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Fresh Tracks. Afternoon Delight

Post date: Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 1:49pm
About: Drifter roads, Cole Creek, Barriers, The Stube

Thin snow, thick snow, no snow, new snow; rock skis, fat skis, hot skis, shotskis; wet snow, powder snow, chunky snow, ice.  This season has been like "Dr. Seuss meets Red Lodge Mountain."  The pent-up demand from a month of groomers and icy patches had  adventurers trying to ski everything on...

Fresh Tracks. Race Day

Post date: Friday, February 6, 2015 - 9:24am
About: Town Series, Bobcat, race crew, volunteers, race course

Skiers have raced in Red Lodge since Finnish miners strapped on home-made skis, schussed down fields, and jumped over the barbed wire fences at the bottom.  More than 25 years ago, skiers at Red Lodge Mountain formed the first Town Series race teams.  For six weeks in January and February,...

Fresh Tracks. A Different Lesson

Post date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 3:26pm
About: Ski Like A Girl, Auto Bahn, Snow Sports lessons, turns and control

On a busy Satuday afternoon at Red Lodge Mountain, I signed up for a Ski Like A Girl lesson, drawn by the description, "Come hone your skills in the company of other fun-loving rip chicks."  Because nobody else showed up, the Snow Sports people assigned me to a Skill Builder Adult group that...

Fresh Tracks. Variable Conditions

Post date: Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 10:25am
About: snow report, HFNT, fog

On a recent subzero day in town when the wind was whipping the trees, we decided not to ski.  We learned later (the old "you should have been here yesterday") that it was 48 degrees, sunny, and calm on Red Lodge Mountain--a great ski day.  We should have trusted the snow report.

We were...

Fresh Tracks. Winter Solstice

Post date: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 3:39pm
About: recreation & solace, snow making, Lazy M, conditions

It's the time of year when the sun stands still, and the earth in our latitudes sleeps under the snow.  At the turning point of seasons, many cultures celebrate midwinter festivals of lights, feasting, and merriment to lighten the long nights.  Skiers take it further, heading out into a...

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...

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