Our flight is 4 hours from now and Ben is itching to leave already. My folks are taking us. We are leaving my car at their house assuming we can fit two board bags, two roller bags and two backpacks inside the Golf.
Packing was tough. Two pair of snowboard pants practically filled the roller bag I'm using. I probably still managed to pack more than I need.
For some reason, Ben is obsessed with home security. After all the various trips we've been on since living here, he's only just this week fixed the broken motion light, installed another in the back yard and cut wood pieces to bar the downstairs windows. Plus, he is planning to lock the garage door. My only security contribution is to put a dog toy by the patio door next to Logan's old water dish.
I did manage to screw up the hat. The button band was easy but the pattern chart confused me. I SSK when I should have been k2tog. In my defense, "\" and "/" look very similar after a couple of free beers. So, thanks Alaska Airlines for messing up my hat!
There is no cell coverage in Bozeman. I should have printed directions from the airport but it's a small town and there were signs for Big Sky starting at the airport. We stocked up on junk food and beer at Lee and Dad's grocery.
Along the way to the resort, there are lots of trail heads with names that would make great metal songs. Storm Castle, Lava Lake, Mystic Lake, Hell Roaring. We added "Blood of" to things that didn't sound metal enough. Blood of Swan Creek!
The room is cozy. A murphy bed is next to the patio door which is a little awkward since we never put the bed up. We just shimmied around the foot of the bed to get outside. It has a full kitchen with all the appliances you would expect. Too bad we didn't know there was a crock pot. We got in late and were hungry so I cooked a couple Totinos pizzas that fit perfectly in the small oven. Living it up! This morning we woke up pre-dawn and are finally able to see the area. We have a view of a lift in the distance and are basically across the street from the end of a run. Ben gave me my birthday present! Some snowflake earrings to match the necklace he gave me for Valentines Day.
With 9 hours before the flight, Ben gets on Hotwire and rents us another car. We wait an hour for the Hertz counter to open at 7AM and get our car. The lady from Hertz said we could have just gotten the keys back to our original rental since we technically had it for the whole day but since we already booked a new one through Hotwire, we got a Toyota Sequoia. It was gigantic. Only had to put one seat down to fit the board bags. We met Mikel, Ben's (actually Char's) childhood friend, for coffee. I had no cell coverage, so I used the cafe WIFI to let mom and dad know when our new flight would arrive. We then drove to Bridger Bowl. It's only like 15 miles from Bozeman. The snow that made us miss our flight was fluffy when we got to the resort. We had so much fun. 6-7 inches of pow with partly cloudy skies. We didn't take pictures. Just too busy having fun. Plenty of untouched snow along Powder Park but a little flat for my liking so after a few runs we rode Bridger then ended up riding Pierre's Knoll a few times. It started to get warmer and the snow got heavy and tracked out after a couple hours. Last Chance run was shady and stayed loose and we did find some nice tree skiing off Pierre but the cat track back to the lift was brutal on my feet. Toe edge the whole way. Made my plantar fasciitis flare.
Here is a link to the photos Ben posted to his Facebook. He has details about each photo with comments and whatnot on FB. Or just stare at the slideshow below. I couldn't decide which was better...