|(photo by Joe or Mary Ann McDonnald)|
No kidding. Skied right up on a Puma today. Maybe a once in a lifetime experience.
At about 9,000'. Very atypical for a cat this size to be cruising around amidst a 6 foot snowpack. I'd hypothesize that powder skiing with a mountain lion is directly correlated to the wolf pack we've seen around Cooke City the last couple weeks.
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In case you are curious: we snapped a nine day sunny spell with 6-8" this morning. There's been wolves on a carcass down near Warm Springs (heard them howling while we were skiing). They're thinking about shutting down the Post Office. The school kids went on an animal-tracking field trip with the Good Doctor. I had a crampon fall off half way up an ice climb (2nd ing). And there were two moose on Broadway yesterday... So it goes.
Posted by mt surf at 7:32 PM
With a thriving ecosystem and an abundance of wildlife, there is no shortage of animal tracking to be done around here. I also find it quite entertaining to track fellow backcountry skiers and boarders. You know who skis with: scales, skinny skins, fat boards, who skis with which dogs, where they ski, how they ski, who they are, which way they are skiing, what they are probably thinking... (A perk of having a small ski community.)
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Diurnal recrystallization occurs in the mid-latitude mountains when cold, clear nights alternate with warm days (there's been an inversion around Cooke City lately). While the temperature a foot below the snow surface remains relatively constant, snow surface temperatures change dramatically. The surface becomes extremely cold at night and warms during the day. The end result is the formation of near-surface faceted crystals. (Birkeland, 1998).
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