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Old January 23rd 05, 06:33 AM
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I have never been to Big Sky and am going in a few days. Does anyone
know the mountain and have a good game plan for the mountain in these
scarse snow conditions?

RAC

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Old January 23rd 05, 02:26 PM
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"AstroPax" wrote in message

30" at the base, and 50" mid-mountain right now. That sounds like
bare minimums to me. Personally, I wouldn't waste my time or money
at
this (or any) point.


Unless it's like my trip to Mt. Baker. Not for skiing.


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Old January 23rd 05, 04:50 PM
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AstroPax wrote:

On Sun, 23 Jan 2005 00:33:03 -0700, rosco
wrote:



I have never been to Big Sky and am going in a few days. Does anyone
know the mountain and have a good game plan for the mountain in these
scarse snow conditions?



I don't have an answer to your question(s)...

...but I'll comment anyway ;)

I've skied there a few times, and frankly, I wasn't too impressed with
the place.

Seemed like an awfule lot of rocks...rock city...especially off of the
tram.

And unlike Jackson's 4000+ vert, the 4,350 of advertised vert at Big
Sky is not continuous. But of course, they don't tell you that little
detail. Instead, they call it "Skiable Vertical":

http://www.bigskyresort.com/ontheslo...ch_ots_mts.asp

Big Sky also claims an average annual snowfall of 400+ inches, but in
reality, the season average is more like 261".

I don't like places where the marketing department uses smoke and
mirrors, and Big Sky is one of them.

30" at the base, and 50" mid-mountain right now. That sounds like
bare minimums to me. Personally, I wouldn't waste my time or money at
this (or any) point.

-Astro



I'd second all of that. At this point, anything in the PNW is at bare
minimums or even closed completely for lack of snow. You didn't say when
you are coming but it was almost 50F in Whitefish yesterday. A buddy of
mine said that the place is a ghosttown. *No one* is skiing much except
the touristas. That weather pattern is expected to continue through the
coming week at least with the very warm wet stuff tracking north past
the coast.

Big sky has _some_ OK terrain but it will all be a mass of exposed
rocks, twigs, and crap this year. 30-50" seems like less than bare
minimums, seems like bare runs. Also, given the temps the snow that they
have should be complete slop. With only 85% open, you can guess that
anything steeper is either closed or should be closed -- which might be
fine for you, I don't know. But, if you are going for steep stuff or
good snow, stay home.

(BTW, there are better places in MT for a lot less money that have much
better steeps/snow/extreme ****e [e.g. BridgerBowl for steeps or Great
Divide for glades and trees] but even they have no snow to speak of and
not enough to have fun in the fun stuff, for sure)

Take your money and go buy beer and cheese to sacrifice for a better
year next year.

Dave "I got my bike down yesterday" M.

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Old January 23rd 05, 05:34 PM
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AstroPax wrote:
On Sun, 23 Jan 2005 00:33:03 -0700, rosco
wrote:


I have never been to Big Sky and am going in a few days. Does anyone
know the mountain and have a good game plan for the mountain in these
scarse snow conditions?



I don't have an answer to your question(s)...

...but I'll comment anyway ;)

I've skied there a few times, and frankly, I wasn't too impressed with
the place.

Seemed like an awfule lot of rocks...rock city...especially off of the
tram.

And unlike Jackson's 4000+ vert, the 4,350 of advertised vert at Big
Sky is not continuous. But of course, they don't tell you that little
detail. Instead, they call it "Skiable Vertical":

http://www.bigskyresort.com/ontheslo...ch_ots_mts.asp

Big Sky also claims an average annual snowfall of 400+ inches, but in
reality, the season average is more like 261".

I don't like places where the marketing department uses smoke and
mirrors, and Big Sky is one of them.

30" at the base, and 50" mid-mountain right now. That sounds like
bare minimums to me. Personally, I wouldn't waste my time or money at
this (or any) point.

-Astro


Thanks for the info & editorial.

Part of the trip is biz, so at least it won't be a total waste of time.
The trip's paid for, so that won't be a waste, either.

Good spring corn out here. I heard LCC lost a bunch of coverage to avy.
Something like "the 100 year avy cycle" hit this year? Sounds dismal
but these things are usually overblown.

RAC

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Old January 23rd 05, 06:01 PM
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Dave M wrote:

AstroPax wrote:

On Sun, 23 Jan 2005 00:33:03 -0700, rosco
wrote:



I have never been to Big Sky and am going in a few days. Does anyone
know the mountain and have a good game plan for the mountain in these
scarse snow conditions?



I don't have an answer to your question(s)...

...but I'll comment anyway ;)

I've skied there a few times, and frankly, I wasn't too impressed with
the place.

Seemed like an awfule lot of rocks...rock city...especially off of the
tram.

