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Ski Montana!!! (Whitefish, MT -- 1/15/09-1/18/09)

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Wow!  What a great trip we had to beautiful Whitefish!  This was our first visit to the Big Mountain, and we enjoyed it so much, we're going back in late February.  For those that haven't been, Whitefish is a charming tourist town that caters to skiers in winter and golfers in summer.  There's almost always plenty of vacancy at local lodges, hotels and B&B's, except around the Christmas/New Year's holiday and around the town's Winter Carnival in early February.  Best time to ski?  WEEKDAYS!!!  You practically have the entire mountain to yourself, and plenty of lifts are open.  Weekends get a little more crowded, as the locals hit the slopes to relax after a hard week of putting up with us tourists.

Conditions were very good mid-month, with a 73-75" base of packed powder.  The most heavily traveled runs were groomed and in great shape.  Friday morning was a bit icy, and I took a few spills trying to negotiate a minefield of "chicken heads" on the Big Ravine run down the front side.  Sunshine in the afternoon softened things up, and it was spring skiing conditions all around.  On Saturday, snow, wind and one-chair fog didn't dampen our spirits.  The fresh snow made the slopes feel like butter, and we took a tour of the mountain with a local guide.  The Saturday snow made Sunday's skiing perfect.  It was the best day of the weekend, and the sun came out after lunch.  What a glorious day on the mountain!

Here's a picture my wife took of me at the Knights of Columbus statue of Christ with arms outstretched over the town of Whitefish.  The statue is midway up the mountain off of Lift #2.  Ironically, it's just before a run called Hellroarer.  Go figure!

 

On Monday, we strolled through downtown Whitefish, shopped and ate like little pigs.  But we couldn't resist taking one more shot of the mountain.  Here's a view of the front side runs from downtown.



Until next time, ski safely!
T.
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Actually it's called Hellroaring, after the nearby basin and creek.
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

Actually it's called Hellroaring, after the nearby basin and creek.

Drat.  I thought they were named after the saloon.   

Glad you had a good time.  Please send us some snow storms before you come back.
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Thanks for the correction, sibhusky.  Funny thing is, we kept a copy of the trail map for our return trip in Feb.  Guess I should have double-checked my sources!  
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 brownie_bear, it looks like you have to ski through downtown Memphis or Oklahoma City to get any decent snow this year!  We're still looking for reasonable accumulations here in the Cascades.  Snow projected for this weekend, so we're headed to the pass!
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As you know from your visit,  we are in good pretty good shape right now.  We just have not had any new snow for a few weeks.  We are supposed to get something out of that storm this weekend.  I sure hope so.  Enjoy skiing this weekend.
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