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    Conditons, trips, sightings..To include the east-slope of the Cascades,
    the Wallowas, and the Blues as well as The Selkirks of N Idaho and the
    Northern Rockies per se...

    Skied a long day at the pass yesterday..Hovered around 0 F
    at the summit..Got one pic, as no one was willing to fool
    with a camera! Beautiful day..Montana side opened with 4 inches-
    to-a-foot of untouched freeze-dried powder..Top 1/3 of the Montana side
    was great, the rest was running gates of saplings!
    Kathy on her new Vokyl Kikus..Nice resort and pow ski!
    They should be great for the trees..
    We shot off under the lift on the N

    side to see how her skis would handle the crust over a foot of untouched pow..
    Nice expensive gloves..ha, I stayed warm with a wool glove in a wool mitten in
    an arctic mitten shell from the Army/Navy store..
    O yea, saw Td in lodge bar..Couldn't drag
    him back out!


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    Today it's , well, too cold..Windchills to -35 on the Bitterroot Crest for the next couple
    days..Bet we could get first tracks!

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    Lift 2 open..Montana side..

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  • #2
    Nice Ron...thx for starting this thread!
    Yay!...(Drool)


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    • #3
      Will be watching it...TM

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      • #4
        Looking forward to some earn your turns XCD pics.

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        • #5
          Ron will have to pick up my slack...I don't generally post TR's or take/post pics when I ski.
          Yay!...(Drool)


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          • #6
            A place close to my heart! Have never skiied anywhere as spectacular as the Wallowas (maybe I can contribute a TR 4 years post-hoc?), and my summer exposure to NE WA and the Panhandle made me yearn to return in the colder months. Thanks for posting.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BillyFromTheHills View Post
              Ron will have to pick up my slack...I don't generally post TR's or take/post pics when I ski.
              James won't see any today , Billy, still windchillin' to -35 in spots, but sunny!
              snow on the way come Tuesday folks..Warming temps..Gonna be sweet by late next week!
              http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick...8#.UqNlnDwhCkw
              Post on elinck!

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              • #8
                Totally great Snotel mapping update integrated with Google Maps!
                http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mesowest/gma...0059&density=1

                Fly east, north, south or west..set the density (# of monitoring units per ) how
                you wish..Works well in Canada and even parts of Mexico! Use the - and + for
                zoom (scroll wheel does not work yet.)..Takes time to load the data at times, be patient.. Way to go NWS!
                Last edited by Vtfreeski; 7 December 2013, 03:24 PM.

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                • #9
                  -23 F this morning, followed by a day of skiing untracked powder all afternoon in south central MT>

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                  • #10
                    ^^^ I saw it hit -50 @ McDonald Lake yesterday!!!! Windchill..
                    Running -20 + this am at various stations locally..
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                    • #11
                      Here are some photos from a March 2010 trip to McCully basin in the Wallowas, OR. We spent four nights in the yurt-complex (sauna yurt!) there. Conditions ranged from blower to corn to styrofoam. Still one of my skiing-life highlights. The remoteness and uniqueness of the range really sets it apart. Highly recommended.

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                      • #12
                        Nice pics elinck!
                        Anyone who visits that area
                        will be impressed with the
                        natural beauty..
                        There's a large area of snowmobile trails and XC trails to the
                        east going toward Hell's Canyon..
                        Endless EYT possibilities in the Wallowas..

                        Fantastic variety every direction you go down there.
                        A great place to visit any time of year.
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                        Warming temps area-wide up here, with snow slowly
                        accumulating in the mountains --especially on the B. Crest..
                        W/E looks good..maybe a fresh foot by Sunday.
                        http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick...5#.Uqc30nkhCkw

                        Oh, for those of you who don't know, this Friday is Community
                        Day at Schweitzer- 10 buck lift tickets and you can designate
                        a charity to receive your ticket cost..And Saturday is Founder's
                        Day-- 20 bux to ski all day..Should be great fun as there's room to ski now..
                        Click "upcoming events" on the lower left of the page..Get your tickets online
                        to save a little time..See ya Saturday Bill ? Maybe Td will come ?
                        http://www.schweitzer.com/
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                        • #13
                          Yeah, I'll be there Saturday, Ron. Call me if you go up...mom has the boy that day!
                          Yay!...(Drool)


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                          • #14
                            I'll be avoiding the crowds and skiing Silver.

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                            • #15
                              HA HA Td! About time someone got to ski Silver!
                              I dunno, it might be 2 days of insanity at Schweitz, but
                              the mountain is open so there's lotsa acreage and with
                              more coverage in the next few days, maybe some tree
                              skiing will be reasonable ? Might hit Lookout Thursday
                              as there's 5 fresh inches the last 24 and temps are great..
                              Check out this mapping, Td..easily monitor conditions locally
                              or across the country..
                              http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mesowest/gma...0059&density=1
                              Set density to 2 or 3..

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