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How much do YOU love skiing???

post #1 of 20
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Do you love it enough to fly three quarters of the way across the US for one day of marginal skiing?

Do you love it enough to go from sea level one day to a rendezvous at the top of Teton Pass as the sun rises the next day?

Do you love it enough to make those sea level lungs hike up a steep hill for two hours, much of it at 10,000 feet?

Do you love it enough to put up with "interesting" snow conditions (that's being charitable) once you've gone through all that?

One EpicSki member does. :

Hand_Solo met up with me this morning for a ski adventure that turned out to be a lot more adventure than ski.

We hiked up Glory Peak from Teton Pass. Here's what the early part of the hike looked like. How about those snow depths?



A little further up, the going got even better:



Here we are, two hours from the car, approaching our final destination - the Great White Hump:



Here's Hand_Solo booting up the final pitch to the top:



And here's the possibly dubious reward. Skiing down, we experienced some snow conditions that I've never seen in a lot of years of skiing strange snow. We would occasionally run into BREAKABLE-CRUST sun cups. :

Now, any of you who have skied sun cups before know that they usually don't even form until there have been a lot of freeze-thaw cycles and no matter how unnerving they might be to ski, you can usually count on at least being able to stay on top of them.

Not today.

I've never before seen a situation where you'd suddenly just drop through the crust into rotten snow below. Very, very strange.




Here's Hand_Solo a little further down:



And here he is coming across the runout above Ski Lake:



So, all in all, you gotta hand it to Hand. What a gamer. He seemed to actually enjoy the whole thing.

Hats off to Hand_Solo!
post #2 of 20
Have never run into breakable sun-cupped crust. It makes sense that Ullr would mix those two curses to test your love of the sport. Thanks for the pictures, and good job skiing the weird stuff.
post #3 of 20
Great pics. Yeah, I love to ski that much, but would not have the stamina for the hike at that altitude and would be spooked by that snow.

Jackson Hole looks like an amazing place. I followed the ski report and pics daily this season and love the geography. I would like to take the women's ski clinic that they run in March some time. I ski Big Sky in February but Jackson looks different and like a place where I could learn a lot.
post #4 of 20
Sounds like the force was with him. He should hook up with SKI-3PO.
post #5 of 20
Bob, I'm checking my FFM's right now
post #6 of 20
I thought I was crazy to be still skiing at this time of year when everyone else has hung up their boards for the season. I feel so fortunate that we were blessed fresh snow yesterday & today Who would have thought it would be possible to ripping up boot deep untracked pow in late May on Blackcomb? (still snowing in the alpine as I came down this afternoon)

Hat's off to you for chasing the last bits of winter.
post #7 of 20
glory's lookin' thin

how's the skillet looking on moran?
post #8 of 20
I love skiing so much that I'm willing to try it with a damaged foot tomorrow, given the 3 or 4 inches of freshies up there.
I'll post in the afternoon with a report on how the day went.
By the way, Bob - those photos look more like a typical day in mid-August; is it really like that where you are now? :
post #9 of 20
I love it so much that I'm dragging the whole family up to Mammoth for closing day Memorial Day (and I can already feel the ski withdrawals starting!)
post #10 of 20
I love skiing so much I drove 10 hours for it yesterday
post #11 of 20
What an absolute privilege it was to meet up with
the incomparable Bob Peters! This trip would have
paled in comparison without the company of such
a gracious host. And don't be fooled by his description
of the seemingly adverse conditions, HE still made it
look E A S Y...... (including the slog uphill : )

Bob, thanks again for going along, it was another
aspect of skiing, one that I hope more Bears will have
the chance to experience.

As for myself, I look forward to the next off-season? adventure!
post #12 of 20
Talk about two intrepid skiers.
post #13 of 20
Can definitely feel the love. Thanks for sharing!
post #14 of 20
ou snowpack was like that too. Breakable punchable suncrust I kept skiing, I guess i love it.
today i skinned to ski dust on crust at least it was frozen.

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=56183

yet more proof why TRs should be in the main forum here.
post #15 of 20
Giving up a proper career in one's 30s to endure 15 hour flights, live in pretty dire accommodation and put up with neanderthal managers?! huh.

