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Hyalite skiing at History Rock

Abbey Keene - Getting ready to head up Hisotry RockRyan Holm - Putting on my sweet new Black Diamond Skinsskinning up History RockHistory Rock on TrailMaking some turns down history rock meadow

History Rock | Hyalite | Bozeman | MT

Last weekend over the New Years break Abbey, Ari, and Myself (Ryan) headed up to a new area to us called History Rock.  It is a bike/hiking trail during the summer time and a great quick getaway just outside of Bozeman, only about a half hour drive.  We read a couple reviews from our friend Sam Harldson at Backpacking Light on his blog page about the area and were convinced once we clicked on the posted pictures http://ultralightbackpacking.blogspot.com/.  Thanks for the tip Sam!  If you need directions or better detailed information, check out a commons place for post for day ski trips, http://www.everytrail.com/browse.php?country=United+States&state=Montana&activity_id=2 

The skin itself is amazing, dipping in and out of meadows, passing by an engraved rock showing the history of past friends, boyfriends, girlfiriends, or random passer-byers.  We had a blue bird sky, no wind, recently fallen powder that would soon be underfoot as we ripped across the barely tracked meadow.  Abbey checked into the Gallatin Avalanche report for that day and got the low-down that this would be a safer place to venture this weekend.  As we skinned up the meadows and tucked behind the trees out of the sun, we had other groups that joined us and passed by speedily looking for a workout.  We dug a pit on the second open meadow that looked amazing that other groups passed by.  We decided that this was worthy enough to ski a couple times and the condition of the snowpack was amazing.  We skinned to the top of the meadow in amazemant as we looked over to the reservoir in the back drop.  This was definitely a great day to be out on the skis.

As we headed down the single track back to the car, we meet other eager late comers looking to 'shred the Nar' before the sun goes down.  Ari suggested we head up to the Hyalite Reservoir for lunch and sit in the sun and check out the ice climbing area from across the pond.  Abbey passed me some crackers for our soup to use a spoon and we ate our food in the most amazing setting for lunch in the backcountry.

Post written by Ryan Holm January 5th, 2011.