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    Okay Joe aka wintertime. This year you will be in the movies! flatlanders 2 will be filming while your out to Cooke so it will be your chance to shine. (no pressure) lol. Not sure who Rev Kev is rooming with but he is a safe bet for a roomie. He tucks in early and with little fuss. lol.

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    I'm ready to go all I have been thinking about lately is the sound of my 900 running up a mountain, and maybe getting another chance to go down the mountain on my stomach while holding onto the ski loop and handlebars.

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    how are the conditions looking for out there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by winter_time View Post
    how are the conditions looking for out there?
    Well they had their first avalanche a few weeks back. I suspect some of the snow was left over from last winter. They road/trail out to "Top of the world" was finally cleared of snow in July. We will be fine. the cams in town do nothing for what is there. Same with Tog. cam.

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    Joe, where the heck we picking you up at. I think we are traveling around the bottom of Lake Mi. to get out there. That lake is always in the way!

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    Portage Wisconsin, Are you and doug taking the truck out there this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by winter_time View Post
    Portage Wisconsin, Are you and doug taking the truck out there this year.
    yes we are. Good ole' Portage truck stop, great place for??????? Well just don't eat there. We just have to get the "Angry! American" (Rick) thru Chicago.

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    Jan. 23rd? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuzzinolaf View Post
    Jan. 23rd? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
    I suspect we will get there on the 22nd. We will be riding for 5 days, 23rd to 27th. Cooke is a 25-30 hour drive for Doug and I, depending on weather. But one thing for sure we will be there. Staying at the Super 8 and Hanging with Bear Claw Bob.

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    Looking forward to riding out with you guys this year. I know Rick can make it through Chicago with no problem. I suspect I will see you around midnight on the 20th.

    Cuzzinolaf ,

    Load up your sled and come along for a ride its going to be fun!

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    We Leave for Cooke in 9 Days

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    Quote Originally Posted by polarisrider1 View Post
    yes we are. Good ole' Portage truck stop, great place for??????? Well just don't eat there. We just have to get the "Angry! American" (Rick) thru Chicago.
    Eat there all the time, what is the problem?
    Lake Effect Snow, my three favorite words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skylar View Post
    Eat there all the time, what is the problem?
    Last 2 times we stopped there we lost our driver to the squirts, And ...................... well there is more. Why would you eat there? is it the Buffet deal? Remember the yellow is chicken and the blue is beef.

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    Winter Storm Warning
    URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BILLINGS MT
    336 AM MST FRI DEC 30 2011

    .A STRONG FLOW OF PACIFIC MOISTURE WILL IMPACT WEST FACING SLOPES
    OF THE BEARTOOTH AND ABSAROKA MOUNTAINS FROM TODAY THROUGH
    SATURDAY MORNING. THIS IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE A PERIOD OF HEAVY
    SNOWFALL ALONG WITH STRONG WINDS RESULTING IN DANGEROUS WINTER
    CONDITIONS. DOWNSLOPE WINDS WILL RESULT IN LITTLE IF ANY SNOWFALL
    ON EAST AND NORTH FACING SLOPES AROUND RED LODGE.

    MTZ067-311045-
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    ABSAROKA/BEARTOOTH MOUNTAINS-
    INCLUDING THE LOCATIONS OF...COOKE CITY
    336 AM MST FRI DEC 30 2011

    ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MST SATURDAY...

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BILLINGS HAS ISSUED A WINTER
    STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW...WHICH IS IN
    EFFECT UNTIL NOON MST SATURDAY.

    * TIMING...SNOW WILL DEVELOP EARLY THIS MORNING AND BECOME HEAVY
    AT TIMES BY MID DAY. SNOW...HEAVY AT TIMES...WILL CONTINUE
    THROUGH TONIGHT TAPERING OFF BY LATE SATURDAY MORNING.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATION...12 TO 18 INCHES OF SNOW IS EXPECTED ON WEST
    FACING SLOPES...INCLUDING THE COOKE CITY AREA. EAST AND NORTH
    SLOPES NEAR RED LODGE AND NYE WILL SEE ONLY LIGHT SNOW
    ACCUMULATIONS.

