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Jackson Hole/Aspen Snowmass 24-30 Jan 2014

post #1 of 26
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Michel and I are trying to get some value out of our Mountain Collective passes prior to The Utah Gathering and have spent 2 days skiing Jackson Hole and two days at Aspen Snowmass with one more Snowmass day to come prior to driving to Utah.

 

We were lucky enough to be joined by Epic member DanoT for our two days skiing Jackson.  It was Dano's first trip to Jackson and he was unlucky enough to have me as a pseudo guide.

 

Snow was ok to good in most areas (Cirque excepted as it stunk) and the best snow was in Rendezvous Bowl off the Tram.  We didn't head to the Hoback's as Jackson still needs more coverage and while I could certainly have been wrong I didn't think it would be any good since it had been 12 days since the last snow.

 

A few really lame pics

 

Michel at the Cowboy Bar

 

 

A little country And western at said bar.

 

 

Michel and DanoT somewhere on Teewinot

 

 

Michel doing her first ever Jackson Hole blue run off the Cascade lift which was a big deal for her:cool 

 

 

 

More to follow soon including a short video.

post #2 of 26

Sounds like our time in Jackson overlapped.  Looks like you guys had a good time too.  

 

I was in Jackson with two of my kids over the weekend (25th and 26th).   We skied the Cirque three times.  Saturday early afternoon it had softened up and skied nicely.  Sunday mid-morning--not so much.  The Hobacks and other lower faces skied nicely both days.  The temperature inversion had kept the snow in pretty good shape.  We had to dodge rocks at the top of the Hobacks but the snow was good and the skiing fun.  We  liked lower Sublette Ridge the most--particularly the parts that face more northerly.  These were among the most enjoyable runs we skied.  The new snow falling right now should freshen things up nicely.

post #3 of 26
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Sounds like our time in Jackson overlapped.  Looks like you guys had a good time too.  

 

I was in Jackson with two of my kids over the weekend (25th and 26th).   We skied the Cirque three times.  Saturday early afternoon it had softened up and skied nicely.  Sunday mid-morning--not so much.  The Hobacks and other lower faces skied nicely both days.  The temperature inversion had kept the snow in pretty good shape.  We had to dodge rocks at the top of the Hobacks but the snow was good and the skiing fun.  We  liked lower Sublette Ridge the most--particularly the parts that face more northerly.  These were among the most enjoyable runs we skied.  The new snow falling right now should freshen things up nicely.

 

 

 

I did Buffalo Bowl which has similar exposure as the hobacks and while the snow was pretty good, the coverage was not.  New snow always good and I hope they get hammered.

post #4 of 26
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A short video of Michel on terrain off the Casper chair with DanoT graciously playing sweeper and offering encouragement.

 

 

 

 

A full Tram on the way up.  (edited to my self realization that there aren't many full trams on the way down)

 

post #5 of 26
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Aspen stuff tomorrow.

post #6 of 26
Watch for some of the gated terrain to open. Cone Dump, Rayburn's or Bingo won't have any bumps and should ski quite well with even a few inches.
post #7 of 26

Garyskr and I skied Wed. at Snowmass with team Giddyup. Great to see and make turns with  them again. Snow had some nice soft stuff in the higher terrain, the lower terrain reminded me of some firmer eastern snow. Still, a fine first day with great sun berfore 1. Light snow is falling and the prediction is for about 6  inches today, and, we plan to link up with Jim and Michele this morning. Jim did a bunch of pics yesterday, so ya'll can see a little of what we did. Thanks Jim.

 

Jim goes downhill in a  hurry, a challenge to keep up with on my first day at altitude.

post #8 of 26
Nice stuff, jgiddyup. Looks like you got some bluebird days in. My day at the Canyons on Sunday was ice-ball slip and sliding. Work that Mountain Collective Pass!
post #9 of 26

Snowmass  definitely did not suck today! Started with about 6", snowed all day, and is nuking right now.  Tree off the Big Burn just rocked. The spirit wanted to ski more, the body said enough. Jgiddyup has more pics. One great day as there are very few people in town at this time of year.

