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post #61 of 153
The logical nomadic route would be Fernie the 19th (three hours from Schweitzer) Big Mt the 20th (two hours from Fernie), then on to the Bowl. Looks like I'll make it back in time....anyone interested?
post #62 of 153

Pnw Crawling

FYI.

If you haven't ever been to Schweitzer when you get to condo's and can see the village; you will see a big sign saying Welcome (there are 3 flags with it USA-Canada-Idaho) if you go straight - if its early - you will park just short of the village and will walk thru the village to lifts, lodge, food, beer etc. slightly uphill but easy walk, if you get to this sign and flags a little late and the parking lot is full or almost full you have a good option. A this point is a Y go to the right and turn L into the 2nd driveway which leads to a parking lot on the beginners run. Walk to the snow (if you're there relatively early )-short walk to the ski run, put your skis on and ski downhill to the chairlift (you don't need a lift ticket) ride the chair up to the lodge where you can 1)get a lift ticket 2)use the bathroom 3) eat breakfast or get a cup 4) basket check is in the basement 5) bar is on 2nd floor. Unless I am there really early and have a need to visit the village I park next to the beginners run and take the chair up.

Silver Mt. has a 28min Gondola ride up to the skiing. Wind problems do happen , i.e., been closed the last 2 days Sat and Sun. Good part, if they open <Monday it will be a great powder day.

I'll buy some loggers orange tape to denote my non hibernating status
post #63 of 153
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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post
The logical nomadic route would be Fernie the 19th (three hours from Schweitzer) Big Mt the 20th (two hours from Fernie), then on to the Bowl. Looks like I'll make it back in time....anyone interested?
I've been trying NOT to entice any more people to come here to Big Mountain, otherwise I'd have pointed this out. But we are finally 100% open and have plenty of snow.

These were taken, as you can see, on a day when you could actually see where you are going for a change.
post #64 of 153
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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post
The logical nomadic route would be Fernie the 19th (three hours from Schweitzer) Big Mt the 20th (two hours from Fernie), then on to the Bowl. Looks like I'll make it back in time....anyone interested?
Well wouldn't that be special. If I wasn't deep in the hole money-wise, I certainly would love to ski Fernie and Big Mountain, but it will be a stretch just to do the Schweitzer trip (even though I was told by a fellow Bowlhead today that Schweitzer gives a decent discount to Snowbowl passholders ).
post #65 of 153
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Orange tape on the poles it is, then. Lengthwise, top to bottom?

I'm here, and carless for the time being. Mt. Spokane Wednesday with GarryZ. Meeting place and time, Garry?
post #66 of 153
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Orange tape on the poles it is, then. Lengthwise, top to bottom?

I'm here, and carless for the time being. Mt. Spokane Wednesday with GarryZ. Meeting place and time, Garry?
I got my skiis stashed on the hill and will be at the bottom of chair 5 near the ski school yurt at 9.Incognito , of course, with green goggles ,my Columbia gold coat , white boots and orange skis. My fashion sense requires nothing to be matched in any way.
post #67 of 153
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You'll spot me by my hair, most likely, and Epic Screen blue coat, black helmet, and pink and black One Luvs.

See ya there!
post #68 of 153
You do have the cameras, right?
post #69 of 153
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post
I've been trying NOT to entice any more people to come here to Big Mountain, otherwise I'd have pointed this out. But we are finally 100% open and have plenty of snow.

These were taken, as you can see, on a day when you could actually see where you are going for a change.
Beautiful! Thanks!
post #70 of 153
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You do have the cameras, right?
Yeah and Cirquerider has chastised me for having a couple hundred pictures and no download yet. So I guess I am gonna have to clear this low hurdle. We'll get some pics of these Epic events.
I'll be picking Bonni up in the morn for a Mt Spokane , look we got snow out west ,tune up and then SkierJ, No Idaho Pete, VA and whomever else would like to come will meet at Schweitzer for an Epicfest skiing day. All will be duly recorded.
post #71 of 153

PNW Crawl

Garry, was going to meet you at Mt. Spokane but gotta go see doctor about the little fall I took a few weeks ago. Didn't want to go but have to but I'll be at Schweitzer for sure. I assume someone is going to post where, when we'll meet in AM. I bought a BIGGGG roll of orange tape the other day so I can mark myself for ID purposes. Have a good time at Mt. Spokane
post #72 of 153
Ok Pete We'll see ya next week.I'll call you before I go and we can meet in the lower parking lot below the bunny hill if you want to
post #73 of 153
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What, we're skiing with he of such evil we can not speak his name?!? Should I wear garlic for protection?
You'd think so, wouldn't ya?
post #74 of 153
Time to think about what to bring. Only one pair came make the trip.

GarryZ, VA anyone else??

