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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hello everyone! I'm stuck here in the Chicago land area with the only skiing experience I've had is in Wisconsin. I've been thinking of heading west for many years but haven't got around to it. As it turns out my brother lives in Cody Wyoming. I was thinking it might be a good excuse to get out west and do some skiing and see him as well. I've been skiing over 10 years now and consider my self a good skier in the Wisconsin "mountains", please don't start laughing, I know they're only hills. I would honestly consider myself a low intermediate on the hills out west. With this in mind what are my options on resorts close to Cody. Jackson Hole comes to mind but I'm not interested in really steep hills.

Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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post #2 of 17
Jackson hole has a lot of blue trails. You should go. Psssst don't tell anyone but their is a sceret intermediate trail that nobody knows about at Jackson Hole. Take the TRAM to Corbet's Cabin. Head on over to Cody Bowl. The good thing is Cody Bowl is a special safe out of bounds intermediate area where they never have any avalanches. So you don't need the usual avalanche gear there. It may look steep but its not really because the deep snow slows you down. Point them babies down hill and drop in. Let me know how you make out when you get back.

PS->!! Don't believe a word I just wrote above.

Serously there are nice intermediate trails at JH and on a good day you might be able to make it down Rendexvous Bowl off the top of the TRAM. If not you can walk back to the top and take the TRAM back down.
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by catskills:
Jackson hole has a lot of blue trails. You should go. Psssst don't tell anyone but their is a sceret intermediate trail that nobody knows about at Jackson Hole. Take the TRAM to Corbet's Cabin. Head on over to Cody Bowl. The good thing is Cody Bowl is a special safe out of bounds intermediate area where they never have any avalanches. So you don't need the usual avalanche gear there. It may look steep but its not really because the deep snow slows you down. Point them babies down hill and drop in. Let me know how you make out when you get back.

PS->!! Don't believe a word I just wrote above.

Serously there are nice intermediate trails at JH and on a good day you might be able to make it down Rendexvous Bowl off the top of the TRAM. If not you can walk back to the top and take the TRAM back down.
Cool, how far of a trip would it be from Cody to Jackson Hole?
post #4 of 17
Jackson Hole is about 175 miles from Cody. It's on most serious skier's "to do list" as one of America's premier expert mountains (4000' vertical), but could be a bit intimidating for a low intermediate. There is supposed to be a mellow, beginner friendly, low cost area about 70 miles east of Cody with 1000' vertical called Antelope Butte. Here's their website; http://www.skiantelopebutte.com/

Red Lodge, Montana ski area is about the same distance (70 miles) north of Cody and falls between the two areas mentioned above in size. I've heard good things about it over the years. Check out www.goski.com for info on these and other ski areas in the northern Rockies.

You could have quite an interesting week by visiting Antelope, Red Lodge and JH for a few days each in that order while based in Cody.
post #5 of 17
Hmmm.... You did not say how you'll be traveling or whether or not you are at all familiar with this area. That would help frame the discussion a bit.

If you have not spent any time in that part of the world, the scale and lack of development will most likely stun you. As will the scenery. If you are heading out from Cody, away from Billings, think in terms of driving for hours and maybe seeing 3 gas stations, maybe one of which has a quick-mart. This in weather that can be some of the nost extreme in the US. If you drive anything besides a Ford, Chevy or Dodge, service could be a long,long, way away... I'm exaggerating a bit, but not much. If you have not driven in that part of the world, be aware there are real safety issues. Especially in winter. Unless things have changed since I spent time there, water, candles, snacks, blankets, shovels, sand bags, etc. are all wise things to carry in winter in that neck of the woods.

The reality is that there is not much of anything close to Cody by east coast or midwest standards. This is even more true when winter distorts time and space in that part of the world by making many roads impassable (either because they are closed or because it's an intelligence test). In the summer, you'd spend 5-ish hours getting to Jackson (assuming you wanted to ignore the sights in Yellowstone National Park). In winter??? Depends on the year.

All that said, there are some interesting areas within reach. Red Lodge is a couple hours or so away. I've never skied it, but it has a reasonably fierce reputation with respect to terrain. 2400 feet of vertical. Antelope Butte is a local/regional area in the Big Horns. A thousand feet of vertical. It could be a pretty interesting & fun place to check out. Don't let the smallish vertical at Antelope Butte fool you. The Big Horns are some of the least known and most impressive mountains in the country (IMHO). The scenery will blow your mind. My wife, who knows the area well, assures me that the ski area is fun. Both Red Lodge and Antelope Butte supposedly are having a good snow year. There also seems to be a little local ski joint in Cody. I do not know of anywhere else that would be easy to get to .

To hit any bigger "name" resorts, you'd probably want to head to Bozeman & continue on to check out Big Sky, Bridger, etc. Based on the winter driving issues mentioned above, I'd probably pass on trying to reach Jackson. Especially via the "south" route from Cody. BTW - forget the route through the park in the winter - the one Yahoo maps would tell you to take

If you do get crazy and try to hit Jackson, warm up at Targhee - you can look up all my other "Targhee is great" posts via search.

