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    The year Marshall closed it had move visits than...

    The year Marshall closed it had move visits than Snowbowl.
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    This^^ Blows me away they went to the trouble...

    This^^

    Blows me away they went to the trouble of getting a new lift and it's a double. You want intermediates to come, that means families, and families don't ride doubles.
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    There's some interesting riding in there for sure...

    There's some interesting riding in there for sure but I'd categorize it more along the lines of adventure biking than biking biking.
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    It's best with a good pair of hiking shoes.

    It's best with a good pair of hiking shoes.
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    Ha thanks man that base weld outlived the skis. ...

    Ha thanks man that base weld outlived the skis.

    My schedule has a short horizon these days so it's hard to know very much in advance if I'm going to go. Can you DM me your number again?
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    Snow on Sheep has gone up about 400 feet in two...

    Snow on Sheep has gone up about 400 feet in two weeks; you can start skiing from 5600 feet.

    In Cooper Creek you drive direct to skinnable snow at about 5800 feet, but must pass one pretty long and...
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    I just ran up there -- last minute decision or I...

    I just ran up there -- last minute decision or I would have PMd you, stucky. You can drive perfectly fine to 5000 feet then hit plenty of snow. Looked like it went for a while so turned around and...
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    Technically, yes. Sheep is the high point of...

    Technically, yes. Sheep is the high point of Wisherd Ridge. A summer road winds along the northish face of the mountain to a decently high trailhead. Usually about now there is a snowdrift blocking a...
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    May 15, but I believe the trails up Lolo are...

    May 15, but I believe the trails up Lolo are closed this summer because of the fire damage.

    Try the road up to the Sheep Mountain trailhead to bike then ski.
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    Yes I'm just a wishy washy complaining woman....

    Yes I'm just a wishy washy complaining woman. Just legitimately wondering why they would spend money to blow snow during a huge snow year? But thanks for your answer.
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    What is the name of the bump sorta between Point...

    What is the name of the bump sorta between Point Six and the Cornice? You could ski off it north into Alaska or south back to Whitebark Pine?

    Talking about this:...
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    A little bit of dirt in the trail ever bothered...

    A little bit of dirt in the trail ever bothered Snowbowl?
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    Why are they still blowing snow? Seems like their...

    Why are they still blowing snow? Seems like their base is assured for the remaining six weeks of the season.
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    Coverage is good. Not great, but good.

    Coverage is good. Not great, but good.
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    http://missoulanews.bigskypress.com/missoula/a-new...

    http://missoulanews.bigskypress.com/missoula/a-new-backcountry-guidebook-targets-protection/Content?oid=3490572
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    Who in the world suggested that? That would be...

    Who in the world suggested that? That would be about 100 yards of nice skiing followed by 4-5 hours of soul searching bushwacking, ending with a tresspass through someone's yard to stand along the...
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    I've never done those lines that far down into...

    I've never done those lines that far down into Grant Greek. IME low down Grant Creek is really bushy and annoying. But in general I'd look for the Stuart Peak snotel to be around 60 inches and for...
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    Backcountry Film Festival is tonight at the Roxy....

    Backcountry Film Festival is tonight at the Roxy. Showings at 6 and 8 p.m. Student disconts.

    Trailer: https://winterwildlands.org/what-we-do/backcountry-film-festival/
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    Little surfer dudes. Can be extrapolated to other...

    Little surfer dudes. Can be extrapolated to other sports.
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    Grommet.

    Grommet.
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    Is that the same girl that did Groomed and Level?...

    Is that the same girl that did Groomed and Level? I expected better.
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    The Flathead is revising its forest plan and they...

    The Flathead is revising its forest plan and they want to learn how people use the forest – skiing included. For skiers, the areas of primary interest are along U.S. 2 near Glacier, the Whitefish...
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    Drove home from West Yellowstone yesterday --...

    Drove home from West Yellowstone yesterday -- shocked at how screwed the snowpack is across the state. Looks like late March. Woke up to steady rain and 37 in Missoula. Webcam showing rain on Lolo...
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    http://missoulian.com/news/opinion/mailbag/marshal...

    http://missoulian.com/news/opinion/mailbag/marshall-mountain-conflict-due-to-vandalism-trespass/article_031c4fec-26d8-5090-9a4d-c4e39114b970.html
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    http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a357/porterlex/D...

    http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a357/porterlex/DSC05194.jpg

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    Turner is weekends only (and Friday?), and LT is...

