Ski Report: Lolo Peak 11/15

Winter has arrived, and the Bitterroot Range is at its early stages of being ski friendly again. With about 6-8″ at ~6,000ft and 18-20″ in wind protected areas at ~8,000 we are well on our way to a solid year. For our tour, we took to the prestine and pretty easy to reach, Lolo Peak for a short 9 mile ~4,000 vertical ft tour. For more adventurous tours, to include Trapper Peak couloir, visit MontanaEscapades.com

 

Lolo Peak TH, on a crisp 5 degree morning
Those familiar, the shortcut has enough snow cover to save you time!
Atop Carlton Ridge with the beginnings of Mormon Peak to the right, and N. Lolo Peak center. The true summit of Lolo Peak lies just east behind it.

After a brisk skin up to Carlton Ridge we scanned the clearly wind spanked east face of N. Lolo Peak. There was hope though! Although the peak has zero ski tracks, we convinced ourselves there was a small path that might support Lolo Peak’s first decent of the year.

Mike making the last push to Lolo Peak, with Carlton Lake below.
The true summit, and vastly less visited portion of Lolo Peak.

We did a tour to Lolo Peak proper last year: http://www.montanaescapades.com/2013/11/lolo-peak-trifecta.html

Sweeney Peak looking dapper
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The skiing got better the lower we went, but going slow was the plan as there were plenty of underlying rocks.

 

 

 

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We are sitting pretty for a great year. Although there wasn’t much of a base layer on this tour, the warm weather over the weekend should be just enough to set up a great foundation. There is just one more weekend before one can make use of the Mormon road since it’ll be gated Dec. 1st until May 15th. Otherwise you’ll be stuck using the Mill Creek TH, which is quite the stretch of the legs.

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6 Most Important Items for Your Car this Winter

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The first snow and cold spell have invaded our lives and added that extra few steps to our daily routine. With winter now upon us it is time to be prepared. Is your car ready for winter and its many curve balls (snowballs that is)? Here are the must haves for your car so you can survive this winter!!!

Ice Scraper:

First and foremost, do you have your ice scraper handy and dug out from under the back seat? Like most of you I to hide it through the summer months. This is a necessary item for the upcoming events of the winter.

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You can also use and old CD case (who has these) or credit card if you are in a pinch to scrape your windows.

 

Tow rope:

I know this may seem like overkill, I mean come on I’m a Montanan and know how to drive in snowy conditions, please look at my pick up its made for this. Well, this is especially important for you folks. Throw that tow rope in, you never know when you may have to just move that person stuck in front of you out of the way so you can get to your destination.

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Jumper cables:

In the winter months comes the winter cold as well and our batteries just love the cold. For those that can’t sense my sarcasm, it would be an experience driven recommendation I make to you. Make sure you have some jumper cables and know where your battery is located in your car. Additionally, it would be wise that if you are parking your car in extreme cold or for an extend period of time that you park strategically so that you can jump your car easily if needed.
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Spare gloves and hat:

Yea, I know you already have them on but the point of this is to be prepared for the unexpected. Grabbing hold of your steering wheel first thing in the morning when it’s below freezing isn’t like wrapping your hands around a frosty beverage after a day in the sun. Throw that spare pair of glove and a cap in your car you will thank me later.

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Extra washer fluid:

This is for that beautiful day the sun is out and the streets get slushy. Yuck, right? Your car ends up filthy and you run your wipers thinking you have washer fluid, and whoops you have a smeared mess. Should have woken up sooner all week and warmed your vehicle instead of using washer fluid to speed up melting the ice!

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Shovel:

Who wants a shovel handy that means work? Instead of being stranded have a shovel handy to dig your way out of you get stuck or at least to clear a path to the passenger side for your significant other (happy wife happy life?).

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I hope your winter months are flawless and full of ease, but in case the harsh winter has other plans at least you will be prepared.