YES and probably into the after life.
Originally Posted by Curtis
Three friends and I are planning a trip for early February and are thinking about Jackson Hole.
One of the guys is an intermediate who has some trouble on just about any black run, and I'm a little stronger but not expert. The other two guys can do anything.
I know Jackson Hole is known for challenging terrain, and the experts are excited at the idea of JH. But looking at the terrain map a lot of the blue runs seem to be traverses. If we mostly stick together and ski the blues and easier blacks, will the better skiers hate us for life?
Intrmediates will want to stay to the skiers left side of the mountain on Apres Vous high speed quad lift. The other more experienced skiers are going to want to spend time on skiers right side of the mountain on lifts Thunder, Sublette, and East Ridge Double Chair.
That said I would strongly suggest for your first group run together you all take the Teewinot Quad Chair and then ski over to Apres Vous high speed quad lift. Actually you can get in a lot of vertical skiing on Apres Vous high speed quad.
First take the solid blue trails and then try a dotted blue trail. Remember the trail rating system is all relative to JH and has nothing to do with trails you are use to skiing at your home mountain. That said, the dotted blue trails are more like east coast black diamonds. The solid black trails depending on conditions can be anywhere from east coast double black diamonds to single black diamonds. Be very careful on the traverses.
If you feel comfortable skiing blue trails off Apres Vous then try the Gondola. Your expert skiers will like skiing directly under the Gondola while the intermediates can ski the blue trails off the top of the Gondola on skiers right.
Take lessons before JH and take lessons at JH. Due to high elevation drink lots of water at JH and limit the amount of alcohol the first two days. After that you are your own.
I don't think you want to ski on thunder, sublette, or East Ridge chairs. I will also be at JH that week and will be spending most of my time on those lifts.
Places to eat, Mangee Moose, Teton Steak House, and Bubbas BBQ with BYOB. Fancy nice place to eat Gun Barrel.