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post #31 of 55
So Mr. Foot, they don't check tickets where you ski?
post #32 of 55
Volantaddict -

Apparently nobody has told you that Moonlight and many other Montana resorts will give you a full day ticket for the half day price if you show them your season pass at a Montana resort.

Bunion -

I'm not trying to slight the employees at Moonlight but since I'm used to friendly service at most Montana resorts (the ticket sellers at Big Sky being the only exception) I really haven't notice anything special about the employees at Moonlight. It probably is special that a resort with the money of Moonlight has managed to keep the feel of a small Montana resort.
post #33 of 55
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Originally Posted by Rio
Volantaddict -

Apparently nobody has told you that Moonlight and many other Montana resorts will give you a full day ticket for the half day price if you show them your season pass at a Montana resort.
Please, give me a little credit. I did ask about the discount, and was told by the friendly ticket salesman that it didn't apply because of the early season discount. I didn't feel like pressing the issue, because I was anxious to get out on the snow. If I'd been in the mood to wait, I would have waited for my friend's boyfriend at Big Sky to get out of bed and get me a free day pass (he said he would).

Now back to my thread topic, a wicked cold snowstorm has just blown into Missoula, and it's snowing steadily.
post #34 of 55
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Well the season has progressed nicely here; as our base up top has passed 80", and I've really discovered the true scope of Snowbowl's offerings (which were far from available last year, my first full season here), all I have to say is this: Snowbowl is nothing special and there is no good reason to visit the place. Go to Alta, Snowbird, Vail, Jackson or some other well known and highly touted resort. There's no way a two lift area could offer a quality ski experience for expert skiers, NO WAY. Just keep telling yourselves that. Move along, there's nothing to see here.
post #35 of 55
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Originally Posted by volantaddict
all I have to say is this: Snowbowl is nothing special and there is no good reason to visit the place. Go to Alta, Snowbird, Vail, Jackson or some other well known and highly touted resort. There's no way a two lift area could offer a quality ski experience for expert skiers, NO WAY. Just keep telling yourselves that. Move along, there's nothing to see here.
Damn, Gonzo, I mean Uncle Crud has a new disciple.
post #36 of 55
Actually, I may be at Snowbowl if a race they have scheduled in February actually is a scored race (not listed on the USSA site yet). I'll have to look for a guy with a HUGE beard.
post #37 of 55
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Originally Posted by Rio
Damn, Gonzo, I mean Uncle Crud has a new disciple.
strangely, I have not yet met this volantaddict cat.

but I agree, ice/rock hill isn't worth your time. you'll only get angry, and Snowbowl doesn't have that Ski Maverick "satisfaction guarantee".
post #38 of 55
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[quote=uncle crud]strangely, I have not yet met this volantaddict cat.

[quote]

I tend to frequent lift line before opening bell when there's new snow on a weekday, oh and also The Last Run Inn Wednesday through Fridays after the lifts close. I'm easy to spot, long beard and braids, usually all in black. If you want we could dodge rocks and death cookies on the very flat uninteresting terrain sometime (for surely that's all there is at Snowbowl ).
post #39 of 55
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Originally Posted by sibhusky
Actually, I may be at Snowbowl if a race they have scheduled in February actually is a scored race (not listed on the USSA site yet). I'll have to look for a guy with a HUGE beard.
Quite often I have a braid in my beard too, it helps me avoid catching it in my zipper.
post #40 of 55

out of missoula

hey volant addict, venture up to big foggy where we have over 110 inches, true, visability sucked today but yesterday was awesome and weekdays you can do laps. Did I mention the fog?? You would not stand out at all up here, particularly if you also wear carhart and duct tape
post #41 of 55
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Originally Posted by montana mags
hey volant addict, venture up to big foggy where we have over 110 inches, true, visability sucked today but yesterday was awesome and weekdays you can do laps. Did I mention the fog?? You would not stand out at all up here, particularly if you also wear carhart and duct tape
Well thanks for the invite Mags. I do intend to try out Big Foggy sometime, but I have a hard time tearing myself away from the horrendous Snowbowl terrain and conditions, especially since it's so close and already paid for, while Foggy will cost me for ticket and much gas for my guzzler. If I do plan a trip North, I'll surely make mention of it here beforehand.

