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Maybe by worrying about conditions I've given the impression that I'm diving through powder stashes in tight trees and looking for cliffs to jump off. I'm not.

 

 

 

     Huh?? No diving through powder stashes in tight trees?  And I thought you were a die-hard powderhound!! wink.gif

post #32 of 49
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I'm not sure that the skiing ability matches the whole guide concept. Maybe by worrying about conditions I've given the impression that I'm diving through powder stashes in tight trees and looking for cliffs to jump off. I'm not.

 

My wife can ski the gnarly stuff, as she's been a skier her whole life, but I'm fairly new to the sport and am an advanced intermediate (at least that's my guess). Steeps aren't a problem but steep runs with big nasty bumps/etc (and stuff like it) are still a challenge.

 

Guides are also helpful for keeping you away from those cliffs, you know... 
 

 

post #33 of 49

Cancelled my trip to Lake Tahoe (would have been there now) and am joining up with a few buddies in JH on Friday this week to ski the Sat - Mon.  Sounds like even if there isn't a ton of snow that it will still be worth the trip.

 

With the existing snow cover, are any of the gladed areas skiable?  Never been to JH, but am starting to read up on it and am looking forward to it.
 

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I just got back from JH yesterday, after changing plans (was supposed to be in Squaw). My plane ticket was Southwest, so I banked it, and drove. I looked hard at Whistler, but I didn't really have the time to travel in the days I had available.

 

JH was great. Not epic, and there was some pretty scary snow here and there, but there was some really nice snow, too. Rocks? Yeah, it's Jackson Hole. There are always rocks there. Go around them.  I would go back tomorrow, gladly.  

 

I would highly suggest finding someone to help show you around, whether through ski school or friendly locals or however you can do it. THis is one place where it is worth it, especially in uneven snow. 



 

 

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     Huh?? No diving through powder stashes in tight trees?  And I thought you were a die-hard powderhound!! wink.gif



Oh, don't get me wrong. I'd love to seek out those powder stashes in those aforementioned tight trees. But there's a 50/50 chance I'd end up face-deep in tree before I was knee-deep in powder.

 

I guess my obsession with conditions would make it seem like I'm a better skier than I am. :) Working on it. Doing pretty well. Just wish I hadn't discovered skiing when I was 32 and living in an east coast ski desert.

 

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Well, I suppose I'm leaning towards sticking it out now. Hope I don't regret it. Cost to switch to Whistler is very high and I suppose the conditions situation looks like it might be looking better (or I'm looking on the bright side, who knows).

 

They're calling for 3-5" today, which I suppose can't hurt.

 

AccuWeather and GFS are both calling for a major pattern shift next week. AccuWeather continues to forecast big snow totals precisely during my itinerary. What are the chances that actually happens? wink.gif

 

Any feedback on how the drive to GT is during a storm? In the unlikely event we are graced with storms, I'm wondering.

post #36 of 49

Made the drive once in moderate snowfall. They do a good job keeping the road clear, but there were a few dicey spots. A typical rental car with "all season" tires in heavy snowfall might be a little scary. Seemed like the return (eastbound) route had the steeper descents, with curves. I seem to remember a bus being advertised, which might be a good alternative. Good luck, I'm heading up to JH myself on the 24th.

post #37 of 49

Going across the Teton Pass to Targhee in a storm is a white-knuckle drive...AND now, you're worried about it DUMPING???  Dude, take a Xanax!!

post #38 of 49
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Going across the Teton Pass to Targhee in a storm is a white-knuckle drive...AND now, you're worried about it DUMPING???  Dude, take a Xanax!!


I knew I was gonna get it for that question. :)

 

Just trying to cover all my bases. Besides, perhaps if I wish it it will come.

 

This is what happens when you live in southeastern PA and your only ski options are manmade white stripes on tiny brown mountains. You obsess over your chance to escape!

post #39 of 49

 

JH just got some....betcha Camelback doesn't look like this!

 

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This qualifies as a birthday present from Ullr - I am arriving Friday for skiing on Sat,Sun, and Mon - 
 

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JH just got some....betcha Camelback doesn't look like this!

 

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post #41 of 49

I had a family trip (7 of us) for Ogden Valley Utah to ski Snowbasin and Powder Mountain for Dec 31 thru Jan 8.  I kept debating whether to cancel out or not.  Decided not to (lodging was not refundable) and went with wife and 5 kids.  That part of Utah is depressingly dry and brown right now with only snow on the upper parts of most mountains and it was our annual WINTER trip from Alabama to play in and ski in snow.  So was VERY bummed beforehand.

