Hi everyone. Long time visitor, first time poster. Normally I head out west around February for a trip with the guys, but JH had way too much snow early season for me to pass up - so I headed out on my own for 3 days this past weekend. I have to thank Bob Peters for his extremely valuable guide to skiing JH. It was a big help in navigating the mountain to say the least. Here's my trip report in pictures.
I stayed at the INN at Jackson Hole, and woke-up on Friday to a steady snowfall at the base area:
After a couple laps on Apres-Vous, I decided to check-out Moran Woods. It was a powder ghost-town as expected:
I continued working my way lookers-left to get an overview of the mountain. Eventually I made my way to the tram. Locals probably wouldn't be surprised to learn the next pic is from the same day. The storm moved out and left a bluebird afternoon:
The wind was howling at the top:
The snow in rendezvous bowl was excellent - light and deep. Corbet's was closed (not that I would drop in anyway), but I got a nice shot from Tensleep:
And I believe this was taken over from by the cirque.
While I didn't do Corbets, I wanted to hit Tower 3 chute and Alta 3. Here's Tower 3, which was in great condition.
Nice and soft the whole way down.
Alta 3? from the Sublette of course.
All these dudes were hiking up to the headwall:
I have to say my favorite area of the week was accessed from Tensleep: I did the cirque, broadway and one of the expert chutes. Here's the expert chute - the second one over.
And here's broadway, which I agree is very sarcastic.
On Sunday, I was skiing down Amphitheatre, and all of a sudden a guy with a 60-lb dog on his shoulders zipped past me. Interested, I took out my camera and followed him. You can barely see the dog in the following picture. It was only later when I was reading a JH book at the airport, that I realized he was probably an "Avalanche Dog." Maybe you'll find my ignorance of such dogs alarming. Oh well, there's a first for everything. Suffice to say, the dog looked HAPPY to be moving so quickly - like riding with your head out the car window on steroids.
I purchased new Technica Agent books a couple months ago:
And demo'd Johnny 94's the first day.
And Salomon Shaman's the second / third days. The head's were 173, and the Shaman's were 164. I am 5'8 and 150. I really liked the Shaman's in the conditions we have. I know 164 is short, but I'm short, light and definitely more "advanced" than "expert"
From the top of the cirque:
What an awesome weekend overall. Lots of snow with temps in the 20's. It wasn't until noon on Sunday that it got too warm and the snow started to turn, but at that point I had to head to the airport anyway. JH impressed on all levels. Definitely coming back many more times!