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Lost Trail Powder Mountain is a hidden gem.

Lost Trail Powder Mountain has some good stuff.

Check out the powder on one of the runs.

 

We skied Lost Trail Powder Mountain yesterday, and it was a really great place. We probably had the best snow of the whole trip at this resort.  We skied 4  to 6 inches of fresh powder all day long, once we were shown the secrets of the resort by Ginny and some other local people. (We first met Ginny and Katie on the gondola at Jackson Hole earlier in this trip and you can get that story here.)

The resort has been operating since 1938. They had a fire in the mid 60’s, which burned away many trees.  They re-planted the trees and purposefully spaced them so you could get “skier shots” through them, and they did an excellent job.  These are the most ski-able glades I have ever skied, bar none.  It was incredibly fun picking your way, weaving in and around the trees in the powder.

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Discovery Ski Area is a blast.

Discovery Ski area is a great place.

Steve all “fluffied up” for the cold.

We skied Discovery Ski Area yesterday and it was really a lot of fun.  This place is a small ski resort but it has some great runs, plenty of steep and even 2 bowls of double black diamond runs with their own lift.  It is a real family style resort and all the people there are very friendly and warm. The lift tickets are a steal at only $42.00.

When we arrived it was sunny and clear, but very cold – at minus 9 degrees. We skied down Gold Run for our first run, and Bro was crying like a little girl as his face was cracking off from the cold.  I chose a more dignified way to express my agony – I mean several primeval screams is much more dignified – right? Needless to say we stopped at the bottom and “fluffied up” (put on our face masks).

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Big Sky Ski Resort is Massive

Big Sky ski resort

Check out the tram heading to the top.

If there is one thing you can say about the Big Sky ski resort it would be that it is massive! There is so much terrain, of all levels of ability, that everyone will be smiling until it hurts.

I started at one side of the resort and tried to make it to the other side, hitting all the runs on the way, but I never made it.  I did make it to the top of Lone Mountain, which is 11,166 feet high.  You can ski on all sides of this mountain, and there are 4 massive bowls, with many smaller bowls as you go around the mountain.  There are many glades and hidey-holes for powder and I am sure that the locals could lead you to powder stashes days after a good snow.

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Bridger Bowl Skiing Fun

Bridger Bowl Skiing is awesome.

Upper advanced terrain at Bridger Bowl.

Did some Bridger Bowl skiing today and found it to be a very fun and interesting place.  The resort has some amazing terrain, some of which requires you to have an avalanche transponder in order to access it.  It is a wide open mountain, with all levels of terrain in abundance.  There are three wide open bowls for all levels of skill and another for experts only. Very nice place with an old style ski resort feel – all for only 52 bucks a day. Can’t grumble about that. It was Saturday, and I never waited in line at any lift the whole day. Man, it was nice.

Bridger Bowl Skiing involves a lot of different terrain.

Loose snow one week after last snow.

It has 4 different places that you can go to get food and to warm up, with 2 of them being in mid-mountain locations.  The food and beer is very reasonably priced so you don’t feel like you are being taken every time you get hungry or thirsty.

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Red Lodge Ski Resort

Red Lodge ski resort was a pleasant surprise.

Here we are at Red Lodge, heading up.

Today we went skiing at Red Lodge Ski resort, and we were actually impressed.  They have the best snow that we have skied all year, and we actually got a couple of good tastes of – dare I say it – powder!  The hill is very nice with some long steep runs and quite a variety of terrain. It has a family ski resort feel, and some of the lifts are old – but there is no foofoo glitzy stuff – just great terrain, very good snow and attentive staff.  Our kind of place for sure.  It looks like it has a wealth of off piste stashes that we wish we had time to discover, but alas, not this trip.

Powder at Red Lodge Ski Resort.

Check out the snow – some powder there – oh yeah!

We were going to go to Bridger Bowl today, but

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Jackson Hole Skiing Adventure

Jackson Hole Skiing.

Looking down from up the hill at Jackson Hole.

Since we are in Jackson, we had to do a little Jackson Hole skiing today. We were hoping and praying for some snow, and we did get some, but not much. It was cloudy, windy and snowing the first part of the day, and then it was sunny starting around noon.

The base is quite good, but the snow is old.  It has melted and re-frozen a time or two, and even though the groomed runs are very ski-able, the surface of anything off piste is bone jarring hard and not a lot of fun.

Weather is always a challenge when Jackson Hole skiing.

Clouds clearing off the top of the tram.

 

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Grand Targhee Groomers

Grand Targhee great views.

Jim and Steve with the Tetons behind.

Today we headed over to Grand Targhee and skied some high speed low, drag groomers.  These were the best groomers we have skied all season anywhere, so we were happy.  There really were nice – as far as groomers go.

Grand Targhee is a fun place, and even though it’s not too big, it has a great hill. It also has some of the best views of the west side of the Tetons that you will find anywhere. There are an assortment of nice steep runs and you can ski almost the whole mountain.  Lots of wide open terrain and the trees are spaced so that you can ski those fairly easily too.  Only real problem they have is the same problem that we have been running into everywhere we go – lack of snow.

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Brighton Ski Resort

Brighton Ski resort top

Steve and Jim at the top.

