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Resources – The Snow Junkies http://www.thesnowjunkies.com Lodging, Gear, and Lift Ticket Deals for Skiers and Snowboarders Thu, 07 Mar 2013 01:32:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.7 Opening Dates for All Utah Ski Areas! http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2012/11/13/opening-dates-for-all-utah-ski-areas/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2012/11/13/opening-dates-for-all-utah-ski-areas/#respond Tue, 13 Nov 2012 19:00:06 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=5987

The Chief Junkie @ Powder Mountain in 2011.

Early season conditions in Utah are just killing it right now. Brighton is already open and boasting about 50 inches of powder. Alta, Brian Head, Park City, Snowbird, and Solitude will start turning chairs this week. There’s already a few early season deals as well. Here’s the full run down of opening days.

Alta Opening Nov. 16
Beaver Mountain Opening TBA
Brian Head Opening Nov. 16
Brighton OPEN
Canyons Opening Nov. 23
Deer Valley Opening Dec. 8
Eagle Point Opening Dec. 21
Park City Opening Nov. 17
Powder Mountain Opening Nov. 21
Snowbasin Opening Nov. 22
Snowbird Opening Nov. 15
Solitude Opening Nov. 14
Sundance Opening Dec. 7
Wolf Mountain Opening Nov. 23

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Riding Montana’s Lake Tahoe: Blacktail Mountain http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2012/02/10/riding-montanas-lake-tahoe-blacktail-mountain/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2012/02/10/riding-montanas-lake-tahoe-blacktail-mountain/#respond Fri, 10 Feb 2012 23:58:36 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=5851

Checking out Flathead Lake on a cloudy day

On a grey bird Sunday, we shook off small hangovers and embarked on the the 14 mile trek from the shores of Lake Flathead to the heights of the Blacktail Mountain Ski Area.  It’s certainly an incredibly scenic and twisty road — which begs the question how accessible Blacktail is during a powder storm. Not a problem for the crew today with just a dusting of an inch accompanied with grumblings that Whitefish, just 45 minutes up the road, got half a foot.

A blustery wind greeted us in the parking lot which did little to alleviate stuffy heads, but we immediately found  protection on the northern facing slopes — a fact that Blacktail brags about on their trail map. With only a few hours before heading back to Bozeman, we didn’t get a chance to fully scope out the entire area (then again, I rarely do), but like most of the family hills in Montana, there’s a firm sense of community in the lodge and on the slopes.

We spent the bulk of our time farming out the leftover snow on top of the Thunderhead Double. Head over to The Glades, Badrock, and Pocehlon’s Powder for some trees. If you want to stick to the top and the aforementioned trees, there’s even a midstation (load-on only) on the Thunderhead and for those seeking to show off for a crowd, check out the lower liftline. It’s still a bit sparse, but has more than enough rocks and jibs to keep it interesting.

Blacktail’s size as we kept discovering is deceptively large with super long and nicely steeped intermediates that provide a decent run. Its best feature, however, may be the shortened week. Only open from Wednesday thru Sunday, I can only imagine that early week storms must turn this place into an absolute playground of powder. And after Whitefish, the chill atmosphere and smaller crowds were a perfect fit for some lazy Sunday turns.

Welcome to Blacktail

TSJ Ticket Tips: Pick up cheap lift tickets at Costco in Kalispell (we paid $27/ticket). Ski half price with any Montana season pass. $25 lift tickets on Thursdays.

Apres-Ski:
Tamarack Brewing Company
Lakeside, Montana

Actually, our apres-ski included two cases of beer as we made the six hour journey back to Bozeman, but our local guide told us that this was the place to tie one on after a day of shredding Blacktail. You can’t miss it right on the road up to the ski area.

 

 

 







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The Best Colorado Snow Forecast on the Web http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2011/02/23/the-best-colorado-snow-forecast-on-the-web/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2011/02/23/the-best-colorado-snow-forecast-on-the-web/#respond Thu, 24 Feb 2011 01:54:53 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=5301
If you’re tired of the same old snow forecast, you know, the one that always predicts a 30% of snow showers with 2-4 inches of accumulation, then you need to check out Joel Gratz’s predictions at Colorado Powder Forecast. (Funny side note: After writing that opening sentence, I just looked at the ‘About Page‘ on CPF after where Joel also bitches about the useless 30% forecast).

I’ve been test driving Joel’s predictions during Colorado’s snowy January and they have nailed it damn near every time. His site claims to be “Voted #1 Snow Forecast By My Dad.” Well, add us to list. I now plan my ski week according to CPF.

The site includes a detailed 5-day forecast for every Colorado ski area, commentary on the weather, and a tally of Joel’s accuracy.

via Colorado Powder Forecast

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Snowcat Skiing/Riding at Colorado Ski Areas http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2011/02/15/snowcat-skiingriding-at-colorado-ski-areas/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2011/02/15/snowcat-skiingriding-at-colorado-ski-areas/#respond Wed, 16 Feb 2011 01:41:48 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=5292 The Rockies of Colorado is home to loads of powdercat outfits, but in the last five years or so, snowcat accessed terrain at ski areas has really taken off. Here are four of them to get you excited with everything from single ride inbounds terrain to all day backcountry adventures.

Copper Mountain
Cost: Free!
Running Times: Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 10:00 am to 1:00pm
Access: Tucker Mountain.
More Info: Copper website

Keystone Resort
Cost: $5
Running Times: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Access: The Outback’s Bowls
More Info: Keystone website

Monarch Mountain
Cost: $275
Running Times: All day throughout the season. Check the calendar.
Access: 900 acres of backcountry just ouside Monarch ski boundaries.
More Info: Monarch website

Ski Cooper
Cost: $275
Running Times: All Day 9am to 4pm throughout the season.
Access: Chicago Ridge.
More Info: Ski Cooper website

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