I woke up about 25 times on Wednesday morning to check the snow accumulation up at Bridger, having gotten 5″ the day before it would be good no matter how much snow fell. Turned out to be about 10″ when we got up there on Wednesday morning, with 15″ total from the 48 hour mark. Out East most people don’t ski in storms and they would rather ski groomers than deep snow, out here it’s a bit different. There is a wild hustle in Bozeman and up to the mountain (20 min. drive) on powder days and I got to see first hand how it works out here. Bridger is also very unique as it closely watches the water content of the new snow, the lower the water content the drier and better the powder will be. Well Wednesday was showing 5% water content which is pretty much as dry as it gets. The line at the lift was crazy, lots sketchy locals sliding their way up the line as well as a anxious vibe that was a little uneasy. We probably got one of the first 25 chairs and got to watch some of the first turns being skied down below us and it was f’in awesome. Below you can watch how the day went through the lens of my camera.
In other news the Eddie Aikau memorial surf competition is supposed to be on today, check it out at:
Bridger needed some snow and 5″ falling overnight almost out of no where was just what the doctor ordered. There was some really awesome skiing over at the new “slackcountry” Slushman’s lift and it looks like the snow has continued. It’s been dumping up at the hill since about 5pm and they’re reporting another 5″ at mid-mountain. With another 5″ or so expected to fall, tomorrow could be the best day yet. Pretty frickin’ stoked, hope everyone is getting at it back home — Lucas was doing some nighttime backcounry tonight and I’m excited to hear back.
We have had some really warm weather these last few days in Southern Montana. Needless to say there hasn’t been much skiing going on, so what are some things to do during these off days:
-Drink beer, the same sport as the East coast with a much more expensive taste.
-Browse ski shops, some seriously awesome gear in a ski town such as Bozeman.
-Boiling river, haven’t been down yet but hopefully this week.
-Fly fishing, I’m more of a saltwater spinning reel fisherman but Casey is really into fly fishing.
Temperatures finally dropped below freezing about an hour ago for the first time in a few days. Bridger is reporting an inch but word is there was at least 4-5″ at last chair. The drunk and delerious weather forecasters are continuing to predict 1-3″ overnight for the next few nights — the same forecast as the last 5 nights with no avail. We are located in South Western Montana, at the edge of the purple cloud that is directly off of the pointed angle in North-Western Wyoming.
Casey and Andrew went out for a little fly fishing today and Casey nabbed a 9″ trout, unfortunately the GoPro ran out of batteries for the fish. Back to Bridger tomorrow hopefully, fingers crossed.
Misc. – Coming home on Saturday, it looks like the East Coast mountains are getting bombed again tomorrow. Unfortunately the Nikon camera that I sent in for maintenance was sent back in peices, they couldn’t fix the camera and we’re sh*t out of luck. I’m looking into the D3100 with it’s full HD and continuous auto focus. Stay tuned!
January 18, 2011 | Categories: Fishin, Mantana, Snow Photos, Snow Related | Tags: Bozeman, bozeman montana, Bridger Bowl, bridger bowl cold smoke, bridger bowl powder, bridger bowl resort, bridger bowl weather, bridger bowl weather forecasting, Montana | Leave a comment
Bozeman has been beautiful, I’ve had some amazing powder days during my 18 day trip and it just gets better each day. Four of us decided to head to Alta, Wyoming and scope out the famed Grand Targhee Resort — myself, my brother, Andrew Whitney and Nick Marchi. There was a big warm up that effected resorts up North like Revelstoke, BC as well as Montana resorts like Bridger, Big Sky and Moonlight…a ton of snow melted down low and conditions up high were mushy and creamy. This surely isn’t a complaint, just an observation — and in light of this beautiful vacation we decided to search for some deeper snow. Whitefish is a resort up in Northern Montana, they had quite a bit of snow in the last few days and expecting much more but Targhee looked like it was in the sweet spot. Grand Targhee was a shorter drive and Casey had been there before so it was a little more familiar. Certainly the thought of skiing the Tetons was pretty attractive as well, we promptly got on the road to the ‘Ghee. We knew significant snow was coming but wasn’t quite sure how bad the roads would be. I will say I have never experienced a drive such as the one we took yesterday afternoon. Most of the 4 hour drive was in daylight but it was still tremendously rough cruise through some eye opening terrain. We made it safe and checked into the resort, Targhee has 250″ of snow this season, and up until the Mammoth storms it had the most snow in the country thus far.