 

BUT

 

We made the best of it by having quality family time together. And I decided on Tuesday morning (Jan 4) to drive everyone the 275 miles north (what a beautiful drive BTW) to GT to ski since they were 100% open and SB and PM were 30% open and icy.  GT came thru as always.  Stayed in 2BR condo at the GT lodge for 2 nights.  Kids had a great time on the beginner area (one of the best around IMO) and my oldest son and I ripped up the groomers.  But, by the end of the second day, it was icy and scraped off bare in spots on alot of the groomed trails.  Lots of rocks sticking up also.  And their base IS NOT what they are reporting.  No way its 4'.  But, IT WAS FUN.

 

I see GT just got 5" fresh and they definitely need it.  But if they don't continue to get more snow, that will get skied off very quickly.  So while they may be 100% open and we had a fun time and it's probably the best around, they need tons more snow also.

 

Bottom line.  Went and made the best of our annual West Coast Winter trip and had a good time.  So don't fret it.  Just go and make the best of it and who knows, you may get dumped on :)

post #42 of 49
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Cancelled my trip to Lake Tahoe (would have been there now) and am joining up with a few buddies in JH on Friday this week to ski the Sat - Mon.  Sounds like even if there isn't a ton of snow that it will still be worth the trip.

 

With the existing snow cover, are any of the gladed areas skiable?  Never been to JH, but am starting to read up on it and am looking forward to it.
 



 

 


I skied several of the gladed areas today and had a great time. Our conditions are not epic by any means, but there is very good skiing all over the mountain.

From comments I'm getting from Colo and Utah skiers I'm riding the tram with practically every day, our mountain is in much better shape than most everywhere else.
post #43 of 49

Really looking forward to the trip and I have really enjoyed reading your guide to JH. Thank you.  Arriving Friday with 2 other buddies from the Boston area and 1 from California.
 

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I skied several of the gladed areas today and had a great time. Our conditions are not epic by any means, but there is very good skiing all over the mountain.
From comments I'm getting from Colo and Utah skiers I'm riding the tram with practically every day, our mountain is in much better shape than most everywhere else.


 

post #44 of 49
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So, after all my worry, things have turned around completely and it's looking more and more likely that JH is going to get dumped on during our stay.

 

Of course, I've found a new worry.

 

Snow should be falling from Sunday through Friday, though the heaviest snow is forecasted Wed through Friday. Still, it's looking like several inches are possible Monday and Tuesday. So, I'm beginning to worry about travel.

 

For those familiar with traveling in and out of Jackson Hole Airport -- how much does it usually take for flights to start getting cancelled?

 

We're scheduled to fly in early Tuesday afternoon. Monday looks to be the quietest day of the week thus far, so I'm wondering if I should be trying to get in there Monday ... although doing so could be pretty difficult.

post #45 of 49
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Really looking forward to the trip and I have really enjoyed reading your guide to JH. Thank you.  Arriving Friday with 2 other buddies from the Boston area and 1 from California.
 



 


Just got back from 3 days in JH and had a great time - followed Bob Peter's guide and was able find some great terrain off the Thunder and Sublette Quads through the woods.  Mountain definitely needs more snow which will come later this week.  Can't wait to come back when the mountain is fully opened.  Still managed to log between 22K and 24K vertical each of the 3 days.

 

post #46 of 49
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So, ended up into JH on Tuesday and out on Sunday. Despite all my worrying, couldn't really have timed it better.

 

Wed was awesome with some fresh, light snow and Thursday offered a full day of storm skiing. Friday and Saturday offered much wetter conditions but still gobs of fresh snow. Ended the day on Saturday skiing off Apres Vous in lots of heavy snow in pretty good condtion, with very few people around, while everyone else continued to crowd the gondola and the tram only to be left with bumpy, cruddy, beat up conditions the whole way down. After finally ditching and heading over to AV, I couldn't believe how empty it was over there considering how much better the conditions were.

 

All in all, since this was my first time skiing fresh snow of such amounts, I learned that I'm a much worse skier than I already thought I was.

 

Total blast though. Can't wait to get back to JH.

 

post #47 of 49

Short version: JH was awesome this week!   Flew in Fri and returned from JH on Wed.  Gobs of snow last Fri- Sat that was Tahoe-like, but it got colder and better Mon-Wed.  Light snow Mon and fill in snow on Wed with bluebird day on Tuesday. Hit it! 

post #48 of 49

Photos to show conditions on Monday/Tuesday:

 

Moran Woods on Monday

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Buddy exiting Cirque on Monday

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South Hoback on Tuesday

 

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Laramie Bowl on Tuesday

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post #49 of 49

Been in the Steep and Deep Camp. Wed and Thurs had very good, if not epic powder. Alta Chute 1 has decent coverage, with the usual choke point showing rocks. Tower 3 Chute very good. Corbett's opened yesterday, but the concensus seems to be that only heroes or fools belong in there. Did side country trip today, which was very good. Our guide stayed conservative because avalanche danger is "considerable". Coverage on the mountain overall is quite good, considering the top of this thread. 

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