And unlike Jackson's 4000+ vert, the 4,350 of advertised vert at Big
Sky is not continuous. But of course, they don't tell you that little
detail. Instead, they call it "Skiable Vertical":

http://www.bigskyresort.com/ontheslo...ch_ots_mts.asp

Big Sky also claims an average annual snowfall of 400+ inches, but in
reality, the season average is more like 261".

I don't like places where the marketing department uses smoke and
mirrors, and Big Sky is one of them.

30" at the base, and 50" mid-mountain right now. That sounds like
bare minimums to me. Personally, I wouldn't waste my time or money at
this (or any) point.

-Astro



I'd second all of that. At this point, anything in the PNW is at bare
minimums or even closed completely for lack of snow. You didn't say when
you are coming but it was almost 50F in Whitefish yesterday. A buddy of
mine said that the place is a ghosttown. *No one* is skiing much except
the touristas. That weather pattern is expected to continue through the
coming week at least with the very warm wet stuff tracking north past
the coast.

Big sky has _some_ OK terrain but it will all be a mass of exposed
rocks, twigs, and crap this year. 30-50" seems like less than bare
minimums, seems like bare runs. Also, given the temps the snow that they
have should be complete slop. With only 85% open, you can guess that
anything steeper is either closed or should be closed -- which might be
fine for you, I don't know. But, if you are going for steep stuff or
good snow, stay home.

(BTW, there are better places in MT for a lot less money that have much
better steeps/snow/extreme ****e [e.g. BridgerBowl for steeps or Great
Divide for glades and trees] but even they have no snow to speak of and
not enough to have fun in the fun stuff, for sure)

Take your money and go buy beer and cheese to sacrifice for a better
year next year.

Dave "I got my bike down yesterday" M.


Oh bloody well. I am already committed at this point. We will be in
Yellowstone on snowmachines the day before, so its not like I am
investing travel time or $ on the venture. I am well aware of the
weather as it is spring conditions here in the Tetons. At least it is
thawing every day and we are getting some large-faceted crystal
developement otherwise called corn. Having recently been from the
Sierras, this is a favorite form of snow to me. I am fearful, but
optimistic there will be enough coverage to keep me from injury. At
least its a paid roadtrip.

RAC


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Old January 23rd 05, 10:13 PM
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rosco wrote:



Dave M wrote:

AstroPax wrote:

On Sun, 23 Jan 2005 00:33:03 -0700, rosco
wrote:



I have never been to Big Sky and am going in a few days. Does
anyone know the mountain and have a good game plan for the mountain
in these scarse snow conditions?




I don't have an answer to your question(s)...

...but I'll comment anyway ;)

I've skied there a few times, and frankly, I wasn't too impressed with
the place.

Seemed like an awfule lot of rocks...rock city...especially off of the
tram.

And unlike Jackson's 4000+ vert, the 4,350 of advertised vert at Big
Sky is not continuous. But of course, they don't tell you that little
detail. Instead, they call it "Skiable Vertical":

http://www.bigskyresort.com/ontheslo...ch_ots_mts.asp

Big Sky also claims an average annual snowfall of 400+ inches, but in
reality, the season average is more like 261".

I don't like places where the marketing department uses smoke and
mirrors, and Big Sky is one of them.

30" at the base, and 50" mid-mountain right now. That sounds like
bare minimums to me. Personally, I wouldn't waste my time or money at
this (or any) point.

-Astro



I'd second all of that. At this point, anything in the PNW is at
bare minimums or even closed completely for lack of snow. You didn't
say when you are coming but it was almost 50F in Whitefish yesterday.
A buddy of mine said that the place is a ghosttown. *No one* is
skiing much except the touristas. That weather pattern is expected to
continue through the coming week at least with the very warm wet
stuff tracking north past the coast.

Big sky has _some_ OK terrain but it will all be a mass of exposed
rocks, twigs, and crap this year. 30-50" seems like less than bare
minimums, seems like bare runs. Also, given the temps the snow that
they have should be complete slop. With only 85% open, you can guess
that anything steeper is either closed or should be closed -- which
might be fine for you, I don't know. But, if you are going for steep
stuff or good snow, stay home.

(BTW, there are better places in MT for a lot less money that have
much better steeps/snow/extreme ****e [e.g. BridgerBowl for steeps or
Great Divide for glades and trees] but even they have no snow to
speak of and not enough to have fun in the fun stuff, for sure)

Take your money and go buy beer and cheese to sacrifice for a better
year next year.

Dave "I got my bike down yesterday" M.



Oh bloody well. I am already committed at this point. We will be in
Yellowstone on snowmachines the day before, so its not like I am
investing travel time or $ on the venture. I am well aware of the
weather as it is spring conditions here in the Tetons. At least it is
thawing every day and we are getting some large-faceted crystal
developement otherwise called corn. Having recently been from the
Sierras, this is a favorite form of snow to me. I am fearful, but
optimistic there will be enough coverage to keep me from injury. At
least its a paid roadtrip.

