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Old 01-12-2011, 09:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Left NYC on Friday morning around 4 AM. 1st stop was South Bend where it dumped overnight--2 feet-ish. Dug out the car, and diverted to Chicago for two days while we waited for the negative degree temps to break in Montana. Sunday morning we left Chicago. Drove north through Wisconsin and west across Minnesota (almost freaking died when an 18-wheeler passed us in the snow and completely whited out the road), and spent a night in Sioux Falls. Woke up to -9. Drove through South Dakota. Flat. Windy. Detoured through the Badlands loop. AWESOME. Cut up through Wyoming and spent the night in Billings, Montana. Lots of coal refining going on there. Not a fan. This morning, zipped up to Missoula from Billings. Chillin' now. Montana Snowbowl tomorrow through Sunday. Then maybe back down to Big Sky. And maybe Aspen at some point. I think we've got some free passes for Aspen, so yea.

Flicks and snow reports later. So effing tired and sore from sitting the damn car.
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Old 01-12-2011, 10:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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sick dude. i'm jealous. it's raining on all the Mts out here and i'm starting to think about the same type of thing... what are you all driving and how much you spent on gas so far?
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Dude, we need to get some PDX BC riders and head east to the Eagle Cap to get out of this shit here....

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i've done Roger's huts... so sick out there... its gotta be raining over there too isnt it??
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Trip sound like so much fun!!


And yeah, Fuck the rain. We were supposed to get 2 to 3 feet of snow this week and it is almost all rain.
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Driving a Subaru Outback.

It's raining in Missoula, but at elevation, it's snow. Visibility was shit today. But it was my first day ever riding pow. Sticky, but sooo awesome. I did an unintentional double back roll. Felt like pillows. Can't imagine having to go back east now... Ugh. My quads are screaming, though. I'm going to be unrealistically sore tomorrow. I'm hoping for clearer skies. I'd like to see what I rode.
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Where is roger`s huts???
Roger was (is??) the owner/operator/guide at: Wing Ridge Ski Tours Oregon Wallowa Mountains
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You should hit up Lookout Pass and Lost Trail Pass...they are both higher in elevation and the snow might be a lot better.
Interesting. We're here riding with my bfs friend and his lady until Sunday morning. But Idaho looks like a possibility. Thanks!
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Interesting. We're here riding with my bfs friend and his lady until Sunday morning. But Idaho looks like a possibility. Thanks!
Skip Lookout and hit Schweitzer or Silver Mt
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Just something quick...

Left NYC on Friday morning around 4 AM. 1st stop was South Bend where it dumped overnight--2 feet-ish. Dug out the car, and diverted to Chicago for two days while we waited for the negative degree temps to break in Montana. Sunday morning we left Chicago. Drove north through Wisconsin and west across Minnesota (almost freaking died when an 18-wheeler passed us in the snow and completely whited out the road), and spent a night in Sioux Falls. Woke up to -9. Drove through South Dakota. Flat. Windy. Detoured through the Badlands loop. AWESOME. Cut up through Wyoming and spent the night in Billings, Montana. Lots of coal refining going on there. Not a fan. This morning, zipped up to Missoula from Billings. Chillin' now. Montana Snowbowl tomorrow through Sunday. Then maybe back down to Big Sky. And maybe Aspen at some point. I think we've got some free passes for Aspen, so yea.

Flicks and snow reports later. So effing tired and sore from sitting the damn car.
Epic indeed, i need some friends who's willing to ride out like that
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Well, we booked Big Sky. So we're there next week from Sunday until Friday morning. What's the best route from there to Aspen, and what's in between that's worth a day or two of shredding.

My neck is stiff as a bitch from my tumble yesterday. Visibility at Snowbowl was a little better today. Some chick almost killed me when she cut me off on my blindside as I was just starting to initiate a turn. Oi. I am definitely loving the conditions. I gave my Burton AK jacket a wash before I left a few weeks ago, and I guess you're supposed to put Gore-Tex items in the dryer to really make them last, and I didn't, so I've spent the last two days in a lot of wet powder, getting soaked and cold. So on top of being stiff, I'm cold and crabby. Gonna toss it in the dryer tonight and maybe wear the Arc'Teryx tomorrow. Got that as a Christmas gift for my trip. It was so nice in the Badlands with the wind whipping through below zero. Brrrski.

There's a Freestyle Olympic Junior's Ski competition at Snowbowl tomorrow. If my neck is still giving me grief, I might make a few turns and then shoot some flicks. Some of the kids were practicing today. My god... These little skiers are insane.
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