Ready, ski, ... ABORT

With an inch or two of fresh snow in town, we headed up to Bridger to stretch our legs. Unfortunately, October's base of snow failed to survive early November's pineapple express. Today's skiing featured a few inches of light snow over terra firma. We ended up hiking down everything interesting and played here and there where there was a token pile of snow with any kind of base.

Julie skinning grass or snow?

Brian assessing skiability

Take what you can get

Cold morning ski - Oct 31, 2006

On a cold (3 deg F) Halloween morning, 6 of us went skiing at Bridger Bowl (not yet open for the season): cowdog, brian, greg, phil, andrew, and jenny.

Skinning in first morning light

More skinning

Cowdog

Solo ride Bangtail Divide

The Bangtail Divide Trail offers 23 miles of singletrack riding within 15 minutes of Bozeman. With around 2500 vertical feet of climbing and apparently over 70 switchbacks, the payoff includes beautiful mountain meadows, mature forests, and views of the Bridgers, Absorokas, and Crazies. And, of course, you get plenty of clearcuts and lots of other riders (including motorized dirt bikes) on this popular trail.

 Starting at the Brackett Creek Trailhead, I ended up at the Stone Creek Trailhead 3 hours later. I left my car at my friend Brian's house (2 miles from Stone Creek Trailhead), and he gave me a lift to Brackett Creek to start the ride. The trail itself isn't very technical, although some of the descents are very fast and there are many tight switchbacks to navigate.

Start here

Nice bike

Singletrack

A big meadow

Finish here

Riding Grassy Mountain

A favorite local moutain bike ride is Grassy Mountain in the Bangtails (part of the Bridger Range). There are many options for rides, and today we opted for 7 miles up and 7 miles back down starting at Brackett Creek Trailhead. Temperatures were in the 60s (F) with partly cloudy skis. Rain last night made for plenty of mud holes, although the trail was overall dry. We had a fun ride and then finished with sandwitches at Franks.

Julie up

Cowdog up 

Julie

Julie

April 23-24: cold and snow

After our first near 70 deg (F) day of spring, winter decided to show who was still boss. It snowed all day Sunday, while a cold east wind and blowing snow made for a cold Monday.

dogs

Heated water dish

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