Southern Madison Range

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Southern Madison Range

Submitted By: sicky_line_brah on September 03, 2010

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Red Lady Bowl

Red Lady Bowl is wide open bowl skiing at its finest.  You can either drop in on the eastern slopes before reaching the summit, or the south slopes from the summit proper.  The east side often gets wind-loaded, while the south side is generally relatively safer.  Don't be fooled, though, with a slope angle right around 38 degrees this bowl can be very avalanche prone, and although it gets a lot of traffic, should only be skied during stable periods.  The southern face of the bowl will begin consolidating earlier on in the year than other aspects, so this can make for a fantastic late winter/early spring run if you're lucky enough to catch it on a powder morning.  After skiing the main bowl, you'll follow a river drainage back to the trailhead.  Keep an eye out for fun little kickers on the sides of the drainage.

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Details

A remote and rugged range that stretches from the south of Big Sky to Hebgen Lake.  Long approaches are required unless you have a snowmobile or the roads melt out, but be warned the majority of the range is in wilderness so don't go past the wilderness boundary with your sled.  A broad range of terrain from big, open faces, to narrow steep couloirs.  Avi conditions can be found at mtavalanche.com

How to Get There

There are several trailheads and access points, with the Taylor Fork Road being the closest to Big Sky.

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