February 6 - February 12, 2010
My ski friend, Dan Longacre, and I tripped to Big Sky, Montana for some inspirational skiing. After overcoming a detour via Helena due to ice fog at the Bozeman airport, I arrived at midnight at the destination. Dan had arrived some 4 hours earlier after his own encounters with the airline gremlins.
Due to some luck we landed a bargain priced package staying at the Shoshone Condominium Hotel, a very nice slope-side accommodation.
The first few mornings were brisk, near zero, and tickled the sensitive nose hairs when you breathed in hard. Yet sunscreen was in order to protect our skin from the harsh direct sun and the bounce off the snow.
We skied hard and enjoyed the snow. The last two days brought a few new inches of snow to play in. This is a beautiful place and unbelievably there were few people there to ski. It was common to ski for minutes at a time and encounter no other skiers. Needless to say there were no lines.
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