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Whitefish is looking good!!

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I made reservations months ago to go to Whitefish (which I will always think of as Big Mountain) next week. They have been dumped on so far this season, and so far it looks like the temperatures are going to be ideal.

This is our first mountain trip in 13 years, and it looks like we got lucky!
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Been watching as well. Won't be out till Feb 18. Post a trip report when you return.

Making a trip to ski Big Mountain for the first time in too many years to count. Taking the family out on Amtrak. Will be my kids first mountain skiing. They could not be more pumped.
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The family and I are leaving a week from Thursday Jan 17th. Will be there until the 25th. December looks like it was epic, just hope it continues.

Sibhusky if you see this thread please post a locals synopsis of what's been going on, I'm sure conditions have been sick.

I am really interested to see how the new Big Mountain Rd is compared to the old one. How is the new Ed & Mully's, I love BBQ? Also love Mackenzie River Pizza, is there on mountain location a full service restaurant or just a day lodge service? How is the new child care area in the day lodge? How long is the lift ride now up to the top of Ed's? So many questions.

I'm like a kid at Christmas being taunted by that unwrapped present.

10 days til I "Ski The Fish" again
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We leave Friday morning, to ski for 4 days. The forecast for the weekend looks terrific - we might even get some sunshine, if we're lucky!!

We're taking Amtrak as well - the train station is 3 miles from my house, and it's dirt cheap compared to flying (and certainly easier than driving).

A friend recommended Ed & Mully's for burgers, so we'll go there one night.

I can't wait to ski Hellroaring Basin - it's new since the last time I was there.

I will definitely post a trip report!
post #5 of 11
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36" of new snow in the last 7 days, and it doesn't look like it's going to stop any time soon.

Whooo Hooooo!
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Keep it coming, keep it coming. Ann, leave a TR if you can when you get back. I should be able to get in the last tease from it before I leave on the 17th.
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AAAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHHHH

I WANT TO BE THERE NOOOOOOOOWWWWWWW ! ! ! ! ! !

Get on the train in 38 looooong days.
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migibs, I'm afraid we don't get home until the wee hours on the 17th. I don't expect to be upright until mid-morning.

What time do you leave?
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migibs, I'm afraid we don't get home until the wee hours on the 17th. I don't expect to be upright until mid-morning.

What time do you leave?
We leave Houston at 6am arriving in Spokane at 9:30, then we'll make the drive to the mountain (about 4 hours no weather). Start skiing on Fri the 18th.

Enjoy the trip and save some pow for me
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The family and I are leaving a week from Thursday Jan 17th. Will be there until the 25th. December looks like it was epic, just hope it continues.

Sibhusky if you see this thread please post a locals synopsis of what's been going on, I'm sure conditions have been sick.
Yes, we've been getting dumped on...and dumped on...and dumped on. I know there are going to be some rocks flung, but I think it's time for a day with some visibility myself. One day this week the rime was so bad on my goggles I was stopping about 5 times for every run. Also, since my accident, I've been WAY timid this year and have not spent a lot of time in the trees other than Good Med and Gray's Golf Course. My daughter, however, has had several "epic" runs down the Back Nine with trackless waist deep powder. Just lately, though, the snow has been somewhat heavier/damper than that which we got around the New Year.

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I am really interested to see how the new Big Mountain Rd is compared to the old one. How is the new Ed & Mully's, I love BBQ? Also love Mackenzie River Pizza, is there on mountain location a full service restaurant or just a day lodge service? How is the new child care area in the day lodge? How long is the lift ride now up to the top of Ed's? So many questions.
The new road is really wide, with a steady climb, god help you if you're behind some poke. BUT, there are few pokes. The posted speed limit of 25 MPH is regularly laughed at by all, including myself. Downward bound, it might make some sense on some days, but the curves are much much gentler and THERE ARE GUARD RAILS! The trick for "Ed and Mully's" on weekends, is to just park yourself at the bar and ignore the opportunity to be seated in the dining room. I can't afford to eat there regularly, and I hate to spend time eating instead of skiing, so you won't find me there. The Mackenzie River Pizza is a total gyp, small slices, high prices, you want pizza, have a piece at the Summit. The time we went we left hungry and overcharged. At the Summit you can use your own tea bag and pay 15 cents for the cup (new this year, used to be free). At Mackenzie I think tea was $1.90 with no option to just buy a cup. The "full service" options are the Chalet and Ed & Mully's. The Chalet will take about an hour off your ski day, but at least there's real history there. Ed & Mully's has nice old vintage posters to simulate history. My kid is 20, so I have no idea about day care. The new Chair 2 is about 4 - 5 minutes and a real boon on those days the fog is starting to get to you. It may make night skiing something desirable as well.

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I'm like a kid at Christmas being taunted by that unwrapped present.

10 days til I "Ski The Fish" again
PM being sent. I ski weekdays, so those concentrating on Saturday and Sunday won't find me.
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Also, since my accident, I've been WAY timid this year and have not spent a lot of time in the trees other than Good Med and Gray's Golf Course.
Thanks for the great update! I also had an accident there during last years trip, but definitely not as bad as yours only a severely bruised right shoulder back on Hellfire while taking some time to ski with the wife on the last run of the day. I was going back and forth from the powder to the groomed and my right ski took a dive and I followed suit. Took a day off and then tried to ski the last day; took one run and called it a day.
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