Bob Legasa and his Freeride Media team just hit Big Sky. What a great mountain to get some serious vert along with some quality snow! Here are some notes from Freeride Media about big sky, along with their awesome day all summed up in the video below. Bob writes, Big Sky Resort a 3,832-acre ski resort located in southwestern Montana was the first stop of our Montana State ski road trip and what a start it was! Our crew of Desiree Leipham, Scott Evans, Tommy Frey, Dan Herby and Bob Legasa hooked up with longtime friend Dan Egan and Big Sky local Kipp Proctor. This place is big with 4350 of vert and plenty of steeps and trees to keep the most die hard riders happy, If your just getting going in the sport Big Sky has plenty to offer with 40% of it’s terrain for begineer and intermediate. Opened in late 1973, Big Sky has grown over the last 35 years. Trademarked as the “Biggest Skiing in America” through the Biggest Skiing in America Pass, skiers and riders have access to over 5,532 acres. Three-quarters of the vast terrain is Big Sky Resort, with the remaining trails at Moonlight Basin. The Biggest Skiing in America Pass combines the two resorts making Moonlight Basin accessible from the Lone Peak Summit and via the Challenger Lift.
Snow Troopers Mike and Andy Traslin heart the Heartstrings in the Joffre Lakes region of British Columbia. Here’s what Mike had to say about their tour:
Looking for great views and an aesthetic ski tour? Then Heartstrings is for you. Like most skiers and climbers, I had skied various routes on Mt Joffre, Matier, Slalok. I had heard of the Heartstrings in many conversations over the years… but only in regards to exiting the bigger objectives. I had personally always just skied by the Heartstrings, for one reason or another. It always just seemed like…. “Oh Look there is Heartstrings”. After 15 years of passing it by, the big rockwalls lured me in and I finally skied it. The snow was variable, but the views were perfect. Fun Ski! It would be great to hit that zone in powder. Next time. For more information on the area, pick up “Exploring the Coast Mountains on Skis” by John Baldwin and head to page 125. Good luck.
Dorian Densmore sent this super short and very sweet edit over from a few days out last week in his home stomping grounds of the Tetons. This edit is awesome so be sure to watch it and help him get to Tailgate AK. That way he might get to spend some time with Dean Cummings and the rest of the Thompson Pass crew that puts on the massive event.
My next stop on the POW’daho tour was Bogus Basin. It earned its name for the bogus gold mining claims not for the skiing. The skiing & riding here are legit! 2600 in bounds acres puts it on par with WA’s Crystal Mountain and makes it bigger than Jackson Hole’s in bounds 2400 acres and Snowbird’s 2500 acres. In addition, Bogus Basin has five gates to access the Mores Mountain, Bob’s Knob, Clear Creek and Dry Creek drainage sidecountry. All 5 gates are marked on their trail map. The non-profit Bogus Basin Recreation Association operates the area which skis/rides much bigger than expected – one day really wasn’t enough to explore the whole mountain and its sidecountry but my guide, Lew Peterson, who’s into his 23rd year as an instructor there knew where to go. The terrain spreads out over 360 degrees and that together with all the gladed terrain made it easy to find good snow throughout the day. With so much terrain to train on, it’s no surprise that Bogus Basin has had its share of US Ski Team racers and Olympians including Jeret “Speedy” Peterson (2005 World Cup Aerials champion and 2010 Olympic silver medalist), Dane Spencer, Erik Fisher, etc. Take a quick look at Bogus Basin in the video below and be sure to pay them a visit. If you plan to access their backcountry, be aware that access from the resort is only permitted at the gates – no ducking ropes there or you’ll lose your pass. Also, remember to be prepared because beyond the gates, there’s no ski patrol or avalanche control. Bogus Basin has a search and rescue policy that charges $1000/hr if help is needed out of bounds.
Bogus Basin is located only 16.5 miles outside of Boise (a very cool city) in the Boise National Forest. Take your time driving the Bogus Basin Road up to the resort – it has a recorded 172 turns and gains 3,400 ft over 16 miles. With the new snowfall, I made frequent use of the turn outs to let locals pass. For those who prefer to ride, there’s a shuttle bus that services Boise and neighboring cities and runs Dec-Feb and holidays. You’ll want to look into that here if you’re considering night skiing/riding and aren’t familiar with that drive (night ops DAILY until 10pm – nice). Their 2013-14 season pass is on sale this month for $259 (12yrs & older) (what a bargain!). For more info or to purchase, go to www.bogusbasin.org. And don’t forget that 5th graders can ski free 3 times at Bogus Basin and receive 50% off group walk-in lessons at 12:30pm only (check-in at the ski/Board School Sales office 1 hour early) and 50% off equipment rentals when combined with the lessons (Restrictions: 5th Grade Ski Free Passport offers and discounts cannot be combined with School Night, LifeSports or other Bogus Basin Ski/Board Programs or discounts).
