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post #181 of 272

Saturday crowds are almost totally gone by the end of the season.  Sunday will be a zoo up there as it is closing day and the locals love any excuse to party.

post #182 of 272

I believe some of the visitors are planning to ski Friday after ESA at Bridger too. I would love to play the part of the tour guide caboose if my schedule permits. 

post #183 of 272
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I believe some of the visitors are planning to ski Friday after ESA at Bridger too. I would love to play the part of the tour guide caboose if my schedule permits. 

Count me in.

 

post #184 of 272

I had planned on getting a post-ESA ski day at Big Sky, but if all of the cool kids are heading over to Bridger, maybe I should follow (someone might mistake me for a cool kid then...)

post #185 of 272
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Saturday crowds are almost totally gone by the end of the season.  Sunday will be a zoo up there as it is closing day and the locals love any excuse to party.

You're talking Sun after the esa is closing of Bridger?

If there's ever any threat of a 'zoo' one could always go to Moonlight Basin.  There they just let the animals roam wild as no one's around. Lift accessed chutes, and can always ski part of BigSky and return to Moonlight lift.

 

post #186 of 272

My days were off.  Bridger closing day is the Sunday after the ESA.  Its one of the biggest parties in the area.  I generally avoid it, not because of the crowds, but due to the incapacitated riders on the slopes.

post #187 of 272

Scheduled to stay a day after at Big Sky if you can be down the day after that would be great Rio.

 

Rio, I would like to ski Sat with you at Bridger.  Volunteering transportation for those Bears flying in. Have truck comfortable for 4 and all equipment.  Can transport to Bridger Sat, back to town and to Big Sky on Sunday, no problem.  If this makes it easier for some bear to ski Bridger I am glad to help out. 

post #188 of 272

Pete - You're a good egg.

 

I don't want to ski with the cool kids, send me off with the nerds. Any nerds heading to Bridger?

post #189 of 272
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Pete - You're a good egg.

 

I don't want to ski with the cool kids, send me off with the nerds. Any nerds heading to Bridger?

I think that would be me 

post #190 of 272

Trekchick, are you going to do Bridger before or after ESA?  Just arrived in JH, clear all the way down and cool. Doesn't look like powder tommorrow at Targhee.

post #191 of 272
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 I will be flying in on Saturday and flying out the following week on Sunday.  My plan is to go with the flow.

I'm guessing that Sunday skiing on the week of the event will be at Big Sky, which would make Bridger easier for me to catch after the ESA.

Still, I'm not going to harsh anyones mellow.

post #192 of 272



 

Photos taken on Lone Peak yesterday.

 

post #193 of 272

Wow now I am feeling intimidated by Big Sky.  I have really just begun to ski the blacks faster this year.  This looks like some serious steepness.  Hopfeully we will be able to ski something slightly less steep.  I like the challenge  but probably would like a comfort run now and then

 

On a side note, would you guys and gals  bring your skis or just demo.  I will have to make a plane transfer and am a little apprehensive that the skiis would not make it with me. 

post #194 of 272
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 Pandita, I'm flying in and will bring a pair of skis with me.  (two pair at most) 

I will carry my boots on the plane then hope for the best with my other gear.

 

I've only had to demo skis at my destination once.  That's pretty good odds for as much as I've traveled to ski in the past couple years.

 

 

post #195 of 272
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Wow now I am feeling intimidated by Big Sky.  I have really just begun to ski the blacks faster this year.  This looks like some serious steepness.  Hopfeully we will be able to ski something slightly less steep.  I like the challenge  but probably would like a comfort run now and then

 

On a side note, would you guys and gals  bring your skis or just demo.  I will have to make a plane transfer and am a little apprehensive that the skiis would not make it with me. 

Don't be intimidated, there is tons to ski at Big Sky.  I would gather most of the Bears are brining their own skis and some two pair + ;) 

post #196 of 272

Big Sky's huge -- no worries about finding a variety of terrain for you -- lone peak is just the most photogenic part of the mountain, so that's why you're seeing all of the photos from there. That being said, Mermer will tet you out of the yikes zone(TM).

