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eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 11, 2012 - 03:03pm PT
The ski area (MMSA) sent over a big ass cat (it's the one behind the swimmer) . . . might have been a 300. . . and they set up a Z pulley system off some trees out to the left - behind the guy who is entering the frame on the left. . . it was a production.

They don't groom that trail like that anymore!

:-)

That lake has undergone some radical changes over the years, there was a major fissure (from seismic activity) that pretty much drained 1/2 of it down into Red's Meadow. The lake level is really low now. And a huge area of the forest around there was killed off from CO2 belching up under it. ACTIVE AREA.
John Duffield

Mountain climber
New York
Dec 11, 2012 - 03:05pm PT
Looks like we're choosing between Whistler and Bozeman here. Hard choice. Whistler/Blackcomb is huge. Big Sky has the intensive cold that preserves the snow.

Whistler
Whistler
Whistler
Credit: John Duffield

Big Sky
Big Sky
Big Sky
Credit: John Duffield

But it's Utah that keeps me coming back. A direct flight and the Pow never disappoints.
Credit: John Duffield
mojede

Trad climber
Butte, America
Dec 11, 2012 - 03:13pm PT
Tram is open at Big Sky and the kids are killin' it there--foot and a half of 20 degree fluff for most of this week...



edit: the pics of Whistler are more than promising, too!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 11, 2012 - 03:21pm PT
Thanks Ekat. That must have been some crazy z-drag setup! Hey isn't Big open now? Did you get up skeezin yet?!

John- tough choice indeed. The snow has been very good here if that skews your opinion at all. I haven't been to big sky or any Utah resorts so I can't compare, but you know we have the acreage. If there is one place I would like to ride in the states it would be Jackson. Sounds like they have some gnar!!
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 11, 2012 - 03:28pm PT
Yeah. . . it was a full blown production! MMSA didn't own the Nordic Center at that time, it was privately owned, but they were very cool about helping out with the rescue effort. The guy entering the frame on the left was a hydraulic/PB mechanic for MMSA for years and was working for Blanchard (the guy in blue on the blade) as a loader driver/PB mechanic and he knew everybody at MMSA. . . so he made the right calls. . . and WHOOOOOSH. . . they were all over it!

:-)

I need to dig through our old photos. . . I've got way more of that fateful day!

Yeah. . . Big opened. . . on manmade at the base fascilities. . . (read: still grassy and weird). . . so I'm giving them (or Old Ma) a chance to fill it all in real nice before I head down there. It's cool. . . there's a nice long season ahead of us!

I HAVE been skeezin right here on my property, though. . . I ski set a little track. . . it's COOL!

John Duffield

Mountain climber
New York
Dec 11, 2012 - 03:30pm PT
I am booked for Jackson. Last time, we arrived in a Blizzard. Don't recommend this, we were late.

We also arrived in Whistler during a huge dump. SUVs flipped over like mad coming up from Vancouver.

But well worth it. The day after, about 20,000 people came up from SEA/TAC. They were jumping off a cliff. Not trying to land on their feet either. People landing on their backs, headfirst, it even put Tuckerman to shame.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 11, 2012 - 04:01pm PT
John- that's the trouble with booking in advance eh? You never know what Mother Nature has planned for you. Ya vancouverites are pretty useless in the snow. Even if they have chains/ winter tires.... 4x4 only let's you go faster, it won't stop ya any quicker....


Ekat you know I wanna see more pics! It's nice to have friends in the right places sometimes eh? I always stop to see if people need help when I'm out sledding. I'd hate to be stuck and not have others offer the same.

Edit I hear you about the man made too. We started out on that and it was hard for me to get stoked on it too..
t*r

Mountain climber
where the wild things are
Dec 11, 2012 - 06:36pm PT
today.

Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 11, 2012 - 06:43pm PT
Nice board!!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 11, 2012 - 06:49pm PT
sick t*r! What mountain were you shredding today?

Here's my report.

2cms was the official overnight total.




Everything was pretty pooched so we hiked up to the Blackcomb Glacier which wasn't open yet.





My buddy Rick at the top of the blowhole





Our line, The Blowhole


It was pretty darn whiteout up there. After you exit the blowhole if you go right you get into a wide open glacier with 0 reference points. Talk about vertigo....

I took this pano before we dropped in at the toe of the glacier.


That was it, we jumped on the chair again but were more interested in some glassware in the valley so we peaced out.

Still a sick day.. Gotta love living 5 minutes from the lifts.
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 11, 2012 - 07:36pm PT
Edit I hear you about the man made too. We started out on that and it was hard for me to get stoked on it too..

Yeah. . . the first lift day of my 45th season can't be on manmade. . . it just can't!

:-)

A N D . . . NICE GHEY TRAY, t*r!

ox
this just in

climber
north fork
Dec 11, 2012 - 07:48pm PT
It's hard to leave a place like whistler, but mike you have to check out the Utah powder. Bring your own beer though.
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 11, 2012 - 07:51pm PT
Hey, Mike. . . were you born a Canuk, or did you just move there for the skeezin? (and that's a generic term for slippin' and slidin' over any and all frozen terrain.)

Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 11, 2012 - 08:00pm PT
I was born in Edmonton, Ab and my folks moved to Vancouver Island for work when I was five. I grew up Skeezin on Mt Washington and switched to snowboarding in jr high. When I graduated I got tired of smzll town life and my parents helped me move up here so I could attend Whistler U, aka School of ski bum life and I never looked back :)


Sometimes I consider moving to the city and "getting a real job/starting a real life" then I wake up and realize there is no other place I would rather be.


Utah looks fun Justin! hmmm.... maybe I can interest someone in a little roadtrip.... Interior BC pow is pretty darn light usually as well, but not nearly as high as Utah.
gf

climber
Dec 12, 2012 - 05:43am PT
big mike
-i'm back in the big smoke and heading out for second dawn patrol of the season -looks like things are setting up nicely -looking forward to a tour with you soon!
gf
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Dec 12, 2012 - 06:26am PT
snow has gotten to be a thing of the past.

:-(

i made an amazing discovery on top of mt. san jacinto a couple years ago. telemarking is probably the best way to deal with breakable crust. think about it.
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 12, 2012 - 07:20am PT
telemarking is probably the best way to deal with breakable crust. think about it.

I won't call it "telemarking". . . let's call it Nordic downhill for the simple reason that you
have many more options with a free heel than you do in bondage. . .
but. . . yes. . . Nordic downhill is the very best way to deal
with breakable crust. . . and just about everything else the
fickle snowpack can hand ya!

:-)
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 12, 2012 - 08:01am PT
T*r. VERY nice ride!
And you're right, some good forecasts for California, and a decent dump last night!
Going to go shussss it!

Susan
mojede

Trad climber
Butte, America
Dec 12, 2012 - 10:36am PT
We're getting dumped on right now (Butte to Bozeman)


Currently at Big Sky:

Credit: mojede
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 12, 2012 - 10:49am PT
Bozeman, Bridger Bowl Sluice Box
Lookin so good....this weekend!
Yeah baby!

See ya in couple days! <br/>
See ya in couple days!

Credit: SCseagoat

Susan
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