How about this snow! We’ve had amazing days on the mountain, in fact I think I’ve been skiing so much that I haven’t had a chance to write it all down.
I’ll have to tell about a few different days, they were all different, with different friends and visitors, but the one common theme is how great the snow has been. I’ll have to start with a few days ago when I had the opportunity to show my secrets to Corey and Karen visiting from New Jersey. They visited the resort for the first time around 5 years ago and have now been back 20 times, they already have their March vacation booked; these are true fans. After skiing all this time they thought hitching on to my ski day might show them a few spots they haven’t seen before and they were up for any adventure, which of course is great news for me.
We started nice and easy for an Elk Park Ridge, this was the day before the 20 inch dump, but even this day we found soft, snow on Elk Park Meadows, that angle is perfect for powder turns as we cruised through 4-6 inches of snow that had piled up with the previous two days small storms.
Karen and Corey were skiing great so the next stop was to get back to the base and head up Swift Current toward Lone Peak. Naturally I want to make our journey fun so we got back down through trees on Congo, there were moguls, but the snow was edging well.
We went to the triple chair and snuck into the Bowl for a run, I’ve really developed a favorite spot off this giant wide face, it’s about half way across the Turkey Traverse above a rock band, hardly anyone skis it, yet you don’t have to huck off the rocks as a gentle shift to the right gets you around the corner perfectly after getting untracked turns.
Corey was pleased so far so I took it up another notch with a Challenger lap. We found soft snow on Upper Moonlight and then headed to the right for BRT North. Karen was skiing great and never lost confidence getting into the run even though skiing above a couple of cliffs. Once in we all picked our line. I found the best turns on the left edge between the trees on this steep slope.
OK, I had a wonderful day skiing with Corey and Karen, but the next day we got hit with a new storm, gingerly laying another 15-20 inches on top of great terrain. (By the way, this was a classic Big Sky powder day with 5 inches measured at Swifty at 5 a.m. but with knee deep, face shots on the upper mountain!)
I was skiing with a friend from Billings, Matt who was demoing new skis from the performance center. He had been shopping and knew he wanted wider under foot, but just didn’t know with all the new technology. Considering I’m not much of a gear guy I pointed him to the pros and he got to try all different styles through the powdery day. We really only had the time for one big lap, but we made it worth it for the Tram. After some face shots on the Lenin rollover, I skied him through the Dictator Chutes and he skied smoothly and confidently while taking in the amazing views, his favorite line ended up being toward the bottom of that run, if you ski Dictator’s, you can jump to the left into a short shot on Lenin proper, but keep an eye out to the right and you can get into the left side of Wave Wall with a short traverse, there are almost always untouched lines in that section.
We spent the rest of the afternoon skiing the Bowl, we found a foot of fresh in the Exit Chute area, completely untouched powder turns accessible from a lift at 3:30 p.m., there's simply too much mountain to get gobbled up in only one day.
The last time I skied with Matt, it was a powder day at another Montana mountain. He had commented that considering it was the day of his life at this mountain, he was curious why while I was having a great time, I didn’t seem overly as joyous as the crew. He told me on the Triple Chair his theory is that I’m spoiled with so many powder days getting to live here, they must be too numerous to count, perhaps he’s right, definitely with the spoiled part.
I had another epic Tram day with the Burke family that I may have to write about later, I think I’ve officially written too much and the time has come for me to boot up and explore more powder turns.
We’ll see you out there,