 

One more day then off to SLC and the Gathering.

post #10 of 26
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This is a fly by post, but today at Snowmass was top ten ever and I went bell to bell.  Pics and context to follow after beers with garyskr and Livingproof.

post #11 of 26
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Originally Posted by jgiddyup View Post

This is a fly by post, but today at Snowmass was top ten ever and I went bell to bell.  Pics and context to follow after beers with garyskr and Livingproof.


 



Got to have those priorities right. Ski, beer/hot tub, then post.
post #12 of 26
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Michel and I drove from Jackson Hole to Snowmass on Mon 1/27.  It took about 8.5hrs with the first 2hrs being on snow packed roads and the rest clear.  Good God there is nothing resembling civilization from south of Interstate 80 in Wy to Craig Co.

 

We arrived at the Wildwood Inn at Snowmass and while it would take a novelette to describe the problems with this place, let me just say don't bother.

 

First day skiing 1/28 was bluebird and cold (0 degrees getting on the lift at 9:15AM).  Snow conditions were similar to Jackson on piste with better coverage off piste (Jackson is rockier and steeper, so to be expected).  I went up to the (Snowmass) Cirque and it was awful as the wind had destroyed everything sometime prior to our arrival).  Groomers were good and the few bumps I did were pretty good as well.  All in all not bad.

 

A few more lame pics.

 

 

Michel in a chair made just for her

 

 

Michel at the top of Elk Camp with the 14K Pyramid Peak in the background

 

 

Michel after a little tumble which was preceded by my expert technique advice:rolleyes

 

 

View from top of The Cirque:cool

 

 

And rapping up Snowmass day one just because:eek

 

 

Day two coming up.


Edited by jgiddyup - 1/30/14 at 11:55pm
post #13 of 26
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Snowmass day two enjoyed the arrival of Epic members Garyskr and Livingproof.  We were able to hook up for Dinner and beers the evening of 1/28 shortly after their arrival.

 

Skiing on day two was similar to day one and we covered most parts of the mountain except Hanging Valley because while it's marked how to get there I'm a little leery of entering areas with cliff bands when I can't see them (why I love Kirkwood as 90% of it's right there in front of you including the cliffs and no special knowledge is needed)  We spent a few hours in the town of Aspen after skiing and were lucky enough to catch part of the local Aspen Olympic athletes getting a nice send off.

 

More lame pics.

 

Michel under the gondola

 

 

The intrepid Garyskr and Livingproof riding the gondola

 

 

Garyskr and Livingproof at the top of the Cirque

 

 

Garyskr and Livingproof in a nice place we stumbled into called Garret's Gulch.  Big bumps and moderately steep that the picture doesn't do justice to.

 

 

Garyskr followed by Livingproof on same run

 

 

A few more Snowmass day two pics next.

post #14 of 26
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More Snowmass day two pics

 

Garyskr in good form on random groomer

 

 

Livingproof in good form on random groomer

 

 

No dog's or sled's were harmed in the taking of this picture

 

 

I saw this gentlemen on the hill in the ski apparatus and think the effort showed to support disabled people is cool and special

 

 

 

Next a few pics from our brief time in the town of Aspen.

post #15 of 26
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We ventured into Aspen for pub grub and a beer and had a great time.

 

A couple of baby wooly mammoths thanks to genetic engineering:cool

 

 

More best friend fun

 

 

We asked a local policeman for a good happy hour bar and he suggested the below.  Problem was it was 4:40PM and they didn't open until five:D

 

 

Michel captured by a Barking Bear

 

Drinks at?

