I'm sure St. Patrick's Day is a big holiday at other ski areas, but it's a huge event here at Jackson Hole.
What made it even better this year was the big snowstorm that rolled in right before March 17. The NOAA forecast was calling for a "SNOW EVENT".
So how's this for an interesting little factoid? Guess how many inches of new snow (in the past 24 hours) Jackson Hole Mountain Resort had in 24 hours as of the morning of March 17?
How could it be anything but?
That meant we had a big dump of snow and a lot of people in a party mood on the hill. Among those happy people were EpicSki's own Stephen McDonald (Skiing-in-Jackson) as well as wife Christy and their four kids. The whole family was decked out in green (as befits their Irish heritage) and I joined up with them for a couple of runs of powder and photos. Here's the result (and I hope Stephen will forgive me if I get some of the name spellings or the ages incorrect):
McDonald Family in the gondola car (l-r; Christy, Blaze, Demaris, Stephen, Liberty, Eden):
Demaris (age 7) emerging from one of the Stash Park features:
Demaris up to her waist in powder:
Powder skier extraordinaire:
Little rippin' huckster:
Sister Liberty (age 9):
Playing in the powdah:
Leaping off a road while Dad watches:
How's this for a charging body position for a powder skier?
For everybody on Epic who asks how to ski powder... here's the recipe:
A. Manage to be born Liberty McDonald.
B. Become (at age 7) the youngest person ever to ski 100+ days in a season at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
C. Ski stuff like this all the time:
Here's older brother Blaze (age 13), slightly out of focus because he skis so fast I could never keep up:
Blaze likes powder, too:
Doing his best to imitate St. Patrick, Blaze is chasing all the snakes out of Jackson Hole:
Showing off his Ireland soccer sweater:
Oldest sister Eden (who just turned 15):
Eden likes powder just as much as the younger ones:
Buzzing the photographer:
And dad (resplendent in an authentic Harris Tweed jacket):
I wonder where the kids got their love of powder skiing?
And the family on upper Casper Bowl:
I had a riot skiing with the McDonalds. I definitely had the luck of the Irish in hooking up with them. My thanks to all of them.
And I'll leave you with this shot of a happy kid: