Rio, thanks for the tour on Sunday and letting me borrow the Nordica Beasts. Best wishes to Marion recovering from her dislocated shoulder.
Rio really is a great guide for Big Sky and I suspect Bridger Bowl. I should have tape recorded the comments from the chair rides and played them in my sleep so I'd be an expert too. He really knows this mountain. I think if you were there and could tell him the wind direction and sun factors for the last few days he could tell you over the phone the conditions of what you wanted to ski.
If he offers to give you a tour you should really take him up on it. Just bear in mind that when he says "I'm skiing the steeps" that means long pitches in the mid 40 degree range.
: Of course if you don't want that he'll direct you where else to go. We had a great time going all over the mountain and I really had a good sense of the place before esa started.
On maybe our second run we're up in Lone Peak bowl. (Apparently this is warmup!) This is my first time on fat skis (90 something mm). About half way down the run I suddenly experience "Fat Ski Syndrome". This is where you start thinking "If this ski was longer and fatter...then I could ski this run at 40+mph!..I want more ski!" (This is where you need to beware of people selling fat skis on the side of the trail like crack dealers or you will purchase! hmm...Lou comes to mind here..
It's too bad Rio wasn't around on Saturday when Skye and I were trying to ski all sorts of woods. He could have saved us a lot of time. (oh and I got Maria very lost...but that's another story)