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  • #644681
    acopafeel
    134 Posts

    Nick, i think i may have seen your board walking through a parking lot on my way out of Hyalite on Sunday- good lookin if so!

    That was my first tour up there – some pretty awesome terrain + snow! I’m rather jealous you guys have that a half hour from town…

    Stuck to some mellower stuff all day as I was rolling solo (= pussy, for me!), but definitely spent a while drooling over some upper lines.

    Blame it on the GNFAC forecast for bringing us outta-towners to Hyalite!

    #644682
    samh
    726 Posts

    @acopafeel wrote:

    Blame it on the GNFAC forecast for bringing us outta-towners to Hyalite!

    They have been painting a very positive picture of that region for the past month + that’s for sure.

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    #644683
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Nice, finally some life on this thread! Welcome acopa! You wouldn’t happen to know Kelby Fisher would you? He’s an old friend of mine living in Helena now. I was riding a green Helix and would have been at the parking lot next to the reservoir.
    Samh, I don’t necessarily mind giving my location away to those who are willing to piece things together (as you apparently did 😀 ). I just don’t want to be super explicit about it w/ names of specific peaks, subdrainages, GPS coordinates, whatever. IMO, saying Hyalite Creek alone gives you a small lifetime’s worth of exploring to do. Get a map, look at some photos, and go for it!
    On a related tangent, one of the coolest things about the proliferation of people’s blogs, photos, videos, etc… is that you get a general idea of a spot that encourages to do more of your own research via word of mouth, maps, google earth, old mag articles/books, etc… I guess that makes me somewhat un-Montanan.
    I can corroborate everything the avy guys have been saying about Hyalite. I always dig at least one big representative pit on every tour, more if we’re riding a variety of aspects. Since mid January, I have gotten nothing but truly inspiring results. In the Ribbon, things were so consolidated below 35 cm or so that it was difficult to dig through.
    Hope you made it out yesterday. Surprise powder day! Hooray!

    #644684
    acopafeel
    134 Posts

    Ha, definitely saw the green helix near the dam!
    Do not know a Kelby, although i prob wish i did… I don’t know a single fellow splitter in the area- just a few ski friends.

    On a related tangent, one of the coolest things about the proliferation of people’s blogs, photos, videos, etc… is that you get a general idea of a spot that encourages to do more of your own research via word of mouth, maps, google earth, old mag articles/books, etc… I guess that makes me somewhat un-Montanan.

    I agree! As i said, i don’t know many locals that are out touring… the ideas for many of my tours this past year have been directly gathered from your and samh’s posts. So keep it up guys haha! :bananas:

    #644685
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Things got a bit raw in Hyalite over the weekend, but were manageable with good terrain selection. Activity was limited to sluffs and a couple of soft slab releases that didn’t propagate far or step down. Lots of 1-2′ deep windslabs triggered on Blackmore yesterday but didn’t run very far. Overall the new snow (and windslabs) seem to be bonding pretty well.



    Great riding conditions!

    Blackmore windslab:

    #644686
    UTAH
    830 Posts

    That pinner was super sick, ^^^^^ cool pics as well. So I promise I will not be heading to MT anytime soon, but quick question I pretty much grew up in bozeman but that was when I was younger so I don’t know the mountains out there too well. I’m wondering is Hylite canyon where the fairy lakes reside? Thanks in advance.

    #644687
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Thanks UTAH! That pinner is one of the nicest couloirs I’ve been in for quite some time. The only Fairy Lake(s) I know of is singular, and it’s in the northern Bridgers, which are north of Bozeman. Hyalite is in the northern Gallatin range just south of Bozeman. Both are super popular and about equal distance from town, and both areas offer sick riding terrain, though the Bridgers have a much weaker snowpack this year. You ever make it back up here?

    #644688
    UTAH
    830 Posts

    I beleive it was just past the Bridger resort up a dirt road. It was August, I just remember the zone looked to have a lot of different features, aspects, and angles looked like a cool place. All my family is in Bozeman so I would love to get up there soon and shred. What’s the Mtn range outside Missoula heading towards Idaho? That place looked amazing! Take care.

    #644689
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    That would be Fairy Lake! Rad terrain up there.
    Sick mtns between Missoula & ID… perhaps you are thinking of the Lost River Range, or maybe just the Bitterroots? Maybe someone else can answer.

