The Yurt
Written by Sam   
Monday, 01 March 2010
ImageIn order to maintain a reasonable level of sanity this season, it’s been important for me to stay mobile. Following excursions to Jackson Hole and Utah in recent weeks, I decided that it was time to work a new destination into the rotation. Five enthusiastic Bridger Bowl skiers loaded up at 0430 in the morning and made the journey to a yurt in the Swan Range near Seeley Lake, Montana.

Skiing in this portion of the state can be a gamble, because of the low elevation and inconsistent precipitation. Why not roll the dice right? When we arrived, conditions were downright desperate. We were contending with the Triple Threat: breakable crust, warm temps and a shallow snowpack.

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Fortunately though, a small system rolled in that evening and we were greeted with 4-6” of dense snow the following morning. This fresh paint job allowed us to lap the north facing timber shots, and maximize the potential of the small terrain features that litter the drainage.

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Visibility even cooperated for a short period of time, which was a pleasant surprise. After three days of skiing, we packed up our excessive amount of equipment and headed home satisfied.

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As expected, we had some minor complications with the snowmobiles, but overall things ran smoothly and the trip was a success. Specific information about renting the yurt can be found on the web at yurtski.com.

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