For some reason, Mother Nature has decided to go easy on us so far this winter.  There is not much for accumulation around 6666 ft, but there is enough snow for touring in Yellowstone and the area’s backcountry on skis at higher elevations.  Molly and I dusted off the AT gear and headed out to Lionshead Mountain this past Sunday to ski off the wine from the night before. It felt good to glide around on skis casually making turns in the snow and dodging the sage brush that is not quite covered in a winter blanket. Big Sky’s Bowl is open, Moonlight Basin opens on Friday and Bridger Bowl opens tomorrow.  I am looking forward to riding the lifts this winter with my board, but am concentrating my efforts on the Tele-gear in the backcountry. There is more wet stuff in forecast for the next 5 days, so pray for snow…..we need it. 

The Madison Valley has been cold and windy over the past week, so I have not managed to fish the Slide, Reynolds, or $3 Bridge.  With winter’s icy grip getting firmer by the day, I would bet the fish are hanging out in their winter runs.  Those deep pockets can house plenty of trout and some days you will find them sipping midges in the slicks…..don’t forget your gloves and hand warmers. Last I heard, there was slush in the river at the Ennis Bridge.