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Thanks, Rio - Big Sky Report

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
I just want to publicly thank Rio for acting as my guido at Big Sky yesterday (Tuesday, 12/9).

We had an great afternoon under very blue, very big( ) skies. Almost no one on the hill and the groomers were outstanding. The cover was still a bit thin for wandering off-trail, but the skiing was soooooo good on the groomers that who could care. There's a pretty high percentage of the mountain that is still closed, but the patrol was doing control work on the chutes and ridges of Lone Peak so I'm sure they're close to opening the rest of the mountain.

Rio's an excellent skier (when I could keep him in sight, that is) and really knows his way around Big Sky. If you visit there and can talk him into skiing with you, I guarantee you'll have a good time.

Thanks again,

Bob
post #2 of 19
A couple of us are planning a ski trip to Montana in Feb-Mar if there's enough snow. Would like to hit some smaller resorts any info. would be appreciated. Thanks Montana Bears.
post #3 of 19
Bob -

It was fun skiing with you. Normally I hit people up for a beer for guiding them but I think spending 1/2 an hour looking for my lost ski was more than sufficient payment (photos from Bob to follow).

It truly was an excellent day on the groomers.....one of the best I can remember. Nothing like blue sky, hero snow and rarely another person around. After not being able to find my lost ski I switched to some other skis and bombed around the mountain on them. The snow was so easy to turn on I didn't even realize I had left the bindings on their summer setting of DIN 4 instead of where the should have been, DIN 8.5.

Slider - I'll post my suggestions for a Montana road trip from Bend in the resorts section.
post #4 of 19
Bob -

I'm not sure where you are on your Montana jont but if you're in the area Friday, December 12, you might want to take the time to try out Moonlight Basin. It is opening that day and it might be the only time in your life you'll be able to ski a resort on its first day of operations. Barring something unexpected coming up I'm heading up for 1/2 day in the morning.
post #5 of 19
Rio, had a call from my son Tuesday; he was at the 'Sky and was wanting to rub it in some. Sounds like you folks are off to a good start this season. Hey, why not post a report about Moonlight Basin after you ski it Friday? Is there an on-mountain connection between MB and Big Sky, or any plans for one?
post #6 of 19
Rio, glad to hear you will make opening day at MLB. Look for me sking about and working hard. Patrol jacket, Black and Yellow Scarpa T-1s and some kind of fat tele ski. I would like to meet and take a run with you.
RS.
JW, at this time and for this season separate passes are needed to travel between MLB and BS. The management/owners of Big Sky seem very threatened by our operation, they should be, after years of mediocre customer service at an amazing ski mountain they will have to step up and act like the world class destination area they have always claimed to be. This year will be painful in a lot of ways, but in the future will be looked upon as the year Big Sky (the area) became a true destination. Its gonna be weird but its is gonna be a lot of fun. [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]

[ December 11, 2003, 07:04 PM: Message edited by: BSR ]
post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by Rio:
Bob -

I'm not sure where you are on your Montana jont but if you're in the area Friday, December 12, you might want to take the time to try out Moonlight Basin. It is opening that day and it might be the only time in your life you'll be able to ski a resort on its first day of operations. Barring something unexpected coming up I'm heading up for 1/2 day in the morning.
Bum-air.

I'm in Billings until about noon tomorrow (Friday) and then have to head back to Jackson. That means even if the roads are good, I wouldn't be driving past the Big Sky turnoff until about 2:30. A little too late to be trying to slip in a few turns.

Besides, JH had 16" of new last night with more supposedly on the way. I'm headin' home. One friend told me the skiing was better there today than any day they've had in the last two seasons (which includes some pretty good days).

Thanks for the invite, though. Have fun.

Bob
post #8 of 19
BSR, thanks for the post. Great to see you are still doing what you love on Lone Mountain. I owe my son in Bozeman a visit. Will definitely give Moonlight a spin and give you a shout.
JW
post #9 of 19
Maybe we'll run into some of you guys next month (17th-21st). A group of us will be up for our annual JH/Ghee/BigSky trip which this year will also include Moonlight Basin. [img]smile.gif[/img] [img]smile.gif[/img] [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #10 of 19
JW & Endlessseason -

If I had to choice, I would pick Bridger Bowl over Moonlight Basin. It has vastly more expert terrain.

Endlessseason -

I normally ski Bridger now that its open. I do ski Big Sky on weekend powder days so let me know when your heading this way and how to get ahold of you in case I'm a Big Sky when you are.

