Bridger Bowl's 2nd opening weekend

The official Bridger opening was Friday, December 2nd, but the resort closed from Monday through Thursday after the first weekend and then reopened December 9th. The epic snows from last weekend had reworked into buffed snows and crusts and tracked out crud and boiler plate and ... In other words, the skiing is now a little more interesting than floating through deep and soft powder.

I skied Friday with Aaron, a coworker and friend. We had a fun morning, including one Ridge hike and a sidestep up High Traverse, among more standard lift-served lines down North Bowl and South Bowl, before heading to work. On Saturday I skied with Julie and Mike from Helena, a fellow tele skier I know from the online website telemarktips.com. We again headed up the Ridge for more entertaining skiing. I don't know if we will go skiing today (Sunday), but the day is still young.

Friday:

Aaron

Bridger gulley

Saturday:

 Julie hikes up

Julie and Mike

Julie in Bridger Gulley

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

Julie

Julie

 

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.

Lift

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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