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  1. #2476
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    Quote Originally Posted by S_jenks View Post
    The run-out had been worked on by the groomers, so we reckoned you'll be able to ski to the base for another week (possibly more if weather stays favorable).
    Ha, Pat groomed the runout after closing!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 406 View Post
    Ha, Pat groomed the runout after closing!?
    I know, crazy right? Slithering down the run-out was velvety and sublime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 406 View Post
    Ha, Pat groomed the runout after closing!?
    It was more of an Alpental grooming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flowing alpy View Post
    we had a Bridger Sunday like that during BBI. so much fun on so many levels. started out light so the crowds never showed. kept on snowing bigger flakes as the day progressed and the snow began to stack.
    the lunch at the mid mountain lodge was so much better than mediocre, a serve yourself salsa barfantastic!!
    next, mtnbikerboarder leads us towards a set of chairlifts that keeps dropping us off, in gorgeously yhuuge tree meadow skipping woods, with fresh knee deep pow.
    It was fucking like Magic on the best of days, an EC mag skiing with us proclaimed. Norseman pleaded with me to hike towards the more challenging terrain, which he and his local buddies were lapping. I looked him in the eye and said,
    Iím on vacation
    Was just thinking about that day at bridger today and come in here to surf and read this ^^^^^^ 'Twas a great for sure! Hope all is well with ur family my friend!
    always forward but never straight

  5. #2480
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    Any good ways to connect skiing and biking around Missoula?
    When does the Lolo road open?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stuckathuntermtn View Post
    Just an uneducated guess.

  6. #2481
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    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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    Yeah, sucks about Lolo. Hope they have the funds for remediation.
    You can ski off Sheep? Is that Wishard Ridge?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stuckathuntermtn View Post
    Just an uneducated guess.

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    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 few miles of dry road, so it's a good one to use a bike for. The actual high point of Sheep is not great skiing, but if you head south a bit into Bowl 4 or so there is great skiing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cloud cult View Post
    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 few miles of dry road, so it's a good one to use a bike for. The actual high point of Sheep is not great skiing, but if you head south a bit into Bowl 4 or so there is great skiing.
    Let's do it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stuckathuntermtn View Post
    Just an uneducated guess.

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    I think this is the bowl cloud cult is talking about, with the summit of Sheep on the right or out of the pic to the right. It is fun terrain and there's a lot more of it off Wisherd Ridge.
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    Ok, but I'm not doing that solo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stuckathuntermtn View Post
    Just an uneducated guess.

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    Looks like a classical Alpental groom on May3rd...


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    Well maybe they can start their paid mountain bike season early now thanks to that groom?(taken yesterday).
    I never thought you could get a creek in a runout before... Might be why we are having major flooding on the Clark Fork tonight.

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    What's up team!!! I just found this thread. Where have you guys been skinning besides the bowl? and what's gonna be a good bet for skinning for the next month? I will be going solo mostly but I'm down to meetup.

    Disclaimer: I am a mediocre skinner at best -- my first season skinning.

    I'm super curious if i know some of you guys now / seen you around

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuckathuntermtn View Post
    Ok, but I'm not doing that solo.
    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 biked the gated road that shoots south/west at like 4800 feet. You can bike 2 miles, with one walking patch, before longer snow. This puts you in line to skin up the east face of Sheep to the proper summit. I skinned for a ways up then sorta lost interest; also looked like rain.

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    whoah. that's the runout? man that storm crushed the snow this last weekend. where does the skin to the top start now? below meadows?

    Quote Originally Posted by wordbird View Post
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    Looks like a classical Alpental groom on May3rd...


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    Well maybe they can start their paid mountain bike season early now thanks to that groom?(taken yesterday).
    I never thought you could get a creek in a runout before... Might be why we are having major flooding on the Clark Fork tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by margotron View Post
    whoah. that's the runout? man that storm crushed the snow this last weekend. where does the skin to the top start now? below meadows?
    Yeah, runout before the hill is completely gone now. Skinned around on paradise return, but there was lots of skinning on dirt yesterday and probably a lot more after another warm day today.

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    I don't know Wishard Ridge at all, so I'm uncomfortable doing it myself.
    Tomorrow or Sunday might be good? Anyone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stuckathuntermtn View Post
    Just an uneducated guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuckathuntermtn View Post
    I don't know Wishard Ridge at all, so I'm uncomfortable doing it myself.
    Tomorrow or Sunday might be good? Anyone?
    I could go monday?

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    pm me.

    Got a good look at Snowbowl yesterday from an Overlook ride and the bottom third, if not half, is brown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stuckathuntermtn View Post
    Just an uneducated guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wordbird View Post
    It was more of an Alpental grooming.
    we had a very mediocre year with regards to grooming


    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker/boarder View Post
    Was just thinking about that day at bridger today and come in here to surf and read this ^^^^^^ 'Twas a great for sure! Hope all is well with ur family my friend!
    All is well. Told Norseman about that day again, while on the chair for Alpental’s last weekend, for like the 37th time!
    bF
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    View from Sentinel still shows lots of snow higher up in the Rattlesnakes. Stuart Mountain SnoTel almost 90". Let's go surfing now, everyone's learning how.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stuckathuntermtn View Post
    Just an uneducated guess.

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    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 deep stretch of mud and about 100 yards where one side of the car is on dry ground and the other side is halfway up a snowbank.

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    I still wanna tour a little, you wanna show me around? How'd that baseweld ever hold up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stuckathuntermtn View Post
    Just an uneducated guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuckathuntermtn View Post
    I still wanna tour a little, you wanna show me around? How'd that baseweld ever hold up?
    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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    Let's give this thread a quick bump before summer skiing season begins(only patch skiing within a two hour drive of us, it's time to drive to Volcanoes if you want it to be worth it )
    Heart lake/Hoodoo pass. A couple non-ski released pics first: record river flooding on the Clark Fork and deer chase video. Not much skiing done on this day, only one 2k' climb because I forgot my snowboard boots and had to try on telemark boots for the first time...
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    Almost on the road.

    New friend..
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    Looking towards heart lake...


    St. Mary's - most successful day of this spring, two great bowl laps skied east of the peak, one from the peak and another one lower down the ridge on the way out(no pictures).
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    Objective in sight... Click image for larger version. 

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    The Lookout, where everybody can sign in during the summer.
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ID:	238686Some stuff released on the way down, and clouds moved in to obscure the tracks
    And finally the trip to trapper i took yesterday after the much anticipated June dump, which ended up being only a couple inches of dry fresh snow(the snow was being transported even at 11 am in blazing sunshine the next day though).
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    View of the complicated ramps & objective
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    Someday I plan to ride down this, but didn't really think we had the right conditions for it yesterday.
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    Pattern finding lots of sticky snow on his skins when skinning across the sun exposed slopes on the way up.
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    I finally got to set my own point release on this lap around noon too, and this slope is facing almost directly to the north as well(it felt very cool when you were moving, but June sound does it's thing).

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