Tetons, March 2-4

Over a three day weekend, we sampled the skiing in the Tetons, starting with Grand Targhee, enjoying a day at Jackson Hole, and finishing with a Teton Pass backcountry ski. We met up with Jackson locals Liz and Stacy, Dom, Wendy, Eck, and Grant from Boulder, and Tim from Bozeman. Days were consumed by either skiing, apres ski, or sleep. We had a great time, enjoying one of the best ski locations in the world.

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Julie below Corbets

Liz skiing at Grand Targhee

Dom and Wendy

Pow pow day at Bridger

We met up with a posse of tele skiers (and one snowboarder) at Bridger to take advantage of another 10 inches of pow pow.  Julie and I skied with Derek, Erin, Sven, and Suzi.  We saw lots of other friends, like Sam, who had a close call with an avalanche recently.  Be careful out there!

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Ready

Julie, Erin, and Derek

Julie in Colter's

Sven and Susie

Feb 3rd and 4th - fresh snow and Bridger Bowl

Saturday we awoke with no fresh snow in-town and no idea that the Bridgers, esp. the higher elevations had received some significant overnight snow. When news reached us, our lazy morning turned into a rush to get to Bridger Bowl and enjoy the skiing. The skiing was very nice, knee deep snow in places.

On Sunday we fested with Saturday's snow leftovers. We met up with a telemark skiing possee of Suzi, Steve, Colleen, Sven, and Chelsea. We picked up Tyler, a ripping tele skier who has won the Bridger Freeride Tele competition, on a ridge hike. And, for the record, Steve and Sven are dentists, and Tyler is working to become a dentist. Let's just say there were lots of dental conversations...

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cowdog skiing

Ski group

Winter bike commuting

The winter of 2006/07 has not blessed us with our typically abundant mountain snowfall, although snow is still a big part of our day to day lives. I commute to and from work everyday on my Schwinn Panter single speed bike with studded snow tires. The roads in our neighborhood typically have snow and ice coverage for much of the winter. The worst conditions come from ice ruts hidden by a little bit of fresh snow.

Bike commute

Skiing Jan 20-21 -- Bridger Bowl and Mt. Ellis

GroupWe had fun skiing this weekend. On Saturday, Julie and I met up with a group at Bridger Bowl and enjoyed snowy conditions, occassionally with very tough visibility. We managed one Ridge Hike (Ohs to Bridger Gulley) and lots of runs all over the lower mountain. We skied with Derek and Erin, Hugh, Lindsey, Collen and Steve, and some new ski friends (Sven, Crissy, and one other ??). We also saw many other friends up Bridger. One bummer. I did a mild compression of a ski edge on my new Volkl Mantra skis. Sigh. Beware the rocks! A few pictures here.

On Sunday, Hugh (w/ Annie) and I took 2.25 hours to skin up Mt. Ellis and then enjoyed delightful skiing on one of Bozeman's backyard backcountry ski destinations. The long climb covers 3000 vertical feet of trails, switchback skin tracks on a steep forested mountain side, and a long but mellow climb along the ridge of Mt. Ellis. The skiing consists of nice steep tree runs with open glades. A burn in the past helped to open Mt. Ellis. With many inches of fresh snow, the skiing was excellent. We made it home in time to watch the Bears defeat the Saints. Go Bears! More pictures here.

Ellis slopes

Sunday was also a milestone for me in terms of ski gear. This was my first full backcountry day using dynafit AT bindings. I am so impressed with this AT setup. For backcountry use, lightweight dynafit bindings are ideal. I actually started to feel sorry for tele and non-dynafit AT skiers I saw that day.

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