Road trip / Ski Trip

Mount Hood Meadows, Big Sky, Big Mountain

We left the house December 24, 2003.  Destination: fun in the snow.

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PICT0005: Buddy and Harley before the road trip.

We ski'd at Mount Hood Meadows on December 25.  There, we ski'd with Sandy and John.

On December 26, we headed East.  We stayed the night in Lewiston, Idaho.

December 27, we continued East -- following US-12 through Idaho, over Lolo pass into Montana.  We then took I-90 to Bozeman and drove south to Big Sky.

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PICT0006: US-12 across Idaho.  Continuously twisty and turny for 100 miles.  Icy today also!  Only 77 miles to go.  Lochsa River.

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PICT0007: 56 miles to go.

December 28-29, I ski'd at Big Sky Resort.  Great skiing.  Lots of fresh, squeaky snow.  Huge amount of terrain.  Very cold!  It was -12 degrees F at Lone Peak summit the first day.  There was a nice view from the summit the first day (didn't bring my camera).  The second day, it was mostly cloudy so I didn't bother carrying my camera.  Doh.

Big Sky advertising claims they never have any lines or crowds.  This is B-S.  I waited 45 minutes in line for my lift ticket Sunday morning.  I then waited an additional 45 minutes in line for the Gondola.  By the time I started skiing, I had been waiting around almost 2 hours.  Monday I didn't have to wait more than 5 minutes in any single line.  Still, I've spent more time/day waiting in lines at Big Sky than any other ski resort.  I would not go back there on a weekend.

December 30, we drove NorthWest to Glacier Nat'l Park.  There we spent 1/2 day snowshoeing.

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PICT0008: Harley at the park boundary.

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PICT0009: Snow dogs.  A picture near the car.

December 31, 2003: I ski'd at Big Mountain near Whitefish, Montana.  Beautiful morning and I did bring my camera.

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PICT0011: From the lift.

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PICT0012: Looking at the frontside runs from the lift.  Not very steep runs, but still fun.

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PICT0013: Skiing down one of the front runs.

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PICT0014: Lots of fresh snow today again.  Looking towards Glacier Nat'l Park.

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PICT0015: Looking down towards the valley.

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PICT0016: Flathead lake.

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PICT0017: Looking towards Glacier Nat'l Park.

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PICT0018: again

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PICT0020: Whitefish lake.

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PICT0022: Looking down a ski run.

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PICT0024: Whitefish lake below a fun ski run.