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Title: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on August 01, 2010, 06:22:59 PM
 ;D ;D Big Sky Ski Patrol  ;D ;D new Subaru Impreza  ;D ;D



Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on August 01, 2010, 09:00:47 PM
Very cool !

Grats on the new Subie


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: Tommy T on August 01, 2010, 10:00:33 PM
  Big Sky Ski Patrol 

Wow.   :o

From what I heard about your parking ticket enforcement, combined with what I've disclosed in my own reports about my tendancies to duck ropes, mis-interpret signs and generally bluff patrol, I don't want anything to do Big Sky on a day when you're working there. 

I glad the Summit County deal came in before Bozeman.

Tommy T.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: stuckinjersey on August 02, 2010, 10:32:42 AM
darn sno-cop's!!! Whats the problem man you didn't get enough respect from the other skiers so you had to become the FUZZ man!!!! What happened to you Dave, you used to be soo cool!
I'm going to get you this shirt it's really darn funny.
(http://rlv.zcache.com/patrol_youre_not_hurt_get_up_and_ski_tshirt-p235773088250426090s627_210.jpg)


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on August 02, 2010, 08:45:10 PM
LOL !!!


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on August 03, 2010, 12:27:37 PM
Josh that shirt is hilarious!

And it's more like the free big sky season pass that comes with the patrol, the chance to get experience using my EMT license, my feelings on turning a blind eye to people like Tommy, and the image stuck in my head of three big sky patrollers traversing way, way over above the turkey bowl and then skiing down three separate, long, steep untracked chutes that the public couldn't access.

That and patrol members get ticket discounts at other mountains so when I drive down to Jhole and CO to see friends, it'll be cheaper to ski there.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on August 10, 2010, 10:29:34 AM
I signed a lease yesterday on this 2 bedroom house 2 blocks from campus with a fireplace.
(https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=70055a4aff&view=att&th=12a554fa93842cbe&attid=0.1&disp=inline&zw)

so excited to not live in the dorms.

also, my subie
(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_RhmU2oNmtP8/TGFyzQgfqzI/AAAAAAAAGSc/Wfv8xxgw8gg/s912/2010-07-17%2017.40.19.jpg)



Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: stuckinjersey on August 10, 2010, 12:14:23 PM
Nice car buddy, get rid of dem fancy tires and grab some On / Off's or snows. My subie handled like a sunken row boat with the stocks on her. Was not impressed at all and thought Subie drivers didn't know what snow driving was like, then new tires and OMG dude! thing is like a snowplow. This winter I drove it right through a 4 foot snow bank and got stuck, unstuck and then drove through  it with more speed for good measures, making through that time. Thing is unreal sometimes. Out there though get some chains and leave them in the trunk, you will never get stuck with them. 


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on August 10, 2010, 05:44:16 PM
those are mud+snow tires I have on there now. Tim's forester got us around just fine last winter on a worn out set of Yokohama all seasons so I'm gonna see how it goes this winter with the mud/snows on it and then upgrade if I need to. This car is awesome, love it to death.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on August 27, 2010, 10:30:54 PM
Day 2 of the road trip finds us 1557 miles into the trip to Montana in Worthington, MN. Tomorrow will take us to Devils Tower in WY and almost all the way to Bozeman. Sunday morning we'll show up in Bozeman. It's been a great, safe trip so far with the Subie stuffed full of my stuff and my 2 bikes on the roof. I'm averaging 23mpg @ 75mph. Some pictures from the trip.

Me driving, Dan taking pictures of a wind farm in southern Minnesota.
(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs210.ash2/47328_1265432654368_1786325425_527386_1569097_n.jpg)

Sears/Willis Tower in Chicago this morning.
(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs207.ash2/47066_1381523338317_1238940076_30917153_8069485_n.jpg)

856 miles to go!


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: Tommy T on August 28, 2010, 10:04:58 AM
Tomorrow will take us to Devils Tower in WY

The first ascent route (can't remember the name) is an EASY 5.7 with straight forward route finding and simple and ample protection, either with nuts or mostly medium cams.  Rap descent -- take two ropes and some throw-away slings.

Tommy T.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on August 28, 2010, 10:26:02 PM
We saw a couple guys climbing and I'll have the pictures I took probably tomorrow or the next day, depending on how long moving into the house takes. It looks like a great place to climb.

This is South Dakota. It all looks like this. The field on the right is sunflowers. Millions of them.
(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs407.snc4/47061_1382788969957_1238940076_30920341_2470108_n.jpg)

Subie at a rest stop in SD.
(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs211.ash2/47374_1382785689875_1238940076_30920334_7629894_n.jpg)

We're in Sheridan, WY tonight and will be in Bozeman tomorrow morning.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: surf88 on August 29, 2010, 06:49:52 PM
This is South Dakota. It all looks like this. The field on the right is sunflowers. Millions of them.
(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs407.snc4/47061_1382788969957_1238940076_30920341_2470108_n.jpg)
Mmmmm.
I have a 1 pack a day sunflower seed habbit.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on August 30, 2010, 05:28:50 PM
I'll steal ya a few plants on the drive back in May surf.

I'm pretty well settled into the house now, which is huge and very close to campus. I'm working on getting internet access set up...but Qwest can't get here until Friday. I tethered my droid (why does that sound dirty?) and I'm now rocking a 1.5 megabit connection over my phone. It's been raining here since I got here, and we had some snow in the mountains this week. It's supposed to snow a little bit more next week, too, as temperatures will dip into the 30s overnight.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on August 30, 2010, 07:12:01 PM
1.5mbps aint bad Dave.

I got a 10 meg service here at home, but damn for a phone, that beats the pants off 768k dsl


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on September 02, 2010, 10:42:22 PM
I did my first road ride with the MSU club team today...damn. There is no air here, and they have these things called hills which just killed me. Me and a girl from Clemens (SC?) got dropped climbing Gooch Hill (yes it really is called that) and then caught back up to the other two guys later. 30 miles in an hour and 45 minutes. I've either gonna be in great shape at the end of the year or dead. I tried to track the ride with the GPS on my phone but it died during the ride. Saturdays ride is up Beartooth pass which supposedly has 7000 total feet of climbing in 50-70 miles.

Todays ride.
(http://www.techsourceconsultants.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/10080/Ride_9_2.jpg)




Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: Tommy T on September 03, 2010, 08:41:56 AM
I'm missing the concept here.

You and girl from South Carolina got dropped on a hill climb and then you worked really hard to catch back up with the guys . . .

