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April Fool's Day at Jackson Hole - ANOTHER great day

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It's hard to believe, but a year ago today BushwackerinPA visited Jackson Hole with a couple of his buddies and we had some seriously fun skiing.  Here's a trip report I did back then.

 

So, this year's April Fool's Day comes along with semi-sunny skies and a snow report of 13" of new snow.  I've been off skis for two weeks (sucks to be me) because of raging back pain, but I finally couldn't stand being off skis any longer.  An offer to go along on an early tram ride this morning was all it took to push me over the edge.

 

It was a wonderful few runs of untracked snow and perfect conditions. We just skied a few of the "Old Faithful" lines - nothing heroic or intimidating, just plain old fun in new snow.  I'm paying for it now (sore back), but it was a great way to exit my lift-served skiing for this season.

 

Here's a photo of what the mountain looked like from the highway on the way to Teton Village this morning.  Our first run is marked in red (Rendezvous Bowl to Cheyenne Bowl), second run in blue (Mudslide to Alta 1 Chute), the tram cars are circled in purple, and my last run is in green (South Colter Ridge). 

 

 

Here's the Cirque from the tram car during the ride up, with our line marked in blue:

Also, I just discovered that with the new Epic format, if right-click on the image and then left-click on the "View Image" menu, you can see a larger version of these two images.  That might help get a better feel of the size of our mountain.

 

 

Here are a couple of shots of my wife coming down Rendezvous Bowl:

 

 

 

 

 

And here's two of the friends who were along making some, ahem, NICE turns on Rendezvous Bowl:

 

 

By 10:30am, I was basically skiing only on my right ski (it's my left back and leg that are bothering me), so I decided to be conservative about things and quit for the day.  It was definitely worth it, though.

 

 

 

post #2 of 14

I wish my back hurt like that... EXACTLY like that  I hope your back mends though.  It's difficult to stay on the sidelines in such situations.

 

 

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WE'RE NOT WORTHY!

 

An early tram ride is pretty irresistable with a foot of powder.  Nice photos, as always, Bob.

 

 

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Wow, great pics!  Looks like it was a beautiful day.  So jealous that I'm stuck at work today, but at least you're out there getting after it, gimpy back and all. ;)

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Bob, sorry to hear you've been laid up.  I have mucho sympathy for you.  I had to deal with my own back problems early in the season this year, but I've been doing much better recently.  There is hope!

 

It has been a fine Spring in our neck of the woods also. One of the best stretches I can remember, although my memory is not that good.

 

Hope you feel better, & can get out and enjoy some of the late touring season coming up.

 

BTW, the pics are great!

JF

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Looks nice.  Back pain is among the worst -- I feel for you!  Do you know what the problem is specifically? 

post #7 of 14

Great pics!  Hope the back gets much better soon.

post #8 of 14

Bump for April Fools Day. 

@Bob Peters 

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Bump for April Fools Day. 

@Bob Peters 

 
And speaking of fools in April...
 
The story below was apparently posted somewhere on TGR this morning.  I think it's incredibly funny.
 
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, this prompted dozens (hundreds?) of phone calls to the ski resort, senior managers, and owners asking if it was true!
 
 

TETONGRAVITY.COM

 

BREAKING NEWS: VAIL RESORTS BUYS JACKSON HOLE MOUNTAIN RESORT

Apr 01, 2015  By: Jonathan Desabris  Follow   10   1
5105 101 4 Views15,967 Comments3
 

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Broomfield, CO – This morning, Vail Resorts announced that it had purchased Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) for an undisclosed amount. Vail bought the 2,500-acre resort from the Kemmerer family, who cited jaded and entitled locals, too many gapers in the Hobacks, and a shitty snow year as reasons for the sale.

In the same press release, Vail Resorts CEO Robert Katz outlined his vision for the famous ski area, which includes a name change to Vail Resorts at Jackson Hole and an aggressive building campaign. After the April 5th closing date, a massive grading effort will take place around both the Sublette and Thunder lifts. Katz stated one of the main problems with Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (now Vail Resorts at Jackson Hole) is the abundance of steep, technical terrain. “Families–especially rich gapers–do not want to come to Jackson Hole because they do not have the ability to ski most of the terrain,” Katz said in the release. “The effort to grade parts of the terrain under the Casper chair was a good start and attractive for intermediates, but in order to attract people who truly cannot ski but will spend the equivalent of a college tuition on food and lodging, the mountain needs to be much, much flatter.”

screen_shot_2015-03-31_at_4.38.42_pm.pngProposed site for new restaurant. Paula Deen's Corbet's Cafe 

Areas targeted include the Expert Chutes and Corbet’s Couloir, which will be completely filled in in order to provide a wide, groomable green run from the top of the legendary Jackson Hole tram.

In addition to the already-planned Teton Chair, three new high-speed eight-pack chairlifts will be built to provide access to formerly backcountry areas like Four Pines and Cody Peak. The vision is to create a large network of terrain park and intermediate glades in order to compete with traditional terrain park powerhouses like Vermont’s Mount Snow, which Katz cited as attracting far too much of the lucrative Manhattan ski and snowboard crowd. Katz is also wooing Newschoolers.com to move their office to Jackson Hole.

