Down the Martini

Hiking a steep snowy mountain

Ski hiking in the Tetons

Another great day in the mountains today. After a quick 4,000 foot ascent courtesy of the Jackson Hole tram, we exited the backcountry gates and hiked south along the ridgelines past several peaks until we got to our destination: the so called “Martini Chutes”, named for their appearance of humungous martini glasses – triangular bowls narrowing into tight chutes.

Snowboarding the Martinis
Jason King rides into the big bowl. The warm weather today made for some great springlike snow conditions on this southeastern slope; the snow was pretty much just like spring corn – smooth and just soft enough to lay out some nice big carves.

Snowboarding into a chute
Jason makes his way into the “stem” of the Martini chute – a narrow steep slot through the cliffs.

backcountry skiing
Skier: Ann Driggers.

Jason, pumped on the 4,000 foot descent into Jensen Canyon.

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