    * WINDS...WEST WINDS WILL GUST TO OVER 50 MPH AT TIMES TODAY AND
    TONIGHT...WITH THE STRONGEST WINDS ON EXPOSED WEST FACING
    SLOPES. STRONG WINDS WILL TAPER OFF SATURDAY MORNING.

    * IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOWFALL COMBINED WITH STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE
    WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES...IN ADDITION TO SIGNIFICANT
    BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. THESE WINTER CONDITIONS WILL BE
    DANGEROUS FOR THOSE TRAVELING IN THE COOKE CITY AREA OR
    PARTICIPATING IN WINTER BACK COUNTRY ACTIVITIES.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF SNOW IS
    EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL
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    High avalanche Danger today for Cooke City, they received over a foot yesterday, with wind gusts over 60mph. Now another 12 to 18 by Saturday, but still windy. We leave in 6 Days

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    We will be riding this Sunday and all week. Ill try and remember to post up some pics of handlebars sticking out of the snow!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebreeze View Post
    We will be riding this Sunday and all week. Ill try and remember to post up some pics of handlebars sticking out of the snow!!
    Sweet, as long as the handle bars are still attached to the sled!

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    cant wait to get out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by winter_time View Post
    cant wait to get out there.
    I got to find my clutch weights. I may not get to ride here before we leave and I am all set up for MI. Irons suppose to have 8 inches by Monday night and I will be a waiting for it. Its a Poo so I will adapt quickly.
    Jacob, is Rob going out with us?

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    Winter_Time,

    I'm almost your neighbor here in Lake Villa. We went out with Jacob and the crew last year to Ten Mile and had a blast. Going again this year end of March / start of April. Next year, we want to go to Cooke City as well. So, keep us posted on how the trip goes. Do me a favor, tell Rick that the Arctic Cat Guy just bought that "$50 helmet for his $5 head".


    RevKev, have a great time. Hope your summer went fast.

    Barry

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    Quote Originally Posted by winterrules03 View Post
    Winter_Time,

    I'm almost your neighbor here in Lake Villa. We went out with Jacob and the crew last year to Ten Mile and had a blast. Going again this year end of March / start of April. Next year, we want to go to Cooke City as well. So, keep us posted on how the trip goes. Do me a favor, tell Rick that the Arctic Cat Guy just bought that "$50 helmet for his $5 head".


    RevKev, have a great time. Hope your summer went fast.

    Barry
    Not fast enough Barry....

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    Quote Originally Posted by winterrules03 View Post
    Winter_Time,

    I'm almost your neighbor here in Lake Villa. We went out with Jacob and the crew last year to Ten Mile and had a blast. Going again this year end of March / start of April. Next year, we want to go to Cooke City as well. So, keep us posted on how the trip goes. Do me a favor, tell Rick that the Arctic Cat Guy just bought that "$50 helmet for his $5 head".

    RevKev, have a great time. Hope your summer went fast.

    Barry
    I used to be really close to you as a neigbor when I lived in McHenry. I now live in the U.P. in Lake Linden. I will let you know how it goes. The trip I am on will be out there on the 22nd.

