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Leaving the office right now to go skiing at Jackson Hole 8-27-10

post #1 of 22
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I was planning on going up the early tram this morning but it was cloudy and rainy at 7:45.  I came into the office and things are clearing up nicely.  I'm leaving now to head out to that roundish snowfield on the left in this photo from the JH Tram webcam.

 

I'll report back later.  No photos because nobody wants to go along.

 

1 - 1 - Sunglasses on August 27.jpg

post #2 of 22

I've never skied Jackson Hole.  Is it fun?

post #3 of 22

Bob Peters, you've rendered me speechless..........

post #4 of 22

I love it. Can't wait to hear how many turns you get! :)

post #5 of 22

I'm wondering how close the tram runs to that patch of snow? Imagine there could be a fair amount of hiking involved.

post #6 of 22


I think I can see it!
 

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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post

I was planning on going up the early tram this morning but it was cloudy and rainy at 7:45.  I came into the office and things are clearing up nicely.  I'm leaving now to head out to that roundish snowfield on the left in this photo from the JH Tram webcam.

 

post #7 of 22

So what happened?

 

Did you get up there and get some turns in?

 

Was there much hiking involved?

 

Did you parasail home? 

 

Enquiring minds wanna know!   ;-)

post #8 of 22

Yeah what happened? I'm only like 4 hours away, I need to know.

post #9 of 22

Ya think Bob decided to camp out up there and get his August and September turns in?

post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post

 No photos because nobody wants to go along.

 


I wanted to go along
 

post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

Ya think Bob decided to camp out up there and get his August and September turns in?


He posted in another thread yesterday evening, so unless there's mobile broadband up there or he has a satellite IP link I guess he made it back to civilization. Either way I guess he could post an update, unless he's enjoying making the less fortunate wait.

 

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I wanted to go along


I'm sure I'm not the only one to be of a +1 state of mind on that!  ;-)

post #12 of 22
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Hi, all.

 

Sorry for the lack of a followup.  I was too tired to post last night and then I (ahem) was working most of the day today.

 

I did make it over there.  It's called the Sunglasses Snowfield because in some summers the vertical center of the snowfield melts out leaving what looks like - if you have a fair amount of imagination - two lenses of a pair of sunglasses.  During the winter, the snowfield acts as the entry point to what's known as Patty's Couloir (aka St. Patrick's Day Couloir). 

 

It's only about 2.5 miles from the top of the tram as the crow flies, but unfortunately it's almost all either uphill or downhill.  The worst part of it is the "back"side of Cody Peak which is about a 900-vertical-foot slog down (and then up again when you're coming back) a 35-40 degree scree slope made of sharp, slide-prone limestone slabs.  The hike each way took a little less than two hours and the wind was blowing about 40mph-plus the whole time.  It was blowing so hard that the wind would catch the skis tied to my pack and blow me off-balance while I was hiking.

 

The good news?

 

I made it there and skied two laps.  The first lap was 33 turns and the second was about 20 (I was cruising on the second lap).   It's an absolutely beautiful spot and it was great being somewhere where pretty much nobody ever goes.  Interestingly, my hike TO the snowfield was under clear skies but by the time I was hiking BACK up the shoulder of Rendezvous Bowl it was clouding up.  It started to rain about the time my tram car got to the bottom.  There was definitely no window of good weather today and not much that's promising in the forecast for the rest of August.  I got my August skiing done in the nick of time, so to speak.

 

Here's a photo that shows my skiing line yesterday (in red dots) and St. Patick's Day Cuoloir in green.  They look a little more fun in this photo, no? 

 

Patty's and Sunglasses.jpg

post #13 of 22

Well that sounds like a pretty damn awesome day all around! If a flatlander is going to live vicariously I guess picking a guy who never has an off season is a good choice!.  ;-)

 

Bob Peters August 2010 Skiing.jpg

 

To avoid going to the top of the page and back. Wow!!

post #14 of 22

Reminder to Self: Much as he richly deserves it for flaunting his access to skiing in August, fer cryin' out loud, do NOT give Bob Peters a smack upside the head because he's obviously way tougher than you!

post #15 of 22

Here are Bob's August Turns from last year..........

How many consecutive months of skiing does this make?

post #16 of 22

Looks like a great way to spend a day to me. jc, love the winter/summer comparison.

 

To quote Philpug from the thread TC links to, "If I grew up, I would want to be Bob Peters." :)

 

Streak's gotta be close to 160 months by now, no?

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Originally Posted by rachelv View Post

Looks like a great way to spend a day to me. jc, love the winter/summer comparison.

 

To quote Philpug from the thread TC links to, "If I grew up, I would want to be Bob Peters." :)

 

Streak's gotta be close to 160 months by now, no?


Fairly close - 155. 

 

If I manage to get September done, that would make 13 years in a row.

 

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Fairly close - 155. 

 

If I manage to get September done, that would make 13 years in a row.


Something tells me you"ll get that done.

 

You got me thinking about it, & I realized august is the only month that I haven't made some turns.  Gotta do that sometime.  I have skied powder in September.

 

It snowed above about 8000' this morning in my neighborhood.  The mountains are socked in again now, maybe snowing more up there.  What's going on in your mountains?
 

Thanks,

JF

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It snowed above about 8000' this morning in my neighborhood.  The mountains are socked in again now, maybe snowing more up there.  What's going on in your mountains?
 

Thanks,

JF


Same here in Logan.

post #20 of 22

Nice! I was just up there this past week, flew into Jackson Hole and drove thru Yellowstone. Wish I had gotten the chance to get up there and do a couple of laps!

post #21 of 22

It was snowing on top of the Bird yesterday.

1673.jpg

 

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Originally Posted by 4ster View Post

 


Something tells me you"ll get that done.

 

You got me thinking about it, & I realized august is the only month that I haven't made some turns.  Gotta do that sometime.  I have skied powder in September.

 

It snowed above about 8000' this morning in my neighborhood.  The mountains are socked in again now, maybe snowing more up there.  What's going on in your mountains?
 

Thanks,

JF

post #22 of 22

I hope this is a harbinger of good things to come!

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