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November 3, 2004 Get Your Boards Waxed and Sharpened By Matt Bryn In case you haven’t no ticed, it is getting cold, and snow is starting to fall in the mountains. Thanksgiving is generally the start of the Mon tana ski season. If it doesn’t open in Novem ber, it usually starts the first couple weeks of December. Popular spots to ski around Dillon are Maverick Mountain, Lost Trail, Discovery Basin, Bridger Bowl, Big Sky, Montana Snowbowl, Grand Targhee, and Jackson Hole. All of these areas are within a three to four hour drive from Dillon. Maverick Mountain plans to open in early December. Rates at Maverick for adults are $23 for a day, $17 for a half day; juniors are $15 for a day, $10 for a half day. Weekdays (non-holidays) are $15. Children five and under always ski free. Maverick offers one rope tow and one double chair. Hours at Maverick are 9:30-4:00, Thurs day through Sunday, Christmas break and holidays, www.skimaverick.com Lost Trail plans to open in early December. Rates at Lost Trail for adults are $25 for a day, $20 for a half day; kids (six to twelve) $15 for a day, $ 11 for a half day. Kids five and younger are free. Lost Trail has four chair lifts and three rope tows. Hours of operation are Thursday through Sunday, December 16 through January 2, January 17, and February 21 from 9:30-4:00. www.losttrail.com Montana Snowbowl, located just minutes from Missoula, is an “old school” area. Snowbowl is served by two double chairs, a T- Bar, and a rope tow. If you are a beginner skier, don’t go to the “Bowl.” The lodge at the Bowl has been there since the beginning of time, as well as the road and the parking lot. The grooming is terrible, the chairs are slow, the fog and wind can be bone shattering, and there are moguls the size of Volkswagens, but one word to describe Snowbowl is awesome. If you like the steeps, the tree skiing, cliffs, and hidden powder stashes, head to the Bowl. Snowbowl plans to open November 26. Rates for adults are $33 for a day, $28 for a half day. Students are $30 for a day, $28 for a half day. Kids (6-12) $14, and five and under ski free. The Bowl is open everyday from 9:30-4:00. In March they go to spring hours, closing on Tues days, and their hours change to 9:00-4:00. www.montanasnowbowl.com Big Sky is the largest and most well known resort in Montana. Served by twenty lifts, a tram, a gondola, fifteen chairs and three surface tows, this is the place to go. With the Lone Peak tram taking you high enough to talk with God at 11,150 feet, and the base elevation of 6,800, Big Sky has the most vertical in the country. Rates for adults are $61 for a day, $48 for a half day, juniors (14-21) and college stu dents $42, kids eleven to thirteen $25 for a day, ten and under ski free. Big Sky is opening November 25, and will be open every day from 9:00-4:00. Big Sky has virtually no lift lines and miles and miles of runs to ski. Treat your self to a day or weekend at Big Sky. www.bigskvresort.com Discovery Basin is only a short 90 mile drive from Dillon. Discovery is great for the whole family. Served by six lifts, it gives access to easy beginner runs, long cruisers, and the backside has some sweet steeps with trees, moguls, cliffs and big air to be found. Rates for adults are $30 a day, $22 for a half day, kids twelve and under are $15, five and under are free. Discovery has College Days November 26, December 10, January 21, Feb ruary 25, and March 18. Lift tickets will be $15 on these dates with a valid Montana College I.D. Hours of operation are 9:30- 4:00 seven days a week. www.skidiscoverv.com Bridger Bowl is only