ID/MT road trip.

I made a little road trip last week to ski/board with an old high school friend who now lives in Donnelly, ID.

We skied the first day at Brundage Mountain. They hadn’t had new snow in awhile, but the groomers were awesome. It was a bluebird day and we even got his two oldest daughters out on the slopes.

We didn’t hit the slopes too hard, but still managed 16 runs and 18,950 vertical feet skied.

New skis!

New skis!

I got new skis and bindings this year and they rock! After much deliberation and countless hours doing internet research I decided to go with the Rossignol Soul 7s with 22 Designs Axl bindings. I wanted a fatter ski that wasn’t too heavy, but that would still perform on groomers and firmer snow. I went with the Axl binding over the Vice in the event that I venture into the backcountry. Needless to say, if the skis perform as well in powder as they did on groomers I will be a very happy little boy.

We hit Tamarack Resort the second day. They desperately need snow. The day was cloudier than the day before, but the sun did appear now and then.

We stuck to only 2 or 3 runs due to the lack of snow, but still did 14 runs and 17,990 vertical feet skied.

In yo face!

In yo face!

After Donnelly it was over Lolo Pass and onto St Ignatius.

Home

Home

Chores kept me busy, but…

Moo.

Moo.

Do work.

Do work.

…I still managed a day at Big Mountain* with a friend. Yes, just like the Sears Tower, Big Mountain will always remain Big Mountain in my book.

Big Mtn

Big Mtn

We skied all over the mountain and checked out some new (at least to me) lifts. 15 runs and 24,290 vertical feet skied later we both had sore muscles and smiles on our faces.

I did a little digging at my parent’s house and stumbled upon this treasure:

Gnu Concept

Gnu Concept

My first snowboard! A Gnu Concept with Elfgen 911 bindings*.

I have some very fond (and somewhat frustrating) memories of learning to snowboard with this board at Marshall Mountain (RIP) and Discovery. I just remember the bindings+Sorel snowboots+rope tows/tbars+lots of flannel made quite the combination for learning. Needless to say, I stuck with it and can’t imagine my life without snowboarding.

Discovery Ski Area. Early 90s.

Discovery Ski Area. Early 90s.

*By the way, I’m looking for parts for the bindings if you happen to have any lying around.

~ by snyelmn on March 3, 2015.

 
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