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post #31 of 71
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Day 7 skiing was my first trip to Big Sky where I was lucky enough to have Epic's own "little bear" ski a few runs with myself and VA.  Conditions were pretty good at the start and only got better through the day as 3 or 4 inches of new fell throughout the day.

 

I must say that Little Bear is a pretty slow skier as it must have taken her 30 or more seconds to leave my sight after we pushed off for each run(sarcasm).  She took us to runs in no time flat that we never would have found on our own and pointed us with pin point precision to areas we would enjoy when she had to go to work.

 

She also showed me where to get delicious homemade Perrogies at the base area.

 

 

A fresh smile and a fresh new area for me

 

 

VA and little bear joining me on an uplifting ride to the Big Sky

 

 

 

little bear on the newest lift to be installed at Big Sky with a Grand Opening next season.  Sales pitch will be maximum vertical in the shortest possible time:)

 

 

 

Can't thank Ursula(little bear) enough and I'm heading back to Big Sky tomorrow.  She took almost every spare minute out of her busy day to show us tremendous hospitality.

 

Wanted to add that while I was not expecting it, Big Sky gave me a 1/2 price ticket with my military ID and there's plenty of cheap eats in the Mountain Mall if you walk around a little bit.

 

Did I mention the Steelers won the(for me) StuporBowl!!!

 

 

 

post #32 of 71

It was a very enjoyable time skiing with you, Jim. Will we see you tomorrow?

post #33 of 71

It was a fun day skiing with everyone Sunday.  It is always a blast having people come to Bridger not only for the opportunity to show them around but for the great conversations while riding the nostalgic (AKA slow) chairs at Bridger.

 

Skiing with VA was a unique experience.  Normally, us Bridger locals take guests on steeper and narrower terrain until they cry "chicken".  (Its a perverse way to feed our egos.)  VA was the first guest in my 9 years of skiing at Bridger that skied everything we threw at him (and  he kept asking for more.)


Edited by Rio - Tue, 03 Feb 09 16:32:21 GMT
post #34 of 71
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Affirmative!!!  I sent you a PM for meet up details.

 

 

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It was a very enjoyable time skiing with you, Jim. Will we see you tomorrow?

 

post #35 of 71
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It was great Rio and I can't thank the Bozeman locals enough.  Thanks for the beacon loan and sorry I wasn't quite Schlasmans worthy.

 

Bluebird day at Big Sky today with a few pics to follow later.

 

Bridger tomorrow.

 

 

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It was a fun day skiing with everyone Sunday.  It is always a blast having people come to Bridger not only for the opportunity to show them around but for the great conversations while riding the nostalgic (AKA slow) chairs at Bridger.

 

Skiing with VA was a unique experience.  Normally, us Bridger locals take guests on steeper and narrower terrain until they cry "chicken".  (Its a perverse way to feed our egos.)  VA was the first guest in my 9 years of skiing at Bridger that skied everything we threw at him (and  he kept asking for more.)


Edited by Rio - Tue, 03 Feb 09 16:32:21 GMT

 

post #36 of 71

 

Nice trip report!

Awesome you hooked up with nolo, ridgehippie, VA, Rio,Littlebear at Bridger and BigSky.  Will you do the Big couloir at BigSky?

 

What is that tunnel and is there a moving sidewalk in it?

 

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Day 5= Friday 30 Jan at Snowbird

 

I met up with ct55 and his friend Dick for the 2nd day this week.  Conditions were firm in the AM, but the sun(bluebird all day) softened most things up fairly quickly.

 

Started the day at the new Creekside day lodge.

 

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 1st trip through the tunnel into Mineral Basin



Edited by jgiddyup - Sun, 01 Feb 09 00:53:21 GMT

 

post #37 of 71

Just interjecting - that's the Snowbird tunnel that gets you frm top of Peruvian lift to Mineral on the other side.  They had music in there too.  Yes there's a moving sidewalk.  They could speed it up though IMO!