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    I'm a real neighbor here in Ingleside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuzzinolaf View Post
    I'm a real neighbor here in Ingleside.
    So Cuzz, you in or not? Tell Andy this is what you two are doing and drag him out. Our Truck is full but since you are a 3 day max guy you can meet up with us out there. Maybe Indy will want to go! With Indy (engineer/fabricator) and Joe (master mechanic) I am sure your Cat will survive 3 days with a herd of Poos.
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    if your heading to Cooke be very carefull the snow pack is not good.....weak layer close to the ground....lot a guy this weekend to Avy there......



    jan 1st seems to be a bad date for that area seems to loose someone on ore aroud that dates most years....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firecatguy View Post
    if your heading to Cooke be very carefull the snow pack is not good.....weak layer close to the ground....lot a guy this weekend to Avy there......



    jan 1st seems to be a bad date for that area seems to loose someone on ore aroud that dates most years....
    That was a huge avy, wow, it broke over the ridgeline, luckily nobody was on that side playing around. Very sad this happened, why do people refuse to listen to avy warnings? My first time in Cooke was 1998, as we were going up toward Daisy Pass, we stopped to look at all the chutes. My buddy says, looks like a ski hill, I said, looks like avy run out chutes. We never tried to climb any of them. Looks like these riders went right up the avy chute. Very sad indeed. Condolences to the family, I read on Snowest it was a father and son riding, the father is the one who died, reportedly from trauma.
    Lake Effect Snow, my three favorite words.

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    Extremely sad. My condolences as well. Not a good way to start the new year.

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    We leave in 47 Hours, 10 minutes Not that I'm counting or anything

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebreeze View Post

    Drooling at that first pic, shaawing! Was that a natural avy in your last pic, or did someone trigger it?
    Lake Effect Snow, my three favorite words.

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    16 days and counting. Kev, not to happy with the High avy conditions right now. Be safe, I still expect to see you at IP in March. Save some of the snow for me. p.s. love my Pro! only 85 flatlander miles on it but plan to do more before I leave! Proud to own a Poo!

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    looks deeeeeeppppppppp!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by willey View Post
    looks deeeeeeppppppppp!!!!!
    not to concerned with deep, it is the sliding that bothers me?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebreeze View Post
    Great pics! The third one looks like a spring riding pic. Can't believe these January conditions.

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    [QUOTE=polarisrider1;257400]not to concerned with deep, it is the sliding that bothers me?????[/QUOTE

    I would agree. Not the safest this year!

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    Avy data from Jan5th a little ways NW of Cook. Yikes!



    All data is from here: http://www.mtavalanche.com/current/

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    Quote Originally Posted by techsledder View Post
    Avy data from Jan5th a little ways NW of Cook. Yikes!
    WOW, that is an unbelievealbe weak layer! Only 10 taps from the wrist and it slid! (if I remember correctly, danger is still high after 10 wrist taps, 10 elbaw taps and something less than 10 full arm taps).

    Be safe everyone!

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    Local Weather Alert
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    ... WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 6 PM MST MONDAY...

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BILLINGS HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 6 PM MST MONDAY.

    * TIMING... SNOW WILL DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON. THE SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH MONDAY. THE PERIOD OF HEAVIEST SNOW WILL BE TONIGHT AND EARLY MONDAY. THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF MONDAY AFTERNOON.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATION... ACCUMULATIONS OF 12 TO 16 INCHES ARE EXPECTED OVER NORTHEAST FACING SLOPES AROUND RED LODGE MOUNTAIN WITH LIGHTER AMOUNTS AROUND COOKE CITY.

    * IMPACTS... HEAVY SNOW WILL DRAMATICALLY REDUCE VISIBILITIES AND MAKE OUTDOOR CONDITIONS DANGEROUS.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF SNOW IS EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY DANGEROUS.

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    .AN ARCTIC AIR MASS WILL MOVE INTO THE REGION TODAY. THE VERY COLD AIR NEAR THE SURFACE AND PACIFIC MOISTURE STREAMING IN FROM THE WEST WILL CREATE A PERIOD OF OVERRUNNING SNOWFALL THIS AFTERNOON INTO MONDAY.

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    Packed and ready to roll to Cooke City. The new 2012 800 RMK Pro is flawless as far as I can see. I clutched for 8000 to 10,000' and dropped off at Mom's Motorsports tonight. Skylar, what do you recommend on the menu at Portage, WI Truck stop? I am gunna give it another try!

