Carving the Turkey

Buck Mountain view

Today Ann and I skinned up a 3,300 foot slope in Grand Teton National Park, and rode down an aesthetic cliff-walled couloir called the “Turkey Chute”. Though the center of the chute was pretty tracked up from previous skiers, the sides were full of untouched old powder which we happily sliced and diced. Just as sweet as the line itself was the spectacular scenery of Avalanche Canyon, with its surrounding ramparts of Buck Mountain (above), Mount Wister, the South Teton, and Nez Perce.

Snowboarder: Jack Brauer
That’s me laying out a savory carve on a steep powdery wall. Photo by Ann Driggers.

Skiing the Turkey Chute
Ann Driggers skis down the Turkey Chute, with Avalanche Canyon below.

Skiing powder under Buck Mountain
Ann Driggers skis the powder with Buck Mountain looming overhead.

Special thanks to Ann for visiting this week and motivating me to get off my ass and into the mountains for some surprisingly good riding!

5 thoughts on “Carving the Turkey

  1. Gobble gobble! Looks nice Jack & Ann. I am shooting for the Thuderbird on Saturday or Sunday above Palisade. A bird of entirely different feathers…

  2. Jack,

    Looks like unbelievable terrain. I really love that first shot. When was the last time you guys had fresh snow up there?

  3. Thanks Seth and Justin! We’ve had some little snowfalls here and there, which with the wind’s help, has blown around to create some decent powder; however, it’s been almost a month since the last major dump!

  4. Well done Jack. Living by the beach is a little less sweet when I see stories like this. Bummer it’s been a month since you got a dump, but looks like you’re making do!

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