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(t)rippin' day at "The Bowl"

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Last night I decided that today I would ski bell to bell, and I was going to bring out my big skis and demolish what ever type of hard snow sought to impede my progress. I came slightly early (15 min) and ended up on the first chair to some surprisingly good skiing. There was about two inches of new powder (it had been down in the low teens the night before) on some crunchy breakable crust. By slaloming the mogul tops, one could hit pocket after pocket of soft powder, not deep, but dry and fluffy.

The hill was mostly empty for a few hours, and the snow fell for the first hour and a half adding even more fresh snow. I found freshies in the bowls all day, like wise, fresh bowls found me (on the lift) all day.
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There was variable light as well as snow conditions.
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post #3 of 22
Hey man, trip the light fantastic. How'd they groom the sky like that?
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El Rancho Deluxe

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I found freshies in the bowls all day, like wise, fresh bowls found me (on the lift) all day.
And that kids is how mommy and daddy used to ski back in the sixties.

- Fossil
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And that kids is how mommy and daddy used to ski back in the sixties.

- Fossil
What are these "sixties" and why do they always get mentioned around me?
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Here's the ever inviting and forgiving Grizzly Chute.
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post #7 of 22
Sound like a great day.
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nice...

i love (t)rippin hard on the slopes.gotta be careful though, and remember that trees can hurt you. nice pics. you have cream of mushroom soup for luch? or did you just read the morning paper? And BTW, i think ski mtns are one thing that are still chill as the they were in the 60's thats still the way it is around here anyways. Most lift ops (like myself) are total connosieurs of frosty bowls, and in 3 years of operating lifts and seeing lots of "pipe smoking", I have never seen anyone have any problems. SP seems to be dopwn, at least at the hills around me. PAECE folks.:
post #9 of 22
VA took a pic of Griz Chute at its most groomed-looking I've ever seen it. usually it's full of irregular moguls, hardpack, and flailing skiers/boarders.

going up later this AM to see the lay of today's land.
post #10 of 22
Looks real nice. This is Bridger Bowl, is it?

Shame the trail map has no names. Where is this on the map?
post #11 of 22
eees theeee Shnoooooo-booooooooowl man. not Breeeeeeeeedgerbowl.
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eees theeee Shnoooooo-booooooooowl man. not Breeeeeeeeedgerbowl.
I thought I smelled patchouli oil.
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I thought I smelled patchouli oil.
in sufficient dosage to wash over the heavy BO stench of rich big city preppie Univ MT students playing at hippiedom, naturally.

PS despite my good intentions to hit the Bowl this PM, I did not. instead I worked on reconfiguring my ski equipment. sell, sell, sell.
post #14 of 22
i thought the "modern way" is to piss test you lifties<g>
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Originally Posted by uncle crud
VA took a pic of Griz Chute at its most groomed-looking I've ever seen it. usually it's full of irregular moguls, hardpack, and flailing skiers/boarders.

going up later this AM to see the lay of today's land.
"...most groomed LOOKING" indeed. CRUD, you forgot to mention the shubbery that riises through the snow and ice even in this half decent snow year.

Today the chute skied well (i.e. easily breakable crud cookies) until it had you beyond the point of no return, then it became a frozen hell of sheet ice and occasional piles of chicken heads (that is where it wasn't scraped down to rocks or shrubs), bwahahahahaha, it looks inviting, but then it makes you pay. Now you know what's hiding in the shadows.:
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VA, pictures are a new thing for you, no? What are you shooting with? Love the colors. I was skiing a few weeks ago with some guys on Bro skis at Kirkwood. Anyway, they were smoking this stuff that stunk on the way up the lift. Well, they have this custom of sharing, which is really charming, if you know what I mean. I only mention it because, damn if I didn't see that same sun rise!

Anyone else here got the munchies?
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VA, pictures are a new thing for you, no? What are you shooting with? Love the colors. I was skiing a few weeks ago with some guys on Bro skis at Kirkwood. Anyway, they were smoking this stuff that stunk on the way up the lift. Well, they have this custom of sharing, which is really charming, if you know what I mean. I only mention it because, damn if I didn't see that same sun rise!

Anyone else here got the munchies?
I finally got my camera to the mountain. It's a Fujifilm Finepix A35. The colors are courtesy of my vintage Corel Photo Paint 8 software.
post #18 of 22
wicked good day at Club LT today, superbluebird sky, sunny, snow was variable from super hardpack to windpack to packed baby powder. Chair 4 laps at mach schnell on the Monster 88s, YOW! on the way home, the moon appeared in the notch above Pattee Canyon, big as a fuggin' wheel o' cheese on steroids. still sunny out though. crazy.
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wicked good day at Club LT today, superbluebird sky, sunny, snow was variable from super hardpack to windpack to packed baby powder. Chair 4 laps at mach schnell on the Monster 88s, YOW! on the way home, the moon appeared in the notch above Pattee Canyon, big as a fuggin' wheel o' cheese on steroids. still sunny out though. crazy.
As I worked today, I really tried not to think what that sun was doing to the snow at The Bowl; it's supposed to be warm tomorrow too. By Monday, the mountain will be, er, challenging. :

Chair 4? Isn't that the one they only open on weekends?
post #20 of 22
yes. it was high-speed groomer action. nothin' but the roar of wind. no new snow to warrant fat skis, but the Monster 88 carve like GS boards.

today going up to Little St Joe, skin up, ski down. mwaaaaah ha ha ha ha ha!
post #21 of 22

sunshine!!!

three awesome days up here at the Mountain of Sunshine in whitefish...nothing but blue skies, no lines, great racing, all over the mountain was fabulous, I'm sure the fog will return tomorrow but wow, looking out into glacier park in bright sunshine, skiing down in late afternoon sunshine and watching the moon rise, what montana is all about, home from the mountain in 11 minutes....
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Originally Posted by montana mags
three awesome days up here at the Mountain of Sunshine in whitefish...nothing but blue skies, no lines, great racing, all over the mountain was fabulous, I'm sure the fog will return tomorrow but wow, looking out into glacier park in bright sunshine, skiing down in late afternoon sunshine and watching the moon rise, what montana is all about, home from the mountain in 11 minutes....
Wow, home in 11 minutes, that's pretty good. If I tried to get home from The Bowl that fast, I'd end up somewhere else in eleven minutes, and it wouldn't be at home, or on the road. :

Well tomorrow I'll be back at The Bowl, given the clear skies and sunshine today, I'd better sharpen my edges.
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