 

I'm bringing skis but my mom's Demoing -- there are a couple of places to Demo at the mountain, so if you want to, it shouldn't be a bit deal.

post #197 of 272

Yes, there's nothing to be intimidated about in terms of the terrain at Big Sky.  There's some excellent true green terrain, and tons of blue terrain.  Yes, I did some extensive exploring of the powder in the trees between the green runs the first day there after Rio left. I'm not sure why, it's quite flat.

Also, it's an exceptionally easy mountain to get around.  Easier than Snowmass, and easier to remember than Aspen.  You can always just ride the tram up and down for the view of Lone Peak.

Let's face it, few people post pictures of ripping up the greens!

 

Maybe this year I'll show up with some K2 Pontoons!! - ha!

 

While we're looking though, if this is the #1, 2 chutes, they are waaay steeper than what it looks like in the photo here.  The traverse is kind of hairy too.  Never got used to that thing.

 

Was this shot from a chopper?

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Photos taken on Lone Peak yesterday.

 


 

post #198 of 272
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 If Tog can ski it, anyone can ski it  

post #199 of 272
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 If Tog can ski it, anyone can ski it  

 

 

Okay, now I am relieved.  I am just looking to challenging myself and having fun while of course learning
 

post #200 of 272
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 If Tog can ski it, anyone can ski it  

 

 

Okay, now I am relieved.  I am just looking to challenging myself and having fun while of course learning
 

we're going to have soooooo much fun!!!!

post #201 of 272

Saturday, Marian (my girlfriend) & I went to Big Sky.  Marian has been doing well in some of the steeper terrain at Bridger Bowl so I decided she was ready for the Turkey Traverse in the Lone Peak Bowl.  We traversed over to one of the open spaces in the bowl used quite extensively for learning to ski steeps at the first Big Sky ESA.  Even though Marian had been skiing terrain as steep at Bridger (which most visitors from the east consider big and open), she became real hesitant due to how huge and open the bowl is.  She ended up skiing down okay (though not as well as she could), but now that she's done it once she can't wait to go back and do it again. 


Edited by Rio - 2/9/2009 at 09:54 pm
post #202 of 272

yeah, one of the things that lone peak has in abundance is exposure -- I'm usually not to worried about that, but looking down the dictators (I think it was one of them), it looks like a long, long way down :)

 

hooray for games in the yikes zone.

post #203 of 272
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 If Tog can ski it, anyone can ski it  

Well that should read "If Kate can ski it, anyone can ski it." - j/k!!

Kate can be found by googling "Skiing in the Shower" blog.  She's also here on epic.

 

I believe even the lowest level group ended up on Liberty bowl last year.  Conditions were good for it though. Uh...in between the invisible rocks that is.

 

Aleph, Kuros, Katanas, or Pontoons?

 

post #204 of 272

Are ANY of those wide enough for you? I thought you were looking for something in the 200-250mm range?

 

personally, the katanas have the coolest topsheet, so that's obviously what you should get... otherwise, how will anyone else on the tram know how truly 'core you are

 

I haven't been to Kate's blog in a while... thanks for reminding me of a new way to be distracted at the office.

 

 

 

 

post #205 of 272

Let's not get out of control here!

Seriously, maybe the Pontoons are too radical - great for 3D snow but that's it.  The Kuros at least have a more normal mid section!

The Katanas might just be too small.

What does Martin ski on there?

post #206 of 272

87 and 108 will me my widths of choice for this trip,  

post #207 of 272

Are you skiing the Blizzard Argos? and the Magnum 8.7's?

 

At least you're not on Head Im88's. Not sure I could keep up. Richie was doing an average of 46.7mph on those with top speed of 65mph.  That's at Hunter, NY too! No wonder I've never been to Huntah!

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/78321/2009-head-monster-im88-review

 

 

post #208 of 272

I have three widths I ski at Big Sky.  88mm for most of the time (Mythic Riders), 110mm for big dumps (Nordica Blowers) and during a long dry spell 70mm (Volkl Superspeeds).

post #209 of 272
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Are you skiing the Blizzard Argos? and the Magnum 8.7's?

 

 

The 8.7's and the PBR's 

post #210 of 272

Tog, I had the pleasure to ski with Kate and Squatty for two days and I'll turn it around a little and say, "If you can ski with Kate you can ski almost anywhere".

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