Jolly Old Saint Mary

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“Oh, the silent majesty of a winter’s morn…the clean, cool chill of the holiday air… and an asshole in his new Dynafits, making turns above a frozen lake using an avy shovel as a ski pole.”

The holidays are here and I must admit it’s been tough to get away from the house to “git sum”, much less sit down to process photos and compliment them with even a few paragraphs of semi-intelligent scribble. Well, this past Sunday I managed to pry myself away for the morning and join the Miller Bros for a few sets of turns that were most decidedly “early-season” in nature, although still a ton of fun.

The guys starting back up our good ol’ fashion family couloir, which provided us with several laps of entertainment.

For several years in a row now Brian and I have lugged our rock skis up to Saint Mary’s Glacier in November/December to poke around a little.  More often than not we’ve been pleasantly surprised by what we’ve found in terms of fun terrain and snow quality.  The lake normally freezes over by mid-November with the snow following shortly after, filling in the numerous chutes above the lake.  Some decent snow early on followed by a few weeks of sun had us confident in our decision to head up there again this year, and we were able to find some fun turns once again. A few ski photos…

We ran into some ice here and there, but a lot of the chute was actually chalky and soft.

A good view down our chute of choice and the amount of vertical it provides. Nothing all that spectacular in the grand scheme of things but the position above the lake is unique and the line’s length/steepness is nothing to scoff at for December.

The other Miller, Hugh, jumping on down.

“I don’t know if I should go sailin’ down no hill with nothing between the ground and my brains but a piece of government plastic.”

When we were finished skiing, we skated across the frozen ice sheet and on down from there to the parking lot.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night. And if you happen to be bored and stuck inside on some late-December eve this year, try checking out our favorite Christmas film if you somehow haven’t already at some point since 1989.

“Hey Griswold, where do you think you’re gonna put a tree that big?”

Cheers and stay safe out there everyone!

3 thoughts on “Jolly Old Saint Mary

  1. jbchalk

    “Bend over and I’ll show ya”
    “You have a lot of nerve talking to me like that, Griswold.”
    “I wasn’t talking to you”
    Nice turns Ben & Miller bros.

    1. Ben Post author

      Haha, thanks Brandon. I hope you, Kristine, Sawyer, and the hounds have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Looking forward to another Homestake style day here real soon. Cheers!


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