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Snowbowl on MLK Day

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It wasn't the best conditions of the year, no foot of blower, it was just wind packed, and deep frozen, powder. High winds plastered the mountain followed by subzero temps to create an uber base. The sunshine brought enough softness to loosen the freeze slightly in spite of the zero degree temps. (Hint click on the smaller pics to get a bigger version )

The cliffs looked glorious, a lot of snow had slid in the previous days bombing:



A snow ghost I liked:



Now for a trip into West Bowls:



Via Patrol chute:



Looking back up at Patrol chute (right) and the patrol shack, over what is oft refered to as Pee chute:



From further down the Red Bud side of West Bowls:



A look across to the west side of upper West Bowls:



And looking down:



First tracks further down:



Going back up, I took this one of the Missoula and Bitteroot valleys, but what is cool is what the rays of the sun did to it:



I side stepped up to drop the few, extra, super-steep turns, into the uppermost part of East Bowls for my last run, short but sweet:



Then I had to go to work.
post #2 of 11
Really nice pics, you took me there with your camara. I like the color in the pic of the valley. Conditions look really good.

buzz
post #3 of 11
Nice post. Thanks.
post #4 of 11
Looking good there VA. I don't blame you for staying put and not doing UT. Conditions look pretty primo.
post #5 of 11
Good stuff. Thanks for the pics.
post #6 of 11
I always dig your TRs. Thanks for sharing.
post #7 of 11
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Thanks for looking folks, I would have taken pics of skiers, but the mountain was pretty much empty (um, and that's the only time I feel like taking pictures ).
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Thanks for looking folks, I would have taken pics of skiers, but the mountain was pretty much empty (um, and that's the only time I feel like taking pictures ).
So true.

Wow, really beautiful pictures all appearing to be captured at the perfect moment.
post #9 of 11
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Gracias.
post #10 of 11

"Patrol Chute" history

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m...tewindbuff.jpg

Back in the 70s I saw the late David Doer ski this 12 ft, wide chute on a powder day in a style I have never seen before or since. He sat back and stuck his tails in up to the bindings one after the other facing out in a downhill herringbone. It was an amazing left-right tail skate from one side of the chute to the other, and at the bottom he just leaned forward, stepped onto both skis and causally skied around the trees and off into the West Bowl. The Patrol called it the "Duckwalk" after that, and then when David and Z-man died in a car crash coming back from Lost Trail they put a sign up at the top and named it "The Doer Way." They also put one up at the entry chute to Red Bud Ridge and named it "Z-man's Revenge," because it slid on him one time. I guess those names have been lost over the years, although it was Z-man who named Red Bud Ridge. I hear his son is bartending at the Bowl Bar this winter.

Thanks for the pics VA. You have no idea how much I enjoy them and all the emotions they bring back. The Bowl still has some of the best terrain in north america. As David Doer used to say, his favorite ski areas were "the Bird, the Hole and the Bowl." Glad to hear you are finally having an epic year. Wish I were there to enjoy it with you.
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http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m...tewindbuff.jpg
Back in the 70s I saw the late David Doer ski this 12 ft, wide chute on a powder day in a style I have never seen before or since. He sat back and stuck his tails in up to the bindings one after the other facing out in a downhill herringbone. It was an amazing left-right tail skate from one side of the chute to the other, and at the bottom he just leaned forward, stepped onto both skis and causally skied around the trees and off into the West Bowl. The Patrol called it the "Duckwalk" after that, and then when David and Z-man died in a car crash coming back from Lost Trail they put a sign up at the top and named it "The Doer Way." They also put one up at the entry chute to Red Bud Ridge and named it "Z-man's Revenge," because it slid on him one time. I guess those names have been lost over the years, although it was Z-man who named Red Bud Ridge. I hear his son is bartending at the Bowl Bar this winter.

Thanks for the pics VA. You have no idea how much I enjoy them and all the emotions they bring back. The Bowl still has some of the best terrain in north america. As David Doer used to say, his favorite ski areas were "the Bird, the Hole and the Bowl." Glad to hear you are finally having an epic year. Wish I were there to enjoy it with you.
Excellent, a friend of mine was calling it The Doer Way, but I thought he was saying the doorway. It is hella cool to hear the history. You really ought to make a trip up here this season, it has been going off! 14" in the past couple days. The snowstake on Griz is at 5 ft, in spite of Spike stomping it down.

The mountain is skiing really big. We skied Grandpa's Orgasm, and then dropped down from the road and skied deep, untracked-all-season powder, all the way to Lake Morris. It's been idyllic.....and more to come.

Edit: Which bartender? I know them all.
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