12-11/12-13 Tetons trip

December 14, 2010 at 14:58 | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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We headed out of town into the meltdown hoping it would be less severe at higher elevations in the Tetons. Colin and I skied Albright peak on Saturday in cold, dry conditions. What a magnificent ski peak this is, with dramatic views over Teton Park and Jackson Hole. I took a video of skiing on Albright- http://www.youtube.com/user/johnlehrman?feature=mhum#p/a/u/1/01Vy8YHSrD0

Saturday dawned wet and with a low ceiling and we headed up to the pass for a fun day of bowl bouncing from the pass to Mail Cabin Creek. Monday found us back up at the pass on the north side skiing the west face of Glory to an ascent of the east face of Mount Taylor which with an above peaks ceiling we descended the main east face line with decent visibility, crossing and recrossing wolverine tracks that were following some heavier postholer. What fun it is to have tracks to read in the snowy winter. Great opportunities abound for imagining the lives of wild creatures in their wilderness kingdom. Thanks to Colin for the excellent photos in the slideshow. It is sure fun to ski with folks all carrying cameras.

With pouring rain in Hamilton overnight we have been watching it struggle to turn to snow for the passed two hours. It looks like it may have fully transitioned as the cold front passes. Hopefully there will be enough accumulation after the cold front to improve the mountain skiing. Guess we will see after a day or so. It will be a good idea to let the rain soaked snow underneath refreeze, as avalanche conditions are surely considerable out there with the soaked snowpack.

We have been finishing up work on the Downing Mountain lodge in anticipation of our first guests and a season of deep snow from La Nina. Already now there is as much snow in the mountains as there was in February last year.


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