Flash-back:  1961, I was 18 with an MGA and she was the daughter of the campground owner where I was spending the night at White Lake, in South Carolina.  She worked really hard to convince me that Southern girls were hotter than Northern girls.  And, succeeded.  At least 'til I got back home to my steady.

So you and this South Carolina hottie got dropped, the guys are over the top and out of sight.  She's clearly an athletic outdoors type but at the moment she really needs to get off the bike take a stretch in the woods . . . and then you did what?

Tommy T.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: surf88 on September 03, 2010, 09:38:11 AM
I'm jealous.  I've done alot fewwer road rides this year than I hoped to do at the begining of the summer.  Its just been so dang hot around here this year, its hard to get the motivation to hop on my  bike when its 95 degrees out. 


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on September 03, 2010, 02:29:29 PM
Tommy, I was struggling so much that staying on my bike was a serious issue, to say nothing about any extracurriculars in the woods. Plus there weren't woods to speak of, just wide open fields of low cut grass.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: Tommy T on September 04, 2010, 10:36:30 AM
Hi, David.

I'm Noora, Tommy T's granddaughter.  I am interested in going to MSU for ornithology.  I skied at Bozeman when Gramp was staying there and liked that a lot. 

I'm in sixth grade this year in a charter school called "International Academy of Cincinnati," so I have some time before making a final decision.

Noora


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on September 06, 2010, 03:45:52 PM
Hey Noora,
Glad to hear you're considering MSU. There are actually a ton of people from the Ohio area who go here. I love the school and Bozeman and the surrounding area is just awesome. Can't get much closer to the mountains and skiing. If you have any questions about the school or Bozeman or the "college search" in general, ask away.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on September 12, 2010, 04:47:02 AM
Another bike ride...this time up Bridger Canyon and down Jackson Creek Road. The climb on Jackson Creek rated a Category 3. Cat 1 is the toughest, HC is Tour de France stuff. I got dropped off the back of the group twice on this ride, and caught up both times. I am slowly acclimating to the altitude here.
(http://www.techsourceconsultants.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/10080/Screen_shot_2010-09-12_at_3_46_21_AM.png)


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on September 24, 2010, 04:49:47 PM
Wooh! Finally summited Sacagawea.

GPS tracks

(http://www.frigidlight.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/sac1.jpg)

(http://www.frigidlight.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/sac2.jpg)

And summary stats for the trip up via GPS.

Quote
Total Distance: 3.73 km (2.3 mi)
Total Time: 1:33:25
Moving Time: 1:09:51
Average Speed: 2.40 km/h (1.5 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 3.21 km/h (2.0 mi/h)
Max Speed: 10.37 km/h (6.4 mi/h)
Min Elevation: 2380 m (7808 ft)
Max Elevation: 2956 m (9698 ft)
Elevation Gain: 602 m (1975 ft)
Max Grade: 35 %
Min Grade: -12 %
Recorded: Thu Sep 23 17:17:19 MDT 2010
Activity type: trail hiking

I hiked up to shoot the sunset and hopefully the moon, but had to leave before the moon/stars came out. The road up was fun, too...testing the ground clearance of my impreza. I only scraped with the side skirts once, right before the parking lot, on a seriously rocky, slanted, curving slope. Next money I spend on that car might be a 1" lift kit and skid plate.

Pictures...

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4087/5020710819_f3e0a13b38_z.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4124/5021321704_7c091f7f5d_z.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4106/5021323480_9d9dfca68d_z.jpg)

Mountain Goats
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4082/5021324704_eccc6a2f59_z.jpg)

Freakin awesome sunset
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4120/5021325148_5cc845ce13_z.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4085/5020716567_0e2c5ae4d3_z.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4132/5020716857_f80804937a_z.jpg)




Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on September 25, 2010, 08:17:21 AM
beautiful pics !!

I love the sunset texture, and the lighting on the goat shot.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on September 25, 2010, 05:32:10 PM
Thanks! It was really cool hiking with the goats. Tucker and I came up on them at the top of the saddle...two of them moved away and one, we think it was the male, moved towards and kinda bucked his head and snorted. We backed off and chose a different trail up. The goats followed us, keeping a safe distance, all the way around the shoulder of the mountain and most of the way to the summit.

The moon setting over bridger this morning. you can see the new lift going up the center.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4111/5023639959_b30e6ddf51_z.jpg)


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: surf88 on September 25, 2010, 08:57:37 PM
The sunset is pretty incredible.  Did you use a filter or tweek it, or is that fore real? Dont think Ive seen the new water mark yet either.  I like it.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: stuckinjersey on September 26, 2010, 07:40:30 PM
Dave, looks fantastic brother! Im glad you got out west for school east coast shots just dont get that nice.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on September 27, 2010, 03:23:21 PM
Thanks guys! I did post process the sunset photos but only to get them as close to what I remember seeing as I could. That's what I try to do with all my post processing...bring the photos as close to what I saw while I was there as possible.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on October 04, 2010, 05:48:58 PM
This saturday we floated the madison...3 hours floating on a river in the 80 degree cloudless sky and I am tanned as hell. Good hangover cure, too. But WTF. Seriously. This is supposed to be Montana. last year, ten days from now, I skied for the first time of the season. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining about being able to bike and float and everything still, but seriously. Let's see some snow!


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on October 26, 2010, 05:15:55 PM
It's been snowing here for about 2 days now in the mountains, snow line is down to the flats

Bridger Base Area
(http://www.bridgerbowl.com/dailymedia/20101026/102610dailyphoto.jpeg)

I'm heading up to Bridger tomorrow for some hiking and skiing.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on October 26, 2010, 07:05:40 PM
PICS are mandatory, at least 1



Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on October 27, 2010, 09:45:46 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4072/5121738967_f31fa01713_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5121738967/)
Powder in October (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5121738967/) by Frigid Light Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/frigidlightphoto/), on Flickr

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4153/5121739647_f5c2405f90_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5121739647/)
Mountain on Fire (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5121739647/) by Frigid Light Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/frigidlightphoto/), on Flickr

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4113/5122345272_121450f1d4_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5122345272/)
Sunset (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5122345272/) by Frigid Light Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/frigidlightphoto/), on Flickr


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on October 27, 2010, 09:53:51 PM
DROOL !

Lucky SOB U !

Thanks for the stoak.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on November 08, 2010, 12:36:18 AM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4108/5155361707_b6c2484b7e_b.jpg)


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: Dsmith3232 on November 08, 2010, 02:11:13 PM
cool shot Dave,
How did you do it?