Head iM70 a little long in the tooth now but damp, heavy and will cruise through most anything or

Fischer Big Stix 76, much lighter and I suspect a better fit for next week??

Atomic SL 11---while I would love to try them---seems a waste of space for this trip.

I am leaning towards the big stix.
post #75 of 153
I'm not familiar with those skis but I'd bring whatever you feel is best in chopped crud, some powder, and generally 'packed-powder' all mountain skis. You won't have ice of the same nature as you have in the east and generally, a good mid-fat is what's best out here for the areas you're going to be skiing. Have fun!
post #76 of 153
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What, we're skiing with he of such evil we can not speak his name?!? Should I wear garlic for protection?
And crosses. And pointed stakes with a sturdy rubber mallet.

Why am I typing when I could be skiing? Soon, grasshopper, soon..........
post #77 of 153
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Originally Posted by skier_j View Post
Time to think about what to bring. Only one pair came make the trip.

GarryZ, VA anyone else??

Head iM70 a little long in the tooth now but damp, heavy and will cruise through most anything or

Fischer Big Stix 76, much lighter and I suspect a better fit for next week??

Atomic SL 11---while I would love to try them---seems a waste of space for this trip.

I am leaning towards the big stix.
Big Stix for sure, Snowbowl is all about offpiste skiing, so the wider ski will help, plus light skis will help with the copious amount of moguls.

Edit: I just looked at the forecast for the next week, and we're expected to have some very cold weather (-4 tonight) for the next week with some snow possible every day, so bring warm clothes. Yesterday the sun was out and it got very warm, so I'll be contending will a brutal crust under an inch of new. We're supposed to be getting a fair accumulation today.
post #78 of 153
Big stix it is !
post #79 of 153
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Big stix it is !
We consider skis with a 76mm waist as skinny skis in Montana. Don't you have anything fatter?
post #80 of 153
The Big Stix are 76? What, are you planning on some nordic/X-country while you're out here? My B3's are 83 and are considered skinny sticks by some.
post #81 of 153
Hey I'm no HS clone, 76 is wide enough for the east!

Nope, 76 is as wide as I have and, actually, these were born at Montana Snowbowl and purchased last season from he who shall remain nameless!:
post #82 of 153
skier_j

If its a powder day at Snowbowl I have some 175cm V2 Chubbs you can use. (They're safe to have around VA since they're too short for him.)
post #83 of 153
I'd love to try them, I do have a small foot tho---296 mm sole length. Might make that difficult.
post #84 of 153
Damn I was going to bring my 65mm skis but I'll get laughed out of Montana.
post #85 of 153
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I'd love to try them, I do have a small foot tho---296 mm sole length. Might make that difficult.
They're mounted with Look demo bindings so they can accommodate you.

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Originally Posted by slider
Damn I was going to bring my 65mm skis but I'll get laughed out of Montana.
No, they'll just think you're from Minnesota.....be sure to wear a one-piece Carhartt outfit.
post #86 of 153
Roger, the Camo Carhartt 1 piece hunting outfit. Bonus points for Duct tape and John Deere truckers hat, Over.
post #87 of 153
Copy that.....
post #88 of 153
Thread Starter 
Breaker breaker, don't forget your orange electrical tape on the ski poles for EYEdentification, Over.
post #89 of 153
Thread Starter 
Had a beautiful day with GarryZ and son today!

Bluebird skies in the morning, snowing in the afternoon.....delightful!

The new One Luv's work well with this natural snow (what the hell is that, anyway?) and they feel Great! They're full of vibrations on chicken heads, though, and the one run we took that was nothing but frozen heads made my feet numb by the end. Key: don't ski that stuff?

It was a pretty cool day........thanks, Garry! And by the way, that son of yours....he's not normal. I've never seen a more polite, selfless teen. How many other teens would help their dad with their boots and skis? Not many. Just super!

While waiting for Garry in the parking lot, son and I were parked next to a few college kids blasting Disturbed on crappy speakers. : I like Disturbed, so I wasn't really put out, but one of the guys was smoking and kept hacking dramatically. It was nauseating.

So, being the big mouth beyotch that I am, I said, "Hey, have another smoke! Those will kill ya, you know."

He came back with the usual reply: "Yeah, a lot of things will kill you."

I borrowed a tagline from That's a Girl (I think): "Yeah, skiing can kill you, too. Ski Good or Eat Wood."

He thought that was pretty cool. Thanks, TAG.

Ging and I will be heading for Mt. S on Saturday if we can get someone to watch the boy. At 6 months, he's too little for skis.:
post #90 of 153
Sooooo ya'll going to be in that neck of the woods around the 17th,come-on. I'm going to wrap my car in flagging before I leave town don't ya know.
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