We had a few drinks at the local pub and hit the sack, expecting there would be some snowfall overnight and things would be epic in the morning. Well it snowed 2″ overnight, which was sick but apparently Targhee has a reputation for being foggy, thus dubbed “Grand Foghee” (as a local told me on the lift). It took a little trail map studying to find the goods but we found some. Enjoy the edit, back to Bridger on Monday — BRING THE POW!
Took the last two days off due to dwindling funds and no new snow but finally got the fire to head up this morning. It looked pretty meager as we took our first run down Pierre’s Nob but as soon as Slushman’s opened and 10 we begun the search for the illusive 3 day after-the-storm powder. We found a variation of conditions with ice, hardpack, powder and chopped up powder. NOAA is forecasting 10″ up at Bridger and close to 20″ up at Whitefish in Northern Montana. Hopefully the Bridger cloud will hang around for a while and we will be able to stick around town but if Whitefish reports significantly more we’ll be traveling North. Here is today’s meager offerings — bare with us, the real stoke will be back online soon.
January 12, 2011 | Categories: Mantana, Snow Photos, Snow Related | Tags: bridger, Bridger Bowl, bridger bowl montana, january 12 powder skiing, january 12 powder skiing bridger bowl, Montana, whitefish mountain | Leave a comment
Well today was day 5 in Bozeman, pretty stoked to have an edit for each day of this vacation. I started off just making two on consecutive days and realized that I was going to be collecting a ton of footy, why not just post one a day? Here is a little screenshot sequence from this afternoon. Each passing day is the best day I’ve ever skied.
It’s getting a little tough finding music, we get our music from the Podsafe Music Network, or music.mevio.com. These site (both the same essentially) are royalty free and make finding music less stressful. I could spend much more time searching through that network than editing footage though. I still have that permanent grin on my face from today, finally we got to see a little bit of sun. The 1″ that Bridger reported overnight was more like 4″ at Slushman’s. Check the posts below for information on the Slushman’s lift. Enjoy the edit, I think it’s our best yet….
January 9, 2011 | Categories: Mantana, Snow Photos, Snow Related | Tags: bozeman montana, Bridger Bowl, bridger bowl montana, bridger mountain range, bridger mt, bridger range, cold smoke powder, mantana, mt, powder skiing, slushman's | Leave a comment
Super bad visibility today at Bridger, they reported 4″ overnight so we headed up. We got up there around 9:30 and the place was practically empty, when we left the parking lot was completely full. There was more like 8″ of snow over at Slushman’s where we spent most of our day. Slushman’s lift is a very unique one, it was bought a few years back from Alta and services a previously backcountry only area. The spot where the lift is was once a secret spot for most of the Bridger locals. At the bottom of the lift there are to hanging beepers to beep in your avalanche transceiver, there aren’t many lifts in the country that use a system like this. Hopefully I’ll have the camera back soon and I can take some photos of the terrain that the Slushman’s lift accesses including the ominous Saddle Peak, a 9,172 foot gargantuan that is hike-able through the Bridger ridge.
Even with the terrible visibility we still got a few good clips, check it out..
Screen shot from Thursday at Moonlight
Casey went up to Bridger solo today for a few runs. Back to Moonlight tomorrow!
Took a trip out to Big Sky today to check out Moonlight Basin, as we got closer to the resort we noticed there was significantly more snow than the day before at Bridger. Unfortunately it was much more wet and sticky, still skied until 4pm and had a blast. Looks like maybe a backcountry day for tomorrow.
January 6, 2011 | Categories: Mantana, Snow Photos, Snow Related | Tags: big sky montana moonlight basin resort, big sky powder, bozeman montana, Montana, moonlight basin, moonlight basin montana, moonlight montana | Leave a comment
We got to Bozeman safely and immediately indulged in some fast food and cheap beer. The time zone change is a little hard to get used to but things are coming around. We got up at 8:00am and saw Bridger was boasting 7″ of 5% water content blower powder. Like every new snow day that I’ve experienced here, Bridger welcomes you with avi explosives going off up on the ridge throughout the morning. It’s a little intimidating putting your boots on in the lot and hearing the bombs going off but something about it gets the blood flowing.
NOAA is forecasting 25″+ here by Saturday night, looks like it could get pretty ****** insane! Time for bed..
Still without a camera I had to rely on the trusty GoPro. Here is what we came up with, Day 1 of 18. Enjoy!