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on November 08, 2010, 03:11:09 PM
stopped down to about F4, six minute exposure, ISO800. The image is a little soft though, I think the manual focus on my lens leaves something to be desired.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on November 08, 2010, 04:20:53 PM
only 6 secs?

I didn't think the stars moved that much in 6 secs.

I would think you would use a low ISO, very high F #, set manual focus to infinite distance and use the bulb setting with a remote

Then again, I haven't tried it.

I'm curious to know the rational behind your settings, obviously your result came out as expected, nice job !


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on November 08, 2010, 04:28:13 PM
yeah that was supposed to be six minutes...it's been fixed now.

I'm by no means an expert on this...but the amount of light coming out of the stars is actually not that much.  low f = large aperture which means shallow DOF. but the stars are far enough away that infinite focus makes it work. ISO you can play with...as well as aperture. I've got another idea for a shot that I want to take of the mountains and the stars and the city that I'm pretty sure I'm gonna have to stop down to make work. it's really fun/interesting playing with the settings and how they influence the amount of light and the amount of travel of the light in the picture.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on November 15, 2010, 12:34:27 AM
Big Sky this morning...
(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1226/5177757670_9fc222b521_b.jpg)

about a foot and a half of snow fell


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on November 15, 2010, 06:36:22 AM
Thanks for the good feelings this morning, its nice that its snowing over there at least.

Soon it will be here, I cant WAIT !


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: Rage on November 15, 2010, 07:38:11 AM
Nice, it was tee shirt and sandal weather in ct this weekend.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on November 15, 2010, 02:34:20 PM
Oh, gotcha. That makes sense...my concern would be a camera battery not lasting for a 60 minute exposure or for the resulting ~60 minutes of processing time afterwards.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: Tommy T on November 15, 2010, 02:46:28 PM
For information purposes: the stars will appear to move through 15 degrees of arc per hour of exposure.  F-stop setting will not have a lot of effect on the brightness of the stars but will have a great effect on the brightness of the background.  You need to stop down enough to keep the eartly background and the sky glow from dominating the picture.

The stars themselves are a point of light slightly smeared out by atmospheric effects and by the fact that all optics are less that perfect.  The actual disk of the star, on a dark night with minimum moisture, which appears on the film is usually only a few arc seconds in diameter.  As a result, even if you expose for hours and hours, each pixel in your camera only gets illuminated by a specific star for a few seconds. 

It generally takes some experimentation to get the balance correct.  Most great star trail pictures showing arcs extending well across the sky above some famous landmark are composites.  One exposure for the star trails, another for the foreground.  That was true even with film techniques.

Tommy T.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on November 20, 2010, 09:57:16 PM
Perfect day for a cyclocross race.

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_RhmU2oNmtP8/TOiEHEs7hrI/AAAAAAAAGa4/51oyCAxNeac/s720/IMG_20101120_190029.jpg)


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on November 23, 2010, 10:57:36 AM
I heard ur getting dumped on!!!
Grats, I love a good dump.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on November 24, 2010, 01:50:49 PM
I'm on a plane now...traveling 600 mph at 35000 feet. Gotta love free in flight wifi from google.

It's been snowing for the last four days in Bozeman, and it was -15 when I got in my car this morning to drive to Butte for my flight. The interstate was pavement in the travel lane until Homestake pass, which was really sketch. Gotta love Subarus.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on December 12, 2010, 10:34:55 PM
Haven't been on the site much as i've been dealing with this:

(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_RhmU2oNmtP8/TQWT0ghRbHI/AAAAAAAAGdg/XVhwdfXSdCU/s720/IMG_20101203_075122.jpg)

to drive here:

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_RhmU2oNmtP8/TQWPpv3Y1QI/AAAAAAAAGdY/mfrz0yp-gqs/s720/IMG_20101211_122659.jpg)

to ski this:

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_RhmU2oNmtP8/TQWPQlNcbZI/AAAAAAAAGdA/vk2cjk-6WPM/s720/IMG_20101211_123957.jpg)

After training today:

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5123/5256266951_9051194836_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5256266951/)
Big Sunset (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5256266951/) by Frigid Light Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/frigidlightphoto/), on Flickr


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on December 16, 2010, 09:27:50 PM
The last two weekends have been on-hill and rookie training for the Big Sky Ski Patrol. We've gone over radio protocols, first aid, mountain locations, ski skills, running with loaded and unloaded toboggans over all kinds of terrain, taking toboggans up chairs, and we're starting to move into responding to and managing a first aid call on the mountain.

Two things I've learned. Skiing with a toboggan is way, way harder than it looks. Probably the most physically demanding activity i've done on skis. It's really testing my snowplow and sideslip skills, too. Edge control is key, and I think my east coast upbringing helps on that. It's a constant battle though, to manage speed ensuring control while making sure I'll be able to make it across the flats. The brake (a chain that can be dropped off the front of the toboggan) also adds another layer to that, requiring the front of the sled to be bodily lifted off the ground to gather any speed. Hard stuff.

Also, the first aid response is totally different when it's out int he cold, snow, trees, etc. Resource management is key (making sure the maximum resources stay as far up the hill as possible) and making sure you call for the right resources can make all the difference in a call. Very, very tricky to remember and keep track of all the things going on in your head when running a call.

Still, I'm excited. As exhausted as these weekends make me, it's still the most fun I've had this season. I've got my touring gear ready for when it dumps, next, too.

(http://www.cascadetoboggan.com/images/Cascade-Toboggan-Screen-Shot-1024X768.jpg)


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: surf88 on December 17, 2010, 08:49:44 AM
Sounds exciting.  That pic is nuts.  Do alot of the patrollers use AT bindings there?  I noticed at Jackson a lot of the ski patrol had FR+ bindings.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on December 17, 2010, 10:32:27 AM
Dave, is taking "rad" jumps off things with sleds a regular thing out there?  ;D


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: stuckinjersey on December 17, 2010, 10:39:48 AM
Just cause u are cool dave, still doesn't make snow cops cool!!   :P
Remember that. Haha love the sunset shot, very nice.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on December 17, 2010, 02:49:38 PM
A fair number use AT bindings. There's a large percentage of tele patrollers, as well.

Tony, whatever you have to do to get a patient down the hill quickly!  :P :P

As far as Josh's comments, the viewpoint I heard from one of the other patrollers on the lift last weekend was that he doesn't feel like he's there to be a policeman. His job is to be on the mountain to help people if they need it. I like that viewpoint.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: Tommy T on December 17, 2010, 03:00:38 PM
Be carefull out there, Dave.

