Snow Hits Jackson
Winter has come suddenly to Jackson, Wyoming. With about 3 inches on the ground in the town and 36 inches in the mountain, we are starting the season off with a bang. It only took me wiping out on the ice with my bike once to realize that the seasons have definitely changed. The days are getting colder and the sun is setting earlier, something that may sound upsetting for many people, but excites a rare breed: the skiers and riders. For those who do not enjoy skiing or riding, fear not, this will not become a ski blog this winter, though I will blog occasionally on my explorations. I myself am an avid skier, moving out to Jackson a year ago to do just that. So when I saw photos posted from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort of people skiing the teton pass on facebook, I knew that it was time for my season to begin. I started watching the teton pass cam like a stalker, constantly refreshing the page to see how much snow had fallen and how packed the parking lot was in order to gauge how skied of the terrain would be.
Finally, my time had come after work yesterday. I went down into storage and dug out my ski gear (I wasn’t expecting to be skiing this early in the season!). I mentally prepared for the relentless hike up glory, a 2,000 vertical gain with skis strapped to my back. Glory is the first mountain on the north side of the pass, and one of the many back country options in the pass (I will detail some of the others throughout the season). I was amazed by the amount of snow up there, roughly 36 inches at the top. We reached the top just in time to catch the remains of a bright red sun disappearing behind the Snake River Mountain Range.
Growing up in New England, I am used to warming up on a few groomers for my first day of the season, not jumping into a mix of powder and rock in extremely flat light (due to the set sun). So needless to say I was anything but graceful during the first part of my descent. The snow was perfect. Not the light fluffy powder that you get mid winter, but rather a slightly heavier version, that you still could enjoy blasting through. We skied first turn, which is on the west side of glory. If anyone wants any descriptions or directions of back country trails in teton pass please let me know by leaving a comment. It was definitely a first ski day to remember and a great start to the season. Now all we can do is hope that there will be many more storms like the one that came through on Tuesday and Wednesday!