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3 Questions about Jackson Hole

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Hi all. First time poster. Heading to J.H. first week in Feb. After reading Bob Peter’s great write-up on it, I have a few remaining questions I'd love to get a group consensus on.

 

1) If you had to pick 1 or 2 of the more approachable black runs/areas (single diamond) at JH, which would you recommend? (I’m hoping someone says Rendevous :) I want to be respectful of JH’s challenge. I do some double blacks here in the east, but I know JH is a different animal. I think I read Solitude gully area was approachable. Agree?

 

2) Comparing the hobacks and the lower sublet faces, which is more approachable terrain (outside of the variable snow conditions)?

 

3) For my wife’s interests, I learned that Easy Does IT, Campground, and Timberland off the Casper chair are approachable blues. Should any other blue run be added to the “easiest blue” list in your opinion?

 

 

Thanks for any input. So excited for my first JH trip!

post #2 of 10

See below.

 

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Originally Posted by jbertsch View Post
 

Hi all. First time poster. Heading to J.H. first week in Feb. After reading Bob Peter’s great write-up on it, I have a few remaining questions I'd love to get a group consensus on.

 

1) If you had to pick 1 or 2 of the more approachable black runs/areas (single diamond) at JH, which would you recommend? (I’m hoping someone says Rendevous :) I want to be respectful of JH’s challenge. I do some double blacks here in the east, but I know JH is a different animal. I think I read Solitude gully area was approachable. Agree?

 

Rendevous Bowl is a good place to start.  If you want the mellow line, follow the green dots.  Then ski Bivouac down to the base of Sublettte.  You can then take the Dog Faces to Tensleep Traverse and into Tensleep Bowl.  Downhill is a good place to ski.  Solitude Gully has a Southeast exposure and may have pretty funky snow -- or not.

 

2) Comparing the hobacks and the lower sublet faces, which is more approachable terrain (outside of the variable snow conditions)?

 

I've only skied the Hobacks, so not much use to you there.  The Hobacks are pretty approachable unless you've got a bunch of mank.  Like mashed potatoes covered with breakable crust.  Not usual, but can happen when it gets warm, so watch the time.

 

3) For my wife’s interests, I learned that Easy Does IT, Campground, and Timberland off the Casper chair are approachable blues. Should any other blue run be added to the “easiest blue” list in your opinion?

 

Apres Vous is her friend.  It's great cruisers.  As she gains confidence, she may wish to proceed towards Bridger and the incredible groomers down to the base...

 

Thanks for any input. So excited for my first JH trip!

 

Hope you have a great trip!

post #3 of 10

The entry to the Hobacks is a bottleneck that is often a jumbled up mess.  The other lower faces have a clean start right off the South Pass Traverse and are a little shorter.  Beyond that, I forget which one is which.  I'm thinking South Colter Ridge is the most friendly, but I could be wrong.

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Originally Posted by jbertsch View Post
 

Hi all. First time poster. Heading to J.H. first week in Feb. After reading Bob Peter’s great write-up on it, I have a few remaining questions I'd love to get a group consensus on.

 

1) If you had to pick 1 or 2 of the more approachable black runs/areas (single diamond) at JH, which would you recommend? (I’m hoping someone says Rendevous :) I want to be respectful of JH’s challenge. I do some double blacks here in the east, but I know JH is a different animal. I think I read Solitude gully area was approachable. Agree?

 

Start with the double blues like Wide Open & Sleeping Indian on the Casper Chair.  Then try Grand and Laramie Bowl from the Thunder Chair.  If the visibility and conditions are good you should be GTG for Rendevous Bowl.  I have never heard of Solitude Gully.  Bivouac can be good for an "easy" black if it has been groomed lately. 

 

2) Comparing the hobacks and the lower sublet faces, which is more approachable terrain (outside of the variable snow conditions)?

 

There is not a lot of difference terrain wise between the Hobacks and the Lower Faces.  The Hobacks have more vertical and, as MDF noted, a more problematic entrance.  The conditions can change dramatically from the top of the Hobacks to the bottom.  If you are not sure, start with the Lower Face on the far skiers left.  It is the shortest and offers an escape into Tram Line which is often groomed.  The rest of the Lower Faces and the Hobacks in particular offer no escape once you start down them.

