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Going Left off the Jackson Hole Tram dock - what's this called and why is it never open?

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Took a picture of some lovely tracks off the skier's left side of the tram Feb 16:

 

JHleft_tramdock.jpg

 

The tracks drop into the left field area of Tensleep Bowl.  The run seems eminently 'doable'.  Obviously if you fell  and slid off the cliffs it would be bad, but you can say that about alot of runs in JHMR.

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Took a picture of some lovely tracks off the skier's left side of the tram Feb 16:

 

JHleft_tramdock.jpg

 

The tracks drop into the left field area of Tensleep Bowl.  The run seems eminently 'doable'.  Obviously if you fell  and slid off the cliffs it would be bad, but you can say that about alot of runs in JHMR.


Interesting photo, SD.

Higher up, those tracks are leading toward Horseshoe Couloir, which is a pretty serious chute that leads down into upper Granite Canyon. At least some of the tracks turn right, however, and lead down what I would call the North Ridge into what you correctly describe as Left Field.

It's hard to know if those tracks are patrol or not. If they are not patrol, then dropping back down into Left Field of Tensleep Bowl is a definite no-no. Anyone skiing any part of those lines during operating hours is exposing LEGAL skiers in Tensleep Bowl to a possible avalanche from above.

Except for patrol, those tracks going skier's-right at the top of Horseshoe are in a permanently closed area and would be inviting a pass-pulling party or worse.

Cool photo.
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Looks like all the tracks go along the North Ridge.

 

bob059.jpg

 

Dropping throught the U notch would be in Horseshoe Couloir (?) - aptly named. So it's permanently closed to prevent avalanches into TenSleep?  I seem to recall some massive avalanches on video or photo set off by patrol off those cliffs.  Sorry to have missed you last week.

 

And boy was I embarrassed to take the group to Snow King on Monday morning, only to find the place closed.

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Looks like all the tracks go along the North Ridge.

 

bob059.jpg

 

Dropping throught the U notch would be in Horseshoe Couloir (?) - aptly named. So it's permanently closed to prevent avalanches into TenSleep?  I seem to recall some massive avalanches on video or photo set off by patrol off those cliffs.  Sorry to have missed you last week.

 

And boy was I embarrassed to take the group to Snow King on Monday morning, only to find the place closed.


Horseshoe is the circle-shaped opening in the upper center of your photo.  That drops into Granite Canyon and is not closed, although it is out of bounds.

 

It looks to me, however, like at least several of the tracks go skier's-right from the entrance to Horseshoe and drop off down to the right in the photo.  That route would take you down the north ridge and into Tensleep.  That would be a permanently closed route.

 

Give me a call the next time you're in town.  I'm a bit of a wreck right now.  The soon-to-be-surgeried foot is bothering me and my back is killing me.  It sucks to get old.

 

I'm sort of picking and choosing my conditions right now (but yesterday was one of my top-ten days ever at Jackson Hole).

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