View Full Version : Rambling Jackson Summit TR

02-14-2005, 08:53 AM
After clambering and hiking for an hour up onto the shoulder of Cody Peak, I watched Mrs Roo drop in, labouring through the deep, heavy snow of No Shadows. “Bad Roo?” I hear and look down the aręte to see a vast moustache with some skiwear attached to it. It’s Arty. Behind him is lph, scoping a steep line. No matter where you were at the Jackson summit, you were never alone.

Things started off badly. As Karl Stall gave us a lift from the airport to Teton Village, Mrs Roo received a text message to call home urgently. With no mobile coverage and the time difference to the UK it wasn’t until the next morning that she had the opportunity to call back only to find that some very close friends had been involved in an accident in South Africa. Mike had been killed instantly and Moira was hospitalised with a basilar skull fracture, severe facial injuries and her radius bone sticking out of her arm. Watching your wife just dissolve into tears on the telephone is an experience I don’t want to repeat. Feeling pretty low, we skied the teeth chatteringly hard groomers without a great deal of relish.

The arrival of both some much needed snow and Gincognito, Mit and Lia did much to lift our spirits. Skirting the rope below Central Chute and ducking into Cheyenne Bowl yielded fresh tracks for lap after lap, and it was fun getting sloughed by the poorly bonded new snow on the short slope by the dead tree. We also managed to score some of the first tracks into Tensleep Bowl, carving delicate arcs through the tram sized boulders in the Rock Garden. Corbets was closed all week although we did witness one or two poachers and a patroller make their way down. The drop in from skier’s right was maybe ten or fifteen feet last time I was in Jackson, although now it looked twenty plus and beneath the dusting of new snow lay some seriously case-hardened ironwork. One for the tourists to brag about from the Emergency Room.

The new snow lasted pretty well although it provoked a feeding frenzy on Cody Peak as an ant-like swarm of skiers ascended the ridge and macerated the chutes, Powder 8s and the lower faces of No Name and Four Pines. Karl Stall graciously offered to take us out there but I felt a little conscious that my desk jockey ass would severely slow him down on the way up (and on the way down) so I just listened to his routefinding advice and took a lap with Mrs Roo.

Perhaps the part I should have listened to was Truth’s recollection about how technical the ascent up a loose shale face was. Or possibly that he had hurled twice on the bootpack up. Admittedly this had more to do with the shambolic state he’d been in the previous night, but I had visions of some sort of march of death. Putting a positive spin on to Mrs Roo, we strapped our skis to our packs and set off, clambering through the rocky outcroppings. I could tell after a short while that I was not popular with my spouse but there was no turning back. We made it up to the top and were treated to some magnificent views, the privilege of watching some supremely skilled skiers and boarders, a chance meeting with the Kirkwood boys and a slope that would have been in primo condition had we hit it 48 hours previously.

After splitting with lph and Arty on the way down, we managed to negotiate a rather gnarly traverse between two cliffs that ended in a hop over rocks onto a steepish slope. Mrs Roo managed to get her skis see-sawing on the pivot point and at one point I heard her shriek as she thought she was going backwards over the cliff. More stink eye for Roo. After this, the slope was pretty benign and she got her smile back by the bottom. She’s subsequently admitted that she wants to go back up there, so it can’t have been that bad.

Still, you don’t need to go out of bounds at Jackson to have a truckload of fun. Skiing thigh-deep snow in Tower Three Chute never gets old, nor does skiing with a gang of demented Canadians on the boulder spine that runs the length of Saratoga Bowl. If you enjoy hucking, this could well be the most fun, sustained run I know. Every fifty feet there’s a sizeable rock you can traverse up onto and then hurl yourself off. Double stagers, technical landings between trees and fat acid drops were the order of the day. Mit was a star here, flying off one rock , screeching over into the next drainage on his teles and performing some sort of inverted railslide on a fallen tree. It sounded gnar. Gincognito performed the move of the week, leaping off a pillowy boulder, misjudging his landing and impacting right on an icy ramp that covered another rock. He landed and was then instantaneously catapulted into the air again, as if he was made of rubber. Desperately trying to get his legs back underneath him, this usually sickeningly tidy skier looked more like a rodeo bull rider for all of five seconds. Except without the homo-erotic leather accessorizing.