January 5, 2011 | Categories: Mantana, Snow Photos, Snow Related, Uncategorized | Tags: alpine live, Alpine-live.com, Bridger Bowl, bridger bowl cold smoke, bridger bowl january 5 2011, bridger bowl montana, cold smoke, Montana | Leave a comment
As I pack for my 18 day trip to Mantana I can’t help but be reminded that this time of year is awesome, pre-season is over and winter has set in – our legs are finally getting a break via Dopplemayr lift transport and we’re all around in better moods. Most ski areas are open East and West and theres snow at lower elevations all up and down the East Coast. All of the Alpine-Live team guys are traveling and it’s just an awesome time to be a skier.
Lucas just got back from his Christmas break in Vail, Colorado. I’ll add Part 1 of his video series and his .02 on the trip:
“My 2010 Christmas was spent in Vail, Colorado with family & shooting for alpine-live.com. And I couldn’t have asked for a better present. From the 24th-30th the back bowls accumulated a total of 12”-18” of fresh. I managed to hook up with a friend in town who knew the area better, and could show me all the secret stashes. ‘Getto’ didn’t disappoint, we hit the furthest point of the Vail backcountry range, Earl’s Bowl. Where we got some unreal first tracks in the morning, before retrieving our lunch & brews from the snow, and grilling out in the continuing snow showers. After eating and drinking a little too much, we decided on heading back to Earl’s for some glory turns in the fading sunlight before heading home.”
Another buddy Robby and his friend up and left on a last minute powder journey to the Wasatch, he hasn’t returned just yet but I got a few shots through e-mail that were astounding. Hope they’re killing it! Here is a little taste of what they’ve been getting into:
Andy, the other Alpine-Live partner is also headed west to CO, he will be leaving later this week and surely will bring back some documentation from the trip. Stay tuned right here to Alpine-Live.com because it’s about to get wild.
Lastly, we’re stoked to be bringing on a new friend to the AL family, Outdoor Technology. These guys produce some awesome gear. Check out their Facebook Fan site: Outdoor Technology
January 3, 2011 | Categories: Mantana, Snow Photos, Snow Related | Tags: Alpine-live.com, alpinelive, alta, beaver creek, big sky montana, big sky resort, breckenridge, Bridger Bowl, canyons, colorado, mantana, Montana, powder skiing, salt lake city, snowbird, vail, vail colorado, wasatch range | Leave a comment
Team Rider Casey Denning hiked up to Bridger Bowl yesterday and took a few photos, at least 2 more feet of snow is expected to fall between now and Monday night.
I know I’m ready.
Bridger Footage from this past storm
This video shows exactly why Montana has some of the sickest terrain in the country, in my personal opinion these lines (:45, 3:05, 3:40) rival any lower 48 segments in the new TGR flick. Brought to you by Kyle Taylor and Mystery Ranch backpacks, a Bozeman based company that’s got some seriously sick gear. Check out the Broomstick. You can check them out at Mysteryranch.com
Bridger Bowl in Bozeman, MT reported close to 3′ of snow in the last 48 hours. Alpine-Live team member Casey Denning spent the day shredding, heres a little taste.
Getting fired up, The Bridger Range outside of Bozeman, MT is reporting 2′+. Casey is heading out to shred tomorrow and will report back with photos galore. Hopefully this warmspell back east will disperse and allow the cold front to settle in, snow showers in the forecast from Thursday until Monday. GET AMPED!!!
This is just sick. DCP shred-sesh
Just found these photos from like 2007/2008. Alpine-Live team rider Casey Denning @ Big Sky.
I just finished watching Toy Soldier Production’s new movie Come Find Us. The film has been shot 100% in Montana and features all young, up and coming, progressive riders. There is a lot of park footage considering they’re hailing from an area with some of the best powder in the world, but it’s easy for me to say that while sitting here on the EC with our limited resources. It’s surely the best park skiing I’ve ever witnessed.
Check out the Trailer….
Alpine-Live contributor and team skier Casey Denning left the EC last month to head back to MSU, in the meantime he has been enjoying Yellowstone National Park and Montana’s natural beauty. There has been a few snow events up high in the Bridger mountain range (located ~40 minutes off-campus) but nothing significant yet.
In the off season Casey is a very passionate fly fisherman. On Saturday (Sept. 25) he ventured into Yellowstone in search of river trout – he got what he came for and then some. He encountered an elk stampeed – almost being “gored” by one himself…he unsettled an old and dying buffalo on the riverbed…had a gripping close encounter with a grizzly bear and managed to catch a 17-inch monster cutthroat river trout. Casey fortunately survived and still had time to take these photos of his fetch. We’ll be catching up with him and his crew on a weekly basis from Bridger Bowl, MT via GoPro and photo stills. ENJOY!