We headed up and skied Brighton Ski resort today. It was a cold one, starting out at 13 degrees with a bit of wind. Never did warm up, and even when we went into the lodge to warm up, it never happened as the lodge was cold.  Come on man!  If you can’t warm up in the lodge, where do you go?

The resort got 8 inches of new snow yesterday and last night, and it snowed a little bit today, but no significant amount.

More Brighton Ski resort views.

Heading up the Millicent lift.

Anyway, we skied a few high speed groomers, which were nice, and then headed over to the Millicent lift. Great looking terrain, but just not enough snow to cover it to make it ski-able. That has never stopped us before – so why now eh?  Steve kept pointing at a face that looked like it had some of the good stuff on it and said we should go over there. I tried to point out the number of rocks I could see from the lift, and how it was probably not such a good idea. He said, “Come on, we just pick our way through the rocks at the top, and then we’re into the good stuff”. I was still reluctant but his response of  “What, ain’t you got any hair on your ass” closed the deal and we headed over to this face.

It started out fine, but then Steve, who had to lead as it was his idea, cut through some powder, hit a few rocks, cruised on and then a hit a rock that knocked one of his skis off and whacked him to the ground. He started screaming “Rock” – which I already knew as I had already hit three of them myself. Anyway, after some other treacherous side slipping down a rock filled chute, we finally got into some good stuff and made about 5 turns and it was over. Not the dream run we were looking for, to say the least.  It did, however, produce the quote of the day winner, so it was not a total waste.  Steve’s winning quote of the day –  “I prefer a little less granite in my powder”.  I followed that up with “Next time you say we should go ‘out there’, I’m going to say I really do not have any hair on my ass”.

Big foot at Brighton ski resort.

Is that Big foot? Hey, where’s Jim?

We skied all the lifts they had and most of the terrain that was ski-able and called it quits.  Never did warm up the whole day, but had a good time anyway.  Also, and you probably won’t believe this, but we had an actual Big Foot sighting – picture evidence and all.

That was our day at Brighton ski resort.  Tomorrow we head up to Jackson Hole to take in all the snow that they have been getting. That should be good.

Here are a few more pictures of our skiing at Brighton Ski resort.  Enjoy.

 

 

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Skiing Powder Mountain

 

Skiing Powder Mountain begins.

Jim cooking breakfast for us.

The Hamilton Ski tour has begun and we were skiing Powder mountain today. We arrived in Salt Lake City and picked up a good buddy, Jim.  He is coming with us – at least for the first week.  We had planned on going the Southern route and skiing in Colorado. I had put up a post about that Southern Route and listed out the resorts that we were going to. Well, we have changed plans, as the snow is north Margaret – so we be going north.

We ended up skiing Powder mountain today, and you can get all the data about that resort in the previous post I made about it here. We plan to ski Brighton in Big Cottonwood canyon here in Salt Lake tomorrow, and then we are heading north. We are going to ski Jackson Hole (as they have lots of snow) and also Grand Targhee.  Then we are heading further north and going to Big Sky Montana.  Wonderful looking place and we can not wait to ski it.  We will ski at a place called Bridger Bowl, and then head up to Whitefish to ski the Big Mountain ski area. We are going north and we are going to get some snow and some of the good stuff – if we have to go all the way to the artic circle to get it!!

Skiing Powder Mountain

One of Powder Mountain lodges.

Anyway, as I said, we ended up skiing Powder Mountain today, and it was quite good overall. They need more base – but it snowed on us all day long – so we got a small taste of the good stuff.  It was nice but it just  increased our hunger for more.  We want some real powder – and we are going north to get it. (knock on some fat powder skis)

That is the report for today from skiing Powder Mountain.  Will get another tomorrow once we get home from Brighton.  Snowed there today too, so should get another taste of the good stuff.  Oh yeah – nothing like the good stuff.

Here are a few other pictures of the skiing Powder Mountain today.

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Skiing Kitzbuhel Austria

My bro and his buddies have been skiing Kitzbuhel Austria for the last few days.  They are having a great time it seems. It has been snowing for a few days and the lucky dogs are getting in some nice powder.  I am doing my best not to just jump up and down and scream here, as there has not been any powder to speak of in this area for several SEASONS. Ahhhh….

I am trying to stay civil and wish them the best – but sometimes it’s hard.  I went up to Kirkwood several days ago, and it was treacherous.  I mean whole swaths of rock and dirt across their supposedly open runs.  It was 40 degrees when I arrived, and 60 degrees at 12:30 when I left. Jeeesh!! If they don’t get really significant snow soon, they are going to have to close.  No kidding.  So you can see why I might get a bit uptight hearing about the great snow they are getting in Europe.

Anyway, here are the reports from my Bro Skiing Kitzbuhel Austria for the last few days:


Skiing Kitzbuhel Austria powder.

Buddy Steve doing the pooh. Oh yeah.

 

Yo Bro;

We finally got into the serious stuff today. Been snowing 2 days at Kitz and still dumping. Should be serious snorkel time tomorrow. Wish you were here.

Bro
(snorkel time is defined as powder so deep you need a snorkel in order to get above the snow or you can’t breathe)

 

 

 

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