    Turner is weekends only (and Friday?), and LT is Thursday-Sunday. If you go from Whitefish to Missoula you'll also be driving past Blacktail.
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    I'm not sure if that includes grooming -- it may...

    I'm not sure if that includes grooming -- it may be just plowing. I am also not sure if the forest is contributing something above that. Either way, Hyalite plowing was/is a major community effort.
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    I think the full bill for Hyalite is $24,000.

    I think the full bill for Hyalite is $24,000.
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    Some/most of it will go to buy Luc Mehl dinner,...

    Some/most of it will go to buy Luc Mehl dinner, since he is donating his time for this. Montana Backcountry Alliance has a small annual budget which is mostly used for policy activities and things...
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    The Montana Backcountry Alliance is hosting a...

    The Montana Backcountry Alliance is hosting a slide show and talk by Luc Mehl on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Trailhead. This is a free event but donations are requested.

    Mehl is a...
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    I'd call it gritty. On the upside, housing is...

    I'd call it gritty. On the upside, housing is cheap. I was downtown a few weeks ago -- they're working on it, but it has a long way to go.

    Two hours gets you, roughly, to the Beaverhead, Anaconda...
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    Not manky. Typical summer snow -- mostly firm, a...

    Not manky. Typical summer snow -- mostly firm, a little grabby, smallish suncups. Walton Lakes Cirque was better; Colt Killed had lots of old avi debris.
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    156694 Colt Killed Cirque. You can skin from...

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    Colt Killed Cirque. You can skin from the truck crossing just a few open patches.

    On a different note, the Forest Service is seeking comment on a landmark plan that would more closely...
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    Lindy on Saturday. ...

    Lindy on Saturday.

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    Was up Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in the...

    Was up Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in the backcountry. Spectacular and beautiful. Hard to regulate body temperature though when you're sweating away uphill.

    Some OK turns but a lot of heavy...
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    Stellar start to the year. Lockwood: ...

    Stellar start to the year.

    Lockwood:

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    Essex:
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    I drove the Mill Creek/Big Hole road yesterday....

    I drove the Mill Creek/Big Hole road yesterday. It's fine, but does get drifted and does not get a lot of attention from the plows. On the north side of the pass, about halfway between the cross...
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UvSd5ECePw

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UvSd5ECePw
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    There are two lots on the north side of the road...

    There are two lots on the north side of the road for XC skiing coming west on 43 from Wisdom, the one for Chief Joseph Pass is further from the road; it's about a mile before the ski area. The other...
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    I live in Missoula, I ski 55-70 days a year, and...

    I live in Missoula, I ski 55-70 days a year, and I practically never to go Snowbowl. The distinct impression I get from even brief and casual interactions with management (and some employees) is that...
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    I'm saying this with the understanding that I...

    I'm saying this with the understanding that I actually might know you but not know your handle, but you really sound like a jerk.
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    The best place to look for work is at the state...

    The best place to look for work is at the state job center. Many jobs in the city are posted through that office and are searchable online. In a nutshell, the biggest employers are the school...
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    Mill 2, from yesterday in the Bitterroot. Long...

    Mill 2, from yesterday in the Bitterroot. Long slog around the south side to enter on the looker's left, then down the middle. Nice day.
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    Holy hell it's dumping.

    Holy hell it's dumping.
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    Sheesh. Made the 9 mile walk to the Lolo Peak...

    Sheesh. Made the 9 mile walk to the Lolo Peak trailhead Saturday and only had to put skis on the last few miles. Massive stretches of countryside where there is not a drift in sight.

    Took the kids...
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    Rattlesnake on Saturday. Nice. ...

    Rattlesnake on Saturday. Nice.

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    Ski cut an 8 inch slab, 30 feet wide and about the same long on a terrain feature 38 degrees steep....
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    Crap. I said west face. I meant east face. Since...

    Crap. I said west face. I meant east face. Since the west face is about 20 miles from Gold Creek, that makes more sense.
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    Sheep Mountain Saturday. Not bad, but a very...

    Sheep Mountain Saturday.

    Not bad, but a very long day. Parked at Gold Creek and skinned up the west face.

    Bowl 4.

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    Bowl 2.
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    How can I climb Point Six without riding the...

    How can I climb Point Six without riding the lifts at MSB? Park below the resort and skin up the east ridge to the top of Lavelle and beyond? Can I skin the ridge and stay out of the resort boundary?
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    Crystal Theater on Sunday: ...

    Crystal Theater on Sunday:

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    LTP on Saturday:
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