Conditions Report: Full-On Montana Powder Skiing

Mike Lavery | | Conditions ReportConditions Report
Doesn’t look like November. Photo: M. Lavery

Last winter in Montana started off with a bang! By late October we had 3 feet of snow on the ground and were skiing powder like it was mid-season. Too good to be true, right?

Somehow, this winter has started off even better! In the last week, the mountains of southwest Montana have picked up 3-5 feet of new snow, and it’s still snowing.

Bridger looking ready to open. Photo: M. Lavery

Yesterday I headed up to Bridger Bowl (not open yet) for some pre-season skinning. Most of Bozeman had the same idea and it was kind of a zoo. With over a foot of new snow in the last 24 hours (and a ton of people) avalanches were on the radar, so we kept the terrain mellow. Getting enough speed to make turns was a challenge. The snow was almost too deep!

Ready to drop for lap #2. Not another track in sight. Photo: M. Lavery

Today I went back out for a longer tour south of the ski area boundary.  A few more inches had fallen overnight, but overall the new snow had settled, which made skinning and skiing a little less work. I didn’t see anyone after I left the parking lot.

Stable snow and short, fun lines. Photo: M. Lavery

We have over 100cm of snow on the ground already. Crazy! Things were stable and I was able to play around on some small steeper features. The skiing was fantastic, but visibility was a bit challenging. I did laps until my legs and feet couldn’t take it anymore.

That’s a 52″ pole. Photo: M. Lavery

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