Snow reports meet the modern age

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Montana ski enthusiast Dave Evans launched a public beta test this week of a new text messaging service aimed at helping powder hounds throughout the region answer that important early morning question: "Is the snow deep enough, or should I stay in bed?" Skiers and snowboarders in five states and counting can now receive snow reports for individual resorts via text, eliminating the need to strip off the covers and open up the laptop.

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Through his newly established website, skiingonthebrain.com, Evans is now offering snow condition updates for numerous resorts in California, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and, of course, Montana (Discovery, Lost Trail and Snowbowl are on the list). Similar services are in the works for Alaska, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. The service is completely free, and Evans says reports are updated every day by 7 a.m. at the latest.

In other ski news, Discovery is hosting a fundraiser this Sunday for The Max Wave initiative (an effort to build a second kayak wave in Missoula in honor of Max Lentz, a local surfer who died on West Virginia's Gauley River in 2007). Day passes are only $28, with $10 from each adult pass going to benefit The Max. Wondering how great the snow is? Text 612-217-7204.

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