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Very Unique Experience on the JH Tram This Morning

post #1 of 23
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It's been more than thirty years since this has happened to me.  On one of my rides up the aerial tram this morning I was the ONLY passenger besides Claire the tram car driver.

 

I know this happened to me once or twice in the 1980's, but it's been decades since I've ridden a tram car by myself.  Certainly not since the new tram was opened.  It was very cool.

 

And for those inquiring minds that want to know - yes, the skiing on Rendezvous Bowl was very bad.  Huge frozen moguls, chicken heads, bowling balls, rock-hard ruts and flat light.  Pretty much yuck.

 

Lower down, however, was very skiable.  I did several Lower Faces in good corn conditions.  Almost completely devoid of people.

 

I had fun.

post #2 of 23
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post
 

...And for those inquiring minds that want to know - yes, the skiing on Rendezvous Bowl was very bad.  Huge frozen moguls, chicken heads, bowling balls, rock-hard ruts and flat light.  Pretty much yuck.

 

...I had fun.

 

We LOLed... :D

 

At least you have running lifts and chicken heads. More than you can say for our areas.

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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post
 

It's been more than thirty years since this has happened to me.  On one of my rides up the aerial tram this morning I was the ONLY passenger besides Claire the tram car driver.

 

I know this happened to me once or twice in the 1980's, but it's been decades since I've ridden a tram car by myself.  Certainly not since the new tram was opened.  It was very cool.

 

And for those inquiring minds that want to know - yes, the skiing on Rendezvous Bowl was very bad.  Huge frozen moguls, chicken heads, bowling balls, rock-hard ruts and flat light.  Pretty much yuck.

 

Lower down, however, was very skiable.  I did several Lower Faces in good corn conditions.  Almost completely devoid of people.

 

I had fun.

I have skied with you

 

conditions are no impediment to your skiing :D

 

Get out there and rip it

post #4 of 23

Only one on the tram, eh?  Aw Bob, throw me a fricken bone here....

 

Lavc52.20.1

post #5 of 23

Must have been surreal...I'm used to being packed in that thing  How long has it been since you've had snow at Jackson Hole?

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Must have been surreal...I'm used to being packed in that thing  How long has it been since you've had snow at Jackson Hole?

 

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Only one on the tram, eh?  Aw Bob, throw me a fricken bone here....

 

Lavc52.20.1

 

The only bone I can think of is that you could rack up One MEEL-YUN vertical feet pretty quickly if you had a private tram like I did this morning.

 

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Must have been surreal...I'm used to being packed in that thing  How long has it been since you've had snow at Jackson Hole?

 

What is this "snow" thing to which you refer?  It's not a familiar concept.

 

Actually, we had 7" about a week ago.  Big whoop.

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Actually, we had 7" about a week ago.  Big whoop.

 

Those of us whose mountains have truly been forsaken by Ullr read this with envy.... 7" would give us a 7" base at most PNW areas... Not to be all whiny and jealous and all...

post #8 of 23

I'll be visiting Jackson Hole next week.  Current forecast shows pretty much the same weather as what we are having right now.  Looks like I'll be sticking to the groomers.

post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post
 

 

Actually, we had 7" about a week ago.  Big whoop.

 

Those of us whose mountains have truly been forsaken by Ullr read this with envy.... 7" would give us a 7" base at most PNW areas... Not to be all whiny and jealous and all...

 

We'll believe you  when you go back to conventional camber and sidecut :p

post #10 of 23
Soooooo, the conditions were interesting? Or variable?
post #11 of 23
Sounds like the canary in the coal mine.
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post
 

It's been more than thirty years since this has happened to me.  On one of my rides up the aerial tram this morning I was the ONLY passenger besides Claire the tram car driver.

 

Oh yeah...

 

 

Men want to be Bob Peters..women WANT Bob Peters.

 

I believe you are 2 down and 3 across in "Tram Op Bingo"

post #13 of 23
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Soooooo, the conditions were interesting? Or variable?

 

On Rendezvous Bowl, they weren't anywhere near good enough to be "interesting".  They were, however, exceedingly variable - and not in a good way.

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We'll believe you  when you go back to conventional camber and sidecut :p

 

Sort of drifting OT. But not quite - since I told Bob a couple weeks ago I was ready to throw in the towel and at least fool around on carvers when I had nothing but icy groomers to play on.

