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LONG CHUTE! Montana Snowbowl 4/9/10

post #1 of 26
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My second post season hike seemed like the right time for a trip down Long Chute. There was more snow than when I tried it a few years back, but except for the upper "funnel", where there was soft snow on a solid base, the "barrel"of the chute had 3/4" breakable crust on dust. Since the conditions didn't allow me to keep linking turns, I'd hop one or two turns at a time, then take a picture. Even so, I was much more pleased with my decent than I was that last time I tried it.

Long Chute as pictured from the Grizzly chair:
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post #2 of 26
Nice line VA.
post #3 of 26
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I forgot to mention that Long Chute is a permanent closure during the season, which is over, so I'm all legal and stuff.

I took a video, panning around from just above the "barrel", but couldn't figure out how to post it.

Video.
post #4 of 26
Thanks VA.
post #5 of 26
What a cool looking chute, must be rewarding to get down it!
JF
post #6 of 26
VA,

What in the world are those red planks you're sliding on? Are these some type of special after season ski?
post #7 of 26
Beautiful report sir. Thanks for sharing.
post #8 of 26
Looks like fun!
post #9 of 26
VA, looks like your kind of skiing.  thanks for pics.
post #10 of 26
 Great write-up.  Thanks for sharing!
post #11 of 26
sweet!  Good job and you had to do it.....
post #12 of 26
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Thanks for the feedback folks. I was glad to get in there again; I really wasn't satisfied with my previous trip down the chute. This time was more fun than just scaring myself.
post #13 of 26
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Whoa!!!  That is a great shot that really captures the magnitude of the steepness.  It looks like you're booting out just standing there.  Adrenaline on tap!  Thanks for sharing.

P.S. Are those our HeliDogs?
post #14 of 26
Nice one!  
post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

Whoa!!!  That is a great shot that really captures the magnitude of the steepness.  It looks like you're booting out just standing there.  Adrenaline on tap!  Thanks for sharing.

P.S. Are those our HeliDogs?
 
To be honest, I wasn't standing. I was hip-checked against the slope, so there is a higher edge angle than there would've been if I was standing (the effect wasn't intentional), but then again the shot wouldn't have been quite as dramatic without it.
post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by steveturner View Post

VA,

What in the world are those red planks you're sliding on? Are these some type of special after season ski?

I've been skiing RD Coyote Helidogs as my AT ski for several years now, this is well documented, please try to keep up.
post #17 of 26
As a skier slides through the pines in Northwestern Montana, enveloped in the early morning mists of the variable air currents - a wisp of movement is detected down and off to the right.  Was it man or animal?  You must have experience  to realize it was a pair of Coyotes sliding quickly away into the mist. 
post #18 of 26
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As a skier slides through the pines in Northwestern Montana, enveloped in the early morning mists of the variable air currents - a wisp of movement is detected down and off to the right.  Was it man or animal?  You must have experience  to realize it was a pair of Coyotes sliding quickly away into the mist. 

Or off down the chute, really quickly, if you Marker out.  Followed immediately by a fair number of loud expletives from above.   
post #19 of 26

Thanks for the pics and the report VA.   Got a picture mounted on the wall of my office with the Long Chute in it.  A lot of memories of that spot (some sweet and some scary) from the days when it was open to the public. Now it's your private after season treat.

Glad to see you are still pushing the season, but I know from personal experience that skiing that shot by yourself is a bit dicey.  I can tell that you know your stuff, but take care, I'd surely miss the colorful reports of your ski antics.

post #20 of 26
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Thanks for the pics and the report VA.   Got a picture mounted on the wall of my office with the Long Chute in it.  A lot of memories of that spot (some sweet and some scary) from the days when it was open to the public. Now it's your private after season treat.

Glad to see you are still pushing the season, but I know from personal experience that skiing that shot by yourself is a bit dicey.  I can tell that you know your stuff, but take care, I'd surely miss the colorful reports of your ski antics.


I hear you Mud, I had passed on skiing it the day before because there were less favorable conditions. I also have passed (so far) on my plan to skin back to the Evaro bowl and hit the North facing gnar. I'd really rather have company for that one.

Anyway, just for you, here's a pic I took of the cliffs yesterday, from the top of West Bowl.

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post #21 of 26
Yeah, be safe!

Great pics. When Mudfoot says this was open to the public, does that mean inbounds, patrolled, on the trail map?? If so, wow!
post #22 of 26
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I used to patrol at Snowbowl in the late 70s, and the Long Chute and all the cliff area pictured was in bounds and open, although we did not have signs, so you had to know where you were going to find it.  Things were quite a bit looser in those days.

One morning I bombed and Z-cut the funnel at the top of the chute, and nothing moved.  As I started to sidestep down the barrel I got to right where VA is in this picture when the snow fractured 18" deep under my downhill ski, and flushed into the trees below.  I was not prepared to straight line the slide bed from that high up in the chute and try to pull a big GS turn on the debris field, so I had to sidestep the rest of the way down with the loaded and bomb loosened funnel above me.  I was in radio contact with the other patrollers in the nearby chutes, but that did not give me a whole lot of comfort.  When I saw this picture it brought back some old scary memories.

Backcounty skiing alone is often a risky endevor, but when you do it in places like this you better be on your game.  Fortunately, from what I can tell, VA is up to the task.
post #23 of 26
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We got over a foot of snow this week, I thought about going back into Long Chute, but thought again and didn't. Yesterday, as I skied across the top of Chicken Chute, there was slide debris from Long Chute going down through the trees. to where the X is:

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post #24 of 26
Good call!  Glad to hear the X is not marking the spot they would find you in the spring.

Thanks again for the great pics.  That last one makes me think of all the turns, adventures and friends I have had in that corner of Snowbowl.  I still think it provides the most fantastic terrain with the fewest lifts of any place in the country.
post #25 of 26
Whoa.

Seriously cool and I'm glad you're back safe.

Those wouldn't be Scarpa Lasers, would they?
post #26 of 26
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Whoa.

Seriously cool and I'm glad you're back safe.

Those wouldn't be Scarpa Lasers, would they?

Yes, with the Flexon tongue conversion and thermo liners, of course.

Now, it's time to go hiking/skiing, we're getting the storm cycle we hoped and prayed for all season. Better late than never.
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