Alpental ranks #3 in the nation for deep snow pack today with 181″ at the summit!! That’s including Alaska. We’re trailing 2nd place Mammoth Mountain by only 4″. Mammoth has 185″ at their summit elevation of 11,053′ – more than double Alpental’s summit elevation of 5,240′. Washington’s Mt. Baker is again #1 with 215″ at the top of Pan Dome. With so much snow waiting, I was very surprised how small yesterday’s (Feb. 26th) Alpental 9AM line up was … I’m thinking everyone East and West of the Cascade Crest got their fill of freshies this past week/weekend. The Alpental Patrol fed the goods perfectly to the small crowd, giving us untracked snow until the legs finally gave out. We were also stoke that the snow let up (for just a day- snowing hard today though) and the sun came out for a bit. Epic day! Enjoy the video below and always “Live to Ski Another Day!”
Our bro Joey Mara was just up to the North of us at Stevens Pass this past Friday and Saturday (Feb 23rd & 24th). Just like us, he was getting his fill of Cascade goodness. I’m also stoked to see this great edit Joey has kicked out, bringing his epic day back to life on our screens. So, no need to say anything else except click play and enjoy this extremely excellent edit.
Magic Mountain is going to be on my hit list, next time I’m traveling through Central Idaho. This was Sting’s 6th stop on The Snow Troopers’ 2013 Idaho Road Trip, which was starting to be known as the “2013 Groomer Madness Road Trip”, but has shifted gears and is now know as POW’daho 2013 Road Trip” ever since the last stop a couple of days ago. Now two days into the storm, the crew finds themselves at stop #2 of POW’daho: Magic Mountain, where the snow was starting to stack up and the cliffs were looking choice. Sting is closing in on the tail end of this leg of our “2013 Idaho Road Trip” but has being rewarded the entire time with fantastic terrain, great people and now heavily rewarded with great powder. Enjoy some the excellent skiing and terrain right from your computer screen, along with a few words from Peak Travels about Magic Mountain. Peak Travels writes: Magic Mountain Resort is a small family alpine ski area in south central Idaho, in a southern unit of the Sawtooth National Forest. It is east of Rogerson on the eastern edge of Twin Falls County, 18 miles (29 km) northwest of the Nevada-Utah border with Idaho. The ski area has a summit elevation of 7240 feet (2206 m) above sea level with a vertical drop of 700 feet (213 m). It has a double chairlift, a poma lift, and a rope tow. The 120 acres (49 hectares) of skiable terrain is rated at 30% easiest, 25% more difficult, 20% most difficult, and 25% experts only. Magic Mountain also has a snow tubing hill. The average annual snowfall is 230 inches (584 cm). Outside of holidays, the ski area is open four days a week, Thursday through Sunday, and does not have night skiing
Yesterday was a day to remember at Alpental. In the past 72 hours we have received 48″ on top of Alpental and seemed to be 30″ of untracked on average everywhere we mobbed. Check out the super short conditions report skiing all front side action (due to Elevator gate opening first thing yesterday pushing the masses to the backside.
February 22nd, Sting’s “Idaho groomer madness” road trip’s name changed to “POW’daho 2013″ (very clever Sting), because they hit the sweet and very quiet Pomerelle ski area with excellent boot top powder. Not having been there myself, I can only live it through Sting’s stories, the words from the good folks at Peak Travels (below), and the super sweet short vid they kicked out last night that features our very own Sting @ 30 seconds.
Peak Travels writes, If you are looking for “YOUR” private resort, come make some turns at Pomerelle. Nestled in the Sawtooth National Forest, the Base Lodge (located at 8,000 feet), is just a 12 mile drive from the community of Albion, Idaho. Catering specifically to families enjoying and learning to ski or board, this southern Idaho resort features 24 expertly groomed slopes, 2 terrain parks, and a vertical drop of 1,000 feet serviced by 1 triple chair, 1 double chair and the 450’ Magic Carpet beginners lift. With an annual snowfall of 500”, it is usually one of the first Idaho ski resorts to open. When the snow melts, Pomerelle’s summer operation begins offering chairlift rides, mountain biking, hiking, picnics and horseshoes. Pomerelle is located within the Sawtooth National Forest and is under permit from the Forest Service, USDA.
Our “beginner” mountain on Snoqualmie Pass, is know as The Summit at Snoqualmie’s “Summit West base area” which also offers some really sweet black diamond terrain under the lights. Not a whole lot of vert but loaded with cliffs way beyond my level of dropping and on a Thursday night what else would you rather do than charge some steep & deep. Too much history to share about Summit West right now, so I will just share a super short video of the deepest, untracked, lift served pow anywhere in the entire NW at 4PM last night. BTW, same stat holds true for tonight too… Roughly 9″ of untracked is waiting right now(4PM) at the largest night skiing operation in the USA, Summit at Snoqualmie. Today was a wicked fun day for skiing at Alpental for me but the legs couldn’t take another night sesh at Summit West after the last two big days. Please sit back, click play as you wind down from the big day… Then, go Skiing, but always remember, “Live to Ski Another Day!”