Shafthouse

Peaks above Frazier Lake on the Shafthouse Loop
Peaks above Frazier Lake on the Shafthouse Loop

Shafthouse is a loop that Bozeminites do on the east side of the Bridger Range. This past weekend I tried out my new skis. And now my mind thinks back to the ride we did Set 22nd. Now I can not wait to try this area with my new fatties (skis).

Ainger Lake
Ainger Lake

Usually one leaves the traditional parking area at the end of Seitz Road. Then does the loop clockwise. The hardest part is turning left on the correct logging road to ride over to the Fairy Lake Road. But now I am wondering if I can not just ski directly up the part that we bombed down. So much terrain in there.

Switchback on the Shafthouse Loop
Switchback on the Shafthouse Loop

When we rode it my partner was totally freezing to death and as I waited up for her on one of many fabulous switchbacks I wondered if the area wouldn’t be kick ass slider terrain.

Moose
Moose

I suppose that a moose encounter is what cleared my brain until now. When a moose charges you it somehow clears your mind. But as the snow flies outside I am totally remembering the slopes. And now comes the time to try it out.

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