a few miles from Bozeman. It is Bozeman’s ski area. Bridger has lots of extreme, some intermediate, and quite a lot of beginner slopes. “The Ridge” is served by two legs and some motivation, but can give you some of the best skiing you will ever have. Bridger is served by seven lifts and hiking for those wanting to experience more. Rates at Bridger are $37 for adults, $31 for a half day, kid (six to twelve) are $13, and five and under are free. Bridger plans to open in Early December, or snow permitting. They will be open every day from 9:00-4:00. www.bridgerbowl.com Grand Targhee, located on the west side of the Tetons near the town of Victor ID, gets more snow than anybody around Montana. It seems like Targhee always has fresh “Pow.” Served by five lifts, the trails are sweet and the out of bounds even sweeter. Rates are $53 for a day, $38 for a half day. Juniors (six to four teen) are $33 and five and under are free. Targhee plans to start running lifts November 19. They are open seven days a week from 9:00-4:00. www.grandtarghee.com Jackson Hole has some of the most diverse inbounds skiing and snowboarding around. Rates during the regular season are $67 for a day, $49 for a half day. Young adults (fifteen to twenty one) are $54 for a day, $39 for a half day, fourteen and under are $34 for a day, $25 for a half day. Jackson is planning on opening December 4, and will be open 9:00-4:00 daily. www.jacksonhole.com All of the aforementioned places offer a rental shop for skiers and snowboarders, nurs ery for the little ones, ski schools, food and beverage, and lodging. Get your boards waxed and edges sharpened because ski season is less than a month away. The Wescolite Student Newspaper Calendar of Events By Ader Evans N O V E M B E R Nov. 4 6:30pm Chi Alpha, G reat Room Nov. 5 7:30pm W riters Series, CU P 5:00pm V o lleyball vs. M SU N o rthern Nov. 6 @ Havre 1:00pm Football @ Hom e vs. M S U Northern Nov. 7 2:00pm JV W Basketball, Away 7:00pm V olleyball, Away 4:00pm JV. W Basketball, Away Nov. 8 4:15pm “ O n the R o c k s”, Block Hall 311 Nov. 9 10:00am M eet with the C h ancellor, SUB 3:00pm Faculty senate m eeting, STC Board Room N o v . 10 8:00pm M ovie, Great Room B lood D r ive, A r e n a N o v . 11 School C losed H o lid a y V e teran s D a y Nov. 13 6:30pm Chi Alpha, G reat Room V. W o m e n ’s Basketball Tourney 1:00pm Football @ Hom e vs. Eastern Oregon Nov. 14 Volleyball Playoffs @ Butte W o m e n ’s Basketball Tourney @ Salt Lake City 7:00pm Ten M inute Festival, Sm all A u d itorium Nov. 15 4:15pm “On the R o cks”, Block Hall 311 Nov. 16 7:00pm Ten M inute Festival, Sm a ll Auditorium R e g is tration for S p r in g S e m e s ter 8:30am Teacher Ed. A dvisory, L& C Room Nov. 17 7:00pm C o m m u n ity M eth. M eeting, L& C Room 7:00pm Ten M inute Festival, Small Auditorium 8:00pm M ovie, G reat Room 7:00pm Texas Hold ‘em Poker Tourney, SUB Nov. 18 7:00pm Ten M inute Festival, Small A u ditorium 7:30pm C o m m u n ity C o n cert “M erling T rio” Beier Nov. 19 Volleyball Tourney @ Spokane W o m e n ’s Basketball Tourney @ Helena Nov. 20 7:00pm Chi Alpha, B eier N o v . 22 N o School N o v . 23 N o School N o v . 24 N o School N o v . 25 T H A N K S G I V I N G ! N o v . 26 N o School N o v . 27 N o School N o v . 28 N o School Nov. 29 4:15pm “On the R o cks”, Block Hall 311 Nov. 30 10:00am M eeting with the Chancellor, SUB D E C E M B E R 7:00pm Student Recital, Sm all A u d itorium 8:00pm M ovie, Great Room L a s t D a y to R e g is ter or A d d 1 Dec. 2 6:30pm Chi Alpha, Great Room Dec. 6 4:15pm “On the R o cks”, Block Hall 311 * * * * * , ‘ ~ v '-:-o 1 ' ;* ~ ,, t / ; , , , , , - , |