 

 

End Snowmass day two

post #16 of 26
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No other way to describe Snowmass day three than Unbelievable, Incredible, Satisfying beyond belief and please let me dream about it forever:cool:yahoo::Ott

 

 

The forecast was for Snow to develop around 4PM Wed 1/29 and continue until about midnight 1/30.  We had a little light snow while in the town of Aspen very late afternoon and early evening 1/29, but nothing when we returned to Snowmass.  I looked out the window at about 7PM and nothing, 8PM nothing, 9PM nothing, 10PM nothing, 11PM nothing and then off to bed.

 

I was not feeling good when I went to bed and doubted I would use my wider 98mm waist skis the next day.  I awoke about 6:30AM and the view from the window was of 2-3in of snow in the village and Snowmass reporting 2in new.  I decided to use the wider ski's and get near first chair at 8:30AM on Village Express.

 

Problem was I knew my current and only pair of goggles sucked in flat light.  So I was out the door at 8:10AM to Aspen Sports very near where I would put on my skis and set out for the day.  I have the Mountain Collective Pass and thought I would get a 10% discount on the new Oakley goggles with the high intensity yellow lens that I knew would work (Michel has that lens).  I was informed that only Four Mountain Sports (about 50yds away) offered the discount.  I blew off going over to Four Mountain and just paid the price at Aspen Sports for the last (display) pair they had and headed out.

 

I arrived at the Village Express at 8:26AM and was on the lift seconds later behind a group of Snowmass instructors.  I got in 4 runs of fresh tracks (not first) on Village Express and Sam's knob in 5 to 6in of fresh before meeting up with Michel, Garyskr and Livingproof at 9:30AM.  It snowed lightly to moderately until 11:30AM and all of us (minus Michel who hung out on the gondola)) had great fun off of Alpine Springs and Sheer Bliss lifts.  We found incredible boot top deep snow in Powerline Glades and almost everywhere else.

 

Then after meeting Michel at Elk Camp for lunch it all changed.  It started puking snow and free refills were on for the rest of the day:cool  I took a video of Michel skiing powder (6in) that didn't turn out due to snow on the lens.  She was incredible as she had no previous powder experience and figured it out on her own.

 

We spent the rest of the day skiing powder on High Alpine and found nice glades not on the map off of Elk Camp.  Our next to last run was going down to Two Creeks and we made lift closing by 1 minute in incredible powder as no one was over there (last third of run being flat runout probably a factor).

 

Just a spectacular day that will be etched in my mind forever and it's still snowing as I type this.

 

Now a few pics that will not come close to doing this day justice.

 

Garyskr I'm not sure where

 

 

More Garyskr

 

 

Livingproof

 

 

Elk Camp at Lunch as it started to puke

 

 

Who is that handsome man

 

 

Garyskr in the trees

 

 

Michel whom we were supposed to meet at 3:30PM with an inch of snow on her helmet as we showed up at 4:10PM

 

 

Apres at the Snowmass version of Zane's Tavern which we didn't know existed until Livingproof found it

 

 

And lastly snow in the Village about 7:30PM

 

post #17 of 26
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Day three at Snowmass was truly one of those you had to be there to believe it days.  We're off to Utah tomorrow because we here there may be some people gathering to ski and we want to see what that is all about:cool

post #18 of 26

Hero snow Thumbs Up

post #19 of 26

Wonderful photographs of Aspen/Snowmass!!  What camera did you use?

 

Michael

post #20 of 26
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Wonderful photographs of Aspen/Snowmass!!  What camera did you use?

 

Michael

 

 

Thanks for the reply's and apologies for the picture sizes.

 

The camera is a 6yr old Canon Powershot G10 set on auto.

 

And the last picture for this thread is of the car it took me an hour to shovel out this morning.

 

 

post #21 of 26

I just thought I'd add a few Jackson Hole trip report comments instead of starting my own thread.

 

Monday afternoon I joined JH's new ski instructor afternoon guided tour, this day lead by Epic Ski's own Bob Peters. It was looking like I was going to be the only one taking the tour but when Bob went to get his camera I approached a skier standing near by and asked him if he was there for the tour, he didn't know anything about it but he gladly joined us along with two of his friends and another guy joined in as well.

