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