 

I'm in the yellow helmet, black coat and brown pants.  Gotta get a jacket that matches my pants - just thought of that ...:)

post #38 of 71
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Day 8 was yesterday skiing solo at Big Sky.  I did manage to catch a chair withe Ursula(little bear) when she was heading up to meet her afternoon group lesson.  She informed me that I could have skied from the tram(Liberty Bowl), but I didn't feel like waiting for the tram as my picture taking ride was a 30 minute wait in the AM and the line was longer in the PM.

 

It was a gorgeous soft snow bluebird day with some views that will be etched in my mind forever.

 

 

 

Lone Peak from top of Southern Comfort lift

 

 

Lone Peak Tram

 

 

The shadowy figure in the bottom center of this pic are the Grand Tetons as seen from the top of Lone Peak

 

Riding the tram down you see a skier climbing up for his ski in one of the gnarly schutes on Lone Peak

 

 

 

Tram passing Tram with the Lone Peak triple in the background

 

 

Turkey traverse out into the bowl off the Lone Peak triple which I skied shortly after taking this photo

 

Skiers hiking for turns lookers right on Lone Peak

 

 

And finally this young female snowboarder argued with her boyfriend and turned him into a Raven

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #39 of 71
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Today was back to Bridger Bowl and conditions were fantasic.  Much softer than Sunday and Joan(Nolo) and Phil showed me some great glades that seem to exist all throughout the area.

 

We were joined after a couple of runs by another local named Ed who they knew and I must say that Ed skis about the same as me and he's 79 years young!!!(very cool)

 

Ski Patrol with best friend

 

 

Phil exiting the trees

 

 

Ed cruising along

 

 

Ed, Joan(Nolo), Phil

 

 

Me, Joan(Nolo), Phil

 

 

 

A fantastic day where we spent mucho time in nicely spaced glades and the guiding was fantastic.

 

Please put Bridger Bowl MT on your must ski list as it offers fantastic steeps, great glades and mellow cruising. A well rounded area that I'll not hesitate to visit again.

 

I can't thank the Montana Epic contingent of Rio, Nolo(and Phil), little bear and volantaddict enough.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #40 of 71

Oh man, I don't know how I missed this TR before, I've been waiting for it.  Way to make it happen peeps!  Looks like great fun.  Thanks for reporting J =)

post #41 of 71

Looks like the trip of the year.  Nice to see you getting out there and meeting up with all the Bears.  You even caught Volantaddict.  He can be elusive, ya know?

post #42 of 71

Enjoying the posts.  Great to see a fellow Virginian getting out and about.  I'll say one thing about Little Bear: she seems to enjoy hanging out with Tall Bears!

post #43 of 71

Nice J, very nice.

 

I've had the pleasure to have met and skied with J.

 

Nice guy.

 

VA, that stout looks pretty tasty.

post #44 of 71

That was Awesome JG!  Thanks

post #45 of 71

S-s-sweet pics!

post #46 of 71

Great TR. Wonderful to see so many bears in their natural environment. I was beginning to think that VA was a figment of my imagination. A bit worrying to see in action the supernatural powers of those snowboarder girls, ladies, women, chics. . .

post #47 of 71
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Wanted to thank everyone for the replies and I highly recommend a Utah, Montana, Wyoming circuit.

 

If the roads are good the drives are pretty easy and tons of terrain to be absorbed.

 

Today was day 10 on skis and it was at Jackson Hole.  Had the good fortune to meet up with Bob Peters and several other Bears in the AM and a few more Apres.  Conditions were firm with a couple inches new and snow falling off and on throughout the day.

 

New clock tower and tram building

 

 

Taylormatt wife Mara(sp?) on our 1st run of the day.

 

 

Bob Peters, mdf, Taylormatt wife and Taylormatt as we wait for a tram

 

 

Cattle call on the tram

 

 

Tram pics and I'm sure better ones will be had as the week progresses

 

 

Epic member Wildcat on Sleeping Indian

 

 

Mdf on Sleeping Indian

 

 

Catskills, Wildcat, David(from England), Bob Peters, Mdf and Ruth Peters having a few apres drinks at the Alpenhof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #48 of 71

Cool thread JG, looks like I should have skied another day at Big Sky. Thanks again for your way coolness.

post #49 of 71

Jgiddyup, wicked cool!

