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What Ski Runs Look Like in Summer - Jackson Hole

post #1 of 22
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I did a hike in the fog a few days ago and happened to walk by one of my favorite out-of-bounds runs at Jackson Hole.  We were hiking the Rock Springs loop trail and we walked near the bottom of the cliff band that's just down and to skier's right of the OB gate at the top of Rendezvous Bowl.

There are two couloirs that drop through that cliff band and both get skied quite a bit.  One is called Space Walk and the other is called Zero G.  Of the two, Zero is my favorite because of the big spire sticking out of the lower part of it.

I couldn't get a good photo of Space Walk because it was too foggy, but the clouds parted a bit as we walked near the runout of Zero G and I was able to get a couple of photos.

Here's what it looks like during the summer:



And here's the typical route outlined to give a little better persepctive:



Two years ago, bushwackerinpa and a couple of his friends skied it with me on April Fool's Day (trip report), and here's what it looks like when you're dropping into the upper part of the chute:



And here's bushwacker skiing down toward the spire that sticks up out of the lower part of the chute.  That spire is what breaks up the red line in my summer photo up above:



And here it is from a distance during the winter.  Zero G is the obvious couloir in the left-center of the photo and Space Walk is the less-obvious one in the right-center:



Here's a thread with some photos of skiing Space Walk in post # 12.

It's really interesting to see some of this stuff up close during the summer.  It's definitely a different feeling.  It looks a little crazier than it does with snow on it.
post #2 of 22
Great topic. That's just mind boggling to a east coaster. I sent a week at Jackson about 25 years ago. I must admit that much of the mountain was beyond my intermediate abilities but I did look down Corbets and ski Rendezvous and one of the Hobacks, some stuff under the Tram mid-way down also. So I have a real sense of the mountain but the photos reveal just how much snowfall you receive...enviously mind boggled I am.
post #3 of 22
 O M G!!! 
post #4 of 22
It really is eye opening to hike what you ski. Even decent blue runs are quite steep, and as Bob's pictures show, a steep black looks out of this world. Nicely done.
post #5 of 22
Snow makes things so much easier. I am a DH mountain bike racer and I have ridden at quite a few places in the summer. Actually I have ridden my bike at more ski resorts than I have skied. Skis area take on a whole different look in the summer. Something that looks like it would be impossible is no big deal once it is covered in snow.
post #6 of 22
Any pics of Lower Thunder Bumps where my nice fully functional left shoulder is buried?

Great Pics Bob!
post #7 of 22
i'm just amazed that snow sticks to those rocks. Based on my one trip to jackson i thought the only thing that sticks to the rocks out there is ptex
post #8 of 22
By Spring the snow depth by the rock thumb must be incredible.  Bob, what is it July by the time that area clears? 

Great pics, you do know that mountain.
post #9 of 22
That is amazing!  It is terrifying in the summer.  Its still intimidating in the winter but it looks do-able. I love seeing resorts in the summer. I reminds me of what it must be like to drain the ocean and see what's under the water.
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post #11 of 22
Makes you appreciate snow's softening effect on gravity...
post #12 of 22
 Even the stuff inbounds looks scary in the summer
post #13 of 22
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Snow makes things so much easier. I am a DH mountain bike racer and I have ridden at quite a few places in the summer. Actually I have ridden my bike at more ski resorts than I have skied. Skis area take on a whole different look in the summer. Something that looks like it would be impossible is no big deal once it is covered in snow.
I agree, slopes look especially steep when your riding up them! Summer Road is the easiest way down Aspen Mountain in the winter.
Riding up it in the summer is just brutal!
post #14 of 22
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Any pics of Lower Thunder Bumps where my nice fully functional left shoulder is buried?

Great Pics Bob!
You fell on Upper Thunder Bumps but didn't stop sliding until you hit Lower Thunder Bumps. 
post #15 of 22
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i'm just amazed that snow sticks to those rocks. Based on my one trip to jackson i thought the only thing that sticks to the rocks out there is ptex

Agreed, and thanks Bob for the great pics. I guess the snow sluffs off and settles on the less steep ground under the chute and builds up from there rather than sticking to the rock, but I assume both are happening, avalanches loading the deposition area and snow accumulating on the rocks in the chutes. I think by the time these lines are skiable, they are somewhat less steep. This is all conjecture from a Marylander, correct me if I'm wrong.
post #16 of 22
Wow.  How long into a "typical" season does that become skiable?
post #17 of 22
Thanks Bob great pictures.   Hiked into ridges on Idaho Montana border last week and boy do some runs look different when they're grey rock instead of snow.   Thanks Pete
post #18 of 22
Bob, your pics remind me of some of the terrain at Mt. Baker.  When you see it in summer it looks impossible, but it's skiable when the snow covers it.  I sometimes play a game with myself when standing at the top of stuff like that.  I look down and imagine taking off my skis and walking down.  It sends a chill through me and tightens me where the sun don't shine.  Then skiing it seems simple in comparison.

Maybe I'll hit Jackson this winter for the first time if El Nino doesn't mess things up.
post #19 of 22
Wow, thanks so much for those pics.  I agree, it looks insane in the summer.  I've actually never been up to a ski area in the summer time, I think I might have to take a drive up to Alpental before summer ends and see what some of that stuff actually looks like.
post #20 of 22

I skied it yesterday for the first time.  Its been ready for about a month though..but this season has seen the sickest snowfall in JH history so far.  Hope it keeps up!

post #21 of 22

I never would have thought loking at the rock face without snow that it could be skiable (obviously by skier with great skill) .I'm blown away by the fact what didn't have snow on it is skiable in the winter.

post #22 of 22

Cool, I have always wondered what runs looked like with no snow.

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