It's blue-bird with fresh snow and I'm booted up and relaxing for a few quick moments on the super comfy couches of the Summit Lobby to meet with my clients, Dan and Dianne. While sitting there, a friendly face asks if I'm the Dax who writes on the website. As there aren't a lot of Dax's out there I fess up that it is me. Slightly uncomfortable despite the cow-fur leather, it dawns on me that maybe people read this, yikes, luckily today was the perfect day for a good story, thanks Adam from Billings on the reminder to stay focused.
This is the perfect day to tell a story because I had friends/clients who have never really skied Big Sky, so instead of me freeskiing where I know the pow is good, this is all about showing off the whole mountain and it revealed many gems I fail to often ski and talk about. (Might this be the time to apologize for the long submission?) We started up Ramcharger and rolled straight off the hill to check out Southern Comfort. I hadn't skied El Dorado yet this year and was pleasantly surprised to find a perfect 1 to 2 inches of new snow on perfectly smoothed out groomer. Have you heard the term powder-groomer, this was it, a wide-open run and the kind of terrain every person could hero-turn on with ease and confidence.
After rolling to the top of the lift, we encountered my absolute favorite view of Lone Peak, the massiveness is almost indescribeable and the clear view of South Face runs look unattainable, even though I know we'll be there soon.We skied over to catch a blue groomer called Big Horn and despite the smooth center shot, the left side had entirely untouched, small mogul turns. It was oddly refreshing to ski pow in bumps as I hadn't really done that yet this season and with my friends Dan and Dianne eagerly in tow, I learned I could take them anywhere. We got back up on Thunderwolf and skied Silver Knife for more corduroy while also keeping in mind photo ops. At the bottom it was a perfect time at 10:30 a.m. to sneak into the Peaks restaurant for some hot chocolate. N
ow that we spoiledurself, it was time for the Tram and to get to the top.The sky opened up perfectly for photos at the top and we worked our way to Marx, a double black diamond. Even though the top was a bit tricky, once we were in the belly of the run the 6-8 inches of powder offered perfect skiing conditions. I was excited that my firends were so adventurous to follow me on even some of the toughest runs that I knew the rest of the day would be a breeze. We re-charged the condifence with a sweet lap down Lobo and re-charged the body batteries with a delicious lunch at Whiskey Jacks (dont' miss it) and the afternoon was all about tagging all the bases on the Biggest Skiing in America with a tour of Moonlight Basin too. After all, access to 5,512 acres can't be missed when you visit this area.
We rode up Swifty to take the Jay Walk, the BRT road, then SA Road to the Moonlight Lodge. After admiring their impressive fireplace which is accessible to both Big Sky skiers and Lone Peak Passholders alike we rode up Iron Horse and took Cinnabar to the Headwaters Grill, met with their GM Greg and made our way back to the Big Sky base area. We finished the epic tour day with drinks at the Carabiner with Mike Haring playing great cover tunes and even had the time for a village tour including a couple of funny songs to the vibrant crowd at the Crazy Austrian show at Chet's Bar. I suspect Dianne and Dan enjoyed the show on top of the tour and hopefully will be able to visit again.All I can say in summation is that skiing at Big Sky is as good as it gets, and if it takes reading about it to inspire you to visit, you'll love every minute of your trip, even though you being here personally will over-ride any words I come up with to describe it.
Finally, tell us all about it, we'll be happy to post your own experiences, after all, you've read about my ski days enough, we're open to reading of everyone's experience.
We'll see you out there,