I just heard that Wolf Creek Pass lost a patroller in-bounds in a snow release.  The job is to rescue but you've got to protect the rescuer first.  They probably taught you that.

Tommy T.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on December 17, 2010, 03:48:53 PM
Scene safety is the number one point that any of the EMT training I've had has emphasized. Before any of us are even allowed to ride a lift, all the control work above the lift has to have been completed. They gave us a briefing on the slide paths on the mountain and it's genuinely scary stuff.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: stuckinjersey on December 17, 2010, 06:08:23 PM
Oh david u take me far to seriously (that is illegal by the way, u will be ticketed!), being patroller is the best way to get great skiing in without being independent wealthy!!. Way better than instructing. I was an instructor and always pissed when the blues would ski by and id be teach some lesson getting no turns in. See I grew up with patrollers wearing full dark blue ski suits with a big gold cross on the back and too boot they we're from jersey so they were already mean by nature. We didnt lose our tickets they would take a tooth. Haha I kid now. Not about the outfits though those they wore. Learn as much as u can sir!


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: Tommy T on December 17, 2010, 06:54:10 PM
The patroller at Wolf Creek was killed in late November while on a "routine" sweep.  He was 41 years old, a 16 year vet at Wolf Creek, and the director of patrol operations at that area. 

Tommy T.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on December 20, 2010, 12:06:58 AM
I remember hearing about the guy at Wolf Creek back when it happened...scary stuff.

Great two days "at the office" this weekend. We moved into towing sleds down some of the hairiest, steepest, tightest tree runs Andesite has to offer, and worked on back boarding in the snow. Patrol goal is ten minutes from on scene to transporting. It's significantly difficult as the patient is rarely parallel to the fall line, and backboards like to slide on the snow. It takes alot of hands to stabilize the patient, the backboard, and the patients cervical spine. Then you have to get all the gear ready, strap the patient down, move the patient into the sled, strap the burrito wrap and the backboard into the sled, and transport. The first one we tried took thirty minutes. Sled work is getting easier though, as there is a definite technique to it.

We also got to ski, both for fun at lunch and learning sweeps. It's been snowing a couple inches every twelve hours up here and it's been keeping the snow really nice and refreshed, and everything that blows into the trees and over the edges of ridges is deeeeep. I took my first tram run of the day yesterday. The traverses across the south face are really rocky, but the actual runs are nice. First run was 1st gully to crons (one of those areas of wind deposition). Choppy powder all the way down, nice and fun to ski. The wind was whipping up the face up top and blowing snow and ice chunks around. I came down from the tram with a beard full of ice and some frostnip on my nose and face. Trees and the sides of trails stayed real good all day today, too. Boot to knee deep powder in the untracked sections. We also headed out (under the guise of learning sweeps) to ski Dakota and Shedhorn. These two lifts are way over on the south side of Lone Peak and not many people ski over there, due to the remoteness, the traverse back out, and the fact that it's not visible right from the base station. As such, untracked woods, gullies, and runs. The tram run to access Dakota was more of the same thick powder into zero visibility.

Lone Peak Tram top station
(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_RhmU2oNmtP8/TQ7amTn0rJI/AAAAAAAAGd4/9_UqvAWtyzg/s512/IMG_20101219_131955.jpg)

I also scored my first face shot of the year off of Dakota in the woods.. Quickly followed by a coreshot. Worth it.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on December 20, 2010, 07:55:21 AM
Great stuff Dave !


Title: Mt. Blackmore 2/20
Post by: David Howland on February 28, 2011, 05:07:28 PM
My friend Sam and I set out for Mt. Blackmore last Sunday, hoping to summit and ski some fresh snow. Our snowpack had finally started settling down and we were pretty sure we could and ski Blackmore. Plans change, however.

The trail in to Blackmore winds it's way up from Hyalite Reservoir just south of town and climbs quickly up a drainage to the ridge between Blackmore and Elephant Mountain. It's a total climb of almost 4000 vertical feet over about 6 miles.

The skinning was fast, steep, and sometimes slippery. Temps at the start of the skin were hovering around the 5 degree mark and it was snowing slightly. After about two hours we broke out of the forest into the first clearing. The clouds, which had surrounded us the entire hike, broke a little bit and we got our first view of the ridge between Blackmore and Elephant. As we climbed up and out of the trees, the full force of the wind became clear. I stopped at the base of a series of chutes on the side of Elephant and talked to Sam about options. The wind would be whipping over the ridge, loading everything on the north facing side of the mountain we were hoping to ski with nice thick windslab. It also had gotten much colder and neither of us was feeling too happy about booting the ridge in high winds, cold, and snow. We dug a pit and found a nice, hard faceted layer about two feet down that was fairly stable, but could easily break under a heavy wind load.

We bagged our plan for the summit and skied the chutes off of Elephant instead. This turned out to be an excellent decision. Unskied lines in six inches of fresh powder on top of a supportive, soft base awaited us. We skied two laps down the chutes. Even in this sheltered aspect, however, we were breaking wind slab about 2" thick that broke wide and ran the full slope. Nothing to be scared of at that depth, but definitely a factor in reinforcing our decision not to push higher.

The bobsled track out to the cars was fun and fast. It reminded me of East Coast skiing - whipping fast through tight trees.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5055/5464127158_6bf14b07f0_z.jpg) (http://"http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5464127158/")
Skinning (http://"http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5464127158/") by Frigid Light Photography (http://"http://www.flickr.com/people/frigidlightphoto/"), on Flickr

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5178/5464127980_5b3fb2726a_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5464127980/)
Wind (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5464127980/) by Frigid Light Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/frigidlightphoto/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5134/5463527851_f8e22e6fbc_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5463527851/)
Slicing (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5463527851/) by Frigid Light Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/frigidlightphoto/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5258/5464125868_81c57533aa_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5464125868/)
Makes It All Worth It (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5464125868/) by Frigid Light Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/frigidlightphoto/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5099/5463529111_c754b16534_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5463529111/)
Dropping (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5463529111/) by Frigid Light Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/frigidlightphoto/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5053/5464130164_3a568f6107_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5464130164/)
Carve (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5464130164/) by Frigid Light Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/frigidlightphoto/), on Flickr


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: surf88 on March 01, 2011, 07:58:39 AM
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(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5053/5464130164_3a568f6107_z.jpg)
Nice one!


