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Teton Pass, Jackson Hole, 11-13-2011. Let Winter Begin!

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It was kind of crazy.  On Friday afternoon (November 11), there as essentially no snow on the ground at the top of Teton Pass (elevation 8,431 ft).  By Sunday morning, there was a LOT:

 

This is my wife and a friend skinning our way south from the pass toward Mt. Elly:

 

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There had been around 20" of new snow since the storm began, with lots of wind.  The avalanche forecast was calling for sustained winds in the 30mph range and ridgetop gusts to 50mph and above.  Here's one of the gusts:

 

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And another gust (those weeds are probably 4 feet tall):

 

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All we did was skin along the ridge for about an hour, then turn around and ski back down the skin trail.  We didn't do any actual skiing because it's still pretty thin cover, but a couple of guys were skiing Olympic Bowl while we went by:

 

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It looked pretty good, but I think his skis were about twice as wide and mine. wink.gif

 

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It was a fun little outing.  Winter has definitely arrived in Jackson Hole.  More snow is supposedly on the way this week with a pretty big storm this weekend.

 

Y'all be careful out there. 

post #2 of 13

Looks like winter, indeed.

post #3 of 13

Thanks for the stoke Bob.  Lookout Pass opens Fri. hopefully the start of another banner year.  Gooing heli this year for lst time. Heres a pic of Epic climbing up on a ridgeline of the Bitteroots about 2 weeks ago. Scouting a line for some spring days in 2012.  Fun day, good hike.

 

hike 001.JPG  View from the top of ridge looking NE.  about 6 inches in here now.

 

hike 002.JPG  Taking EPIC up top on the Bitter root range.  This is on top of ridge and we'll ski down behind me in this pic in the spring, will be about 1500 vertical with these open meadows interspersed in the trees.

 

 

post #4 of 13

Looks good up there!  I was busy this weekend with Ski Patrol training.  OEC, CPR, and lift evac.  I might get into some skiing this week if it snows more.  This morning I logged onto the ski school site and the count was 12 days till season starts!!!  I'll get my new boots this week and do paperwork and uniforms as well.  It's almost time!

post #5 of 13

Great to see it's getting deep up high. On my way back from Targhee Sunday afternoon, it still seemed really thin at pass level (and the roads were awful!).

post #6 of 13

So, Bob, does that count as turns in November?

 

Looks a bit nastier than our day yesterday.   And more snow!

 

Mike

post #7 of 13

That really blows!

 

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post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

So, Bob, does that count as turns in November?


Nah.  That was just exercise.

 



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That really blows!

 

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I like that one!

 

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post #9 of 13

You have a perverse sense of exercise.

 

Mike

post #10 of 13

Weve had the same wind issues in Laramie, all week long. We missed that storm you got though, and were really hurting for some snow, hopefully we can get a good dump from the one coming on saturday. I did manage to get my first turns in on saturday, and rocked the crap out of my rock skis. Its almost here, job orientation on Saturday and we start the friday after that.

post #11 of 13

So, Phil, I happened to have spent most of my youth in Cheyenne and Laramie. I did happen to graduate from UW (BA and MA). I can recall being in college and crossing Prexi's Pasture and noticing, for the first time, that the flag was standing limp at the pole.  It was the first time I recall such an occurrence.

 

Mike

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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

You have a perverse sense of exercise.

 

Mike

 

You should talk! wink.gif

 

LOTS more snow over the last 24 hours and it's still coming down.  We went up again yesterday and will go tomorrow.  Might actually make some turns tomorrow if the additional foot that's predicted materializes.

 

Winter arrived.
 

 

post #13 of 13

Sounds encouraging.  Wish we were getting a bit more of the goodness that is going your way.  Ship it on down here!  It can blow over Laramie on it's way.

 

Mike

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