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    The forecast is looking good for Cooke City

    Heading back to Bear Claw Bob's this coming week.
    bearclaw.jpg

    We still have room for the February trip to Cooke departing from MN and WI.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYVxv...&feature=share Bear Claw Bob is a wealth of information. After all we are riding in his backyard. 3 more days and I am on my way to Cooke City.

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    How would a Polaris Switchback Turbo do out there in deep snow? It's a 136" track....I bought it used so I don't know if it's the stock track or not. Lugs don't look too big.....inch or inch and a quarter maybe? I would love to try riding out there sometime but I bought with the intent of trail riding mostly.

    Thanks!!

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    Be safe out there guys, with the recent and continuing storm (well over 2 feet expected) the avalanche danger has once again been raised to HIGH, same as new years weekend, when 2 lives were claimed. www.mtavalanche.com
    ISSUED ON JANUARY 19 2012 AT 5 AM.

    THE GALLATIN NATIONAL FOREST AVALANCHE CENTER HAS ISSUED A BACK COUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING FOR THE LIONHEAD AREA NEAR WEST YELLOWSTONE AND THE MOUNTAINS AROUND COOKE CITY. HEAVY SNOWFALL COMBINED WITH HIGH WINDS AND AN EXTREMELY WEAK SNOWPACK ARE CAUSING UNSTABLE CONDITIONS. THE AVALANCHE DANGER TODAY IS HIGH ON ALL SLOPES. AREAS OF UNSTABLE SNOW EXIST... NATURAL AND HUMAN TRIGGERED AVALANCHES ARE LIKELY. AVALANCHE TERRAIN INCLUDING AVALANCHE RUNOUT ZONES SHOULD BE AVOIDED.

    YOU ARE URGED TO CALL THE GALLATIN NATIONAL FOREST AVALANCHE ADVISORY FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION. THE NUMBER IS 4 0 6 5 8 7 6 9 8 1,


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    Quote Originally Posted by RevKev View Post
    Be safe out there guys, with the recent and continuing storm (well over 2 feet expected) the avalanche danger has once again been raised to HIGH, same as new years weekend, when 2 lives were claimed. www.mtavalanche.com
    ISSUED ON JANUARY 19 2012 AT 5 AM.

    THE GALLATIN NATIONAL FOREST AVALANCHE CENTER HAS ISSUED A BACK COUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING FOR THE LIONHEAD AREA NEAR WEST YELLOWSTONE AND THE MOUNTAINS AROUND COOKE CITY. HEAVY SNOWFALL COMBINED WITH HIGH WINDS AND AN EXTREMELY WEAK SNOWPACK ARE CAUSING UNSTABLE CONDITIONS. THE AVALANCHE DANGER TODAY IS HIGH ON ALL SLOPES. AREAS OF UNSTABLE SNOW EXIST... NATURAL AND HUMAN TRIGGERED AVALANCHES ARE LIKELY. AVALANCHE TERRAIN INCLUDING AVALANCHE RUNOUT ZONES SHOULD BE AVOIDED.

    YOU ARE URGED TO CALL THE GALLATIN NATIONAL FOREST AVALANCHE ADVISORY FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION. THE NUMBER IS 4 0 6 5 8 7 6 9 8 1,


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    Thank you Kev for the update. To bad it wasn't better news. I will stick to the trees and practice my Burandt moves! (ya right). lol. I did clutch with the 10-60 weights instead of the 10-62. All packed, sled is at Ricks house, just got to get through a full day of work (grouting) and we will be out of here!!!

