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Still skiing top to bottom: Snowbowl 5/15 & 16

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5/15- With an oncoming heat wave, I headed up to Snowbowl to get it while the getting's good. Thursday I woke up late, and knowing it would be quite warm I was bummed, and resigned to sit it out as I expected it too be goo by the time I got there. I diddled on the internet until a stoke filled TR on TGR motivated me to get after it. I reached the mountain at 4:30pm hoping the snow would be cooling down and corning up.

As I pulled over to take this from Goat curve on the road, I found a digital camera sitting in the middle of the road, today I put lost and found ads in the local papers.



I chose to take a different route this time, acting upon beta from someone who just came down the hill, namely that Second Thought trail had seen more plowing in preparation for summer operations, opening for mountain biking in two weeks.

Lower Paradise showing some bare patches, but phenomenal for mid May.



A little further up shows some more bare patches, but plenty of snow still.



The remnants of the seasons snowmaking remain on Sunrise Bowl across the canyon.



The different route, gave me a fresh view of West Bowls....



.....as well as Upper Grizzly and Grizzly Glade.



Evening shadows shroud the East side of the summit as I approach the top.



A bluebird day, and yet this view from door three into East Bowls reveals a haze hanging over the valley of smokes.



The sun gleams off of skin tracks, and the sled track left by the mountain manager who blew by me on lower Paradise.



A look North from the summit shows a couple of the Mission Mountains in the distance, ooh that looks good.



When I put on my skis up top the seemed slippery on the mush snow up top, so I opted for a longer run down the sun-drenched East Bowls.

I'm now a videographer in training, I ain't there yet.

Try, try again.

It was pretty soft, but I left the mountain happy, and a hardening Bowl Outrun made me feel sure that getting up early today would be well worth the early rise.

To be continued..........
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5/16 the 14 hour turnaround

Having finished my Thursday run at almost 7pm, I would need to get some sleep pronto if I was to be well rested for my planned early start, of course I got drunk and stayed up until 4:15am in a political flame war on TGR. Amazingly, I woke at 7:15am and immediately called a buddy of mine who had been interested last night, in going with me today. Of course he bailed, but for some reason I had a fire lit under my keester, I guess it was that I knew that it might be the last chance to ski top to bottom without taking off my skis. Weather reports warned of horrendous 90 degree temps in the valley, and loathsome melting of snowpack, so I rapidly assembled my breakfast, and hit the rowdy road.

Good morning Snowbowl! 9am saw me putting skins on my skis on the bunny slope.



A naked Grizzly Chute bathed in morning sun.



Proof that PDAs are no match for a cat with a groomer.



West Bowls beckons, shining like a jewel, and screaming "I'm melting...."



The awesomeness of TV Mountain is due to be added to the inbound offerings, according to the master development plan, this should take place just before hell freezes over.



Suncups on Paradise remind me of a moonscape.



Yesterday I dropped in between the four little rocks and the two medium rocks. You can just make out my tracks.



Lolo peak from door three of East Bowl.



A humongous cornice at the top of Point Six, it would be cool to see that break loose (from this view), and it just might soon if it gets as warm. The trees below it are about 30 feet tall. Holy avi-danger Batman!



Still a lot of snow up top.



Miles to the West is the mountain formerly known a Squaw Peak, I think they gave it a number instead.



The nearest Snotel site is on Stuart Peak, three miles to the East; I gots to ski that someday!



What would a VA TR be without a shot of the East Cliffs? Looking over the lip of West Bowls.



Skier's right of the razorback is called The Back Doer.......



.....because the left side is called The Doer Way, but it's also called Patrol Chute. They are skier's right at the top of West Bowls. The Doer Way was absolutely flattened and perfect corn today. :



So long Snowbowl, I'll see you again after this miserable hot weather passes (I hear tell a cold front will be here next week.



Driving home I look longingly at Lolo Peak, hmmm.......now there's an unaccomplished objective.

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VA, I love your spring Stoke Threads!!! This is me ?>>> :
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VA, I love your spring Stoke Threads!!! This is me ?>>> :
Trek, maybe if you tightened your lips, you wouldn't drool so much.
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Sweet. I'd kill to be able to hop some dirt patches on rock skis this weekend:
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Spring

VA, nice pictures. gooing to Silver tommorrow probably last day for the year. Have a great summer.
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VA, nice pictures. gooing to Silver tommorrow probably last day for the year. Have a great summer.
Well the bullwheels will begin to turn again at the beginning of June, for mountain bikers, and the frisbee golf course, but if the snow holds, I have other ideas.
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great trip report and photos!
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...of course I got drunk and stayed up until 4:15am in a political flame war on TGR. - volantaddict
You mean like this?
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By the way, love this phrasing! It could be the opening to a whole section on late season skiing on epic:
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Weather reports warned of horrendous 90 degree temps in the valley, and loathsome melting of snowpack, so I rapidly assembled my breakfast, and hit the rowdy road. - volantaddict
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great trip report and photos!
Thanks.



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By the way, love this phrasing! It could be the opening to a whole section on late season skiing on epic:
I strive for accuracy.



If I had someone asking me to come to bed, I'd spend less time in battle.
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I strive for accuracy.
Well most of us don't get in a whole paragraph what you got in one sentence. That's art.
If "Art is a lie the makes people see the truth" , (Picasso), regardless of how accurate, you're a good liar!
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Volant, loved the video takes. You got what it takes. Watch out WM
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Great TR! I was filled with equal parts stoke and this deep, lingering sadness as the snow melts and the endless wait begins. The more the ski addiction sets in...the harder the withdrawl and craving sets in. I have got to get to South America one of these summers.

Thanks for sharing.....
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Great TR! I was filled with equal parts stoke and this deep, lingering sadness as the snow melts and the endless wait begins. The more the ski addiction sets in...the harder the withdrawl and craving sets in. I have got to get to South America one of these summers.

Thanks for sharing.....
Yeah, I have been weening myself off of skiing, and will try to make the most of the snow while it's there, but we don't have the elevation to keep it up much longer. I hate to think what the past few days of hot weather has done to the snowpack, but at least it's clouding up today, and the overnight temps a expected to be low enough to freeze the snow into a skiable base.
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Cool pictures of the Bowl. Thanks for posting them.
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