 

 I think Bob thought I was joking.  Fedex.  Today.  Praxis SNDs. 

 

 

I just called my local shop about snagging some 90mm Salomon brakes. After a brief pause, I was asked if I was an imposter or was making a joke. Truth.

 

I have been laid low indeed. :( 

post #15 of 23
^^^

I was on that gondola ride. I heard spindrift say it. I didn't taunt him because he seemed so dejected. But I'm holding it in reserve for future use.
post #16 of 23

After always finding a line at tram when skiing JHMR in Feb 2014, I was surprised to find walk-on trams during the Gathering. Then I had the pleasant experience of going up in one that was not much over half-full about 10 AM on 3/5. Being the only one in a tram and the conditions you experienced sounds worse than what I had on the Wall lift at Kirkwood on 3/10 when the only person to follow me up long slow chair was ski patrol. See http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11751 if you want details.

post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post
 

We'll believe you  when you go back to conventional camber and sidecut :p

 

Sort of drifting OT. But not quite - since I told Bob a couple weeks ago I was ready to throw in the towel and at least fool around on carvers when I had nothing but icy groomers to play on.

 

 I think Bob thought I was joking.  Fedex.  Today.  Praxis SNDs. 

 

 

I just called my local shop about snagging some 90mm Salomon brakes. After a brief pause, I was asked if I was an imposter or was making a joke. Truth.

 

I have been laid low indeed. :( 

There is also an 80mm brake for the Sth2 series. 

post #18 of 23

Mr. Norris sends his regards and this message:

 

Bob

 

I'm surprised you didn;t notice the extra security I sent, It was Barracks personal team. I trust they didn;t knock over any barells....

 

I asked that my mentor receive a personal tram this "Evacuation Day" (Ex Gov. Mitt's favorite holiday).

 

Regards,

 

Chuck.

post #19 of 23

So @Bob Peters did the tram operator still give you the usual speech about "All major routes from the top are open, Rendezvous Bowl is the easiest way down, if for any reason you want to ride the tram back down, one is available every 10 minutes, waffles, restrooms and beer are available in Corbet's Cabin..."

 

Or did Claire just say "uhhhh, yeah, you know the drill"?  Did she ask for your input on what sort of tunes you would prefer for the ride up?

post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by spindrift View Post
 

 

Sort of drifting OT. But not quite - since I told Bob a couple weeks ago I was ready to throw in the towel and at least fool around on carvers when I had nothing but icy groomers to play on.

 

 I think Bob thought I was joking.  Fedex.  Today.  Praxis SNDs. 

 

 

I just called my local shop about snagging some 90mm Salomon brakes. After a brief pause, I was asked if I was an imposter or was making a joke. Truth.

 

I have been laid low indeed. :( 

I love it.

 

Those look really nice.  Dibs on trying them out when you come back to JH!

 

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So @Bob Peters did the tram operator still give you the usual speech about "All major routes from the top are open, Rendezvous Bowl is the easiest way down, if for any reason you want to ride the tram back down, one is available every 10 minutes, waffles, restrooms and beer are available in Corbet's Cabin..."

 

Or did Claire just say "uhhhh, yeah, you know the drill"?  Did she ask for your input on what sort of tunes you would prefer for the ride up?

 

The part that was funny is that because of this heat wave (and freezing nights) they've added the phrase "Please use extra caution due to hard and frozen snow conditions on Rendezvous Bowl".  Then she goes, "But I guess you knew that already".

 

We laughed.

post #21 of 23

Bob -- my daughter and I will be out there next week.  Will it be "ice before noon, slush after" all week?

post #22 of 23
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Bob -- my daughter and I will be out there next week.  Will it be "ice before noon, slush after" all week?


The forecast is calling for more unsettled weather the next week or so.  It's pretty hard to predict what kind of conditions you'll have.  We've been playing the exposure-and-elevation game to extend the periods and places where we're finding nice, softening conditions, but full-on hot sunshiny days are making that more of a challenge than in most years.

 

It is forecast to be a little cooler and cloudier next week, so maybe my pessimism is unfounded.  There's still really good skiing on the hill, but you have to work a little harder to find it right now.

post #23 of 23

Thanks!  We'll look for you on the slopes -- you'll be the guy cradling the huge fish, right?

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