    Also Doug, Joe, and I will practice a avy search just out of town. Maybe I can get Deak and his clan to participate also. Wife bought me new alkalines for the beacon, she must still love me??? I will see if Rob will film it for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by polarisrider1 View Post
    Also Doug, Joe, and I will practice a avy search just out of town.
    Do they have search park set-up like Tog Pass? If they do, then maybe a short video to show folks how to use the search park there? Pretty self explanatory, but would be good to show ppl whom don't know how or what it is. Like this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HN3mTXDKGr4
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    Quote Originally Posted by techsledder View Post
    Do they have search park set-up like Tog Pass?
    No, but Cook does have a beacon check station as you depart town.

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    We will practice a bit just past the Beacon Check station and maybe out to the warming hut. After all we are burying gas out there.
    Skylar, I am having Rasberry Strudle delivered to the Portage truck stop from Krupps just for the trip. Don't get any ideas of locating my package. Well we are out of here in a few minutes!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by polarisrider1 View Post
    We will practice a bit just past the Beacon Check station and maybe out to the warming hut. After all we are burying gas out there.
    Skylar, I am having Rasberry Strudle delivered to the Portage truck stop from Krupps just for the trip. Don't get any ideas of locating my package. Well we are out of here in a few minutes!!!!
    You know that people have been killed near Lulu Pass.... before you even get to the riding area. This slide happened 3 days after we left Cooke in December of 2007. Daisy Pass too but I'm sure you know that.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuc45gxLBc4

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    Quote Originally Posted by polarisrider1 View Post
    We will practice a bit just past the Beacon Check station and maybe out to the warming hut. After all we are burying gas out there.
    Skylar, I am having Rasberry Strudle delivered to the Portage truck stop from Krupps just for the trip. Don't get any ideas of locating my package. Well we are out of here in a few minutes!!!!
    Drove right past there around 4 pm this afternoon. You didn't have any strudels either, I would have smelled them.
    Lake Effect Snow, my three favorite words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuzzinolaf View Post
    You know that people have been killed near Lulu Pass.... before you even get to the riding area. This slide happened 3 days after we left Cooke in December of 2007. Daisy Pass too but I'm sure you know that.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuc45gxLBc4
    thanks Keith. I suspect top of the world will be big on my list. We have two turbo yami's in the trailer and Rob Byrd will be filming for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skylar View Post
    Drove right past there around 4 pm this afternoon. You didn't have any strudels either, I would have smelled them.
    wintertime (Joe) is delivering them about 3am. He is riding with us too.

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    Strudel snack and a big breakfast. Whole lotta nadda in ND. Always nice to hook up with riding buds. We got a batch of JDee'rs on board. Even picked up the Krazy Canadian. Skeedoo says Hi to Cuzzinolaf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by polarisrider1 View Post
    thanks Keith. I suspect top of the world will be big on my list. We have two turbo yami's in the trailer and Rob Byrd will be filming for us.
    No top for us, as their was not enough snow, you should have much better snow, with the recent snows. Have fun, and I'll be keeping an "eye" on you guys as Terri is feeding ya, smile for the web cam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RevKev View Post
    No top for us, as their was not enough snow, you should have much better snow, with the recent snows. Have fun, and I'll be keeping an "eye" on you guys as Terri is feeding ya, smile for the web cam.
    we are in Montana, but yellowstone gates may be closed. Staying in Livingston until 5am. Lots of new snow!!! Deak is telling his tales, planning a Wawa trip and having a few Sam Adams. We got Caddilac Jim on board also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by polarisrider1 View Post
    we are in Montana, but yellowstone gates may be closed. Staying in Livingston until 5am. Lots of new snow!!! Deak is telling his tales, planning a Wawa trip and having a few Sam Adams. We got Caddilac Jim on board also.
    See from the Web cam, you guys made it into Cooke, Ride safe, as the any danger is still High. Keep us updated with lots of pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RevKev View Post
    See from the Web cam, you guys made it into Cooke, Ride safe, as the any danger is still High. Keep us updated with lots of pics.
    Yep, we made it. 29 Flatlanders with the MomsMotorSports Rig invading Cooke all week long.