It was great to hook up with some old faces. Ubersheist was willing to bomb everything with the same GS turn, regardless of angle. Kellie’s skiing made us all ‘happy in the pants’ until she wiped on a groomer and tweaked her MCL. Fix up soon, gal. It was also fun to ski with some new maggots. Shmerham was always on it as was weibo and VTskibum. It won’t be long before MiniMagette bruises quite a few of our egos either.

In the meantime, it was still good for her to observe the hierarchy, being plastered in snow by weibo at Targhee as she fell off the side of a groomer. Targhee rocks. If you have the means, I highly recommend it. The hike-to stuff at Mary’s is gobsmackingly beautiful. Line of the day there on Friday went to shmerham with a neat line from the top through the rock bands. Getting face shots three days after a storm was most unexpected but welcome nonetheless. I only used one lift all day and can’t wait to get back there.

It was cool to meet so many new faces. We established that Sherpastyle would kick my ass at wrestling and that the campiness of Frozenwater’s dancing is a clear indicator of intoxication. Kellie generously invited us back to her truck for an airing of her beef box (free) and the Mardi Gras celebration wouldn’t have been the same without the utterly unintelligible but otherwise very charming Mr Stinky. Spanky demonstrated the benefits of a nineteen foot arm span during the Powder To The People schwag grab while Gincognito baffled us all as to how a person who subsists on Gatorade, cookies and milk doesn’t have an ass the size of a bison. Loved the talk from Theo Meiners, especially when he instantly ditched the ‘infallible guide’ visage and let us in on the more human aspects of big mountain guiding. Damn good nachos supplied too.

Cool to finally meet folk like Foggy, McWop, Bob Mc, Schuss, Mildbill, Basom, Tom, Comish, Cornholio, Woodsy, Karl Stall, DougW, generous host Froz and countless others. Also cool to hear how EPSkis escaped serious injury after his ‘King Of The Rocket Men’ assault on the Rock Gardens. Get well wishes go out to Kellie and Plakespear. Mit and Lia have a ton of dirt on Gin and as such were very entertaining company. I’d like to round off by dedicating this TR to Mike Cooper. He did more in his 23 years than most of us manage in 40 and will be dearly missed by many. A ripping snowboarder, keen climber and huge hearted guy, Mike would have made a great maggot. RIP, Coops.

(pics coming next…)

02-14-2005, 09:00 AM
Gincognito goes ballistic

Mrs Roo playing in Cheyenne Bowl

Lia. This girl never stops smiling. She needs to get cliffed out more often. ;)

Mad traversing steeze from Gin in Tensleep Bowl

Mrs Roo goes searching for EPSkis' Salomon toe piece in the Rock Gardens

02-14-2005, 09:00 AM
Roo, It was really good to meet you and the Mrs. as well. Thanks for the pasta and laughs, and I'm really glad you had such a good rest of the week!

I'm sorry to hear about Mrs. Roo's friend. That's the worst news anyone can get, and to have it come when you're so far away must have been excruciating.

02-14-2005, 09:06 AM
Gin the Grin.

Mrs Roo plows pow.

Crazed telewhacker Mit follows suit

Uber about to reach exit velocity

Mit leaves a smoke screen

02-14-2005, 09:07 AM
noice shots roo!

so good to finaly meet you and the Mrs. even if we only got to spend a few moments together. glad you had a fun time in wyoming. man you made denis look cool in that photo.

road trip
02-14-2005, 09:12 AM
man you made denis look cool in that photo.

Echo that sentiment! Bien!

