If you read ATG Q2Cast Preview: Your Day on the River, you’ve probably already realized that you need to get up pretty early in the morning to eat your lunch by 8:30 am.
For those attendees that would like to experience part of their first full day in Missoula by waking up at a more reasonable hour, we offer you an afternoon at Snowbowl, a ski resort about a 25- to 30-minute bus ride from Missoula. The first bus will depart the Holiday Inn at about 11 am and return at the top of each hour (departures from Snowbowl are every hour on the half-hour).
I’d like to say I was chosen to shepherd the Snowbowl team because of my four decades in Montana and my astute leadership skills, but I was recently mockingly made aware that I was picked because I don’t work on client projects and I had the most leathery skin in the office. But you didn’t know that, so go ahead and assume I’m a qualified outdoorsman.
Here are the planned activities for Your Day on the Mountain:
Not for the faint of heart. It’s a 3-mile vertical drop in 4 seconds. Wear a shower cap or the g-force will rip your hair out by the roots. Not really – I just made that up. It’s probably fun.
You can go up the mountain and hike down, or you can hike up and ride down, or you can ride it up then back down the mountain. Regardless, I’ll be waiting in the lodge for you.
It’s like walking, but more dangerous and with no real destination in mind.
It’s like hiking, but you’re sitting down with a helmet on.
You get to try a bunch of different beers and pretend they taste differently. Generally the prelude to Zip-lining.
Typically, this one is for the fellas. It starts small, but eventually turns into a competition to see who can trigger an avalanche.
Come high noon, we’ll be enjoying a delicious meal just like the pioneers that came before us – by eating with our hands.
While we eat our lunch, the group will form a giant Friendship Circle. We’ll hold hands and sing 70’s rock classics, then pass around the ‘Talking Stick’ and allow each person to tell the others which companies could most help their company.
For those more adventurous souls, you may want to consider going ‘off-menu’ for one of your activities.
Now, you’re probably wondering what clothes to pack and other items to bring. Remember, you’re in Montana now. You’ve left civilized society behind. You should rely on the trusted advice of those who know. Alas, they were all busy and smooth-skinned, so you got me.
Up here, we like to dress in seasonal layers. This is a phrase you’ll probably hear a lot while you’re in Montana, especially if a lot of people read this post.
Your base layer should be typical summer attire – shorts, t-shirt, sensible shoes. On top of that should be your Montana Autumn layer, which would be head-to-toe flannel of varying patterns and colors. Finally, your outer layer should address the possibility of rapid-onset winter and include a hoodie, some deodorant, a Bowie knife, and a beret, worn slightly askew. You can peel off layers as needed, but you might consider keeping the beret.
Finally, here’s a helpful checklist of other items you should consider bringing for your trip to Snowbowl:
There you have it. Follow these instructions to the letter to guarantee you limp away from this experience full of wonder and pride. Travel safely – we’ll see everybody soon.
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