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So I just came back from a 72 hour round trip drive to Jackson Hole with 4 of my buddies. Got to the mountain at 3 am the 28th, slept in our minivan until the lifts opened, and then had THE best day of powder skiing in our lives. Oh yeah, and on our way there we encountered blinding fog in Illinois, a huge ice storm in Iowa, and hit a moose in blizzard conditions going through Togawatee pass in Wyoming (luckily it was more of a side swipe and everyone came out unharmed).

Overall, even after being able to ski only one day at JH due to the high avi danger, it was a incredible experience.

Anybody have some good ski road trip experiences to share?
post #2 of 9
I've rolled in to many many parking lots (Breckenridge, Mt Snow, Purgatory come to mind) sometime between 3am and 5am to catch a cat nap then be waiting for first chair. Nothing like waking up to find the car you are inside is completely buried (don't sleep with the engine running!). The only downside to rolling like that is that if you also decide to drive back home after skiing tempers might run a little short due to fatigue and folks being just plain burnt. Glad you had a blast and keep the stoke stories rolling!
post #3 of 9
I used to live not far from Togwotee Pass...are you sure you hit a moose? Could it have been an elk?

Flying through Jellystone one night a moose was standing right where I was going...I hit the brakes while he hit the gas and I watched as he got 4 hooves spinning, and slowly began to accelerate. Pretty funny. He made it OK.

Glad to hear you had a great powder day, sounds like you all worked hard for it.
post #4 of 9
A few years ago I was on a multi-week business trip working an hour south of Albuqueque. On Friday afternoon, our boss decided we were going to take the weekend off (I think he wanted to watch football). This was early season, so not many places were open yet, but Wolf Creek (CO) had just gotten a big storm and went from 0 to 100% open.

So I turned to a coworker and said "Wolf Creek is only 4 hours away. Lets go." So we drove up to Albuquerque, bought ski socks and pants, stopped in Sante Fe for dinner, and kept driving.

My buddy got on a phone and found a cheap place to stay. As my four hour estimate was exposed as the bald-faced lie it was, he called them back with ETA updates. The owners said they were going to bed and would leave the key under the doormat, and, by the way, we put you in the corner room that has heat!

The drive was closer to 7 hours. I got pretty good at careful speeding -- fast when there were good sight lines, slow going over the crest of hills or around turns (there were elk in the road three different times).

ANyway, the skiing was great -- three feet of fresh (though no base under it) and absolutely empty of people. We skied Sat and Sun, drove back, and were back at work on Monday morning.

Edit -- no gear, of course, so we were on rentals. By the time I got from the shop to the lift, I realized the boots just weren't going to do the trick. I went back, thinking I would squeeze into a smaller size. But the shop guys rummaged around in the back and came up with an pair of translucent green Langes that skied great. The only downside was I couldn't get them off by myself. A big belated thanks to those guys.
post #5 of 9
2 weeks ago I was planning on leaving Las Vegas right after work for a 4 day ski trip in SLC. The day I was to leave Vegas got hit by a snow storm for the first time in 30 years. 3-6 inches isn't much except when you live in a city that has no idea how to haddle it. I picked up a fellow Bear who was stranded at McCarran and made the drive to SLC in 7.5 hours. After 2 hours of sleep I was on the first tram at Snowbird. By the afternoon I was dozing off while riding up the Tram but it was a great 4 days of skiing.
post #6 of 9
After years of talking about skiing Tuckerman Ravine, I decided to do it last April despite my wife's protests (that's a story for a different thread). Here is how the day went:

I went to bed on Wednesday night to get a few hours of sleep.
Woke up Thursday about 1 am.
Drove the 4+ hours to North Conway.
Slept in the car outside of the hotel where friends were staying for an hour or so.
Quick coffee, water, and breakfast sandwich.
Drove to the visitor's center with friends.
Hiked 1.5 hours to the shelter where friends will be staying for next few days.
Friends unpacked for their stay. Had some food and hydration.
Took two hikes and runs down the sweet spring corn on Hillman Highway.
Back to the shelter for some grub and beer.
Skied 3/4 of the way back to the parking lot alone, then slogged through dirt, rocks, mud and streams through the rest.
Drove 1/4 of the way home, pulled into a parking lot for a power nap, continued home, arrive home about 11 pm.

Yup, had to work the next day. Gotta love coffee.
It was probably the toughest day I've ever had and I loved it.
post #7 of 9
Once a co-worker and I decided to leave K.C. after work Friday. We drove to Mary Jane base getting there around 2 or 3 am. Slept in the car until first lift. Had a great day of skiing, then started driving back. We stopped for dinner, then kept stopping to take 'naps' in the middle of the night. We got back to KC at noon on Sunday. 25+ hours in the car for 8 hours of skiing.
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So I just came back from a 72 hour round trip drive to Jackson Hole with 4 of my buddies. Got to the mountain at 3 am the 28th, slept in our minivan until the lifts opened, and then had THE best day of powder skiing in our lives. Oh yeah, and on our way there we encountered blinding fog in Illinois, a huge ice storm in Iowa, and hit a moose in blizzard conditions going through Togawatee pass in Wyoming (luckily it was more of a side swipe and everyone came out unharmed).

Overall, even after being able to ski only one day at JH due to the high avi danger, it was a incredible experience.

Anybody have some good ski road trip experiences to share?
Awesome effort, sorry you didn't get more ski time on the big mtn. Great thread topic.
I've done three road trips - Virginia to Colorado and contemplating another, also many to New England/Quebec. With the right company the road time can be a blast and heighten anticipation of the blessed event. Minivan has been my weapon of choice in recent years too.
post #9 of 9

Taos, some years back...

...from Colorado, with my drunken ski bum rommate from Summit County. We had never skied Taos before, had free accomodations at the Taos Inn, plenty of (ahem) Mood Altering Substances, and, additionally, it was Playboy Magazine week at Taos, replete with actual Bunnies and a 20-foot high piece of Inflata-Bunny Lawn Art at the bottom of Al's Run....photos available on request...I think...if I can find them...
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