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...
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...