 

Bob is a very gracious host and for me the best part of the tour was being lead down Buffalo Bowl which had lots bushes showing but really they were no big deal. I would never have skied the run on my own.

 

Wednesday we got 5in of snow during the day and in the pm I went over to the Apres-Vous Chair and had some pretty good turns in Saratoga Bowl.

 

We got another 6in overnight Wed. and when I got to the mountain at 8:30 am on Thursday I was shocked at the humungous line ups at both the Tram and Gondola. So I knew exactly where to go skiing: Saratoga Bowl. I went over to the Weeinot  Chair which had a small line and opened before 9am. I couldn't believe all the Jackson Hole locals that would rather wait in a Tram or Gondola lift line than go powder skiing elsewhere on the mountain.

 

The Weeinot Chair leads to the Apres-Vous Chair and the Saratoga Bowl where I skied boot top powder all morning long with only a few other skiers/boarders in attendance!  At 11:30 I went over to the Gondola where I found out that earlier in the morning both the Tram and Gondola had 30-45 minute breakdowns and this lead to huge line ups at the Thunder Chair. It felt good knowing that even though I am a JH newbie, my superior ski bum skills (and a little bit of luck) got me a great morning of powder skiing with more powder turns than most of JH's locals.:yahoo:

 

For lunch I went to the Headwall Deli at the top of the Gondola. The 1/2 salad-1/2 sandwich for $13 is fantastic. A choice of three different fabulous salads plus either the pork sandwich or Kobe beef sandwich are amazing. I ate there 3 days in a row.

 

I had planned on joining the Gathering at Powder Mountain on Saturday but I have been delayed by several truck breakdown problems. It turns out that Jackson Hole is a great place for a vehicle breakdown and Rabbit Row Repair Shop is a block from the free shuttle bus to the mountain. Everything is fixed now and I will be parking and staying in my truck camper at Snowbasin on Saturday night.

post #22 of 26
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Mods,

 

Anyway you can resize the pics or if not just delete the pics and I'll edit?

 

Thanks for anything you can do.

post #23 of 26
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I just thought I'd add a few Jackson Hole trip report comments instead of starting my own thread.

 

 I went over to the Weeinot  Chair which had a small line and opened before 9am. I couldn't believe all the Jackson Hole locals that would rather wait in a Tram or Gondola lift line than go powder skiing elsewhere on the mountain.

 

The Weeinot Chair leads to the Apres-Vous Chair and the Saratoga Bowl where I skied boot top powder all morning long with only a few other skiers/boarders in attendance!

It's Teewinot, Don't ask me how to pronounce it, but it's where I started my days on Fri/Sat/Sun 2/7-2/9 when Jackson Hole reported 2", 12" and 10" respectively in last 24 hours. Apres Vous, where I got 3-4 mostly untracked runs each morning, opened a little late on Sat. and line did not go down. But on Fri. and Sun. it got me to the new snow faster than tram or gondola.

 

I received email today that Jackson Hole has received 100" in last three weeks so you would have been better leaving it for after UT gathering. I only skied the first three days of gathering as my ride to Jackson was on Wed. 2/5.

post #24 of 26
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I received email today that Jackson Hole has received 100" in last three weeks so you would have been better leaving it for after UT gathering. I only skied the first three days of gathering as my ride to Jackson was on Wed. 2/5.

 

My sentiments exactly. 

 

Jackson definitely did not suck today.

post #25 of 26
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My sentiments exactly. 

Jackson definitely did not suck today.


Or last,week. biggrin.gif
post #26 of 26

@mgiddyup  - I'm so stoked for you and your passion for skiing.  Its great to see how much you've learned in the past year.  Thumbs Up

 

Glad you all found Garretts Gulch....one of my favorite places to play when I've been to Snowmass. 

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