    #644690
    splittilps
    154 Posts

    I was riding in the vicinity of the Bacon Rind area this weekend. Totally different snowpack than around Bozeman. The conditions and aspects we encountered were too variable to waste time digging pits but…

    – Lots of collapsing along and near ridge tops.
    – South and westerly facing aspects had crusts of exremely variable thickness and density depending on how much sun they were exposed to.
    – North facing aspects consisted completely of facets up to knee deep (our skin track was our observation “pit”)

    We had fun riding sub 30 deg slopes but fat gear would be a big plus for any skiers (lots of faceplants by the tele skiers in the group). I’d be fearful of anything steeper, especially if they got loaded from this last storm. In fact, I’m staying out of the BC for a while now.

    #644691
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Splitlips, thanks for posting and joining the 3 or 4 person party! Do you live around here? Sounds scary. Glad you found some stuff to ride. I’ve found a couple of fun things down in Bacon Rind but it seems to mostly be really short slopes or long (2k’) gullies that I wouldn’t get anywhere near during touchy avy conditions.

    #644692
    splittilps
    154 Posts

    Yeah, pretty short runs in this area (probably 500 to 800 max vert) but the advantage is you don’t have to commit to one slope or aspect if the one you first had in mind turns out to suck. It may be a longer drive than Hyalite (I live in Bzn) but you also don’t have to skin as far. Sorry, I’ll post the photo but have otherwise been sworn to secrecy about the exact location 😳 You might be able to figure it out though.

    #644693
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Rad, thanks for posting that up. I know the spot. Good low angle playground for sure.

    #644694
    straightliner
    36 Posts

    I guess I can join the SW Montana party too :rock:. Went to Bear Basin last Saturday and had my funnest day of the year. The snow pack WAS really stable, but after this week it looks like it might be a little while before I go back. Here are a few pics of the day.

    A panoramic of Lone Peak behind us. If you look really close you can see a Presidents weekend 2 hour tram line.

    Riding it out

    Amazed I landed a cliff drop

    Before

    After

    #644656
    acopafeel
    134 Posts

    Had a super fun day up Lick Creek this past Monday. First time I have gone up that drainage… a great place to bang out a bunch of small laps, as I had heard.

    Found a sick igloo to take breaks in and a massive booter somebody built up there.
    Definitely the best snow I have had all year too, with many many face shots to be had.
    Plus I got to take my mom’s dog with me, for his first splitboard trip. He loved it.

    GREAT DAY!

    #644695
    mtsurfr
    48 Posts

    @acopafeel wrote:

    Had a super fun day up Lick Creek this past Monday. First time I have gone up that drainage… a great place to bang out a bunch of small laps, as I had heard.

    Found a sick igloo to take breaks in and a massive booter somebody built up there.
    Definitely the best snow I have had all year too, with many many face shots to be had.
    Plus I got to take my mom’s dog with me, for his first splitboard trip. He loved it.

    GREAT DAY!

    Hey acopafeel, is there much touring up near helena? Considering Helena as a possible spot to move to.

    #644696
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Glad everyone had a stoke-filled weekend. Today served up some great snow and few people at History Rock. Seemed to be bonding pretty well. Uncle T:

    #644697
    samh
    726 Posts

    Glad to hear the bonding comment.

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    #644698
    samh
    726 Posts

    Six mile tour on Ellis today. Amazing results in the snow pit. Never expected anything to be solid but got no propagation in two pits at around 7500 ft North aspect. A storm was rolling in and put down over an inch of heavy snow just while we were hanging out (we spent 45 minutes in one pit doing an in-depth study). We ended up Riding a conservative line on a ridge that allowed easy exit onto either a NE or SE face in case something broke off. We however didn’t get anything more than minor sloughing in terms of potential danger. The freshies made for a super fun “louge” run back to the car which we did probably 1/2 of in one-foot mode.

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    #644699
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    For the two or three people who shred in the Beartooths this time of year, here’s a report from East Rosebud 🙂
    Left the car and immediately noticed powerful WSW winds at all elevations. No recent slides, cracking, or collapsing of instability on the approach, even on obviously windloaded tester slopes, but the conditions there are always so variable I take that with a grain of salt.
    We bailed on shredding our destination couloir due to finding some rapid loading of the new snow that had fallen on Wednesday or Thursday, low vis, and scary pit results. In our pit near the base of the couloir, we found a dense 8″ windslab breaking easily (ECT 7) but not propagating. While this hazard possibly could have been managed, after cleaning off the windslab, I continued the ECT and the column broke powerfully/propagated at the ground (which was about 4.5′ below the snow surface) on depth hoar (ECTP17 Q2). Touchy!
    What a sick zone though! Can’t wait to get back.

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