October White Room Insanity

October 13th, 2008


SuperstokerSo, it started snowing here in Bozeman. No biggie, there’s been snow in the mountains already this year. It was time for some snow in the valley. Just a dusting actually accumulated in town, but the mountains remained shrouded in tantalizing white mystery for three days. Snow was already on our minds with an avalanche movie put on by Bridger Bowl Saturday and the Matchstick All systems are gopremier on Sunday. Idle party conversation turned into online Sherlock Holmesing as the mountains stayed socked in Friday and Saturday. By Saturday night Snotel showed 20 inches in the Bridgers! That’s enough for anyone to get excited about this time of year - or any! There’s good access up there at Bridger Bowl and Sacagawea… anyone who wanted it would have a nice easy October powder day on Sunday. But some of my friends were more curious than simply verifying that it was worth heading up to Bridger and checked other Snotel stations. One in particular caught our eyes. 42 inches??? It was decided. There was no other choice! I was headed to the Tobacco Roots to discover the truthiness of this claim.

Pony, MT - Oct 12th 2008

Steve pillow bustinA 6AM wake up had Snotel reporting 60 inches. On October 12th!!! I shit you not. It turned out most of our posse had to work, but Steve and I saddled up, giddy. Rolling into Pony, MT we could not believe our eyes. The town was buried. It was like traveling forward Tobacco Root pillows in Octoberfour months into the winter. Insane. The trailhead we wanted wasn’t plowed out yet, so we parked on Main Street and skinned on in to the hills. Pony is right at the base of the Tobacco Roots fortunately so after just a few miles we had arrived at a nice slope we could yo-yo. Anticipating a brutal skin-break to the top we decided to go with this first slope and started up. 60″ of fresh did indeed make for a brutal trail break but we got it done, driven on by visions of face-shots dancing in our heads. Man am I glad I came back from my road trip early! I will let the pictures tell the rest of our beautiful and unspeakably gleeful story. :)

Eye of the TigerEar to ear :)October white room in Tobacco Roots

Montana nose candy

Check out Steve’s blog for more (and higher-resolution) pictures from the day.

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8 Responses to “October White Room Insanity”

  1. Wow. Awesome Pics. I didn’t see any snorkels but they were probably buried.

    While it was 87 degrees here yesterday here in Napa CA and we got out on a stellar mountain bike ride (after a weekend of swimming and sailing in the Pacific) , we are way jealous. Hope to see you at Bridger sometime this winter.

  2. It was funny, I went on a great mountain bike ride on Thursday, then skied all that snow on Sunday. Nice little shortcut from summer right to winter. :) We might get some fall now though… See you up on the Bridger’s new Schalsmans lift!!

  3. Holy cow that’s alotta snow :-) Pass a little of that over our way man and stop hogg’n it all. Boy I can’t wait for winter to get here as these little storms are not doing it for me…gggrrr! Thanks for sharing the love :-) Cheers!!!

  4. I know I posted this before but this blog is really nice Evan. :^: You should come over and sauna some time soon, you know the #. Peace

  5. Hey there, just got your blog as a forward from a friend…i have a cabin in the t-roots and was there for the epic dump!…..5 feet on the level at the cabin in …..HELL YES>>>>SKI SEASON IS HERE!!!!!!

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