Nice shots. I like those gentle hills. If I end up AT-ing (or tele-ing) this spring (as I probably will) I'll post shots of the slog up the Aussie main range from Guthega dam. It's character-building. And a real experience to be worried about tiger snakes when wearing ski boots.
post #16 of 20
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Do you love it enough to fly three quarters of the way across the US for one day of marginal skiing?
Haven't done THAT yet but every time I'm in Jackson Hole I think I comment to you that it would be worth it!

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Do you love it enough to go from sea level one day to a rendezvous at the top of Teton Pass as the sun rises the next day?
What else would one expect coming to visit Bob?

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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post
Do you love it enough to make those sea level lungs hike up a steep hill for two hours, much of it at 10,000 feet?
What :, you didn't make Hand_Solo drink Martinis upon arrival before a dawn patrol up Glory to meet the sunrise

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Do you love it enough to put up with "interesting" snow conditions (that's being charitable) once you've gone through all that?
Can't say I've skied such "interesting" snow as you are describing but I would say we've found other types of "interesting" conditions when I've gone with you.

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One EpicSki member does. :

Hand_Solo met up with me this morning for a ski adventure that turned out to be a lot more adventure than ski.
Congratulations Hand_Solo, looks like you had a great day. It's always a privilege to ski, hike, or do both with Bob. Here's a thread about doing 3 Glory trips in a week with Bob (winter season - not spring) and a little song I composed about it:

Ode to pre-dawn climbing with Bob Peters

To the tune of Dylan's Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man:

Hey Mr. Peters Man lay a track for me,
I'm still sleepy but I'll seek the peak we're going to
Hey Mr. Peters Man lay a track for me,
In the ice and cold of morning I'll come followin' you.

Though I know that light of morning has not us yet to seek
Hidden to us by the peak
Left me blindly here to climb while almost sleeping.


My weariness amazes me, I'm blistered on my feet,
But I strive to climb and meet
With the mountain's ridge so dark its like I'm dreaming.

Hey Mr. Peters Man lay a track for me,
I'm still sleepy but I'll seek the peak we're going to
Hey Mr. Peters Man lay a track for me,
In the ice and cold of morning I'll come followin' you.

Take me for a tour upon your snowy kinfe edged ridge,
My senses have been stripped, my hands can't feel to grip,
My toes too numb to step, wait only for my ski boots
To be wanderin'.

I'm ready to go anywhere, I'm ready for to ski
Beyond my own limits, I will find my confidence
I promise you I'll go for it

Hey Mr. Peters Man lay a track for me
I'm still sleepy but I'll seek the peak we're going to
Hey Mr. Peters Man lay a track for me
In the jingle jangle morning I'll come followin' you.

Though you might hear whining, cursing, bitching loudly up the climb,
It's not aimed at anyone, I'm just way too far behind
And but for the climb I'd be back in bed sleeping.

And if you hear vague traces of wheezing while I climb
As you step so fast in time, it's just the ragged clown behind,
I wouldn't pay it any mind, it's just a consequence of
Hopeless chasing after you.

Hey Mr. Peters Man lay a track for me
I'm still sleepy but I'll seek the peak we're going to
Hey Mr. Peters Man lay a track for me
In the jingle jangle morning I'll come followin' you.


Then take me disappearin' through fog layers thick with rhime,
Up the boot pack slow in time, slipping most steps of the climb
Past haunted frightened trees, up to the windy peak
Far from the twisted reach of daily sorrow.

Yes to dance beneath the diamond sky with pack off standing free,
Silhouetted by a sea, of snow spread like the sands,
With daily work left far behind, driven deep beneath the crust,
Let me forget about that life until tomorrow.

Hey Mr. Peters Man lay a track for me
I'm still sleepy but I'll seek the peak we're going to
Hey Mr. Peters Man lay a track for me
In the jingle jangle morning I'll come followin' you.
post #17 of 20
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As for myself, I look forward to the next off-season? adventure!
Then you'll understand why I'm posting this photo. Double-click the image for a better feel what's involved.

post #18 of 20
I wear my skiboots almost everyday in front of the mirror just waiting for the next winter - I CANNOT WAIT! I must spent all summer thinking about buying harb carvers or go to ski halls.. I really really really really love skiing
post #19 of 20
Nice TR and awfull snow !

OT : Hand_solo, shouldn't you ski Dynastars (SC9 and 4800) ? What's with the Heads ?
post #20 of 20
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Then you'll understand why I'm posting this photo. Double-click the image for a better feel what's involved.

Now get rid of the big rubber bus and put yourself in a 7' whitewater kayak! :
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