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Powder Snow and Green Kids (WARNING: KID STOKE) - St. Patty's Day at Jackson Hole 3-17-2011

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

 

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?

 

Seventeen.  

 

How could it be anything but?  biggrin.gif

 

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):

 

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Demaris (age 7) emerging from one of the Stash Park features:

 

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Demaris up to her waist in powder:

 

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Powder skier extraordinaire:

 

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Little rippin' huckster:

 

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Sister Liberty (age 9):

 

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Playing in the powdah:

 

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Leaping off a road while Dad watches:

 

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More powder:

 

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More jumping:

 

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More powder:

 

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How's this for a charging body position for a powder skier?

 

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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:

 

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Here's older brother Blaze (age 13), slightly out of focus because he skis so fast I could never keep up:

 

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Blaze likes powder, too:

 

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Doing his best to imitate St. Patrick, Blaze is chasing all the snakes out of Jackson Hole:

 

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Showing off his Ireland soccer sweater:

 

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Oldest sister Eden (who just turned 15):

 

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Eden likes powder just as much as the younger ones:

 

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Buzzing the photographer:

 

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Here's mom:

 

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And dad (resplendent in an authentic Harris Tweed jacket):

 

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I wonder where the kids got their love of powder skiing?

 

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Very dapper:

 

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And the family on upper Casper Bowl:

 

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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:

 

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post #2 of 12

I like the sports coat.  Stylish and very green.  Is that corduroy?  If so, probably the only place you could find it on the mountain that day.

post #3 of 12
Bob, your photojournalism is fantastic. You know how to tell a story with your photos. And you're lucky to have such photogenic material to work with!

Mike
post #4 of 12

Very nice!  Your both are very lucky!

post #5 of 12

Those are some sick rippers, wish I could live in Jackson growing up!

 

Nice TR

post #6 of 12

Great pics! I had the pleasure of meeting Stephen and Christie on my last trip there. What an awesome family. Looks like quite a memorable St. Patrick's day. smile.gif

post #7 of 12

17" more today!   Has this been the best season Jackson's ever seen? 

post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

17" more today!   Has this been the best season Jackson's ever seen? 


That's weird.  The snow report I saw this morning said 22" of new (only 3" since the lifts closed yesterday, though).

 

That's brought our total snowfall for the season to 513".  That's way up there for any season *I* can remember, but it's still well below the 603" we had three seasons ago.  That year, we had massive dumps separated by periods of no snow.  This year, it's been snowing consistently - with only a few short breaks - ever since the season opened.

 

This has been better skiing throughout the season than I can ever remember.  Today was - again - off the charts.  

 

 

 

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

Speaking of today...

 

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Total immersion (look for the red helmet):

 

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Wow.

post #10 of 12

wow indeed!

post #11 of 12

Oh man oh man oh man! I GOTTA get back there, stat!

post #12 of 12

Bravo!

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