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on March 01, 2011, 12:01:23 PM
thanks! I wish I'd snapped from a slightly different angle so he wasn't so directly in front of the tree, but whatever.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: Dsmith3232 on March 01, 2011, 01:49:58 PM
Man looks like your having some fun out there! Very cool. Great pictuires.

Quote
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5053/5464130164_3a568f6107_z.jpg)
Nice one!

I like this shot too. It is now the background at work my PC. Thanks
I like the angle you took here. It shows the pitch of the mountain background nicely. Much better than a strait on shot that tens to flatten the feel of the mountain.
I always find it hard to capture this angle most of the time. Were would you have liked to have been?

One suggestion I would offer is to try to get ahead of the skier in shots. That way they are not skiing off the photo.

Keep having fun out there.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: Tommy T on March 01, 2011, 04:55:51 PM
Back just a touch and downhill a little would have increased the contrast between the skier and background.  Then the shot would have looked like this:

(http://www.techsourceconsultants.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/10036/ski_ed.jpg)

 ;)

Tommy T.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: surf88 on March 01, 2011, 06:13:03 PM
Is there a color version?


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on March 02, 2011, 02:19:38 AM
I like the angle you took here. It shows the pitch of the mountain background nicely. Much better than a strait on shot that tens to flatten the feel of the mountain.
I always find it hard to capture this angle most of the time. Were would you have liked to have been?

I'm pumped you feel that way. Part of my goal this winter has been to break out of the traditional "bottom of the run looking up" mold that I've been stuck in and do some interesting stuff. I would have liked to have been a little uphill and a bit back, just like Tommy said. Maybe so the skier wasn't in front of the tree but rather a little downhill from it? I have an image in my head but I don't know if it's doable.

Surf...quickly edited:

(http://www.frigidlight.com/wp-content/gallery/multi-use/fl20110220-1199-carve2.jpg)


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: surf88 on March 02, 2011, 09:47:06 AM
Thats what I wanted to see.  I usually prefer B/W but IMO I think the brightly colored jacket contrasting with the tree makes this shot work a little better than the B/W version.  I like how the tree there kind of gives the shot a "north up" sense of vertical alignment.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on March 02, 2011, 11:48:48 AM
I see what you mean...these shots were all really flat straight out of the camera so I just went B&W because that's what I've been doing lately.

Interesting comment on the tree too. Now that i'm looking at it I kinda feel like my horizon might be a little bit off.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on March 02, 2011, 01:55:06 PM
I think the image needs to be rotated more so te trees are more vertical

Free transform rotate to a vertical ruler guide then crop slightly.
Maybe work with the levels too

Great shot


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on March 03, 2011, 10:56:40 PM
straightened, took another shot at editing it. Still not overly happy. It may just be a difficult, flat shot.

(http://www.frigidlight.com/wp-content/gallery/multi-use/carveedit.jpg)


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: surf88 on March 04, 2011, 08:24:15 AM
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straightened, took another shot at editing it. Still not overly happy. It may just be a difficult, flat shot.

Mayb not perfect, but, If that was a picture of me I, it would be hanging on my office wall.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on March 04, 2011, 01:17:31 PM
Here's a little rotate to make that tree more vertical and I B/W'd the shot on a top layer, and applied a layer mask over it to reveal the color skier below

(http://www.techsourceconsultants.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/10001/normal_re-edit.jpg)


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: Dsmith3232 on March 04, 2011, 09:53:23 PM
Quote
straightened, took another shot at editing it. Still not overly happy. It may just be a difficult, flat shot.

Mayb not perfect, but, If that was a picture of me I, it would be hanging on my office wall.

I totally agree! Same here!


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on March 07, 2011, 08:53:22 PM
thanks guys!

Tony, I'm gonna give that desaturated type effect a runthrough and see what I can do with alot of time (airplane flight whoo). I'm usually not a fan of the selective saturation look, but I think for this shot some degree of it might work.

Rode up the tram yesterday AM with the avy guys and skied Liberty Bowl down to the bottom of the Dakota lift. Coupla inches of untouched (no wind = rare) cold smoke on top of some wind-packed creamy base was beautiful. Hardly felt like work yesterday. I did take an awesome digger right under the lift though...patrol jacket and all.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on March 07, 2011, 09:29:19 PM
Sounds like a sweet run.

Classic patrol crash too  :D



Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on March 08, 2011, 12:32:48 AM
Just got a call from my friend Scott in North Carolina to finalize our plans...He's driving out here in a couple days and we're gonna tour down in the western Tetons...Friday to Sunday trip, two nights in the backcountry heading to Table Mountain to take pictures and ski whatever we can.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4087/5047478632_5beda10f10_b.jpg)

Table mountain is the flat top peaked in the middle right of this photo. Supposedly the best scenery in the area what with the Grand and Middle nearby.



Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: stuckinjersey on March 08, 2011, 02:20:20 PM
Dave, stellar man. You are making the best with the flat terrain and crappy snow Montana is known for. Its not easy but someone has to do it.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: Tommy T on March 08, 2011, 06:00:22 PM
We haven't heard much about academics this year, have we?  Some schools require you to attend classes as a pre-requisite to taking exams.

My oldest grand-daughter smacked a 98.2 percentile on her Medical College Admissions Test and has teaching English to kids who speak a Moroccan dialect called  الدارجة  at an oasis in the Sahara desert someplace East of Marrakesh on her public service resume.

Tommy T.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on March 08, 2011, 07:54:58 PM
Dave, stellar man. You are making the best with the flat terrain and crappy snow Montana is known for. Its not easy but someone has to do it.

I try.

Tommy, I've been going to class 5 days a week believe it or not. All my skiing this year has been weekend days. Making the best of a semester when I have to take alot of classes so that hopefully future semesters I can ski week days. Damn though! 98.2% on the MCATs? What school is she thinking of going to?


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on March 08, 2011, 08:14:08 PM
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All my skiing this year has been weekend days.
Me too, I think..

But shame on you Dave, shame.......... Que:"Pointer Finger Wave"



Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on March 08, 2011, 09:15:26 PM
Shame on me?


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: Tommy T on March 08, 2011, 10:07:27 PM
What school is she thinking of going to?

Well, she's an undergrad at Dartmouth and I assume they'll try to keep her.  Her mother and I each did our grad work at Harvard and she was originally interested in research for which HMS would be ideal.  Now she is admitting that she always wanted to be a practicing MD, not a researcher, but didn't want to admit it to the family in case it didn't work out.  She's talking about family practice, maybe in a rural community, maybe a Native American or First Nation community.  For a family generalist the names get very different from what I am used to.  U.Washington is #1 and Oregon is #2 in that category in U.S. News ratings and she has mentioned both of them, so she is getting guidance from her Dartmouth faculty.

