A spectacular day spent poking around the Norns. Wind-slab sun-crust, and remnant powder in the trees made for lots of variety. Looking forward to a week at the Ymir Lodge, with 4′ of new snow in the forecast.
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After days of lapping powder lines through the trees at Red, it felt great to ski some big alpine backcountry lines on Mt Airy. Boot deep consistent powder, no wind effect, eerily cooperative visibility, stable (enough) snowpack, and a stoked group of friends made for a memorable day.
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If you’re prepared to take your chances ducking and weaving through the shrubbery it’s easy to ski powder for days at Red Mountain Resort, but it doesn’t always go to plan. Yesterday I took a branch in the face that required a visit to the ER. Yowch.
I’ve been more focused on skiing than blogging these past few weeks, but here’s a few pics from a 5 day 50th birthday (not mine, yet) trip in the Goat Range during the recent deep freeze. With stable conditions and a motivated group, we got a lot done. Photos by Dave and Terry.
Jan 2nd, 2017.
Dec 28th, 2016.
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It’s been a typical early season at Red Mountain. There hasn’t been an exceptional amount of new snow, but enough, with fresh lines aplenty for those brave enough to navigate the off-piste obstacle course. Crowds have been as scarce as any evidence of summer grooming. There are some new faces checking tickets and loading chairs, tasty new brews in Rafters, and somebody has been busy putting up signs, but little else has changed. With the much hyped “Own the Mountain” crowd-funding campaign losing momentum, and the massive new concrete skeleton in the parking lot still just a massive concrete skeleton, perennial community concerns about over-development seem misplaced. My friends, family and I are all healthy, taking time to enjoy skiing that gets a little better every snowfall. Merry Christmas.
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Lapping perfect powder gets monotonous for some. So instead we sledded into a new (for us) drainage in the Valhallas, breaking deep trail until the sleds got stuck, continued slogging on skis until we ran out of day, and got one run in on a steep clear-cut.
Snow on the Way
NOAA Forecast for 6000′, just south of Kootenay Pass.
Snow likely, mainly before 10am. Cloudy and cold, with a high near 10. Wind chill values as low as -9. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Snow. Low around 7. Wind chill values as low as -9. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 16 to 21 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
Snow, mainly before 4pm. High near 24. Breezy, with a southwest wind 18 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
Snow, mainly after 10pm. Low around 22. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
Snow. High near 30. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible.