Posts Tagged ‘powder’

This year marked a new moment in my (ski)  life. It was the first time I had lived in Billings Montana and not owned a Red Lodge Mountain Resort season pass. In years gone by since I began skiing again for real the winter of 2006/07 I have always owned one. There were the fabled years of 2008/09 where I owned a pass at both Grand Targhee and RLM. I tried this again last year with the Big Sky Resort gold pass and the RLM pass. Dual citizenship as I call it. Last year it did not play out well for me. I logged too few day at Red Lodge to pay for the pass, or justify the purchase again this year. So it was with a heavy heart (ok not that heavy) that I pulled the plug on my Red Lodge season on Thanksgiving Day, 2013. I was destined to retrun, sure, only after the bullwheel ceased spinning.

Mother nature would have other plans for me. With two weeks left on my Big Sky pass winter was becoming hit or miss. Firm chalky conditions on the north slope of Big Sky resort still called my name. But the siren song of Red Lodge’s snow report called louder… A full 5″ in the afternoon with 9″ overnight. NOAA’s website stated “The snow will be heavy at times.” Yeah, sounds like it. I packed up the gear and pulled out the phone. I hadn’t played for a lift ticket yet this year (despite skiing Snowbasin, Snowbird, Traghee, and 5 days at Jackson Hole) so the hunt for a voucher was on. Before I entered the canyon to drive out of Big Sky I re-affirmed my decision. Red Lodge’s facebook had posted a snowfall of 11″ by 7:30pm. It. was. ON!



The Winter of 2013/14 is just getting going. Stoke remains high while the buzzards continue to scrape the meat off the bones of hit and miss storms. I journeyed south to let the Zion Curtain envelope me once again. Conditions were miss, the big storm coming in just after I left, unlike the year before, when I timed it jusssssst right. Filmed on location in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, in Green’s Basin, Wolverine Cirque, The Birthday Chutes, and Mt. Kessler over two differing weekends. The seasons couldn’t have a more different flavor, but the smiles (like the bones) remain just as bright. Sometimes it may not be the “best we’ve ever had” but for the the buzzards, as long as we manage to earth below, sky above….well we always have a good time!

Arthur on the up.

Arthur on the up.