    The avy danger is up with all the fresh snow.
    Looks like meadow, tree and lake riding for a few days.
    I am sure we will manage to get some pictures of polarisrider1 stuck in some open meadows.

    Avy informational video with Bearlaw Bob
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmom800x View Post
    Yep, we made it. 29 Flatlanders with the MomsMotorSports Rig invading Cooke all week long.

    The avy danger is up with all the fresh snow.
    Looks like meadow, tree and lake riding for a few days.
    I am sure we will manage to get some pictures of polarisrider1 stuck in some open meadows.

    Avy informational video with Bearlaw Bob
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYVxvwWYp1Y
    Perfect reason to take an avy class in that video. Obviously those riders at the end of the video did not!

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    Cooke City, MT Jan 23rd Ride Update......
    Lots of fresh out in the area. With the avy danger being high we had a Flatlander Support Group Meeting at the 'top' to play in the meadows, trees and lakes. Boy the snow on 'top' is deep. Lots of untracked deep stuff. The new snow is quite 'sticky' and packs well making for tough stucks when the sugary bottom drops out.
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    The Southern Madison Range, Lionhead area near West Yellowstone and mountains around Cooke City:

    Yesterday's calm weather allowed the snowpack to take a deep breath and start adjusting to last week's storm snow. This has helped overall stability. However, the pack is still far from achieving equilibrium.

    The most recent storm deposited 3-4 inches of SWE, which fell on a very weak foundation of faceted snow. This weak layer is widespread in the mountains around West Yellowstone and is found on many slopes in the mountains around Cooke City. On Saturday, Mark observed a large natural avalanche on Scotch Bonnet which failed on facets formed prior to this latest storm (photo, video). Yesterday, riders in the Lionhead remotely triggered two avalanches on wind loaded slopes, a poignant reminder of the unstable conditions that exist in that area.

    The avalanche hazard is trending down, but human triggered avalanches remain likely today and the avalanche danger is rated CONSIDERABLE

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    Great pictures! Keep them coming and ride safe!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by willey View Post
    Great pictures! Keep them coming and ride safe!!!
    Thanks, here is the video update from yesterdays ride in Cooke.

    Flatlanders Video Update Clicky

    Last edited by jmom800x; 01-24-2012 at 09:29 PM.

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    Nice video, Keep up the the great work. Top looks a little deeper on this trip!!!
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    Day 3 here at Cooke City. I finally took the time to do all the password stuff and to get the Hotel Computer kinda switched over to work for me. It is dial up so be patient. I will not be posting pics for now. Jacob has that job. Avy conditions are a bit high. Tons of snow. Top of the world is were I have called home for the last 2 days and tomorrow. Yes we have carnage, not me!!! but the others will come forward in time. Heading out to some Honey holes at ???? (not telling) to do some filming for Flatlanders 2 and to do a cook out in the bush! The RMK Pro that I bought is to die for! I tried to blow it up today, no luck. lol I highly recommend the Pro RMK 800. Poo has it dialed perfectly. The sled loves to side hill and so do I. It is a great fit. It was minus 8 degrees this morning and I was testing some 1st layer stuff for Dunhams sporting goods today. Just shows you don't have to spend a lot to stay warm. Yes I also have my Klim and True North Adventure gear in tow. Sled Solutions thanks for the Mtn. Addiction gas tank, what a great setup! Now that I got this working I will report on Cooke City. Tons of snow, stay off the steep and deep for now but still plenty to ride!

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    Forgot to mention but we have excellent footage of a certain individual that Skeedoo shot some footage of, but we are waiting back to hear what his folks have to say before we show it. Oh and it was some great sledding video at that! We hope he and his sled is not down for the count!

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    Cooke City, January 24th ride

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    Just posted that Avy Danger is at "Moderate". Currently snowing and blowing big time. delayed going out for an hour due to visibility issues.
    Last edited by polarisrider1; 01-25-2012 at 11:49 AM.

