It is a sunny Friday in the Flathead. Whitefish Mountain Resort ends this awesome season on Sunday. The annual Pond Skim event is on Saturday. People dress up and use all kids of contraptions to get down to a pond on skis or whatever and try and skim across without sinking in the icy cold water. I was driving up today to get a few last runs in and saw something that gave me a chuckle. Between Kalispell and Whitefish a guy was riding a bike along Hwy 93 with a snow board strapped to his back. It was about 32 degrees outside and he had a LONG way to go to get to the mountain. I thought "what a motivated snowboarder to bike to Whitefish!". Hopefully he was going to take the ski bus once he got to Whitefish. The back side snow was incredible in spite of the wind blowing against me all the way down. A couple of times it actually stopped me in my tracks. The chair ride up was in the sun and warm with the wind behind. Ah, another year over and an incredible one it was!
Hungry Horse Dam near Columbia Falls, is going to start to release water early in anticipation of the 121% snow pack melt off. Flathead Lake is lowered at the south end each winter, boats come out of the lake and the docks are high and dry. Every spring, the dam controls the Flathead River flow to prevent flooding on the way down to the lake.
The snow is FINALLY gone! I can actually see the grass turning green as I look out my window. Lots of outside chores that have been delayed with our extended winter. You better believe the residents of the Flathead Valley are ready for Spring!
Back Country Horseman had the defensive horsemanship course last weekend. We put on our long underwear and sat in an arena in Kalispell and listened to Smoke instruct is on all kinds of topics useful for being ready to ride horseback into the back country. Even learned a new knot, the bankrobbers knot. This knot will not slide along a highline when you are camping. Will have to practice it until I get it down.