As a kid growing up in Jackson, Wyoming I watched the resort of Jackson Hole literally come into existence. Back in those days, many of us locals still held our loyalty to the town resort, Snow King. The lure of the "big" mountain was too much though and I eventually became hooked on Jackson Hole. Even though my family moved from Jackson in the early 70's, I have continued to ski there my entire life. The last several years my wife and I, with our kids have been making the trek at least once a year to JH for a little winter vacation. Three of the four children are now married and the youngest is on her own, but as many as can get the time off join us for the fun.
We did the trip this year during the first week of March. I spent Tuesday on a Training Mission in Garnet Canyon - GTNP with Aaron Dahill of Exum Mountain Guides and Ann did some cross country skiing in GTNP. After a "rest day", we then skied Jackson Hole for 3 straight days. One quick comment here: There are still good deals to be had at JH in terms of lift tickets and lodging. If you stay a minimum of 4 nights, they have economy packages that are ski in / ski out lodging for around $100 per person per night, including lift tickets.
The video below includes runs from many of Jackson Hole's well known runs such as; the Hobacks, Casper Bowl and Gros Ventre. We had one good powder day, one marginal powder day and one bluebird day. My son-in-law and I also "discovered" the short cut hike to Casper Bowl, The White Spider. (Don't try this one if you have any heart problems, or if steep ascents freak you out).
Day one: Thursday, March 7th. Six inches of fresh powder overnight. This definitely brings out the locals. We were staying in the Village Center Inn, which is literally next door to the tram. I couldn’t convince my son-in-law that we needed to be in line by 8:15 AM to get first tram, so we walked out the door into the back of a 3 tram line at 8:30. As it turned out, it wasn’t bad at all. We had early tracks down the Hobacks for some nice powder – not bottomless with 6 inches, but we were nicely rewarded nonetheless. The other really sweet run on day one was a relatively untracked run down the Casper Bowl Shot 12.
Day two: An inch or two overnight, and we were kinda bummed because we wanted to hit Casper Bowl and it was closed, due to visibility issues. We focused on poking around on some of the inbounds steep stuff and hit a lot of cruisers with the girls. Finished with a nice run down Lower Sublett.
Day three: Started the day with a hike to the Crags and Shot 7. I was seriously tempted to do Endless/Mile Long out the OB gates in Granite Canyon, but the avalanche danger was “Moderate” and I haven’t been in there yet. It is definitely on my “hit list”. We finished with a Casper Bowl C1 run and the Tram top to bottom via the North Hoback. The video contrasts the difference a day or two will make on the Hobacks. From bliss to beast one day to the next.