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    Yellowstone Club/Big Sky: 3/15-3/20

    Getting the opportunity of a lifetime to shred the Yellowstone Club and Big Sky --including a day with Scot Schmidt on the 17th--so I will be sure to post pics and reports here.

    So stoked!
    Last edited by Boston Bulldog; Aug 25, 2016 at 9:48 PM.
    Days on the Snow:

    Pre 2011:~20 per year
    2011-2012: 19
    2012-2013: 34
    2013-2014: 25
    2014-2015: 23
    2015-2015: 17

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    This is not a trip report.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smellytele View Post
    This is not a trip report.
    It will be, don't worry!

    Days on the Snow:

    Pre 2011:~20 per year
    2011-2012: 19
    2012-2013: 34
    2013-2014: 25
    2014-2015: 23
    2015-2015: 17

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    Challenger lift. That is all you need. Well. That and the chocolate fountains at the warming huts at Yellowstone Club. If you get multiple pow days try the moonlight side. It will be deserted. Even by Big Sky standards.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mikestaple View Post
    Challenger lift. That is all you need. Well. That and the chocolate fountains at the warming huts at Yellowstone Club. If you get multiple pow days try the moonlight side. It will be deserted. Even by Big Sky standards.


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    Challenger was actually broken down. They are replacing it at the end of the season with a quad I believe. Fantastic snow conditions!

    I'll post the report soon.
    Days on the Snow:

    Pre 2011:~20 per year
    2011-2012: 19
    2012-2013: 34
    2013-2014: 25
    2014-2015: 23
    2015-2015: 17

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston Bulldog View Post
    Challenger was actually broken down. They are replacing it at the end of the season with a quad I believe. Fantastic snow conditions!

    I'll post the report soon.
    Challenger is getting a carpet loading triple from what I've read. Peak is getting a heated bubble six pack. Love Big Sky.

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    look forward to the report. Big Sky is on my radar for next season.
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    Yellowstone Club/Big Sky: 3/15-3/20

    Some pics:

    Steins Chute at YC.
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    Steins is arguably the best run on the mountain.It has a tight drop-in, lined with a 5-15 foot cornice depending where you start. Being the aggressive idiot I am, I just hit it straight off the lip and took a few rowdy turns once it widened a bit. Not a no fall fall zone but almost had a solid 800 vertical foot fall here as my speed almost threw me head over heels. Quite a few fun chimney chutes and cliff bands near the bottom.

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    The Ridge (Hourglass and Elevator shaft Chutes)

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    This is a shot of the middle section of the Ridge. From left: Steins, Luke N-nator, Y Couloir, Corner Pocket, Pinnacles (entrance behind the outcropping). A massive cliff spans the rest of the ridge line, save for a fun stash known as Kaela's Brothers... which is a little more open than the other chutes. Getting to Kaela's is a haul and since many aren't willing to make the trek, good powder can be easily had there.

    Luke's is the steepest, tightest and rockiest chute on the mountain. Not a lot of fun and very technical to get down. Corner pocket is a rowdy chute, tons of fun (very similar to Steins, perhaps a bit steeper). Pinnacles features twists and turns but is south facing and gets baked and chunky. Really would stick with Steins and Corner Pocket right now and wait for Luke's to buff out with more snow. Still all of these chutes were awesome skiing.

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    Deep Powder on "Apron" with Scot Schmidt. Long traverse but the 15 or so powder turns were worth it. We got first tracks over here because the Avi danger from the huge cliffs leering above had closed the area for 3 days. Got lucky and caught the traverse 10 mins after patrol opened the gate and said the closed snowfields above the cliffs weren't going to slide.

    Big Skree fields here so Scot recommended to stay where the trees were. Where there's trees, there is soil. Nothing worse than uncovering a football field of jagged rocks under thin cover. Very glad we had a guide here

    My computer is all kinds of messed up so once it is fixed I'll be able to post everything!
    Last edited by Boston Bulldog; Aug 25, 2016 at 9:52 PM.
    Days on the Snow:

    Pre 2011:~20 per year
    2011-2012: 19
    2012-2013: 34
    2013-2014: 25
    2014-2015: 23
    2015-2015: 17

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    Great view of the YC from the traverse below Dude Park heading toward the Shedhorn Lift
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    Lenin, Marx and the Dictator Chutes from Shedhorn (Fantastic snow in Castro's which is on the far left)
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    Loading onto the Headwaters double (Hike needed) We were not prepared to hike the headwaters so we traversed over as far as we could and skied the lower 3/4 of the Fire Hole chute. Very steep and intimidating terrain, but surfaces were an awesome chalky/ wind blown snow.
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    In the Bowl, heading up to the Tram
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    Scot and I above Corner Pocket at YC. He ended up dropping the 20 foot cliff band directly behind us. Wild stuff
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    That's all I have for now! This trip ended up giving me an obscene goggle tan (actually more of a gnarly, peeling raccoon mug)and racked up almost 200k vertical feet in a 5.5 day span. Needless to say everything from my calves to my cheeks were done by weeks end. Far and away the most incredible trip I've ever had and the most insane skiing I've done! It's crazy the confidence soft snow can give you. I'm busy trying to get my GoPro videos uploaded so stay tuned.
    Last edited by Boston Bulldog; Mar 30, 2016 at 1:13 PM.
    Days on the Snow:

    Pre 2011:~20 per year
    2011-2012: 19
    2012-2013: 34
    2013-2014: 25
    2014-2015: 23
    2015-2015: 17

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    Wait, Scott Schmidt as in blizzards of ahhhs scott Schmidt? Did you just happen to run into him at big sky/YC, or was he your ticket there in the first place?
    2017/2018 Days - 88
    2016/2017 Days - 34
    2015/2016 Days - 57
    2014/2015 Days - 58
    2013/2014 Days - 47

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