I hope you’ve been enjoying all the different voices writing about all the snow at Big Sky, I figured after all these years of writing, it’s time for others to have the fun. But today was just too deep to sit back in silence any longer.
I rolled into town late last night following a fun Saturday ski afternoon at another Montana ski hill near Helena, but before I had left I snaked a bunch of powder days when the snow was flying Monday through Wednesday. It’s always amazing to me when we’re buried in snow on the mountain that often the rest of the state is dry and wide. With no snow for miles outside the windshield, as I got within 15 miles of Big Sky the big flakes were piling up and I knew Sunday was back to winter in Big Sky.
I joined Jodi, a new local who is just learning to ski powder. We began with a Rice Bowl that had loaded in with 18 inches of fluffy, light white stuff. I toured her through the trees to Bufallo Jump where we found even more powder. We rolled back up Swifty and took the Triple to ski Never Sweat, this was where I experienced my first face shots of the day.
With the winter storm pounding around us, we made the strategic decision to stop by Pinnacle at the top of Andesite for some delicious hot chocolate, it gave us all the energy we needed to ski the loaded up snow in Crazy Raven to the creamy moguls of Mad Wolf. In here the face shots were slapping me turn after turn and I needed to time out my breathing to avoid snow inhalation. Jodi was doing great working her way down through the soft, new snow.
We caught up with Craig and Courtney for our final run down Congo at 4 p.m. This mountain is simply too big to be really tracked up and sure enough we found more untouched snow at the end of the day, knee deep was the consistent coverage and it rolled up the legs in between the trees.
It’s been snowing while I’ve written this and sure it’s late in the season and we’ve had a lot of powder, but it would be a sin to not start making plans to ski this week, just think of the fresh memories you’ll have to take you through the upcoming spring and summer.
We’ll see you out there,