If you’re like me you start your day with a call to the snow phone; and when I heard the friendly voice say a foot of snow overnight, you know that is a better jolt to the system than a cup of coffee. For us desk jockey’s occasionally the snow doesn’t fit perfectly within our meeting schedules, so my first order of business was to move a few meetings around and I cleared a couple of hours before lunch. Brandon was doing the same thing, even making calls from Ramcharger and before we knew it, our skis were pointed down Congo for our most important task of the day, skiing powder!
With knee deep turns on still completely untouched powder bumps, it was effortless and silky snow in the trees with the occasional face shot at the bottom of the cream filled troughs. We loved the skiing and quite honestly we could have spun 5 more laps of the exact same run with each one getting to choose another untouched line, but we wanted to take advantage of this meeting by tipping the steepness factor.
The best place to do that when time is limited is the Challenger chair and we decided to check out the north side of the biggest skiing in America with a run down Cold Springs. The snow was piling up to the boot tops and above and I watched patiently at the top as Brandon worked his way from top to bottom of this fun run.
We spun up Headwaters and crossed the gate back to Big Sky for some untouched turns at the left side of Country Club, then over to Moonlight (the ski run) and into the Midnight Trees. The trees on Challenger was where it was at, (see the photo), it was consistently soft and fresh and hardly touched by noon. I tried to air next to the Outer Limits cliffs but the take-off turned into nothing more than super-light snow that kept me on the ground. Brandon followed suit but ended up veering right to be creamed with chest deep snow rolling up his jacket.
We stayed on Challenger with the snow so good and took a BRT North into the trees for more powder turns before we finished to get back to our shared conference call, I’d say we planned this day perfectly, how was your day in the office?
Oh, it’s not too late if you missed out on today, the weather service is calling for another 10 inches on top of this 18 inch storm cycle, just remember to time your breathing while the snow is floating around your face, I’ve got the good fortune to get to show some folks around Big Sky, I think they’ll be impressed.
We’ll see you out there,