Jackson Hole’s fine dining scene is reported to be getting quite a boost from Vail’s influx of capital as well. Among the highlights include a new restaurant, Paula Deen’s™ Corbet’s Café, which will feature a menu of rich artisanal butters and which will require the results of a recent coronary artery exam in order to secure a reservation. Multiple nests of domesticated bald eagles will be fabricated in the current location of S&S Couloir for the viewing pleasure of restaurant patrons.

screen_shot_2015-03-31_at_4.29.08_pm.pngOne Teton Tram will connect Grand Targhee & Vail at Jackson Hole with four different stops for your shopping amusement. 

Katz has been spotted recently surveying Grand Targhee Ski Resort, and an unnamed source close to the CEO disclosed that Vail Resorts is interested in also buying the ski area in addition to a large swath of Grand Teton National Park once Vail Resorts lobbyists finish twisting arms of legislators in Washington, D.C. The goal would be to unit Grand Targhee with Vail Resorts at Jackson Hole via an aerial tramway called ONE Teton, with several stops along the way to provide patrons with fresh champagne, warm doughnuts, and even a ski-through Starbucks.

Vail is also expected to tweak Jackson Hole’s long-standing cowboy logo–seen as too rough around the edges and unbespoke–by replacing it with an image of a butler supporting a platter of hot towels while trotting a Shetland Pony.

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I saw that  and  chuckled. 

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Bob, sorry to hear you've been laid up.  I have mucho sympathy for you.  I had to deal with my own back problems early in the season this year, but I've been doing much better recently.  There is hope!

 

It has been a fine Spring in our neck of the woods also. One of the best stretches I can remember, although my memory is not that good.

 

Hope you feel better, & can get out and enjoy some of the late touring season coming up.

 

BTW, the pics are great!

JF

 

You got me!!! I was thinking this was a new thread until I read the bolded sentence above.

post #12 of 14

The "Vail buys Jackson Hole" article is one of the funniest things I've read in a long time...  Kudos to whomever came up with that one!

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I wish my back hurt like that... EXACTLY like that  I hope your back mends though.  It's difficult to stay on the sidelines in such situations.

 

 

 

 

I've jinxed myself. I injured my back moving furniture mid March and I'm still too feeble to even think about skiing for the last weekend of the season.. 

post #14 of 14
Meanwhile, over in Teton Valley...



Driggs To Open Skier Resource Center




Growing concern for the increasing number of young skiers relocating here from the East Coast has caused concerned community members and businesses to raise money for the opening of a Skier Resource Center. It will be located in the basement of the Geotourism Center in Driggs.

"These kids travel all the way over here with nothing but an Ivy League education and a monthly trust fund check. I felt like we needed to throw a lifeline out to these poor kids," said resource center board member, Mike Romanzi.

The new resource center will provide both education and resources to these pauperized ski bums. It will provide several helpful educational classes, including:

How To Open A Bank Account

How To Get A Library Card

How To Survive A Day Of Work During a Powder Day

Generally Accepted Reasons To Call In Sick

How To Fill Up Your Own Gas

Budgeting Your Trust Fund To Afford New Skis AND Rent

The resource center will also host several support groups to help ski bums cope with a myriad of First-World problems. "Caucasian Friends Of Bob Marley" will meet on Tuesdays at 4:20 p.m., while "Uneven Odds," a group of men coping with the terrible 5-to-1 guy-to-girl ratio at Targhee will be meeting on Saturday nights at 10pm. Girls are encouraged to attend!

Victor City Council member, AJ Linnell, said of the Center, "I'm really glad to see these kids getting the help they need. I remember when I was in their shoes, trying to decide whether or not to spend my last twenty bucks on a bottle of Jim Beam, or whether to launder my clothes. It was a tough time of life, that much is certain!"

A recent study conducted by experts at the Teton Valley Idaho Conservative Voice discovered that ski bums are corroding the morals of the valley. "Lasciviousness," cites the research, "is at an all time high for the valley." To combat this situation, the Resource Center will also hold church on Sunday. Free Wi-Fi, coffee, and donuts will be available.

The resource center will also provide basic staples of survival, including 24-packs of Pabst Blue Ribbon, Cup-O-Noodles, Totino's Pizza, and other emergency items. These will be free of charge for card-carrying ski bums.

Tim Wells, CEO of Sego Skis in Victor, and Proud Sponsor of the Resource Center, says, "These kids come over here from Pennsylvania, Georgia, Massachusetts… forced to live on a fixed income. Variable expenses like powder skis, carving skis, rock skis, resort skis, crud skis, corn skis, wing-suit skis, pond skimming skis, all-mountain skis, and park skis aren't easy bills to swallow when you're working the kitchen at Targhee."

"We're so glad to see the community pull together and help out this underserved population," says County Commissioner Kelly Park, "Although the effort started out grassroots, in the future I hope to see the county completely subsidize the Resource Center by establishing a Subaru driver tax."

The grand opening of the Resource Center will be held the evening of Gaper Day, April 1st. Festivities will begin with Après-Ski bluegrass music, beer pong, burgers and brats, and the first 20 ski bums to arrive will get $50 Family Dollar Gift Cards.
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