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Fresh Tracks. Untracked Corduroy

Post date: Monday, December 8, 2014 - 12:22pm
About: corduroy, Grizzly Peak Club, Hancock

While waiting for the next big snow storm at Red Lodge Mountain, we are enjoying more than just skiing laps.  On Wednesdays and Sundays, the Grizzly Peak Club membership gives us the opportunity for fresh tracks on groomed runs.  At 8 AM on the Triple Chair, we watched the full moon set behind...

Fresh Tracks. A New Season

Post date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 10:21am
About: early season, conditioning, Turnpike

It looks and feels like ski season in Red Lodge.  There's snow in the yards, ice on the streets, and ski gear in the shops.  Looking up at Red Lodge Mountain from our driveway, we have watched the snow fill in on Barriers.  Some nights we see the lights of snow makers.  The Mountain is doing its...

Fresh Tracks. Last Tracks

Post date: Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 10:54am
About: one more run, Big Bear Gulch, Headwaters, Lower Buckin' chute, great snow year, "It was epic."

At the end of a great snow year on Red Lodge Mountain, we are less concerned about improving our skills and more concerned about skiing one more run.

This season I have talked with visitors from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Maine, Michigan, Wisconsin, and...

Fresh Tracks. Spring Skiing

Post date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 10:55am
About: spring skiing, Bump Season, Hellroaring, Thompson's, french fries, The Stube

Town folks are complaining, "When will we be finished with shoveling all this snow?  When will spring really arrive?"  Spring in Red Lodge lasts into June with heavy snowstorms and killing frosts.  In the last thaw, our tulips poked up.  Now they're under a snowbank.

We took a road trip to...

Fresh Tracks. The Naming of Runs

Post date: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 2:34pm
About: challenge, ski all the named runs, how runs get their names, "Skiing Red Lodge", HFNT, Talus Area

Two years ago we set out to ski all the named runs on Red Lodge Mountain in one season.  I have a history of standing at the top of ominously named runs, asking that old boyfriend, "Are you sure I can ski this?"  This was his idea, and I reluctantly agreed, fearing the unknown, but sensing the...

Ski Lesson at Red Lodge Mountain

Fresh Tracks. Old Dogs, New Tricks

Post date: Monday, February 24, 2014 - 12:22pm
About: taking a lesson, Ski with a pro! not just for beginners, be a better skier

I want to be a better skier, one who skis all runs gracefully in any conditions, stays forward on the skis, and does not use the left pole as rudder and brake.  When I told our instructor that was my goal for our lesson at Red Lodge Mountain, she laughed and said," We probably can't do all that...

Fresh Tracks--Social Skiing

Post date: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 10:00am
About: skiing with others, Bill Wetzel, Ringer's Run, Big Bear Gulch

"Why don't more people ski together?" a friend asked after four of us spent an enjoyable day skiing runs with varying degrees of difficulty, making turns with varying degrees of skill.  The willingness to stick together from getting off the lift to getting back on it, despite differences in...

Fresh Tracks--The Whole Mountain

Post date: Friday, January 24, 2014 - 8:58am
About: time to explore runs, Black Powder, steep face, little runs, Chase's, Big Fred's

Everything is open.  You can ski around all of Red Lodge Mountain, from Lodge Trail to Columbine, from Nichols Peak to Lower Miami Beach.  It's the time to explore runs we seldom ski because of limitations, our own or the snow's.  This year, with plenty of snow, there are no excuses.


Fresh Tracks. A Good Test of Skills

Post date: Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 2:48pm
About: Test of skills, kids love it, Rabbit Trails

My seven-year-old neighbor skis black diamond runs with no qualms.  When asked about her favorite on Red Lodge Mountain, her eyes sparkle and her hands dance as she tells me how she skis Rabbit Trails.  "Over, around, up and down, there are little hills to jump, and you go faster and faster."...

New Snow on Palisades

Post date: Friday, December 27, 2013 - 9:43am
About: Palisades, bonus terrain, view, glade area, good snow

It's all about snow.  In the lodge, a visitor asked me, "How's the snow up top?"  I answered, like the kids do, "It's all good."  It's not hard to please skiers at Red Lodge Mountain.  We do not expect double-digit inches of new-fallen snow.  When we have a season of good snow, as we do this...