BTW, on the hill I'm not the Carhart type, and there is nary an inch of duct tape on my hardshell. I endeavor to dress sharply to drastically contrast my wild beard.
post #42 of 55

the fog..the fog...

well definitely post here if you come north. it IS foggy, i think I mentioned that, so, really, it hardly matters what anyone wears as long as it isn't white...i DO have duct tape, and someone mentioned to me today that they were amazed to still see my goggles being used (have had 'em since 97) so this may be their last year and MIGHt be the year for a new jacket, (big sigh) don't part with anything easily but it appears that after four seasons my main ski jacket will become my barn jacket ...did I mention the fog up here??
post #43 of 55
Those sound like new goggles to me. My daughter wasn't skiing yet when I got mine. And she's in college now. My poles are from two states back and I lived in the last one for 27 years.
post #44 of 55
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Holy moley! I'm sitting at work and watching the snow absolutley dumping outside. I hope it's hitting the mountain, and it continues until Monday when I ski again.
post #45 of 55

snow!

well it hit the mountain here, if only we could see the mountain...
post #46 of 55
Well, I brought the fog down with me to Missoula this weekend so they could see what it was like.
post #47 of 55
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Originally Posted by sibhusky
Well, I brought the fog down with me to Missoula this weekend so they could see what it was like.
Ah, but your fog preceeded you; it was foggy a good bit of last week.

How did the races go? Did manage to hit the good snow on Thursday or Friday?
post #48 of 55
No, we didn't arrive until Saturday and Sunday. The races were not memorable. I did keep an eye out for a guy with a long beard, but he was nowhere to be seen.

I didn't have a chance to examine anything other than marked runs as I was being a race mom. I enjoyed Grandstand the most, and possibly Whipped Cream after that. The young racer enjoyed bombing down whatever the good part is after all the flats of Dakota Downhill and she and her snowboarder friend enjoyed the trees alongside Grandstand. He also (unlike me) did the entire length of Grizzly, including the chute, which I exited from as I felt the frozen crud under the powder. He told me I made the right choice as it only got worse the lower he went.

The Grizzly lift had some serious issues that I would hope are unusual. Our first chair ride up (in line at 9:20 on Saturday) took 25 minutes!!!! Although later rides weren't quite that bad, I was really wishing that someone would pony up some money for one high speed quad to replace that lift, plus another chair for the whole right side (looking up from the base lodge) of the mountain.

One change from our last visit two years ago was that this time they gave me a discount for having an MT area season pass, down to $29.
post #49 of 55
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Originally Posted by sibhusky
No, we didn't arrive until Saturday and Sunday. The races were not memorable. I did keep an eye out for a guy with a long beard, but he was nowhere to be seen.
Actually, I don't ski on weekends, there's too many out-of-towners on the slopes! Just kidding, actually I work 9a-9p Sat. & Sun., so I just have a weekday pass.

Hmmm....I better get some sleep, the boards are waxed, and I have some sliding to do tomorrow.
post #50 of 55
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So I made it up to The Bowl late today, but it was snowing heavily when I got there, and kept dumping the whole time I was there. In the time I managed to get in before work (1:15-3pm), it snowed the whole time, and the road went fron dry gravel to full snow top to bottom. The snow continued in town, and has been falling all evening.:

Coincidentally, I remounted my V2 Chubbs last night. It's looking like I may have an appropriate day for testing them out.
post #51 of 55

chubbs?

aw geez, rub it in,snowing like mad up here and has been all day. you have a great schedule to ski weekdays . my boss does not seem all that interested in my ski career and is actually downright cold hearted about REQUIRING my presence...
post #52 of 55
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Originally Posted by montana mags
aw geez, rub it in,snowing like mad up here and has been all day. you have a great schedule to ski weekdays . my boss does not seem all that interested in my ski career and is actually downright cold hearted about REQUIRING my presence...
The bastard!!! Some people just have their priorities all screwed up.

Given the intensity of the snowfall, I think I'll be there tomorrow for opening bell.
post #53 of 55
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It's snowed about an inch and a half in town in the last two hours, and it's falling steadily down. Snowbowl got two inches last night and is likely getting hit right now with more. After several days of spring-like slushieness, with nightly refreezes, new snow is especially welcome.

I have to work all day today and tomorrow though, not to mention I tweaked my knee yesterday. I'm actually considering not skiing Monday.:

Man, it's good to see it coming down in town though.
post #54 of 55
ain't no way on earth that Ice and Death Cookie and Concrete Bowl was anywhere near as fun as Club LT today.

while the hub of 5 valleys plays at Summer, the southern Bitterroots are getting good weather.
post #55 of 55
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LT? Isn't that place a glorified bunny slope?
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