Our whole family is pretty down on U.S. politics and she has also mentioned Canada where she may get substantial financial aid with a commitment to work in First Nation communities.

Tommy T.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on March 09, 2011, 10:16:57 AM
Shame on me?

Yeah, you need to get out on powder days mid week; snow comes first then school  ;)



Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on March 09, 2011, 10:13:32 PM
Yeah, you need to get out on powder days mid week; snow comes first then school  ;)

Ah, I see what you mean now :P

Well, I took tony's advice subconsciously to heart and patrolled today. 5" of cold smoke fell last night and early morning run checks were sublime. We ski cut the Mad Wolf cornice under bluebird skies with fresh snow.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5174/5513982710_258832d474_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5513982710/)
Ski Cutting (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5513982710/) by Frigid Light Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/frigidlightphoto/), on Flickr

 Then it got real cold. I followed a couple of the pros around the mountain today and they showed me some stashes. Great Wednesday. Maybe there is something to this midweek pow thing.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on March 10, 2011, 01:31:54 PM
Enjoy these days man, what a college choice !!

A+


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on March 22, 2011, 07:17:24 PM
About of a foot of heavy snow fell in town today. I woke up this morning and was totally surprised by the blizzard going on outside.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_RhmU2oNmtP8/TYk73Ul0K9I/AAAAAAAAGkY/IaYfoZ9VlKA/s640/IMG_20110322_135849.jpg)

The tram was closed all day today and I'm gonna follow Tony's advice and skip class to ski tomorrow.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on March 22, 2011, 07:24:07 PM
Nice !!!
You are going to do it some time, might as well be after a dump  !!!

Waking up being surprised by an unexpected snowfall is my most favorite and memorable childhood memory

Be safe always, but considering this one is under my suggestion be EXTRA SAFE !


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on March 24, 2011, 01:04:07 AM
Big Sky was ok. The new snow really got baked in the sun today and had started to crust over. Still, got some awesome turns in. I'm heading out tomorrow for Jackson Hole for some skiing of Teton Pass on Friday and then heading in to Table Mtn on Saturday morning for an overnight. Can't wait!


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: Tommy T on March 24, 2011, 08:38:56 AM
Teton Pass -- I have special feelings for Mt. Taylor.

After you've skied out the peaks, remember that the line of the old pass road will take you all the way down to Wilson and the bar. 

Bill Briggs occassionally performs in that bar!!

Tommy T.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on March 24, 2011, 11:42:35 PM
Bailed on the nighttime drive over Teton Pass in a snowstorm. I'm heading out wicked early tomorrow morning. The Teton Pass webcams show the tracks of cars leaving the lot tonight are almost already filled in...pow day tomorrow?


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: Tommy T on March 25, 2011, 08:44:16 AM
Bailed on the nighttime drive over Teton Pass in a snowstorm. I'm heading out wicked early tomorrow morning. The Teton Pass webcams show the tracks of cars leaving the lot tonight are almost already filled in...pow day tomorrow?

You undoubtably know how to handle the situation, but just in case . . . .

Pow in the pass in the Tetons is a guarantee of avi danger in the 3 range with 4 on susceptible exposures and that wonderful invitation of Glory Bowl is one of the most famous terrain traps in North America.

Do it on the skier's left ridge and then go down and look back at your tracks in afternoon Sun from Wilson!!!

Tommy T.

PS: we've had 15 this week and another 13-18 forecast by the time Monday rolls around!!  Hiking above lifts, I won't go near the South exposures.  The Vail system report says "Spring is here but Winter didn't get the memo!"



Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on March 25, 2011, 12:12:10 PM
I'm going to rake the lawn this weekend... to pick up the thatch ....

Tele on Sunday I hope on a local hill that still has snow.

Luck SOBs


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on March 27, 2011, 06:37:34 PM
more to come

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5020/5565336351_927f25ecd1_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5565336351/)
Sunrise Photographer (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5565336351/) by Frigid Light Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/frigidlightphoto/), on Flickr


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: Tommy T on March 27, 2011, 07:48:21 PM
You know, the problem with David's work is that he has that great western scenery, hot-dog patrol class skiers, a good sense of composition, an artistic feel for the emotional content of his pictures, and he's just getting better and better as a photographer.

I suggest that we ban him.

Tommy T.



Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on March 28, 2011, 03:49:57 PM
haha, thanks Tommy.

The clouds pulled back and up just in time for this sunrise to hit the Tetons over Moulton Barn. Scott (www.lightofthewild.com (http://www.lightofthewild.com) check him out, he's a killer photographer) and I hiked about a mile and a half (or about half a mile, depending on the view) across a snowy plain to this spot. Great show.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5020/5566432422_e1b25ec900_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5566432422/)
Sunrise on the Tetons (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5566432422/) by Frigid Light Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/frigidlightphoto/), on Flickr

Comments and critique always welcome.





Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on March 28, 2011, 06:42:58 PM
Love it !

Great shots Dave !



Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: surf88 on March 28, 2011, 08:42:54 PM
Both look amazing. Thanks for sharing.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on March 30, 2011, 03:44:35 PM
Thanks guys! This was a great weekend. Another shot of the barn after the sun had risen more.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5029/5565851243_3f2a195bd5_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5565851243/)Moulton Barn in the Sun (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5565851243/) by Frigid Light Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/frigidlightphoto/), on Flickr

I think I actually like this shot more. I forgot to set my ISO for the first couple shots and theyre all at ISO400 and thus somewhat noisy. This one was more dialed in with the settings I wanted. I like the comp better, too.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: stuckinjersey on March 30, 2011, 10:19:31 PM
Dave you are very talented with the picture gun my friend. Damn smooth, so smooth that if picture taking was like pimping you'd have a full stable of picture taking Hoes!


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: Dsmith3232 on March 31, 2011, 10:06:13 AM
I think the barn looks great in the last picture. Perfect light! You ever try using an NG filter? I find them handy in mixed light cases. Only like ten bucks too. They work well on Manual settings only though.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on March 31, 2011, 11:28:48 AM
Or sometimes its refered to as a linear gradient filter I've found out.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on March 31, 2011, 12:55:33 PM
Dave you are very talented with the picture gun my friend. Damn smooth, so smooth that if picture taking was like pimping you'd have a full stable of picture taking Hoes!

