Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Early Season Skiing and Boarding on Big Mountain

11/17/13 -- Hard to beat views like this!

After a few nice November storms in the Flathead, Big Mountain is starting to look pretty amazing! For anyone looking to earn a few turns, there is plenty of powder waiting to reward you for a little bit of work. The trip up can be a little grueling at times but the payoff is more than worth it! Whitefish Mountain Resort is already reporting a 52" base depth at the summit and while that seems like a lot of snow, early season dangers still exist. Tree tops, stumps and larger rocks are often hiding just below the surface layer. Since the mountain doesn't officially open for another two-and-a-half weeks, proper backcountry gear is also a must for anyone looking to score some early season pow turns. That means beacon, probe, shovel, extra food and water, knowledge and skiing/boarding partners with the same.

If you do go up (and I highly recommend you do), make sure you have read and understand Whitefish Mountain Resort's Uphill Policy. There are designated routes that should be followed. Also be aware that early season obstacles, machinery and snowmaking equipment are present and should be avoided at all times.

11/17/13 -- If it gets much deeper, Penny is going to need a snorkel

11/17/13 -- Happy dog!!!

11/10/13 Shred Posse 

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