The Garden Wall and its central couloir above Picture Lake on the way to Mountaineer Peak.Lo, and in the fifth month,Ullr looked down upon his sycophants,and saw that they wept.Glide avalanche remnants accumulate below the Garden Wall.O, sunburnt children, why do you despair?, he asked.Point 8893, Glacier Peaks, and McDonald Peak from Mountaineer Peak.With gnashing … Continue reading Harvest Time.
The last few weeks have been somewhat awkward for the mountains of western Montana; the snowpack and the weather just hasn't been able to make up it's mind about whether it's spring or winter. Significant snow accumulations and cool temperatures above 6000' have been alternating with short lived bouts of unseasonably warm sunny days, producing … Continue reading Spingtime for Jumbo and Sentinel, wintertime for Chaffin and (snow)pants.
Sometimes, you might imagine that you don't have enough time to go skiing. 'I have to go to work because I already used up all my vacation time going to Moab,' you might say, and this may in fact be true. But couldn't you find the time for a little half day of skiing? Yes, … Continue reading Half Daze of Glory.
There's a billboard outside the Good Food Store, advertising some sort of banking service with a local flair. Maybe a credit union. You know, the type with the radio ads where they talk about how they (somehow) bank better because the people that work there also live in the community. In general, I find this … Continue reading Sheepshead and McDonald, in the usual fashion.
February and March were remarkable months for accumulation in the Bitterroot Mountains and the SnoTel sites in the range are reading somewhere on the order of 170% of normal for the year. Twin Lakes at least has more snow than the 2010-2011 winter. As such, the snowboarding in the Bitterroots has been exceptionally good, and … Continue reading Rooting around, Pt.3: Real Rooting.
This was a good year for hut trips, and for the third (or maybe fourth) of the season, I went to Yurtski in the Southern Swans. What to say about this zone... the terrain off in the distance is inspiring, there's some pretty fun powder skiing, the runs are short, the bigger stuff gets hammered … Continue reading Rooting around, Pt. 2: Philosophical differences in the Swan Range.
February, March, and the beginning of April have been all-time in the mountains of western Montana. Storm after storm dropped copious amounts of high quality snow in all of the regional ranges, and we are now positioned for a long and lucrative spring skiing season, as well as what is sure to be an ample … Continue reading Rooting around in the deep, deep snow. Pt. 1: Sawteeth.