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 Post subject: SW Montana Conditions 2011/2012
PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 12:40 am 
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Snow up in them thar hills today.

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 Post subject: Re: SW Montana Conditions 2011/2012
PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 8:24 am 
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Yes there is! Thanks for starting this thread Sam! Here's a photo from Allenspur of the first major snow on Emigrant Peak this year:
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 Post subject: Re: SW Montana Conditions 2011/2012
PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:15 pm 
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Couple more (Blackmore and Gallatin Peaks) for stoke purposes.... it's coming!
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Anyone been up there yet?

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 Post subject: Re: SW Montana Conditions 2011/2012
PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 10:21 pm 
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I was just looking at your Flickr page earlier and checking these photos an hour or so ago. Not been up there yet - - waiting 'til the time is right to be honest with you. I'm thinking of building up a "rock splitboard" this year but if I do it won't be ready until the 2012 season so for now I chill.

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 Post subject: Re: SW Montana Conditions 2011/2012
PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:43 pm 
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went up camping at emerald lake two weekends ago(opening day of rifle) and was pretty surprised how much snow was up there. had been consolidated and windblown but coulda got some decent turns on the apron above heather lake if i would have brought the board(d'oh). did run into a older fellow with tele gear heading in on sunday as we headed out. oh and had some of the strongest wind all night that i have seen in a long time, it even bent my poles on my new sierra design tent since i was too lazy to reposition/guy out(was flattening my buddies kelty though). anyways should be here soon :drool:


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 Post subject: Re: SW Montana Conditions 2011/2012
PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 6:52 pm 
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Wow. Crazy there hasn't been a post on this thread in a month. I've been super busy with school and haven't made it out too much locally (uninspired as well I guess). Have been doing some exploratory stuff near Targhee Pass recently, finding a slightly deeper pack with a decently supportable base. Got some ECT action on some ground-level facets once the pack deepened around 8000' on a NE facing slope. I suspect they'll be touchy for a while.
Managed to have some fun anyway. Still a bit brushy down low.
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 Post subject: Re: SW Montana Conditions 2011/2012
PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 3:02 pm 
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Guess I'll keep this thread alive, though there's not much new to report w/ our snowpack here in SWMT. Made it down south of Lionhead again in an attempt to find some more easy access long low angle descents, which will become a hot commodity once the weak, faceted snowpack receives a substantial load.
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I know it's a skier... but at least it's a conditions report and not a TR!
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Found a gnarly, thin, pencil-hard windslab layer on an E-NE aspect about 2" below the surface that capped facets below and provided an excellent planar bed surface for everything above. Not much energy in the pack currently (only about 30cm deep @ 8k' in that area), but when anything substantial loads on top of it, watch out!
Checked out a zone near Bacon Rind the next day and found a similar structure and depth but w/out the gnarly windslab. Like the avy guys said, facets make for great riding conditions.
Anyone else been riding?

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 Post subject: Re: SW Montana Conditions 2011/2012
PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 7:54 pm 
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Shredded near Rock Creek & Red Lodge in the Beartooths this weekend. Though it's out of their area, the GNFAC advisory could apply here as well. Almost identical situation to the Madison Range stuff I toured on the previous weeks, with 2-3' of facets on the ground, no significant "weak layer" (it's all one big weak layer), and varying coverage/supportability. Pretty sad situation around here. Still got a faceshot or two though, and explored some rad new zones.

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 Post subject: Re: SW Montana Conditions 2011/2012
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Thanks for the updates Nick. I was riding a small east facing slope in the northern Gallatins this weekend, about 7,400 ft. Yep, it's just like reported on the avy report all facets, little depth. It was ok riding in the grassy areas but the trees need another 2 or 3 feet before you can start ignoring stumps etc.

I agree, this season, long low angled slopes are probably going to be pretty well sought after. Unless of course we get a HUGE avy cycle that rips out all the crap, followed by another real good storm.

On a positive note, Bridger was actually worth every bit of the $20 I spent there yesterday. North facing terrain was pretty good, especially stuff on the north side of any trees. Exit Chute was a blast. The High-T was... interesting.


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 Post subject: Re: SW Montana Conditions 2011/2012
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Merry Christmas Montanans! Spent 12/23 in the Henry's Lake Range on the way down to visit the fam in Jackson.
One of my favorite zones:
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This area received maybe 2-5" (we were at about 8k') and it definitely wasn't bonding well to the underlying facets. Not enough of a load to really worry about yet though.
Quite shreddable:
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On another note, made some afternoon Hyalite laps last week and had a blast! Probably 15" @ History Rock and certainly best turns of the season so far.

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 Post subject: Re: SW Montana Conditions 2011/2012
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Got out and rode History Rock last week. It looked like a lift-serviced run it has been hit so hard. Anyway, felt good to be back on the board having not ridden since June.

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 Post subject: Re: SW Montana Conditions 2011/2012
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Just an FYI, Scrubfest is going to be held up in the Bozeman area this winter. PM me if you're interested.

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 Post subject: Re: SW Montana Conditions 2011/2012
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That's funny you say that about History Rock Sam- I was about to post the exact same thing, almost verbatim. I've been up there every afternoon this week post work. Still riding fairly well though (for a bump run). Looks like that might change tonight!

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