Originally Posted by tedders55
We will be arriving in Jackson on Saturday and for the past week they have been stuck in a High Pressure cycle. Unfortunately for us this doesn't look like it will end next week either. This happened to us last time we were there, but neither my wife or I were the level of skier we are now so we spent almost all our time on groomers anyway.
So I was wondering what the other bears out there would recommend for skiing some of Jackson's more challenging runs while also not having to deal with boilerplate and crud (we get enough of that in WNY)?
Not sure what you define as crud, but there's very little of what I would call crud right now. Almost all of the slopes - groomed and ungroomed - presently have firm snow. Nearly everywhere that hasn't been groomed has started to develop moguls, which range from small and easily skied through big and fast and difficult.
It's also hard to make general recommendations without knowing how good the two of you are and how comfortable you are with firm conditions and moguls.
What I can tell you is the places I think are skiing the "best" right now and you can go from there:
Gannett run and Thunder run off the Thunder chair are both skiing great. Gannett has moderate moguls, Thunder was groomed two days ago and the bumps haven't really built back up yet. I would HIGHLY recommend skiing Gannett to determine how comfortable you are in those conditions.
IF you felt good on Gannett, then here are several other recommendations:
Riverton Bowl (just skier's-left of Gannett)
Cheyenne Bowl (off the Sublette chair)
Skier's-right side of Laramie Bowl (Sublette chair) is really, really good.
Middle Casper Bowl (hard skier's left on a traverse about 50 yards downhill from the top of the Gondola.
Rendezvous Bowl off the top of the tram (firm but very edgeable snow and still very smooth for a run that gets so much traffic). Unfortunately, the top part is very rocky from all the wind scouring so look ahead until you get onto the main body of the bowl.
Toilet Bowl (off Thunder chair). The bowl itself is skiing GREAT but getting into it is challenging. Best entered by a traverse through the trees on the right side of Rag Run.
If all of that stuff feels okay to you, then the Hobacks and Lower Faces are skiing very well. I'm particularly enjoying the skier's-left side of Lower Sublette Ridge and the skier's-leftish side of South Hoback. Also, skier's-right side of Buffalo Bowl is excellent but the exit from the bottom of the gully is brushy.
All of the regularly-groomed runs are skiing extremely well. Easy Does It, Sundog, Sleeping Indian, and Wide Open have all been outstanding.
And not to give you any false hope or anything, but it IS snowing very lightly outside my window right now. Almost nothing is forecast for tonight and then we go back into the clear and cold pattern again, but there are a few snowflakes coming down right now.