair.
post #22 of 27
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by kcoleman
Well, that's a relief - I was afraid it was always like this! Let's just hope it isn't a trend... still, I'll be there for nine days starting the 18th and I am keeping all digits crossed for some more snow by then.
you were up skiing yellowstone club this weekend??? (would you happen to know my parents jim and julee sievers-- they are members at the club and we are originally from san francisco-- i know the ubbens are also members from SF...)
i was up there this weekend too... pretty nice snow today compared to how it's been...
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it's terrible that the Dug Out burnt down in big sky...
post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by vanessav27
it's terrible that the Dug Out burnt down in big sky...
what? no more Dug OUT??? does anyone have a newspaper link about this?
post #24 of 27
Here's a link:

http://bozemandailychronicle.com/art...ews/02fire.txt

This is a shame. Sitting outside the Dug-Out enjoying a beer with friends is a spring tradition.
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by skierdon
what? no more Dug OUT??? does anyone have a newspaper link about this?
yea it sucks... it was so shocking just riding up the chairlift on saturday morning and just seeing a chimney- i guess the Dolan's (owners of spanish peaks) own the property and might put up a new place... but i dont think it will compare to the dug out -- probably more up scale... meh.
post #26 of 27
Thread Starter 
up skiing big sky again today-- and since it has been really warm (we are in the biggest drought of 60 years)- they made it like an out door bbq place with two tents and dj- they had their 'grand opening' today-- it was pretty aweseome-- made huge ice sculptures and their buisness has increased tenfold
post #27 of 27
Not to be rude to Big Sky devotees, but how does Big Mountain compare in grooming and length/challenge of runs, for avid strong Intermediate? Planning my 2006 trips now....

Gracias!
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