 

Life does not suck!

post #50 of 71

We had a great time yesterday, especially later when you could actually see.  It was great to meet everyone (or re-meet them).  

Im glad you got a couple of photos.  It looks like I had snow on the lens for most of mine.  Too bad, cause I took some that I hoped would be good ones -- especially the ones of everyone dropping into Dicks Ditch.

post #51 of 71
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Originally Posted by jgiddyup View Post

Day 6 of skiing was at Bridger Bowl MT and I was lucky enough to have Epic members VolantAddict, Rio, Nolo and Nolo husband Phil to show me around.

 

Bridger has some amazing terrain much of which was way above my head.  We went out to the new Schlasmans lift which is lift served backcountry and the accomplished group I was with was very patient as I was in full SURVIVAL mode.  Conditions were very firm and a fall was NOT recommended.  Many thanks to Rio for the Avy beeper loan.  Avy danger was quite low, but it's required for good reason.  The biggest slide danger on this day was almost certainly me.

 

The group just after the morning meet up from L to R are VA, Phil, Nolo and Rio

 

 

 

 

 

Top of Schlasmans

 

 

 

Rio bottom right with VA top left

 

 

 

 

VA picking his line

 

 

 

 

Wrong line:)

 

 

 

 

Phil in perfect form at the bottom of "The John".  Rio informed me that "The John" is the most lifted trail sign at the area and they should just sell them:)

 

 

 

Nolo doing "The John"

 

 

 

 

VA and me with a little local brew at the Jim Bridger Lodge

 

 

Bridger is a fantastic area and while conditions were challenging for myself, the company kept me on my toes(and out of the backseat for the most part) and only re-enforced how great this community is.

 

Thanks for the inspiration.....makes me smile, knowing that I'll have a shot at this place in a few months.

 

post #52 of 71

Oh, and while you all were skiing "the john" I was at MJ skiing Outhouse.  How funny is that! 

post #53 of 71

Can you forward me your trip planner?? It really looks like a trip to be remembered!!!

post #54 of 71
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Oh, and while you all were skiing "the john" I was at MJ skiing Outhouse.  How funny is that! 

 

That is pretty funny

 

I was skiing "the John" at a place  named after Jim Bridger, so seems appropriate.

 

You were skiing "Outhouse" at a place named Mary Jane.  Shouln't it have been more appropriately named "powder room" or "ladies lavatory"?

 

While i'm fully aware this particular Mary Jane could kick my butt, It's still no reason not to be more "ladylike"

post #55 of 71

I skied Toilet Bowl today.  Does that count?

post #56 of 71

Speaking of potty jokes...

 

This is for any of you women/girls/chicks/ma'ams/whatevers who are skiing at Jackson Hole this week.  Sometime during the week, make sure you walk into the women's restroom on the main floor of the building at the top of the Bridger Gondola.  On the wall just inside the door is a photo of four "ladies" checking out the facilities before the building was open to the public.

 

I won't tell you who one of the women is, but you'll meet her this coming Monday night.

 

 

post #57 of 71

A picture of the morning group from Friday;

 

 

 

post #58 of 71
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Resurrecting this thread as I'm now back in Utah for my final two ski days before returning home.  I wasn't supposed to be here, but they've been getting hammered and I decided to finish it off with some POWDER.

 

Probably Powder Mountain tomorrow and wherever I end up I'll post some pics.

 

Between my Montana phase and now I was in Jackson Hole for the 2009 Epicski Gathering and a few pics and reports from that great get together can be found here.

 

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/80587/2009-epicski-gathering-trip-report-for-photos-and-anecdotes

post #59 of 71
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Sitting in my hotel room and after being away from home for 2.5 weeks, I suddenly realized a couple things I've been missing on this wonderful adventure.

 

post #60 of 71

Ya this is an epic trip for sure.  I think you'll be happy with Powder, given all the recent snow and the tendency of that place to hold untracked powder for days and days.

 

Take a few shots if you can.  great stuff Jim!

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