Rider: Darrell Miller.
Rider: Darrell Miller.
We finally got some more snow here, so on this final day of 2009 we were able to make a few good powder turns. Hopefully winter will bring its fury in 2010! Happy new year!
I woke up early this morning and drove up to Jackson Lake to check out the sunrise… wow, I was treated to a good show! The Tetons are so spectacular. This is a two-image stitched panorama.
…and back to our regular scheduled programming…
Today I witnessed an incredible sundog in the sky above Jackson Hole. People were forgetting about skiing and snowboarding as they looked up and marveled at the solar spectacle. So surreal… This photo only shows a portion of the magnificent light pattern in the sky!
It felt great to take the splitboard out today for the first time up here in Wyoming. We were out for about 7 hours, putting in most of a skin track and then scoring a powdery 3,000-foot descent. Due to the limited visibility of the foggy snowy weather, and sketchy avy conditions (whumpf, whumpf), we took it pretty safe and easy on the way down. This zone has some serious shredding potential and I hope to return again during clearer weather and more solid snowpack conditions.
Rider: Mot Gatehouse.
The snow faucet has been turned on, with 2-3 feet of fresh snow! Rider: Jason King.
Rider: Jason King. Today we repeated the nice route that we did on Saturday. The two north-facing descents were perfect mid-winter-esque powder goodness; however, hiking up along the ridgeline involved some suffering in perhaps the coldest temperatures I’ve ever experienced. Dangerously cold. Too cold for human beings in their right minds, I think. But we persevered and scored some sweet pow lines… along with a bit of frostbite.
Brutally cold today up on a high ridgeline, with frigid winds and sketchy frozen windslabs. We hiked a long ways for not that great of a descent – at least compared to the sweet lines we’ve been getting lately. But as always the hiking and adventure were fun enough… at the least, chalk it up to training.
Dropping in to the line.
The lower runout.
It hasn’t snowed much in a while, but the frigid temperatures of this last week have perfectly preserved the powder that’s still out there. This morning we went out for a 5 mile shuttle route, and scored two steep powder-filled descents along the way!