Telemark and backcountry skiing

Winter skiing - the weekend with subzero temps

I managed to squeeze in some skiing on Thursday afternoon, Friday afternoon, and Saturday. On Thursday and Friday I skied with Brian. Thursday was a big day skiing D-Route off the Ridge at Bridger Bowl. The ski bug bit Brian hard, and on Thursday night he bought some new Volkl Mantra skis. Of course those skis needed to see snow ASAP, so we snuck out again for 2 runs (yep 2 total runs) on Friday. It turns out that it takes us under one hour from leaving my house to the top of Bridger lift. By Saturday, extreme cold gripped the area, and we skied in sub-zero temperatures. Brrr. We met up with Mike from Helena and Jeff from Bozeman, skiers I met online at Here are some pictures from Thursday. Here are some pictures from Saturday.


Brian in Job 1

Brian and Jeff


Bridger bowl opens for the season

Julie and I skied our favorite ski hill, Bridger Bowl for the opening day on Friday, December 2nd. We were also back up there Saturday, Dec 3rd. Friday was an amazing day with the best opening day conditions at a resort that I have ever experienced. There was knee to mid-thigh deep powder everywhere. Sadly, I didn't take any pictures from the day (too busy skiing, I suppose).

On Saturday, we skied at Bridger again, this time with Derek and Erin. We had another great day, and this time I did take a few pictures. This is the best start to a ski season in terms of snowpack that I can remember.

Here's a link to the pictures.

PK lift

See what I see




Nov 28 - lots of fresh snow at Moonlight

Julie and I skied Sunday at Moonight with Brian, Kristin, and Hugh.  Southwest Montana was blessed with anywhere from 1-3 feet of snow.  Moonlight was delightful for skiing, as you can imagine.  Sadly, I didn't take any pictures.

Skiing at Moonlight basin

Moonlight Basin is a relatively new ski resort next to Big Sky. Each year Moonlight continues to add lifts, open terrain, and maintain the best skiing atmosphere in the state of Montana.  We love Moonlight, and today was another great day of skiing on the slopes of Lone Peak. Julie and I skied with Brian, Kristin, Hugh, and Victor and Sheila (from Billings). We saw our friend Kevin who ski patrols at Moonlight and his partner Tracy. The snow was excellent, the lines non-existent, and the service top notch.

Brian skied on Greg's Karhu Jaks and found what will likely be Brian's next addition to his ski quiver.  I took out my big skis, the Dynastar Legend Pro Riders. As we left Moonlight it began to snow. We'll be back.


Nice skis

Thanksgiving skiing - a tradition

What happens when you get good snow and then a week or more of warm, sunny days with cold nights?  You get refrozen snow. 

On this Thanksgiving ski day, we headed up to Bridger Bowl to enjoy some refrozen snow.  Julie and I took the dogs and met up with Greg, Kristin (with dogs Tyler and Lucy), Hugh, Amber, Jen, and Jason.  We hiked and skinned up, building an appetite, before skiing down.  We all had a blast and then headed off to our respective Thanksgiving feasts.

Lift as couch

Girls and dogs

Race to the kicker

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