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A Late Winter Trip to Jackson Hole

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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.

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Originally Posted by Cody Feuz View Post
 
 The video contrasts the difference a day or two will make on the Hobacks.  From bliss to beast one day to the next.

 

A day or two? Thirty seconds will do it... ;-)

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LOL biggrin.gif.  That is true!  It doesn't take long to get ugly.  But when you get the Hobacks early, they are sweeet.
 

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Fantastic, thanks for sharing that, Cody!    I'm headed to JH literally TOMORROW with a ski bud of mine for a few days before heading down to Big Sky next week...  hoping a few more inches in the forecast do arrive this week to top it off... 

 

PS, what did you shoot the video with - helmet mounted GoPro or something else?  

 

~Mike

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Cody, nice TR.  I really enjoyed your report on the trip up South Garnett -- that's an incredibly beautiful area. I've only hiked to the boulder field in fall and that was a pretty big climb for me.  I wish I was in good enough shape to do what you did!

 

mike

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PS, what did you shoot the video with - helmet mounted GoPro or something else? 

 


I use a GoPro, helmet mounted, with the angle pointing slightly downward. 

I think you are going to be in luck on the snow, (14+ forecast Wed-Fri).  Here is the BEST weather site for JH!

http://www.mountainweather.com/index.php?page=jackson_hole_forecast

 

Have fun!!!
 

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Nice.  I like the captions;  helps me visualize the run.  I especially like the Hoback contrast.

post #8 of 16

Excellent video mini-tour of the mountain.

I especially enjoyed the "Warp Riders" soundtrack that accompanied it...it all tied in very nicely.

Great job!

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Love your concept of "old guy air time." Well played sir.

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Glad I clicked on this TR!  

Thanks for sharing. 

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From bliss to beast one day to the next.

 

A day or two? Thirty seconds will do it... ;-)

One hour of sun in March will do it.

 

For those on the way to the Gathering, I advise some flexibility.   Last week was scorching hot.   A couple of days ago Rendezvous Bowl was closed for "rough conditions,"  which makes me wonder what the Lower Faces were like. The 4 inches new today will not cut it in terms of hiding the coral reef or mashed potatoes below.  Next week is too far off to predict now, but if doesn't snow significantly between now and then I'd suggest looking elsewhere for skiing.

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One hour of sun in March will do it.

 

For those on the way to the Gathering, I advise some flexibility.   Last week was scorching hot.   A couple of days ago Rendezvous Bowl was closed for "rough conditions,"  which makes me wonder what the Lower Faces were like. The 4 inches new today will not cut it in terms of hiding the coral reef or mashed potatoes below.  Next week is too far off to predict now, but if doesn't snow significantly between now and then I'd suggest looking elsewhere for skiing.

 

Yes, the "Tram side" of the mountain can get ugly in a hurry with warming/cooling temps.  However, i think that it is looking better to stablize at cooler temps for the rest of this week and next week, http://www.mountainweather.com/index.php?page=jackson_hole_forecast.  This forecast is a VERY useful tool for the Jackson Hole area.  Note that it shows highs only in the low 30's and a little snowfall each day for the rest of the week.

Also, depending on your terrain preference, even when areas like Rendevous and the Hobacks are "unskiable", there is usually great grooming on the Gondola and AV runs.

Hope this helps, and hope that the Gathering works out for you all.

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Thanks for sharing! I will be there the 25th & 26th on the way to the Gathering. Have always heard the Hobacks were great and your video shows that they are. Praying for more snow over the next few days.

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Should be snowing hard this evening.  I'm playing hookey from work this winter for the first time, checking it out tomorrow on the first day of spring.  Woo Hoo, spring break.

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Should be snowing hard this evening.  I'm playing hookey from work this winter for the first time, checking it out tomorrow on the first day of spring.  Woo Hoo, spring break.


That is sweet, except I'm pretty jealous.  My home area here in Boise, (Bogus Basin), is hanging on by a thread with half their lifts shut down due to lack of snow.  So, I wish you luck and have fun.  And let me just say that global warming sucks, I want an "ice age". cool.gif

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I learned to ski at Bogus, living in Meridian in the '70's.  It's a great hill, but snow is hard to come by some years.  Last time I skied there was '98 - I'm overdue for a return visit.

 

6" of freshies on the snow report at JHMR.

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