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Hike Bowl #5 (Snowbowl 5/12)

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Obviously I didn't get enough on Wednesday, and besides, I had to retrieve my hat, which was right where I left it.



OK, so I chose a slightly different route, and took Second Thought all the way from the base to Upper Spartan, it is quite a bit longer, but it is a gradual start instead of starting off the hike going up the fairly steep (for hiking) Sunrise Bowl, and as a result, I passed by Go Big and took a pic up its grassy slopes:



I also passed by Huckleberry, which, at the top, has arguably the best view of The Bowl:



I was much less tired, by the time I reached the top of Sunrise Bowl, than I had been on the previous hikes when I went straight up it. So I cruised on up to Upper Spartan, and when I got to the top of it I took a pic of what Bowl-heads call "The Cornice" which is up the hill behind the bottom of the Lavelle Chair, consequently, one must hike to get to it.



Then I arrived at the A-frame, and and took off my pack. I carry the V2s differently than my other Chubbs, because they have longer tails.



Stay tuned for the next exciting episode of "Hike Bowl #5" when we return.
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On to the top

The wind was whipping today, so I donned another layer after eating my burrito, and continued my trek, stopping periodically to look back with satisfaction the progress I'd made (and to catch my breath).



This shows TV Mountain with the top of the Grizzly lift in the foreground, and Missoula valley in the background.



When I reached the top, my hands had actually gotten cold from a very stiff breeze.



Then I headed.........
post #3 of 20
Nice reports . Them legs getting some good work.What have you been wearing on your feet on the way up?
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......down the mountain

Unfortunately my picture of the cornice I dropped to enter West Bowls myteriously came out blurry, but I had my best post season run on some perfect primo corn, all the way down to the traverse, and this time I went high enough that I got almost all of Chicken Chute:



After retrieving my hat from the woods, I snapped a few pics to give ya'll a little insight as to the lay of the land. Here's the convergence of Chicken Chute (from the right), lower Westbowls (leftish), and in the middle, well there's many names people have for it. Anyway they converge into the "Gully".



Looking across the "Gully" at what's called "Chicken Face" by locals. It looks a bit boney.



Where "Chicken Face" meets the "Gully":



Looking up from the "Gully":



It should be mentioned that there is a creek running under the snow in the "Gully", so I had to ski on about half of the ten to fifteen feet width to avoid taking the chance of breaking through, I'll probably do that next week. Looking down the "Gully" toward the end of my ski day:



That's all folks, see you next week on Hiking The Bowl.
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Originally Posted by GarryZ
Nice reports . Them legs getting some good work.What have you been wearing on your feet on the way up?
Well I was wearing my Columbia Bugabootoos, which are great for walking on snow, but keep all the moisture in, and are pretty loose on my feet, so they suck for hiking down the outrun. Today I wore my brand new, el cheapo lightweight hiking boots from Walmart. They worked just fine, and weigh a few ounces less. This hike was easier than Wednesday's, could it be the boots?
post #6 of 20
Good stuff Volant and I'm looking to join you at Snowbowl for a day "in season" next year
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Originally Posted by jgiddyup
Good stuff Volant and I'm looking to join you at Snowbowl for a day "in season" next year
Sweet, as long as you come for weekdays I'm SOOOO there. The Bowl is a great place to visit, especially if you prefer off-piste, and tree skiing, and are an advanced to expert skier, because they usually only groom blue runs (there's one black diamond they sometimes groom a strip down one side of). There's enough blue terrain for a visit, but most of the mountain is pretty challenging terrain.
post #8 of 20
Once again, Bravo.
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Thankee.
post #10 of 20
VA--

Great stuff. I frequently tell the story of how my father went to Stowe in 1945 and the "chairs on an endless cable" broke down, so they hiked for a few days until it was fixed.

http://forums.epicski.com/showpost.p...71&postcount=2

I always finish the tale with a rhetorical "how many people would do that today?"

Well, I know of one who would! Thanks for the great reports.
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Love the TR VA. The hat pic is priceless. Glad you found it. Was trying to look a the ski map but it was too small to see the names well. I think I get the layout and your path. Still some snow for only <8000 feet. Nothing like that left here at that level. Got to go up another 3000 feet to get snow. Will there be snow left next week? Hope so!
post #12 of 20
VA you are only around 3 hrs from me. You are going to be showing me your neighborhood next year
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Originally Posted by bumpdad
Love the TR VA. The hat pic is priceless. Glad you found it. Was trying to look a the ski map but it was too small to see the names well. I think I get the layout and your path. Still some snow for only <8000 feet. Nothing like that left here at that level. Got to go up another 3000 feet to get snow. Will there be snow left next week? Hope so!
Thanks bump, I enjoy the creative effort of writing captions and telling a story. Snowbowl stll has 70 inches on top, at 7600ft, .20 inches today actually.

Here's my route for this latest trek. Red going up, and yellow going down.

post #14 of 20
I was close. The trip up I was off, but the trip down I guessed pretty well. A-Basin at 13,000 doesn't even have 70 inches. Is it much colder up in Montana? Was 80 degrees here today at 5200 feet. Did a lot of yard work getting the patio ready for some grilling. yummy
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What program did you use to put the lines in the map?
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Originally Posted by newfydog
VA--

Great stuff. I frequently tell the story of how my father went to Stowe in 1945 and the "chairs on an endless cable" broke down, so they hiked for a few days until it was fixed.

http://forums.epicski.com/showpost.p...71&postcount=2

I always finish the tale with a rhetorical "how many people would do that today?"

Well, I know of one who would! Thanks for the great reports.
There was one day this season when the chair lifts were closed due to the fact it was 27 below zero up top, but because The Bowl was hosting the North American Freestyle Championships (moguls that day) the T-bar was open. So I took the t-bar up and did some runs on The Sunrise Bowl (next to the mogul course, but I alternated between those and bootpacking up to the trail so I could get over to the top of go big and ski it, and the last time I hiked all the way up to the top of Mogul Alley.

The red X is the top of the T-bar, the purple line is Go Big, the yellow line is Mogul Alley, the black Line is Sunrise Bowl, and the orange is my boot packing, about a hundred vertical feet up to the trail which I did five times, and another hundred vertical up the trail to the top of Mogul Alley. It beat not skiing.

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What program did you use to put the lines in the map?
I've got Corel Photo-Paint 8, which was the pinacle of photo editing software back in '98. It's horrifically complex, but I'm learning a few tricks.
post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by bumpdad
I was close. The trip up I was off, but the trip down I guessed pretty well. A-Basin at 13,000 doesn't even have 70 inches. Is it much colder up in Montana? Was 80 degrees here today at 5200 feet. Did a lot of yard work getting the patio ready for some grilling. yummy
I think it's a combination of things, Snowbowl had an outstanding base building year, no huge dumps, but consistant small accumulations. The snow isn't as dry here as at higher elevations. And the spring temps aren't as warm (today Missoula got into the low 70s in the shade, with sun all day, at 3200feet). The higher lattitude has a lot to do with the temps too.
post #19 of 20
Great report and pics as always. I remember some spots. Looks so different without snow.
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Originally Posted by paedde
Great report and pics as always. I remember some spots. Looks so different without snow.
I expect you remember these trees the best, you dropped in there so many times they should be called "paedde's powder play".

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