Your post got me thinking about getting in and out of Cody. Air service has sort of come and gone over the years. Poked around on the web & it looks like they actually have air service again - through Salt Lake City. If you are traveling by air, think about stopping in SLC and hitting the Park City resorts. Huge range of terrain for all levels of skiing. All easily accessible. Nice services in the area. If you somehow got bored, no shortage of other areas nearby.

Another random thought - tons of wilderness/backcountry near Cody. I suspect the locals hit Sunlight Basin & other nearby areas a ton. If you can find qualified safety minded folks you can probably find some pretty cool stuff to do (vanilla XC, telemark, randonee). Don't know how overrun it is with snowmobiles these days...

Finally, if you visit Cody, be sure to check out the historic bar and the museum.

Hope this ramble was of some use...

[ January 22, 2004, 04:48 PM: Message edited by: spindrift ]
post #6 of 17
Red Lodge is a fun little mining town to visit and worth the trip by itself. The mountain has great terrain and is well worth skiing when the snow gods are gracious. A good deal of the time the snow gods have been mad at the Red Lodge area which is why the locals fondly call it 'Rock Dodge'.

So far this has not been a good year. Today's snow report is "15 - 33 inches on snowmaking trails; 6 - 18 on natural snow trails". Fortunately, its still early in the snow season in these parts and conditions might improve before your trip.
post #7 of 17
Il_Skier:

I'll echo what's already been said about driving from Cody to Jackson. It may only be 175 miles during the summer when you can drive through Yellowstone Park, but during the winter you have to drive south from Cody almost to Riverton, west through Dubois, over Togwotee Pass and down into Jackson Hole. On my map, that's nearly 330 miles from Cody to Teton Village. That's a lot of driving, especially when you consider that nearly all of it could be absolutely horrendous if you happen to get caught in a windy snowstorm.

Cody is a great little town and there is some beautiful scenery to the W, SW, and NW, but it's a pretty darn remote place in the winter.

You'd almost be better off planning a visit to Cody around the first week of June. That time of year, you could probably drive over Beartooth Pass and ski at the little spring-skiing area near the top of the Pass. *That* would be cool.

Bob

Bob

[ January 23, 2004, 11:18 AM: Message edited by: Bob.Peters ]
post #8 of 17
I fly to Cody 2 or 3 times a year. So far it's been during the off-season. Your post didn't say when you're thinking of going but I'll be skiing Red Lodge next month. I'll report back with pics. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by endlessseason:
I fly to Cody 2 or 3 times a year. So far it's been during the off-season. Your post didn't say when you're thinking of going but I'll be skiing Red Lodge next month. I'll report back with pics. [img]smile.gif[/img]
Thanks to everyone on the information. I kind of had a feeling the trip from Cody to Jackson would not be one I would be interested in driving.

Keep me posted on the pictures.

Thanks
post #10 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by IL_Skier
Thanks to everyone on the information. I kind of had a feeling the trip from Cody to Jackson would not be one I would be interested in driving.
Keep me posted on the pictures.
Thanks

Hey IL_Skier-
Oh wow, I just remembered I told you I'd post pictures of Red Lodge. Better late than never, and just in time for summer! Here you go: http://www.skistreak.com/2004/mar/red_lodge.html
post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the link! My wife and Daughter are with my parents this week visiting my brother in Cody. Unfortunately I'm here at work.

They said the scenery was awesome. Maybe next year!
post #12 of 17
endlessseason: this will be going off subject but, I liked looking at your photos and comments on ski areas at your website. Mt. Rose sounds like something of a discovery. How did it compare with other lesser known but good places you visited?
post #13 of 17
I went to Jackson last year and I am an east coaster, dont let all the stories scare you off it was one of the best trips I have ever taken in my life, an amazing mountain that will allow you to work your way form the blues to the blacks in a few days, all it takes it getting used to real snow and not the ice I am accustomed to. The week I was there they had 5 feet of snow and i was skiing in ass deep pow almost every day, the first day i didnt know what to do, i had to learn how to ski all over again but by the end of week i was tearing it up. While you are out there consider taking a snowmobile trip in Yellowstone very cool. BUT WHATEVER YOU DO DONT MISS OUT
post #14 of 17
endlesseason,

so is it you that made the trip? it's amazing
post #15 of 17
IL Skier
Come up to Tyrol. We'll get you tuned up for those "big" mountains. Lots of good skiers and instructors out west started (learned) right here. You get to do it over until you get it RIGHT. Double Diamond(not really but steep) is probably the best bump run down south. We don't have the amenities that Devil's Head has (my wife patrols there) but we've got a HILL.
I've made that drive from Cody to Jackson. I'm pretty sure you wouldn't want to do it in winter. My wife and I had a pretty hairy time coming down into Sheridan in April one year.(4WD Subaru)
Red Lodge has some pretty good terrain. We took the kids to a race there on our way back from Ashland (OR) one year.
post #16 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jamesj
endlessseason: this will be going off subject but, I liked looking at your photos and comments on ski areas at your website. Mt. Rose sounds like something of a discovery. How did it compare with other lesser known but good places you visited?
I really liked Mt. Rose and will be back again. Especially to try the formerly out-of-bounds area in the front that looked so tempting while I was there last spring.
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by Rusty Guy
endlesseason,

so is it you that made the trip? it's amazing
Yes.
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