LOL! I skied with Bill International!! I met him last time I was in Montana
and we skied together on Saturday. He's a wonderful host and took me to the
blue room and other haunts of the Dirtbag Royalty! Small world.

On Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 12:22 PM, Michael Taub <[log in to unmask]>

> Ah, the blue room…..I’ve only been out there once, in 96, the year of the
> tram.  My old skiing buddy Bill Hickey moved out there and in just a few
> years he become the Dirt Bag King.  I always wondered if that said more
> about us or the bums at Big Sky.  Anyway I went out for the Dirt Bag Ball,
> and Bill was the reigning king.  What a party.  Really.  It was the first
> year of the tram and the skiing was great.  We inaugurated the tram in the
> only appropriate way, and the cloud of smoke coming out of it at the top
> must have scared the lifties…..The Couloirs were closed, but we got into
> some 55 degree stuff off the back that was wild.  The tram is amazing.
> I’ve added a picture of the king…
> But wow, Lone peak is 11,500 or so, don’t you think the altitude had
> something to do with it?  I’m sure you’ll be fine in the bc, with
> everything you do, you must be fit.  Drink a lot of water and you’ll be
> fine.
> Mike
> Life is worth living.
> On Jan 15, 2015, at 10:29 AM, Sharon Heller <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> After skiing in the pouring rain after New Years, and then the onset of
> the polar vortex, I was feeling some despair and decided to take a long
> weekend in Montana. My friend just moved there and I had an open invitation
> and some frequent flier miles, so it seemed like the right thing to do.
> My friend said it had snowed a bunch and the skiing was very good, so I
> got the last seat to Bozeman for 50,000 Delta Skymiles and $11.
> As I landed on Friday, I noticed low clouds in the valleys with the
> mountains poking through...a sure sign of an inversion.
> Saturday we went to Big Sky which is now merged with moonlight Basin, now
> totaling over 5,800 acres. The week had been warm with an inversion the
> days prior, everything was pretty solid. By eastern standards, the groomers
> were ice. But the Lone Peak conditions were "slide for life" so
> we didn't even go on the tram and just found some good skiing everywhere
> else. Non-groomed trails and glades softened by the afternoon and skied
> just fine. We visited some of the smokeshacks while we were there. This was
> a new thing for my friend and his friend with whom I was skiing. They were
> very impressed and wanted to seek out the other few dozen shacks in the
> woods. It's kinda like a scavenger hunt. We hung out with a bunch of locals
> and the "Dirt Bag Royalty" in "The Blue Room". All of them were over 60 and
> enjoyed skiing daily and stopping for some social time at the shacks. We
> had a full day of skiing and smiles on our faces.
> We went to the Coldsmoke Awards in Bozeman Saturday night. We were really
> disappointed because they only showed short clips of each of the nominees.
> I would have rather seen the full film of the winners.
> Sunday we went back to Big Sky and found 3" of new snow which made
> everything very skiable. Lone Peak was pretty socked in, so we didn't ride
> the tram. My host had only skied 2 days this season, so he was not in the
> best shape and was struggling with his fitness and didn't feel like going
> to the Peak was in the cards for him anyway. There is so much to ski there
> than it really didn't matter that much and we found fresh snow protected in
> the trees to keep us happy.
> We stopped at the Bozeman Hot Springs for a soak on our way home. It was
> ok...but Norris Hot springs is much better and less crowded, well worth the
> extra drive time.
> Monday I was on my own because the guys had to go to work. This was
> actually fortuitous because I went to Bridger Bowl alone. The guys had
> never been there anyway and if they were with me, I would not have hiked
> the ridge. I would not have hiked the ridge if I was alone either, but
> being a lone female it is pretty easy to find people to ski with. I was
> invited to hike out with a group of college students, but I realized that
> this 50 yr old, who was already tired from skiing 2 full days at Big Sky
> would slow them down, so I opted to wait for the right situation and did
> some warm-up runs off the Bridger Lift. 8" of snow fell on Sunday! The
> skiing was fantastic! The sun was shining, but it was cold, though it felt
> very warm. I kept near the trees and north faces (there are not a lot) for
> the coldsmoke powder.
> I rode Pierre's and down to Schlasman's. You need a beacon to get on
> Schlasman's lift.
> Since it is a double, I got paired up with a local guy, Doug, who was
> skiing by himself. I asked him if he wanted company and that I would ski
> whatever he wanted to ski. He showed me some of his favorite lines in
> Schlasmans and we did the steep boot ladder up to the Ridge. Wow, it was a
> hard climb with legs burned out after 2 full days of skiing. My body just
> doesn't recover like it used to. I could hardly get my legs high enough
> into the boot pack. It was only hard for 5 minutes though and once at the
> top it was pretty spectacular and there was plenty of fresh snow.
> Doug took me down through a chute that did not have enough snow yet and
> required going over rocks or hucking a 10' rockledge. I just picked my way
> over the rocks. I was on brand new Rossi S7s and was careful not to mess'm
> up too bad.
> Oh, btw, I LOVE those new skis. They are so easy to ski and do well in all
> conditions.
> We did about a half-dozen runs in Schlasman's, which are quite long, and I
> was feeling quite weary. I didn't even realize that I had skied through
> lunch, so I decided to take a late lunch at the Deer Park Chalet. I went
> back out at 2:30 and rode Pierre's. I had hoped to do a few more runs, but
> after that one run, my legs were like spaghetti and everything started to
> hurt. While my mind wanted to ski, my body was done, so I called it a day.
> I don't know how I'm going to ski 6 days in BC next month. This trip was
> "training" for the BC trip. I sure hope it is easier for this ole body
> after another month of skiing. It was a nice getaway while the skiing here
> is less than stellar and super-frigid.
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