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Spring Skiing at Schweitzer after closing

post #1 of 13
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Go out to Schweitzer resort after closing (2 weeks ago) to ski on Friday and Today.  After skinning up Friday to the top of the Great Escape Quad, the late morning sun yielded a thin softened layer of snow that allowed for some pretty fun turns.  Today we went up to the top of the Triple/South Bowl where there was about an inch of fresh on top of a slightly softened layer.  There turns were surprisingly good and put a huge smile on everyone's face.  We're hoping the snow holds up for a few more weeks.  Here's a few pictures:

Top of Express Quad

Schwietzer ski buddies at the top of Great Escape Quad after skinning up.

Heading Down

Heading down for the run on 4/23.

Top of South Bowl

Top of the Lakeview Triple in Schweiter's South Bowl on 4/24

Lake Ponderay

 Lake Ponderay from Schweitzer Mountain Road switchback 7 on the way down today.

Sorry, I'm not one for stopping to take many pictures - these were just off my phone camera.

post #2 of 13
A nice hike on a beautiful day with your friends. Heaven on earth. Thanks for sharing Si.

Do you think stiff Bros would make a good skinning ski ?  This fun I could make good use of. I'm thinking of making them an AT set up
post #3 of 13
Nice!
JF
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Originally Posted by GarryZ View Post

A nice hike on a beautiful day with your friends. Heaven on earth. Thanks for sharing Si.

Do you think stiff Bros would make a good skinning ski ?  This fun I could make good use of. I'm thinking of making them an AT set up
 

Gary, I'm no expert but I think it's mostly a matter of weight on the way up and how you like them in variable condtions on the way down.  Why don't you think about coming up to join me!.  One of the guys booted up twice (he's gettting in shape for a Ranier trip).  I think I could make it up  once (slowly) carrying my skis on my pack and hiking in my Alpine boots (I don't have AT boots).
post #5 of 13
Nice report, Si.

That looks like fun.  Our conditions have been a bit "variable" here.

There's something very cool about walking up in the spring and having an entire ski resort to yourself.
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Nice report, Si.

That looks like fun.  Our conditions have been a bit "variable" here.

There's something very cool about walking up in the spring and having an entire ski resort to yourself.
 


I know people say this a lot about some smaller resorts, but in my first season at Schweitzer I had many opportunities in season where as far as I could see I was the only one on the mountain.  Maybe that was partially due to the low snow season but I certainly look forward to those times.  Nevertheless, it is especially nice when there isn't even a lifty or patroller encroaching upon the mountain.
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Went up today, 4/29, with about a foot of new snow at top and 6-8" at the base.  Snow depth was quite variable due to wind with some places at 20" or more.  The snow was heavy and visibility was pretty poor.  Made the first few turns from as far in the back seat as you can imagine but got used to the heavy snow and lack of visibility to have some very enjoyable turns the rest of the way down.  Again, I'm not much for stopping to take pictures but here's a few from my phone camera:

On the way up:

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Snow depth at the top of the Escape Quad:

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A cat track that had been plowed out to the ground leaving a 10 foot trench and a lot of debris to get by:

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My ski partners maneuvering through the plowed out cat track.

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post #8 of 13
I <3 Schweitzer. Thnks for posting pics, I really enjoy seeing what it's like up there. 

East Coast sucks ass. My season has been over for 6 weeks and I the place I ski at had good conditions about 10 weeks ago.
post #9 of 13
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You're welcome Sean.  As this is my first year her in Sandpoint so I'm not totally sure what normal really is.  This year was a very low snow season with a very warm March.  April, however, has cooled off so who knows how long we'll be skiing?
post #10 of 13
 Last season was amazing, it seemed to snow non-stop.
post #11 of 13
Nice pictures Si, some April we're having.
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Nice pictures Si, some April we're having.

Good for skinning up the resort but not much else!  I just spend the day at the house working outside in the rain all day.
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A few more pictures from the hike yesterday.  Our cloudy/rainy April weather remains evident.  There was about another inch of snow which was worriedly sticky at the village level but formed a very skiable layer (firm, grainy slop?) up higher over a firm (but not rock hard) base.  I know my phone camera pictures and these conditions pale in comparison to some of the spring skiing others are getting and reporting on but I'm still thankful for what we've got.

Heading up from Schweitzer village

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The top of the triple in South Bowl getting ready to ski down.

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Yesterday afternoon the sun finally came out and it was a nice relief.  Today we've got a beautiful mixture of clouds and sun.  Maybe the next hike up will be in more spring like conditions.
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