January 20, 2010 – Whitefish Mountain Resort

Whitefish Mountain Resort

Whitefish Mountain Resort

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


As promised, here’s a shot from Montana this weekend. I’ve only barely started going through them, so this is just the first one that I snagged that seemed post-worthy. (Actually, that’s not even true, it’s the third one, and the first two are more awesome, but I want to save them for later. This one was just barely far enough above the bar that I felt it would be perfect for a Wednesday.)

As a quick refresher, this is from Whitefish Mountain Resort, formerly known as Big Mountain, which is just outside the town of Whitefish, Montana. You get there via Amtrak, or you can fly into Kalispell which isn’t too far away. This was up near the top of the mounain, and those chairs are part of I believe Chair 5, which wasn’t running while we were there. (According to several locals, that chair very rarely runs, as it serves only terrain that’s already served by other chairs, so it’s only needed on super crowded days, which there are very few of in Montana, certainly not while we were there.)

Those ice-encrusted trees are pretty common at the top of the hill. They’re called snow ghosts, and I’ve only ever seen them in Montana, Idaho, and interior BC (which really are all basically the same place). That’s absolutely not a claim that they don’t exist anywhere else, that’s just the only places I’ve seen them. They make for fantastic pictures, because even when it hasn’t snowed in awhile you can still make a picture look like it’s a powder day. I played around with them a bunch this weekend, you’ll certainly see them again.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 lens. 1/400s, f/11.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 44mm.

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