JW -

Let me know when you'll be in Bozeman. I'll gladly show you around Bridger while your here. If you're in town one of the days I decide to go to Discovery you should tag along. Did your son get a pass at Bridger or Big Sky?
post #11 of 19
My son has a pass at Big Sky but not Bridger, though he does get up to Bridger a fair amount. Last year too. He says Bridger being so close to BZN tends to get skied out more quickly and, like me, he thinks a 50 min drive to ski at the Sky is nothing. He also made a couple weekend shots down to Targhee last year, the lucky dog. As I recall that is about 4 hours from BZN. I, on the other hand, am looking at a 10 hr drive to ski Stowe this weekend. Still worth it.
post #12 of 19
JW -

Glad to hear your son made it through a year of MSU and great powder without flunking out....you wouldn't believe how rare that actually is. My daughter had to choice between a Bridger pass and a Big Sky pass (a choice most bears dream about having) and she opted for the Bridger pass due to the short drive. It takes at least 90 minutes more to drive both ways to Big Sky and longer in bad weather making it unfeasible to drive to Big Sky for 2 hours of skiing.

So, was it your son the skied by me on some Pocket Rockets last Tuesday and didn't even bother to stop and help me look for my lost ski?
post #13 of 19
I'm thinking of coming out from Seattle after Christmas. I have a Crystal Mountain pass that is also good for 10 days at Big Sky. If the weather warms in Seattle during Xmas, I want to have a backup plan. I'm a rabid powderhound that searches out the untracked all day. What are the crowds like at Big Sky at this time of year? How is the coverage at this time? Would someone be willing to give me firsthand reports as we approach Xmas? I trust the Bear report rather than the area. Thanks for the help and info.
post #14 of 19
I'm thinking of coming out from Seattle after Christmas. I have a Crystal Mountain pass that is also good for 10 days at Big Sky. If the weather warms in Seattle during Xmas, I want to have a backup plan. I'm a rabid powderhound that searches out the untracked all day. What are the crowds like at Big Sky at this time of year? How is the coverage at this time? Would someone be willing to give me firsthand reports as we approach Xmas? I trust the Bear report rather than the area. Thanks for the help and info.
post #15 of 19
The current report from Big Sky isn't too rosey. Big avalanches on most aspects have removed the snow cover to the ground. The weeks forecast is for High Pressure and mild temps. Keep asking and I will answer, I live at the base of Lone Mountain and ski just about every day although most days are spent next door at the "new place"
post #16 of 19
From what I've heard there were some major slides on the south side of Lone Peak leaving the dictators (the Lenin & Marx runs) plus access to Liberty Bowl barren. It will be a long time before they build up enough snow to be skiable. Big Sky is claiming it will be 100% open by Xmas day but skiing on the tram will have to be limited if it does open.

Fortunately, there are a lot more opportunities to ski powder at Big Sky than just the tram. The areas serviced by the Lone Peak and Challenger chairs (two of the chairs with good powder skiing) had good coverage this past weekend. I am not sure if either was effected by slides. Another good place for powder skiing is the Shedhorn chair. Unfortunately, it is right below the areas that had the major slides this week so Shedhorn's runs might have been effected. I have friends going up to Big Sky this weekend. I'll post a report on what they find on Monday.

[ December 17, 2003, 03:28 PM: Message edited by: Rio ]
post #17 of 19
A quick update on Big Sky conditions. Big Sky has all its major lifts open. Coverage on the blues and greens is good. Coverage on the blacks is very good for this time of year but you will hit rocks on the steeps especially on the Challenger chair. The tram was open for site seeing only but I have heard conflicting reports that they've started allowing skiing off of it. Even if skiing is open off the tram a good deal of the terrain is barren from the recent avalanches. They are expecting a good crowd over the holidays because of the early season coverage but you shouldn't see many lift lines because of the lift capacity there.
post #18 of 19
Rio, I couldn't get my son on a pr. of Pocket Rockets, or any other ski for that matter, as he is a knuckledragger of long standing. (My other son also boards, just where did I go wrong?) So if you are up at the Sky and see a big dude on a blue Sal. Fastback, that would in all liklihood be him. And if he is wearing a Phila. Eagles jacket or cap, that will cinch the identification.

Too bad about the slides on Lone Mountain. Nevertherless, it sounds like the season is off to a good start in MT. Hope to get to BZN either just before or after the Bears gathering in Jackson. You going down to Jackson?
post #19 of 19
JW -

Currently plans are to drive to the gathering Thursday after work and return to Bozeman Sunday evening. It would be a shame to miss it since its only 4 hours from where I live. Let me know if you need a ride either direction.
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