Fresh Tracks. Good Grooming
Post date: Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 9:38am
About: groomers, grooming machines, Face of M, Chicken Trail
It has been the year of the groomer. Donnie Jones, a thirty-five year veteran of driving grooming machines at Red Lodge Mountain, agreed to let me ride shotgun in one of the Piston Bully Winch Cats. They are big, and it's difficult to climb into the cab over the treads. Motoring up Show Off...
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.