So it only made sense on the day when the computers tabulated the results of who would compete in all the college Bowl games, I'd spend my whole ski day skiing in the Bowl. Sure there might have been some controversy for Georgia, but there was no need for a recount on where the best skiing at Big Sky was today.
I was with Lindsey and Erin and we started up Swiftcurrent and went directly to the Triple Chair. Shane "the shoveler" was there to greet us (see this season's first issue of Powder magazine) and we hit the section right past the tree clump off the Turkey traverse.
We found really silky, chalky snow that was a blast to ski on, it was the first run so I was still sorting out some timing, but the girls ripped it up and we knew we were in for a fun day of Bowl laps.
I lost track of how many laps we did, and we did explore up and down the south wall and in and out of the sun, but I think after 6-7 exploratory laps we settled on our favorite area. It was great to get such a mixture of steeps, soft snow, and even moguls when we wanted them.
My favorite spot ended up being through the left edge of the tree clump that popped you out into a smooth section where you could start mach'ing out of the steeps and get nice wind buffed styrofoam turns. Once things rolled out to the flatter spot, the best move was to start heading skiers right and finish on the very beginning of the south wall which had nice pockets of snow and minimal moguls.
We're going to be launching a new website this week, hang in there for any glitches we might encounter, but I'm really excited with the new look, feel and functionality of the site. This feature will be kept up and even improved striving to get more submissions from others, both locals and visitors to give more perspectives on the mountain conditions. Stay tuned, you might need to adjust your favorite's links.
For any ski movie fans out there, keep your eyes peeled for Scot Schmidt, I skied with him for one run Saturday as he is on a project that needed snow, and he knew Big Sky could deliver.
We'll see you out there,