Josh you never fail to crack me up  ;D

Darrel, the guy I was shooting with and took the trip with was talking to me about Grad NDs and demonstrated one as well. I'm familiar with the process somewhat from my darkroom work. They look really useful for scenes like this and I think i'll be picking one up in the next couple weeks here.

Thanks for all the comments guys!


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on April 01, 2011, 04:55:26 PM
CMON weather don't fail me now! First weekend in Easter has been a powder day at Big Sky for a while not. It's lining up right again.

Saturday: Snow. High near 36. Windy, with a southwest wind 17 to 20 mph increasing to between 30 and 33 mph. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Saturday Night: Snow. Low around 13. Wind chill values as low as -1. West wind between 10 and 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Sunday: Snow. High near 23. West wind between 8 and 11 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

With those high temps though...wet snow. We'll see how it lines up.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on April 02, 2011, 09:45:27 PM
Today started off bulletproof...I almost thought I was back on the EC. so bulletproof that skis didn't scrape the ridges off the grooming in the morning.

Beautiful day though, and warm. Once the snow corned up it got way better and actually was really fun. I'm ready for spring.

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_RhmU2oNmtP8/TZfeUKpKORI/AAAAAAAAGoU/ism_2rlcdMc/s640/IMG_20110402_085420.jpg)

Then it started to storm. Rain, snow, hail, sleet, freezing rain, and thunder and lightning. The latter led to a total shutdown of the resort (which was already on windhold for the higher elevations already) at 3:30 and a hurried clearing of the all the chairs. Interesting day.

The parking lot this morning was a mess...some truck had rutted up the lot and made a huge slush puddle which one of the other patrollers tried to drive his subie through. not so much.

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_RhmU2oNmtP8/TZfejYW140I/AAAAAAAAGoY/jXmXq6d4GWU/s640/IMG_20110402_073324.jpg)

It was graupeling heavily when I left this afternoon. more fun tomorrow!


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on April 04, 2011, 06:12:01 PM
Patrolled the glacier formerly known as Big Sky on Sunday. A lightning strike Saturday afternoon fried all the electronics on all the upper mountain lifts, so the mountain was running in a very limited mode. The snow was absolutely bulletproof, worse than anything I've ever skied, with an inch of fluff on top of it. The cornice on Mad Wolf required a ton of ski cutting, which I took care of, and then headed over to open the Wardance trail. It was absolutely heinous. Not enough snow to effectively manage speed and way too hard to ski. I jumped my way down, essentially, bouncing from mogul to mogul desperately trying to kill speed. Another patroller had skied the adjacent woods and we both agreed to close all the woods. This meant sweeping the same terrain. I also ended up sweeping these trails again at the end of the day to check for rope duckers. All told, I made five trips down the treed-skating-rink woods.

I also got called out for a courtesy ride for a patroller from a mountain in Ontario who had broken his binding. His friends snapped some pics.

(http://www.frigidlight.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/DSC01391.jpg)

(http://www.frigidlight.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/DSC01396.jpg)


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on April 06, 2011, 08:40:17 PM
Sleeper powder day at Big Sky today, 2-3" of fresh on top of awesome windbuff that somehow managed to form on the glacier left after this weekend. Creamy snow with some fresh on top, real hero snow. Tram lap, two hikes of the pinnacles, several bowl laps, 12,000 vert skier. Weird camera phone pics are all I have.

Lower Pinnacles
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_RhmU2oNmtP8/TZz3za3gQgI/AAAAAAAAGo8/cbBri-Kn0IA/s640/IMG_20110406_134010.jpg)

Upper Pinnacles
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_RhmU2oNmtP8/TZz3e3FyCqI/AAAAAAAAGo4/5rDv9Ra7R_E/s512/IMG_20110406_141135.jpg)


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on April 07, 2011, 09:20:04 AM
Wow
Those pinnacles are amazing.
Must be super cool to ski through those bad boys

Paint me with envy !


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on April 07, 2011, 10:26:27 AM
Definitely some of the cooler terrain I've skied...you guys need to get out here!


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on April 07, 2011, 11:37:13 AM
How many years u have left out there?
2?

I gotta come out and visit before time runs out


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on April 07, 2011, 03:04:43 PM
well...two more years if I graduate on time (seems unlikely) and don't decide to stay here...

it started snowing last night on my way home and hasn't stopped since...


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on April 07, 2011, 06:54:56 PM
You should stay there  ;D

Hell, you should live there  ;D

BCA apt above your future garage instead of a in-law apt  ;D



Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on April 08, 2011, 08:44:20 PM
Spring in Bozeman (http://www.frigidlight.com/?attachment_id=1673)
(http://www.frigidlight.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/fl20110408-1284_.jpg)

Well...I went skiing today. It snowed all day and all night and I woke up to easily a foot of snow in Bozeman. The drive up the canyon to Big Sky was sketchy until the actual canyon, where I hit pavement. Only saw one car off the road, a 4x4 in Bozeman that was flipped into the ditch. Everyone looked ok though.

Rt. 191 (http://www.frigidlight.com/?attachment_id=1674)
(http://www.frigidlight.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/fl20110408-1285_.jpg)

It was still snowing when I parked and only stopped for a brief period around lunch. There was between six inches and foot of fresh, slightly heavy powder on top of the hero base from Wednesday. Everything was nice, surfy, and carvy if it wasn't fresh. I skied solo so I only have one picture, another view of the Pinnacles from the Lone Peak triple. I skied every major running lift, estimated over 16000 vert. Skied the pinnacles again, multiple laps down the Bowl, one Tram lap through the Dictator chutes, Gunmount, the Shedhorn liftline with the obligatory pine tree huck, and one lap through the trees off of Swifty with the entrance huck. Impossible not to have fun today.

The Pinnacles (http://www.frigidlight.com/?attachment_id=1675)
(http://www.frigidlight.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/fl20110408-1286_.jpg)

The Lower Pinnacles are the set of rocky fins lookers right and the Upper Pinnacles is the shoot that cuts lookers left across the picture on the left edge of the rock buttress.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on April 10, 2011, 12:21:55 AM
looks very nice


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: stuckinjersey on April 10, 2011, 09:00:07 AM
aaahh looks just like winter fall annd summer in Bozeman! BOO


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on April 15, 2011, 11:48:33 AM
Changed majors again yesterday...I'd been thinking more and more about it and I really didn't want to spend three more years struggling with calc and differential equations and physics...I also decided that I really wanted to go somewhere with my photography. So, as of yesterday, I am a GIS/Planning Major (BA in Earth Sciences) and a Photography minor. I'm excited for this.