 

3) For my wife’s interests, I learned that Easy Does IT, Campground, and Timberland off the Casper chair are approachable blues. Should any other blue run be added to the “easiest blue” list in your opinion?

 

Start with the Apres Vous lift and the Werner run.  Not Lower Werner below South Pass Traverse though, this is rated double blue and is steeper and tends to be icier than most of the mountain except for maybe lower Hanna.  Take S. Pass traverse to Lower Tewinot Gully for your first runs down.

 

Thanks for any input. So excited for my first JH trip!

 

You're going to have a great time.  Look me up when you get here or PM for more info.

post #5 of 10
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Thank you all your input, this is very helpful. I've added them to notes sheet to print out and take with me.

 

Hard to imagine I'm leaving Saturday to ski an area that Accuweather shows to be getting rain showers tomorrow, the same day as I'm getting a blizzard with 2-3 ft in my backyard - Hah!  It'll be a fun vacation regardless.

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Thank you all your input, this is very helpful. I've added them to notes sheet to print out and take with me.

 

Hard to imagine I'm leaving Saturday to ski an area that Accuweather shows to be getting rain showers tomorrow, the same day as I'm getting a blizzard with 2-3 ft in my backyard - Hah!  It'll be a fun vacation regardless.


Fair to say that Accuweather is not what folks who know use to find out weather forecasts for Jackson Hole, meaning on the mountain where the skiing happens.

 

Just spent 3 days skiing around SLC during a January thaw that meant temps in the 50s today.  Still had a good time.  Well worth the flying time from the flatlands in the southeast.

post #7 of 10
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Thank you all your input, this is very helpful. I've added them to notes sheet to print out and take with me.

 

Hard to imagine I'm leaving Saturday to ski an area that Accuweather shows to be getting rain showers tomorrow, the same day as I'm getting a blizzard with 2-3 ft in my backyard - Hah!  It'll be a fun vacation regardless.

 

That's news to me,  I don't expect to see rain today.

post #8 of 10
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1 more unrelated question - can anyone recommend the best sports bar in Jackson to watch the Super Bowl? I can't get a great idea from my searches on Yelp which places have the most/biggest TVs...

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1 more unrelated question - can anyone recommend the best sports bar in Jackson to watch the Super Bowl? I can't get a great idea from my searches on Yelp which places have the most/biggest TVs...

 

I don't do sports bars per se.  If I was in Teton Village trying to watch the game after some skiing I would go to Spur for good food and drinks.  They have several large screen TVs set up.  If I was trying to save money I would go to Nick Wilsons where I get better drink prices but the food isn't nearly as good.  Nicks also has several large screen TVs and is advertising special Super Bowl pricing.  In Town I would go to The Town Square Tavern if I was near the square with no car, their food sucks.  Sidewinders has a lot of large TVs and bills themselves as a sort of sports bar.  Sidewinders has nice ambiance but their food is average at best.  I would most likely head to Cuttys' which has several large screen TVs and really good food.  I'm from the Philly area and Cuttys does a good cheese steak and Philly style pizza among other things.  My wife doesn't like the ambience in there, she thinks it's too young and not fancy enough for her, but I like it.

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I don't do sports bars per se.  If I was in Teton Village trying to watch the game after some skiing I would go to Spur for good food and drinks.  They have several large screen TVs set up.  If I was trying to save money I would go to Nick Wilsons where I get better drink prices but the food isn't nearly as good.  Nicks also has several large screen TVs and is advertising special Super Bowl pricing.  In Town I would go to The Town Square Tavern if I was near the square with no car, their food sucks.  Sidewinders has a lot of large TVs and bills themselves as a sort of sports bar.  Sidewinders has nice ambiance but their food is average at best.  I would most likely head to Cuttys' which has several large screen TVs and really good food.  I'm from the Philly area and Cuttys does a good cheese steak and Philly style pizza among other things.  My wife doesn't like the ambience in there, she thinks it's too young and not fancy enough for her, but I like it.

Thanks that's great. We're actually staying at the Teton Mtn Lodge, so I believe Spur is right downstairs. So I'm thinking either there, or if we're going to be there enough already throughout the week, I may try Cutty's - Cheese Steak menu looks good. Thanks again. Getting excited now that I see snow in the forecast! 

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