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    Sweet!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by polarisrider1 View Post
    Just posted that Avy Danger is at "extreme high". Currently snowing and blowing big time. delayed going out for an hour due to visibility issues.
    That's not sweet. Be safe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by willey View Post
    That's not sweet. Be safe!
    Changed to moderate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by polarisrider1 View Post
    Forgot to mention but we have excellent footage of a certain individual that Skeedoo shot some footage of, but we are waiting back to hear what his folks have to say before we show it. Oh and it was some great sledding video at that! We hope he and his sled is not down for the count!
    Hope he is fine, Sled looks a bit long in the Tooth....

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    Quote Originally Posted by polarisrider1 View Post
    Changed to moderate.
    Today Cooke City is "Considerable" on ALL Slopes, so be careful. http://www.mtavalanche.com/current

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    Quote Originally Posted by RevKev View Post
    Today Cooke City is "Considerable" on ALL Slopes, so be careful. http://www.mtavalanche.com/current
    Thank you Kev, It changes constantly lately buy not for the better. They have Moderate posted at the hotel but was at extreme first thing this morning. We had blizzard like conditions all day. Rode in the trees, had limited visibility. We all are so thankful for the warming hut at Top of the World. Had a nice Canadian Bratworst cookout in the hut, Jeff provided the Brats.

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    I think wintertime will come forward with his story. missed riding with my little buddy today. And Jacob should have some good footage to show.
    I think I found the best strudel in america here at Bear Claw Bobs. Bob and his wife are the nicest people to meet!
    If anyone is interested in Mtn. riding it is the Polaris RMK Pro 800 you really need to look at. It is the sled of choice at Cooke City. The sled loves to side hill and run down the trails at 85 mph with a 2.4" track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RevKev View Post
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    Hope he is fine, Sled looks a bit long in the Tooth....
    He is fine. sled.....not so much.

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    Cooke City, MT - January 25th ride report
    It was a day for the trees at elevation. The wind was whipping around the light accumulation fiercely making visibility very low on 'top'. We managed to tuck in some meadows and play off the smaller lake edges avoiding the wind for most of the day.
    The snow up top is blowing and drifting in pockets making for some fluffy powder. Our tracks from Tuesday had vanished before our arrival this morning, making for a pleasant ride in new snow.

    Rode with POOrider1 today...here is a picture of him plowing some pow on the meadow edge.

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    West trip is over(until next month) . Wawa is calling me home. 3 cases deep. Off trail at case 4 (3ft. Avg.)

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    polarisrider1-

    This is the guy who bought your back pack last year from Lansing....couple of us were thinking about heading up to WaWa area weekend of Feb 18th. I'm a past trail rider, but converted off-trail rider, and the guys going have summits and renegades. We know the trail system well, but not so much the off-trail in the area, so would love to go with someone who might know the area. Do you know when you were thinking about heading to WaWa?

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    Quote Originally Posted by raco_guy View Post
    polarisrider1-

    This is the guy who bought your back pack last year from Lansing....couple of us were thinking about heading up to WaWa area weekend of Feb 18th. I'm a past trail rider, but converted off-trail rider, and the guys going have summits and renegades. We know the trail system well, but not so much the off-trail in the area, so would love to go with someone who might know the area. Do you know when you were thinking about heading to WaWa?
    I will let you know when I get home. Date sounds good for me, but need to double check.

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    Putting it together. I will start a wawa thread for this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by polarisrider1 View Post
    Putting it together. I will start a wawa thread for this.
    Mom's doesn't go to Wawa so you can't start a thread on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuzzinolaf View Post
    Mom's doesn't go to Wawa so you can't start a thread on it.
    ??????

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    Quote Originally Posted by polarisrider1 View Post
    Saw that on snowest earlier. Very sad! Reports from Cooke are that they recommended no riding at all today.