RAC


Hey, if someone else is paying and you aren't on your good skis ....
Any day skiing beats a any day of working.

Dave M.

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Old January 23rd 05, 10:26 PM
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I have to disagree with the rest of you. I skied Big Sky last year and
I thought it was great. They did have a little more snow then but I am
sure you will find plenty to ski for a few days. I have skied most of
the mountains in Colorado and Aleyaska in Alaska and I would have to
say that Big Sky is one of the best I skied. I also love that all th
elifts are jigh speed quads
rosco wrote:
Dave M wrote:

AstroPax wrote:

On Sun, 23 Jan 2005 00:33:03 -0700, rosco


wrote:



I have never been to Big Sky and am going in a few days. Does

anyone
know the mountain and have a good game plan for the mountain in

these
scarse snow conditions?



I don't have an answer to your question(s)...

...but I'll comment anyway ;)

I've skied there a few times, and frankly, I wasn't too impressed

with
the place.

Seemed like an awfule lot of rocks...rock city...especially off of

the
tram.

And unlike Jackson's 4000+ vert, the 4,350 of advertised vert at

Big
Sky is not continuous. But of course, they don't tell you that

little
detail. Instead, they call it "Skiable Vertical":

http://www.bigskyresort.com/ontheslo...ch_ots_mts.asp

Big Sky also claims an average annual snowfall of 400+ inches, but

in
reality, the season average is more like 261".

I don't like places where the marketing department uses smoke and
mirrors, and Big Sky is one of them.

30" at the base, and 50" mid-mountain right now. That sounds like
bare minimums to me. Personally, I wouldn't waste my time or

money at
this (or any) point.

-Astro



I'd second all of that. At this point, anything in the PNW is at

bare
minimums or even closed completely for lack of snow. You didn't say

when
you are coming but it was almost 50F in Whitefish yesterday. A

buddy of
mine said that the place is a ghosttown. *No one* is skiing much

except
the touristas. That weather pattern is expected to continue through

the
coming week at least with the very warm wet stuff tracking north

past
the coast.

Big sky has _some_ OK terrain but it will all be a mass of exposed
rocks, twigs, and crap this year. 30-50" seems like less than bare
minimums, seems like bare runs. Also, given the temps the snow that

they
have should be complete slop. With only 85% open, you can guess

that
anything steeper is either closed or should be closed -- which

might be
fine for you, I don't know. But, if you are going for steep stuff

or
good snow, stay home.

(BTW, there are better places in MT for a lot less money that have

much
better steeps/snow/extreme ****e [e.g. BridgerBowl for steeps or

Great
Divide for glades and trees] but even they have no snow to speak of

and
not enough to have fun in the fun stuff, for sure)

Take your money and go buy beer and cheese to sacrifice for a

better
year next year.

Dave "I got my bike down yesterday" M.


Oh bloody well. I am already committed at this point. We will be in


Yellowstone on snowmachines the day before, so its not like I am
investing travel time or $ on the venture. I am well aware of the
weather as it is spring conditions here in the Tetons. At least it

is
thawing every day and we are getting some large-faceted crystal
developement otherwise called corn. Having recently been from the
Sierras, this is a favorite form of snow to me. I am fearful, but
optimistic there will be enough coverage to keep me from injury. At
least its a paid roadtrip.

RAC


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Old January 24th 05, 12:19 AM
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I found Big Sky amazing. It's *so* big. And everything is right
there on the hill. Isn't the longest run five miles or something?
There were some others who posted on this resort last year
with good local knowledge, I hope they post up again.

Even if it *is* rosco asking for the info.

"cs3r" wrote in message
ups.com...
I have to disagree with the rest of you. I skied Big Sky last year and
I thought it was great. They did have a little more snow then but I am
sure you will find plenty to ski for a few days. I have skied most of
the mountains in Colorado and Aleyaska in Alaska and I would have to
say that Big Sky is one of the best I skied. I also love that all th
elifts are jigh speed quads
rosco wrote:



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Old January 24th 05, 03:24 AM
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AstroPax wrote:

Seemed like an awfule lot of rocks...rock city...especially off of

the
tram.


That was my experience in 97. The rocks on top of the tram really
gouged my bases. And if you fall there you better have a helmet.
But I did have fun. But I haven't been back either.

Fred

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Old January 24th 05, 04:28 AM
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I have not skied Big Sky.

However:

They are currently reporting 33 inches at midway.

One of the lifts is a very old gondola (but you don't have to ride it).

Any new (to you) area is good.

TCS (The Colorado Skier)
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