Saturday, December 1, 2007

bridger bowl

Butte, Montana native Evel Knievel died today at age 69, according to news reports and postings at the daredevil's official Web site,

Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel's longtime friend Bill Rundle tells the Butte Montana Standard that Knievel died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Knievel, a favorite son of Montana and a loyal Butte celebrity, had been suffering from pulmonary fibrosis for several years. In 2006 at Evel Knievel days in Butte, writer Seonaid Campbell wondered here if Evel's trip home that summer might be his last.

In January, USA Today did an interview with the ailing Knievel, who was very much facing his own mortality after decades of cheating death. He said then: "I think about God a lot more than ever ... though I used to ask him, 'Help me make a good jump.' I'm awfully tough to get along with, but I'll tell you what: I am a good person. I wish there was such a thing as reincarnation."

Skiers and snowboarders now have another mountain to ride as Moonlight Basin opened for the season Friday.

Moonlight's website is reporting a 37 inch base with seven inches of new snow in the last 24 hours. However, it also warns of early season conditions.

Big Sky Ski Resort opened a week ago, and according to their website, currently has over a thousand acres with 40 runs open on natural and man-made snow.

At Bridger Bowl, the projected opening date is Saturday, December 8th. As of last night, there was 22 inches of new snow in the last 24


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