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    This thread had me super worried. I have 4 friends who are sledding in Cooke City right now. Thankfully they are fine. Thoughts and prayers to the guy who was killed. Very sad.

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    Sadly, another sledder lost in Cook city. Ride safe folks and be aware of Avy areas and run outs around groomed trails.

    GNFAC Avalanche Advisory for Fri Feb 24, 2012

    Snowpack and Avalanche Discussion:

    The mountains around Cooke City:
    On Wednesday, a snowmobiler was killed in an avalanche on the groomed road leading to Daisy Pass. Four people were caught, one was fully buried and died, two were buried with an arm sticking out of the snow, and one was buried to his knees. All had rescue gear and the victim was uncovered in less than 10 minutes. He was caught with the tail of his sled still on the groomed road as he got off to turn it around. Yesterday Doug and Eric investigated this avalanche (video and photos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and will publish a full accident report in the next day or two. Unfortunately they were not able to examine the snowpack at the crown because snowfall and high winds had reloaded the starting zone of this avalanche. It may have been a naturally triggered avalanche and these riders were unfortunately in the wrong place at the wrong time. This fact is scary because avalanche terrain above the road is not obvious and I have parked my sled near this area many times.
    Doug and Eric observed many other recent avalanches, but some were difficult to identify because the starting zones had been reloaded as well. Also on Wednesday, skiers triggered an avalanche on “Town Hill” just above Cooke City. It broke 2 ft deep and 300 ft wide. An avalanche warning was in effect for this area yesterday, and today the avalanche danger has only slightly dropped. Any slope steeper than 35 degrees has a HIGH avalanche danger. Less steep slopes have a CONSIDERABLE avalanche danger.

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    The slide path looks VERY wooded with lots of slab anchors around... wow!


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    Wow! Be safe out there guys!!!

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    Wayne are you up for a trip the first week of january?

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    Quote Originally Posted by winter_time View Post
    Wayne are you up for a trip the first week of january?
    Email me or call me with your plans. I am currently planning on Ten Mile about that time. But I sure do like Cooke!

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    Quote Originally Posted by polarisrider1 View Post
    Email me or call me with your plans. I am currently planning on Ten Mile about that time. But I sure do like Cooke!
    Thought you hated K-Mart??

    My guess is you'll enjoy Ten Mile a little more than your last experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snoluver1 View Post
    Thought you hated K-Mart??

    My guess is you'll enjoy Ten Mile a little more than your last experience.
    I know!!!! Had to have a big meeting and discussion about it again to night with the guys who are going. From our research we found that we were on the wrong side of the mtn. As far as cost it will be about the same as anywhere else I ride. I am totally on the fence on this trip, but Revkev and about 26 others who are going and ride there a lot say I need to go with them and they will change my mind. I guess we are actually going to Ryan Park. It will be a first there for me. And no we are not riding together in that big of a group. 4-6 per group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by polarisrider1 View Post
    I know!!!! Had to have a big meeting and discussion about it again to night with the guys who are going. From our research we found that we were on the wrong side of the mtn. As far as cost it will be about the same as anywhere else I ride. I am totally on the fence on this trip, but Revkev and about 26 others who are going and ride there a lot say I need to go with them and they will change my mind. I guess we are actually going to Ryan Park. It will be a first there for me. And no we are not riding together in that big of a group. 4-6 per group.

    Yup, now your headed in the right direction!!!! Its a whole different world down in Ryan park compared to up top. You wont have to deal with being blown off the mountain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by snoluver1 View Post
    Thought you hated K-Mart??

    My guess is you'll enjoy Ten Mile a little more than your last experience.
    I think so too!
    Last edited by polarisrider1; 11-16-2012 at 08:54 PM. Reason: map quest failed.

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    Just to give you a bit more confidence in your decision Ryan Park is my "go to place" when ever the weather turns ugly. Over the past ten years, 9 times out of 10, I have found the deepest snow on the range just to the east/northeast of there.
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