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My first August ski (and Bob's 9th)

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Did my first August ski ever. It was Bob Peters' 9 year and 11 month anniversary of skiing once a month consecutively. Hopefully pictures will follow.
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Forgot to say, we drove from Jackson to the Bear Tooth Pass and found a nice little snow field with very accommodating snow. The trip was a blast except for the drive back which was rerouted a few times due to Yellowstone fires and road blasting elsewhere. It took about twice as long to drive back than it did to get there!
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34 months as of yesterday for me (my 3rd August). Pretty lousy suncupped conditions at St Mary's Glacier outside of Idaho Springs. But the weather was nice and cool and it's still skiing!
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...Hopefully pictures will follow.
Si...An August ski TR must be accompanied by photos as anything short is just a cruel hoax [stated somewhere in the rulebook: ]
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Photos later tonight or tomorrow. I'm still recovering from sitting behind the wheel of the car for more hours than I care to think about, plus I have quite a bit of work to do today.

It was GREAT skiing, however, and a very aesthetically pleasing location.

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Photos

Me standing in front of the target snowfield.



And here's a little closer view of our little playground:



I love that bergschrund. I think this is probably a dying glacier but it was sure pretty dramatic for something as close to the highway as it was. If anyone wants directions, just let me know.

Here's Si standing in front of the bottom face of the snowfield.



Somehow or other, I neglected to upload some of the "action" shots. I'll get to those tomorrow.
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As Cecil B. said...

Action!

Si coming over the roll-off of the snowfield:



And picking out his line through the little sun cups:



And me doing a little tiptoeing into the rollover:



Dumping a little speed:



Savoring a little slurpee skiing:




It was actually the best August snow conditions I can remember.

Next up, my 10th anniversary of turns all year. The plan is to ski month #120 at this little spot:

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out of curiosity, what kind of set-up are you guys each riding?

Si's planks looked a bit turned up at the tails (in one picture I thought they might be Spats). Bob, you're looked like old Rossi's, correct?
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Dookey,

I "bartered" for a pair of Rossi B3's with alpine demo bindings and a pair of alpine boots very similar to my own - from a ski shop rental department. Bob was on his old B2's with freeride bindings and his AT boots, I believe.

Maybe I just made such high speed turns that I decambered the skis enough to make the tails look turned up.: ( NOT)
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out of curiosity, what kind of set-up are you guys each riding?

Si's planks looked a bit turned up at the tails (in one picture I thought they might be Spats). Bob, you're looked like old Rossi's, correct?
As Si said, mine are old Rossi Bandit XX's. 184cm, (old enough to be the model that was 74mm underfoot), Fritschi Freerides, Scarpa Laser boots. The soft boots at least partially explain that wonderful semi-tele forward lean in my turns.

Here are the skis in another setting:

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Cool!

My buddy Trevor is still riding XX's (or maybe XXX's...they're the orange ones with flame styled graphics).

Anyway, thanks for the stoke.

I truly wish I'd be up on Epic before I visited JH 2 seasons ago...you guys sound like you have a blast out there!
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Atomic Tm:x (167 cm, essentially a softer, lighter weight version of the R:ex) with Fritichi Freerides, Lowa Struktura boots (thanks to a lot of boot work by Jeff Bergeron); I tossed the stock liners and replaced them with Thermofits. The boots are pretty soft, but I don't weigh very much, so they work OK and are easier to hike and climb in. (picture at the top of Loveland Pass in June; 1000 vert of beautiful corn)
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