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Big Mountain, Whitefish Montana USA...March 19, 2013

officially we have 12" new in the last 3 days...unofficially it all blew in and piled up in places, fortunately some of the steep and gnar zones...then today, the sun came out, fully epic and unexpected pow day...14 degrees only too

to give some perspective, not many people see this, we have had maybe 5 sunny days this winter...

looking north into the Cabinet Range and Canada



looking East into Glacier National Park, Lodi Peak (ten minute sidecountry hike) is in the foreground...




Glacier N.P.

 

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Radio Towers (also a ten minute stomp sidecountry)



North Bowl, see how tracked up?



NBC Chute...gets used, but the rad thing is noone rides the sides, i hit it like a giant pow halfpipe...buuuuuh



East Rim...still looking pretty good at 1pm!



Lodi Peak and Evans Heaven, from the runout of NBC



some noname billygoat zone i love, and apprently i'm alone...so killer in this part, the pic just doesnt do it justice..



another in billygoat zone...



and some mellowdeep glades to end the day...Cal's Country



rad thing about Big..theres only 2 busy weeks, other than that there's nobody, so the stashes stay stashed for days, this whole week is gonna be killer, more snow weds supposedly

anyone headed this way, pm me, i'll give you the ambassador's tour..
 

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...and if anyone wants to add pics from your spring, your mountain, please feel free, that was the ideer...like seeing other places, other potential future trips..
 

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DUDE!

Forget about your goggles and get out there! Damn. Gorgeous pow.
 

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i worked it already! til my legs were just...jelly

thats why my gogs aren't upsetting me, it was worth it!
 

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Radio Towers (also a ten minute stomp sidecountry)



North Bowl, see how tracked up?



NBC Chute...gets used, but the rad thing is noone rides the sides, i hit it like a giant pow halfpipe...buuuuuh



East Rim...still looking pretty good at 1pm!



Lodi Peak and Evans Heaven, from the runout of NBC



some noname billygoat zone i love, and apprently i'm alone...so killer in this part, the pic just doesnt do it justice..



another in billygoat zone...



and some mellowdeep glades to end the day...Cal's Country



rad thing about Big..theres only 2 busy weeks, other than that there's nobody, so the stashes stay stashed for days, this whole week is gonna be killer, more snow weds supposedly

anyone headed this way, pm me, i'll give you the ambassador's tour..
Fantastic!! My wife is from Montana. I have been out there many times but only in the summer:dizzy: I friend just invited me to Whitefish next year. He showed me some photos just like this from the last time he was there. They take a train from Minneapolis and rent a house there for a week. It looks incredible:yahoo:

I haven't discussed this with him yet but I would like to get a few opinions. What skill level would you have to have to snowboard in this type of area in Whitefish?
 

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Sweet! Went to High School in Stevensville south of Missoula. Done some backpacking in the Cabinets and in the Bob Marshal. Montana is such pretty country!
nice, been camping up in the Cabinets, but never rode back there...getting set up to splitboard this spring, so that will open up alot ive never done

went to school at UM Missoula, thats how i found my way up here! love it so much
 

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Fantastic!! My wife is from Montana. I have been out there many times but only in the summer:dizzy: I friend just invited me to Whitefish next year. He showed me some photos just like this from the last time he was there. They take a train from Minneapolis and rent a house there for a week. It looks incredible:yahoo:

I haven't discussed this with him yet but I would like to get a few opinions. What skill level would you have to have to snowboard in this type of area in Whitefish?
the train is a great way to come, they have some killer deals thru the website, multi'day lift passes, train ride and lodging for crazy-cheap, idk how they work that

all these pics are diamond, double d, etc, but it doesnt matter, theres so much beginner and mid stuff, at least 1/2 the mountain, there is a whole backside thats all blues and greens (and a couple black) that gets hammered with good snow ....they pride themselves on grooming too, they groom alot, and do a fine job of it..

jeeezus im sounding like the PR guy, lol...just come, you won't be dissappointed

heres a trailmap

Whitefish Mountain Resort at Big Mountain in Whitefish, Montana
 

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the train is a great way to come, they have some killer deals thru the website, multi'day lift passes, train ride and lodging for crazy-cheap, idk how they work that

all these pics are diamond, double d, etc, but it doesnt matter, theres so much beginner and mid stuff, at least 1/2 the mountain, there is a whole backside thats all blues and greens (and a couple black) that gets hammered with good snow ....they pride themselves on grooming too, they groom alot, and do a fine job of it..

jeeezus im sounding like the PR guy, lol...just come, you won't be dissappointed

heres a trailmap

Whitefish Mountain Resort at Big Mountain in Whitefish, Montana
Great. Thanks!!
 

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man wish i could made it to whitefish this year. i was planing on coming up for 4 days of riding. they had a killer deal. $75 a night for hotel and tickets. ill be at white pass tomorrow and they should have more then a foot of fresh pow. ill get some pics.
 

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Whoa. Dude. That's....wow.
 

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5 more inches overnight, i'm on my way up...but, alas, no sun, 1 chair visibility atm....glad i made hay....ha, cheers y'all
 

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not sunny, but oh damn it was good, 5 inches minimum of sugar snow on top of all the pow...extremely light, pow-carveable, and forgiving combo for landings...crazyfun day (can you see the grin?)...3-5 more expected tonight, thats kinda the way it is here, we don't get the HUGE dumps, i think 9" (officially) was the most this year in one night, but we will get a week of 3, then 5, 3, 2 7,2..like that

pics or it didnt happen!

from my road heading up, the neighbor's longhorns as a bonus



haskills from above...clearly popular run (not)



...and from below

 

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just gonna keep adding to the time capsule..if future ppl are thinking of coming they can idea what i looks like...

Big Mtn as seen from Whitefish Lake...from here you can see maybe 1/3 of the rideable terrain....



Bighorn Woods..a few secs later this chute werent so pretty, lol



Bighorn (upper center in the distance) from the Chair..this is the backside, Chair 7...this part is rugged...full of natural obstacles, mini-chutes and rocks



Lodi peak from Bighorn



Haskills...sometimes i feel so all alone



anther epic day, bonus sun for about 2 hours and sugar/pow....another 3 expected tonight...we are finishing strong it would seem, 16 days to go in the season
 

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bonus to the bonus day, an evening sesh at the skatepark...(imo the best park in MT, though there are quite a few...)








the ever faithful Milo...

 

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NBC is so fun, i try to find a new way in every time, some of the entries are frikkn hairball....here is the view up from the bottom, ive hit all that stuff on the far right side of the pic



another way in, all those lines on the far wall are me from previous runs...one of the hairy entries is strait above those lines

 

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Whitefish does look like it's a pretty fun place to be alive, It'll be hard getting me away from Denver though..

Next year we're gonna have to take a trip up that way, Utah was fun this year though.
I went to Bridger Bowl 4-5 years back, it was great!
 

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the big city does have a few advantages, more culture, art and concerts are the first things that come to mind...disregarding borders, Calgary is actually the closest big city to me...but ive gotten used to the smalltown life, actually pretty much a hermit, LOL

don't want to make it out like Big Mtn is gnar like another Jackson or something, and thankfully it's not, or we would be overrun like Jackson Hole has been... great lil town, superfun "little" Big Mtn

big glow on the valley floor is whitefish lake, surrounded by the town...
 

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got to make it out there one of these years looks like a ton of fun. Its about a six hour drive from bozeman in good weather.
 
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