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New West Daily Roundup for Aug. 9, 2016

Today in New West news: two CSU members honored as “2016 Women of Vision,” Vail Resorts Inc. buying Canada’s biggest ski area, and Bozeman to temporarily ban vacation rental permits.

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Snowboarding With the Flying Potato

While Rusty and his class were becoming acquainted with their snowboards, I walked a couple hundred yards up the hill past them and stepped into the bindings. I pulled my new goggles down over my eyes, yanked my gloves tight, and leaned downhill just enough to start the thing moving. That right there was my first mistake. I’d spent several minutes just standing and watching other boarders and studying their body movements. My plan was to try and emulate those movements, hoping the light would come on and I’d get the knack. This method has worked for me before, with things like fly fishing and sex. So I knew the thing was to keep the uphill edge into the snow. And it certainly didn’t hurt that I’d eavesdropped on Rusty’s class for twenty minutes, as the instructor taught them to turn by pushing outward with the back foot. So I was able to slide down the hill without too much trouble, but I could only turn right. I mean, if I stood up straight, the board would make a long, gradual drift to the left. Close enough, I figured, I’m ready for the chair lift.

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Bogus Closes Early, Offers Free Skiing on Last Day

Sorry Frosty, the end is here. Unseasonably warm days over the last few weeks have cast an early conclusion to the winter, and the coming of spring is great news for botanists and lovebirds but a bummer for skiers. Bogus Basin ski area is closing the lifts early this year and ending the season this weekend. The last day to ski is Saturday, April 7 – a full seven days before the originally scheduled end of the season on the ides of April.

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A Ritual Complete: Montana Snowbowl’s Last Day

The beginning of April signifies many things for different people: Easter and chocolate bunnies, rebirth and renewal, and, of course, the tail-end of Montana Snowbowl’s lease with the U.S. Forest Service. In some circles, the latter event involves almost as much ritual and tradition as religious ceremonies. Folks came up to “The Bowl” in colors and costumes of all kinds to celebrate—and properly mourn—the end of the ski season on Sunday, April Fool’s Day. Bikinis, fur coats, pirate costumes, Hawaiian shirts, evening gowns, and plenty of crazy hats decorated the slopes. Discarded capes, pajamas, '80s outfits and boas littered the slushy snow around the Last Run Inn as revelers soaked up the spring sun (and the remaining Snowbowl beer) after removing their skis and snowboards for the last time.

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You Made It (in Missoula) Winner: Double-Blacks on the First Date

I think the moral of this month's winning "You Made It" story might be: avoid the double-black diamonds until the relationship can withstand some awkward falls and bruised egos. What do you all think about daredevil, recreation-based first dates? Stay tuned for the next "Making it in Missoula" column on the conundrum of fancy versus funky: first dates in Missoula. Congrats to H-Factor--relish that Bitterroot Flower Shop bouquet and bottle of Ten Spoon wine. -Big Sis I should have known from the start it would end badly, what with he on a snowboard and me on skis. Nonetheless, I thought a first date at Lost Trail Ski Resort would be a good day of a "getting-to-know-you" on the slopes. I'd met McRib (my Lost Trail date) in Helena at a mutual friend's birthday party in Helena the weekend before, and we'd hit it off and decided to go skiing the next weekend. He drove over to meet me in Missoula, and we had great conversations on the drive down. After a couple of non-eventful warm-up runs, I convinced him to join me on Lost Trail's expansion hill, where I wanted to do some double diamonds. McRib assured me he was up for it. As we headed down the double-black Hollywood Bowl, he dropped ahead of me into some trees. But when I came up behind him a minute later, he was lying dazed in the snow.

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Best Ski Day of the Year at Bogus Basin?

Seven new inches of powder blanketed Bogus Basin Mountain yesterday, and according to their report, the backside is untracked - until this afternoon, that is. It's supposed to be in the 30s at Bogus today, and between that, the gorgeous skies, and the new snow, a lot of Boise powderhounds won't be able to resist. Bogus Basin is open from 10 to 10, with lifts 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and Easy Rider all running today. Lifts 1, 2, 3, 7 and Easy Rider operate at night.

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Why I Love Football

An ode to football. Photos courtesy of Tim Wilson Last year's Super Bowl was watched by 141.4 million viewers. Super Bowl Monday, a grass-roots political campaign, is urging voters to write congress to make Super Bowl Sunday a new National Holiday, with “observation on Monday following the big game.” A day of rest and remembrance for the American sport finale which “has gained a significance that transcends the game itself.” I love football for the skiing. I have made a point of getting up to the mountain every Sunday for the last month. And have not been disappointed. Virtually empty parking lots, no lift lines to speak of, wide open groomers and the fresh powder stashes if you know where to look. According to Jeremy Riss, Mt. Hood Meadows Ski and Snowboard School Manager: “attendance is always low during the playoffs and of those that show up about half quit early to a watch the game in the bar.”

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Weather Forecast Gets ‘Suessed’

Bleak, gloomy, depressing—look outside and pick an adjective (or expletive) and brace yourself for another year of Northwest weather. In the desperate hope that maybe, just maybe, it was snowing rather than raining on the mountain, I checked the USDA Forest Service Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center. Well, the weather forecast was predictably dismal. Wet, warm air is turning the ski slopes to that notorious “Portland Cement.” However, the forecast included the following ‘meteorological sonnet’ which I have posted in full below. Thank you, NWAC, for keeping us informed and entertained. “So the New Year’s arrived, And the rains have begun— Going out right now, Shouldn’t be much fun. Best to wait for a bit, And let temperatures cool— It’s better for safety, As a general rule.

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Shredding in Missoula

Winter in Missoula means fewer bikers on the road, leaving only the most courageous to face the icy mud while the rest of us make a run for the bus stop. It means endless holiday parties, mostly raising money for the 900 non-profits and good causes in this town. It means difficulty finding a table in the Old Post because everyone is still a little surprised that the overflow deck space is covered in snow (and because chairs mysteriously disappear on an increasing basis as the night progresses, leaving people standing helplessly at a table with no chairs and hovering expectantly over those with enough luck to find seating). But mostly, winter in Missoula means skiing. It’s time to move the inner tubes and mountain bike out of the way so you can put your various pairs of skis in the honored spot in the garage for easy access. Since moving to Missoula, I’ve experienced the phenomenon of never feeling badass enough. This town is a hub of extreme recreation, like Moab or the campgrounds of Joshua Tree. And so, in an attempt to extend my hard-core image (read: I can only climb a 5.8), I learned to ski at Snowbowl, which is notorious for lacking green runs. Hot Fudge would never count anywhere else as a green with that dropoff in the middle. And, I hate to admit it, but the junior-high girl inside wants the shredder boys to like me.

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Gorge Adventurer Showing Expedition Film in Hood River

Local publisher and adventurer Dave Waag will be presenting a film about a team of friends, skiers, who made an expedition to the remote Altai Mountains in China. The one-hour film, Journey to the Source: The Search for Skiing’s Ancient Roots, will play Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at Dog River Coffee, in Hood River. Waag is probably best known as publisher of Off Piste, the back country ski magazine. He was one of the three members of the Altai expedition; it was a six-week outing in the spring of 2005. The Altai comprise a range of mountains between China, Mongolia and Russia. Besides remote and much un-schussed terrain, the mountains are home to a hardy, semi-nomadic people for whom skiing is a way of life. Some people believe that skiing began in this region of Central Asia, and later migrated to Scandinavia, later to emerge in Alpine Europe and the United States. Waag recently consented to answer a few questions in advance of the film: New West: How did the Altai expedition come about?...

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