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Our family is here for a week - thru Jan 22nd.  Here are a few pics and comments on the trip thus far, beginning with Friday - Sun.  Snow conditions here are variable ... soft, powder to boiler plate ice and death cookies.  The boiler plate came into play on Friday when the South slopes got some overnight rain, which promptly froze and lasted throughout the day.  With the sun out yesterday, this was not an issue.  Overall the week here is warmer than typical, especially with the sun out. 

Took a lesson on Sunday with RON from Indiana ... 3rd lesson from him over several year period, and does a great job of emphasizing the subtle impacts of hand and upper body position on skiing. 

Kudos too, to the Hellroarin' Saloon - which in my opinion is the best slopeside bar in the country.

Will meet up with local expert, and EpicSki frequenter "SibHusky" on Tuesday for some first hand touring of sweet stashes. 

Some pics of the trip thus far:

Friday from the summit ... gray and overcast with low hanging


Saturday with Ollie ... note the low hanging

Standing with my daughter on Inspiration. Beautiful day with the sun popping out.




From Hellroarin Saloon - best slopeside bar out there!

Overall, we really enjoy coming here. 


Enjoy ....
post #2 of 12
Hope you and family have a great week taking the path less traveled.  Doesn't look very crowded?  I forget, did you take the train out there?
post #3 of 12
Let's not overstate my abilities.  I may be an expert on local food, but am hardly an expert skier.  I PRAY we find some decent snow.  After my tour down Elephant's today, I am not hopeful.  It was skill-building.  However, for those who want to look at YESTERDAY's views, here ya go.

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Will meet up with local expert, and EpicSki frequenter "SibHusky" on Tuesday for some first hand touring of sweet stashes. 

 
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Hope you and family have a great week taking the path less traveled.  Doesn't look very crowded?  I forget, did you take the train out there?
 

James, Big Mtn is one of our most favored resorts - ever.  We skied today and pretty much could go right to the chair for the lift ride.  A bit of snow dropped today, with more on the way tonight, which would be some nice icing on the cake to finish out the week.

I did not take the train this time ... not enough time.  The Empire Builder last year only went for part of the route and turned out to be a bit of a debacle.  While I was in route flying to Chicago, Amtrak mgmt canceled the run from Chicago to Seattle, with the train only going to Minneapolis ... no dining car, limited food, etc. for the 8-hour ride.  I wound up having to book a flight anyway. 

Given enough time for the trip, I might try the train one more time.
post #5 of 12
Just a week or so back, they canceled most of the whole week of trains, both eastbound and westbound.  Sort of a disaster.
post #6 of 12
 Looks great. I'm definitely jealous.

Great views "yesterday" sibhusky.
post #7 of 12
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Want to thank Sibby for hanging with our small group on Tuesday.  Visibility was very tough, and my 'mojo" was pretty well gone ... no energy or snap whatsoever. 

Our EpicSki friend and local "resident expert" SibHusky, absolutely knows the mountain and gave us a sweet spot to the right of Goat Haunt.  Our kids spent a fair amount of time there yesterday and today an really enjoyed the tight trees, fresh snow and nice pitch ... so thanks again Sibby.

Sibby, Me, my daughter Anna, and Bryan

From left-right ... SibHusky, Me, my daughter Anna and Bryan
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Today was our last day on the mountain, and what a day!  We rode up just after the Chair 1 opened, and on the way up mountain visibility was poor, with low hanging clouds, and fog.  About halfway up Chair 1, I started to see some spots of sunshine and commented, "we just might be lucky enough to have an inversion day".

So here are some of the pics from today ... absolutely awesome conditions and the views were just amazing:

View from the chair - first ride up in the morning
View from Chair 1 ... first ride up in the morning - WOW!




Skiing a stash ... Location compliments of SibHusky



Beautiful view from atop Ptarmigan Bowl




Awesome view from the top




With views like this the only thing to say is - Enjoy ...
post #9 of 12
GlAD to see you had a great time.  Been a variable snow year in the PNW.
post #10 of 12
Glad it was still nice in there and that you got in there as well!
post #11 of 12
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One last comment on our week was a really nice moment on Wednesday when I was waiting for some of my group, and standing at the top of Ptarmigan Bowl.  A lady on a sit-ski slid up ... her legs appeared to stop just at the knee ... no knees, feet, etc and thus the sit-ski.

She smiled at me and asked, "How is it", and I said the snow was really good and waited while she slid off, alone in the bowl by herself.  About halfway down the bowl the people riding the chair started to cheer, yell, holler, et al ... an otherwise "standing ovation" for this tiny lady blistering down the steep slope on a sit-ski. 

At the bottom she raised one of her pole-skis as if to say thanks and acknowledge the cheers.

It was a really cool moment to watch; this lady skiing on a sit-ski with the entire Ptarmigan Bowl to herself as a stage, and the crowd of people on the chair acknowledging her display courage and grit.
post #12 of 12
The growth of adaptive skiing during our lifetime has been a beautiful thing. The joy and liberation that we experience on skis/snowboards must shoot through the roof for those folks. When they progress from the learning phase to the expert phase it is humbling to behold.
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