POWDER riding in Montana…Cinco a Siete de Mayo

 

I just had 3 great days of riding good cold powder, camping in the snow and lots of hiking back here in Montana. Yes it is may, we do have long, cold winters, we don’t have electricity, and we used horses and a wolf to get to the top of the mountains we rode.  With loads of new snow covering all parts of Montana from here in the Flathead down to Beartooth Pass, the opportunities for spring/summer shred will be aplenty. 

 

Day 1- I just got home to Montana yesterday after over 3 months on the road…..i wake up to fresh snow in the valley, which means the mountains got a lot more and a lot colder of snow! We (Brett Bates, Brett Bacon and myself) decide to hike the local ski resort Whitefish Mountain (Big Mountain) and see how the snow is up top.

 

The hike up Big Mountain is easy, the only thing that made it hard was knowing that my snowmachine is stuck in Seattle and with it we would have done zero hiking all 3 days....instead we hiked a total of probably 11 hours.

The hike up Big Mountain is easy, the only thing that made it hard was knowing that my snowmachine is stuck in Seattle. Using it via backcountry access roads we would have done zero hiking all 3 days....instead we hiked a total of probably 11 hours.

Brett Bacon, proud owner of 4 Turbo dreams gets barreled....it's gonna be better than we thought!!

Brett Bacon, proud owner of 4 Turbo Dreams gets barreled....it's gonna be better than we thought!!

 

 Turns out it’s epic blower January snow!! We put in some turns, catch some airs and work our bootpack all afternoon.

 

Putting up rooster tails on the way to that spine sender.

Putting up rooster tails on the way to that spine sender. photo Bates

2010 Long Jump championships.

2010 Long Jump championships. photo Bates

We did five laps on the top north facing pitch of Big Mountain (all around 500) then took one long run down the front, fully satisfied. To think I pondered staying home today, I had the best turns I took at home all season. We proceded to drive around Whitefish and holler at innocent pedestrians “Hey! I’m pretty sure i had a much better day than you!”
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Day 2-3 We wake up in our cozy beds (all of us ”living” with our parents) on the 6th and it’s still pretty cold out. We take a late start and head up towards the Jewel Basin, a mecca of hiking, wilderness lakes, wildlife, and all the other things Montana is all about. After a lot of hiking and a tiny bit of snowboarding the Bretts and I set up camp.
Nothing like a cold Spaten next to a fire miles away from any other humans. Bates (standing) warms up his toeskis.

AAAAHHH...a cold Spaten next to a fire miles away from any other humans. Bates warms up his toeskis....and his belly.

 
Nothing like waking up, walking 40 feet and looking down fun powder lines....so nice to be home.

Nothing like waking up, walking 40 feet and looking down fun powder lines....so nice to be home.

 

The whole crew, representing K2 all around. Flathead lake sits in the background, collecting spring run off from the same mountains under our feet. Jared Lynch(far right) rallied up that morning at sunrise only to arrive at the prime time toilet hour.

The whole crew, representing K2 all around. Flathead lake sits in the background, collecting spring run off from the same mountains under our feet. Jared Lynch(far right) rallied up that morning at sunrise only to arrive at the prime time toilet hour.

 We do the same thing here in the Jewel; put in some turns, a bootpack back up and lap a sick face of chutes, spines and senders.

Forgot my goggs....and loved it!!

Forgot my goggs....and loved it!!

Bates gazes out towards Mt Anneas.

Bates gazes out towards Mt Anneas.

Jared Lynch rolls off a little cornice with our beautiful Flathead valley in the background. Jared's a positive soul, he moved out here from Atlanta 4 years ago, started snowboarding and has already let it consume most of his existence....rad

Jared Lynch rolls off a little cornice with our beautiful Flathead valley in the background. Jared's a positive soul, he moved out here from Atlanta 4 years ago, started snowboarding, fell in love with it and now lets it consume most of his existence....rad

 It’s always a good feeling getting home after the winter’s travels, but when you can get home and ride powder it’s unreal. I feel so fortunate to have roots in this place and every time I’m here I’m overwhelmed by the soul that this place exudes…..

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