Thursday, March 11, 2010

Second Take

After hibernating for a season Josh came back in man fashion and filmed this gem. The Ski Guru made some edits.

Big Sky Rules!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

First Reflections

The view from the house deck of Lone Peak

First edited video from helmet cam

More to follow...

The Ski Guru

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Double Pole Plant

The Ski Guru was going through some old footage of his trip in January of 2006 to Big Sky/Moonlight Basin and found this clip of the Double Pole Plant being demonstrated.

Here is some footage with running commentary of people skiing under the Challenger chairlift at Big Sky. Hoping for powder turns like those on this week’s trip!

Friday, February 26, 2010

From Russia with Love

The new activity is gaining popularity in Moscow, Russia. I am talking about what is shown in the video. Obviously it rolls without equal in this part of the world.

The Ski Guru cannot help but think about the reaction if people were core enough to be doing this down around DC's beltway a few weeks ago with all the snow. Just watch...

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Moonlight Basin, MT

Mancation Update:  A couple photos from my trip out to Montana in January 2006. These are all from Moonlight Basin. The area shares the same mountain peak as Big Sky.  It is called Lone Peak and towers above everything else within hundreds of miles.  

This is a good year to get to Moonlight... the ski resort may have trouble spinning the lifts in years to come since their $250 million in debt was underwrote by Lehman Brothers... Who Knew?  Either way, when you combine Moonlight and Big Sky you have the best skiing in the lower 48.

The Ski Guru's prediction:  Boyne Resorts which owns Big Sky will scoop up Moonlight Basin on the cheap in the event it goes to auction.

on the Headwaters double chair

looking at the Headwaters form the Lone Tree lift

the Moonlight Lodge bar


New England: The Non-Event

Just a few nights ago I was filled with anticipation drafting a blurb for the blog. Now I can only pull a few excerpts out of it like the following. Just goes to show what anyone - including The Ski Guru - knows about the weather.
• cannot remember seeing a nor’easter referred to as a “Snowicane” before
• last Thursday I put up an entry that called for a return to powder skiing
• exactly what the regions ski areas need
• just like the 06/07 season, late season storms saved what would have been a lame duck winter
• could be the biggest sustained dump of snow NE has seen in years
• skiing and riding will be exceptional this weekend
• if the forecasts are correct it should slowdown just in time for all the weekend warriors to climb into their SUVs and have a reasonable drive north the their favorite ski resorts
What a crock…
Granted, we got tremendous accumulations out of the first storm earlier in the week. It dropped close to two feet of fresh powder on top of most New England ski areas everywhere from the Berkshires up to ME. The problem is that snow is going to act like a sponge. Because everyone is now getting rain that snow is turning into wet cement. Once this storm blows through sometime tomorrow afternoon the condition of the slopes will be left in disarray.
  • Best case – it changes over to snow again and stays warm
  • Worst case – cold air after the precipitation turns New England skiing into hockey
Either Way unless something miraculous happens this could be the worst ski season the region has seen in years.  If you were lucky enough to ski over the last couple days send in some pictures!

Is this Karma?  Probably…what did you do (or not) to contribute?


New England Storm Update

Not Cool...more Phillips head screw driving for NE skiing.

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