My brother is flying in tomorrow and we're gonna head up to Big Sky Saturday through Wednesday...supposed to snow a couple inches/day all week. This should be a good introduction to Western skiing for Dan, who is thinking about college in Salt Lake City.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on April 15, 2011, 07:10:56 PM
Sounds cool.

I would like to study earth sciences at the collegiate level.

I'm hoping to include some photography work into my masters that I'm half way done with.
It would have to be more of an independent study for me though, cause my school offers little in that area.



Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: surf88 on April 16, 2011, 09:55:07 PM
Nice!  I work alot with GIS applications, and I am enough of a dork to get ESRI's newsletter.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on April 16, 2011, 10:26:04 PM
I geek out all the time over maps and software applications for maps and visualizations and everything like that...that's part of what pointed me towards this field.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on April 18, 2011, 08:55:31 PM
I keep wondering if I should take my snow tires off and then...

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_RhmU2oNmtP8/TazrSU4TldI/AAAAAAAAGqE/b-5r2qF9604/s640/IMG_20110418_195012.jpg)


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on April 22, 2011, 01:56:36 PM
My brother Dan came out for the week. Great weather, tons of fresh snow, and a solid introduction to western skiing for Dan. It was also awesome to have someone to take pictures of me for a change to actually prove I have been skiing this year.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5067/5643348113_71696d38ce_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5643348113/)
Charging Challenger (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5643348113/) by Frigid Light Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/frigidlightphoto/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5002/5643914800_be2c57d5e2_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5643914800/)
Pow (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5643914800/) by Frigid Light Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/frigidlightphoto/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5110/5643347923_15420453f9_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5643347923/)
Wipeout (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5643347923/) by Frigid Light Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/frigidlightphoto/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5024/5643914450_c6206dd64d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5643914450/)
Tree Skiing (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5643914450/) by Frigid Light Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/frigidlightphoto/), on Flickr

There was a sit skier who followed us out on the traverse to the Bowl.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5030/5643882862_10f99abd17_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5643882862/)
Lone Peak Sit Skier (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5643882862/) by Frigid Light Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/frigidlightphoto/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5267/5643881758_40edf60d05_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5643881758/)
The Bowl (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5643881758/) by Frigid Light Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/frigidlightphoto/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5148/5643314237_179aae0634_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5643314237/)
Exit Chute Powder (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5643314237/) by Frigid Light Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/frigidlightphoto/), on Flickr

Dan skied off the Summit.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5143/5643879848_cb8cac2504_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5643879848/)
YC (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5643879848/) by Frigid Light Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/frigidlightphoto/), on Flickr


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on April 24, 2011, 10:20:40 AM
Great shots Dave

They all look amazing.

I'm wondering if you pulled out of this one
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5110/5643347923_15420453f9_b.jpg)


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on April 24, 2011, 11:46:47 AM
thanks tony!

That was actually Dan, and nope...he ate it real good on that one.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on May 04, 2011, 04:14:29 PM
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5102/5687763941_e18499ea13_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5687763941/)
The Big Sky (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frigidlightphoto/5687763941/) by Frigid Light Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/frigidlightphoto/), on Flickr


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on May 04, 2011, 05:15:01 PM
Awesome Pano, talk about a view !!!

Jeepers Shaggy !



Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on May 04, 2011, 07:51:54 PM
I'm lusting after that house...

Oddly enough finals week is giving me more time to photograph and work on my already taken shots and my website than any time else during the year.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: surf88 on May 04, 2011, 08:20:06 PM
wow nice pano.  I want that house too.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: Dsmith3232 on May 04, 2011, 09:44:51 PM
Very nice Dave.
What a beautiful landscape out there you have.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on May 06, 2011, 02:14:07 PM
Thanks guys!

theoretical plan for the road trip home starting in the middle of the week after next

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=211541258073462510096.0004a28f97948443d328a&ll=43.771094,-91.098633&spn=20.388564,46.362305&z=5 (http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=211541258073462510096.0004a28f97948443d328a&ll=43.771094,-91.098633&spn=20.388564,46.362305&z=5)

Hits Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park, Devils Tower, Mount Rushmore, Wall Drug Store, Minneapolis/Mall of Americas, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cedar Point, Niagara Falls from Canada, and Scranton PA for some Office landmarks.

Anybody have any suggestions for things we're missing?


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: surf88 on May 06, 2011, 09:03:53 PM
haha thats funny that your going to go see The Office.  Cedar Point is awesome, its the only amusment park to make me motion sick ever, and thats saying something cause I used to be a commercial fisherman.
I see your going through Chicago, Its definitely worth spending some time checking out the city.  Its a really cool city.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on May 06, 2011, 09:57:59 PM
I meant to ask about that...any tips? It's a huge city and I despise just idly wandering around with no plan...


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: surf88 on May 06, 2011, 10:16:39 PM
Idly wandering around with no plan is my favorite way to experience travel.  I try to avoid touristy stuff and taste the true local flavors.  This probably isnt on most peoples attraction list but my favorite spot in the chicago is ohio street beach. 
The great lakes are so cool.  I still havent got a chance to surf on fresh water.  I was up in canada once near port huron and watched a guy for a bit that was surfing 3ft waves in water that looked like chocolate milk,  I was so jealous.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on May 09, 2011, 11:56:16 AM
So as not to get too jealous of your "some weekend in may" trip planning I'm making a little solo journey up to the skiing we have left here.

(http://www.bridgerbowl.com/dailymedia/20110418/001.jpg)

122" base at 7200 feet.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: stuckinjersey on May 09, 2011, 12:47:47 PM
Dude you are going to be a mere hour or so drive from Chateau La Jerz!! Stop in from some Jersey fresh corn, BBQ, mountain biking or hiking. Outside of that Scranton is just another town in Penciltuckey.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: atruss on May 09, 2011, 02:05:11 PM
Wow, thats nice !


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on May 09, 2011, 03:16:39 PM
nvm. pouring rain at the base area and i just couldnt bring myself to start skinning. maybe tomorrow.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on May 12, 2011, 02:25:27 PM
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3305/5712189490_5766a3954d_b.jpg)


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: Tommy T on May 12, 2011, 03:30:54 PM
Hiking along the top of that ridge, it seems like there is a lot of up and down.  The picture makes it look really flat.  From that location you lose all the little terrain variation.

Tommy T.


Title: Re: 2010 - 2011 Ski Season Thread: Bozeman, MT.
Post by: David Howland on May 12, 2011, 03:39:18 PM
No kidding. Even hiking up the steepness of the ridge is totally lost once you're on a slope yourself.