02-14-2005, 09:15 AM
Lowest snow year since '76? Eat this.

Mrs Roo before the hike up to Cody.

Keeping good company on the way up.

Eyeing 'Three Cliffs'

GO GIRL! Dropping into No Shadows...

02-14-2005, 09:22 AM
lph drops in from the shoulder of Cody...

...as Mrs Roo watches from the endzone.

Arty50. Kirkwood boys ought to be good at this sort of thing.

Mrs Roo is not Jamie Pierre.

Weibo and his Bros drop into a chute high on Mary's at Targhee. Grand Teton in background.

02-14-2005, 09:30 AM
Weibo stomps a landing

Never heard it called that before.

Karl Stall reckons his youngest girl takes after his wife. His wife reckons she takes after Karl. You go figure.

Quebecois are easily bamboozled by the self checkout lane
Mr Stinky explains how he failed to land a job as a CNN anchor

02-14-2005, 09:34 AM
This just in... I suck for not making it. Great TR as usual roo, glad everyone had fun and condolences go out to Ms. Roo.

02-14-2005, 09:38 AM
Buy tyres. Get free beef. What's not to like about America?

Gin is impressed by the girth of Kellie's 'Tillamook Country Smoker Beef Stick'.

It may be old news to you, but a drive-up ATM with Braille keys just blew me away.
Kellie zooms in on Gin's country smoker.

Maggots above Alta, Wyoming.

02-14-2005, 09:46 AM
Mit goes deep on Mary's.

Me at the 'ghee.

02-14-2005, 09:47 AM
Nice pic of Mt. Owen and the Grand. Clearly shows the route of the Grand Traverse. And the Gunsight Notch Couloir between the Grand and Owen.

Oh yeah, it's a killer skiing pic too.
Thanks for the stoke.

Karl Stall
02-14-2005, 09:48 AM
Roo, so great finally meeting you and Mrs. Roo - only bummer of the trip for me was not getting to spend more time with you, and missing the opportunity to include you on the big tour day.

But, I understand that you need to process the loss of a friend and skiing was not its usual overarching priority. Just today I learned of a friend who hit a tree and died on Saturday at Beaver Creek, and another with ALS who will have the plug pulled tomorrow - I don't even know how to get my arms around the magnitude of such staggering loss.

Anyway, sorry to mope. I had such a wonderful time in Jackson and enjoyed the good-hearted maggots who made the effort to get together.

Best, Rock

02-14-2005, 09:53 AM
TR of the year to date. Sorry about your friends.

02-14-2005, 09:54 AM
The Brit crew always rocks, and this trip was no different! :biggrin:

02-14-2005, 10:07 AM
I've been looking forward to your TR all week - thanks!

My condolences to you both, that's tragic.

02-14-2005, 11:08 AM
Roo: Master of the TR.
Thanks for taking the time to share with the slogs like myself who weren't able to be there. Great pics and engaging recount.
So sorry about your friends.

Johnny Gunn
02-14-2005, 11:25 AM
Thanx for the TR and great pics.

Wish I could have been there, but thanx to freaking work I couldn't.

02-14-2005, 11:43 AM
...and the Mardi Gras celebration wouldn’t have been the same without the utterly unintelligible but otherwise very charming Mr Stinky.We were joking about the two of you and that conversation... Two guys who both speak English but couldn't understand what the other was saying...

It was great meeting you and Mrs. Roo. Great TR. Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend.

02-14-2005, 11:45 AM
My condolences to those experiencing such grievous loss.

Great TR ROO .The pics were smashing.I'm coming out of the bitter malaise of being on the IR and missing big powder in Utah & the Summit.I'm attempting to ski this week & to go to Utah, SO it's brightening my mood!

02-14-2005, 01:09 PM
We were joking about the two of you and that conversation... Two guys who both speak English but couldn't understand what the other was saying...

I'm freakin' crying here as I read that! It was just at the right point in the evening that I thought I must get the two of them together to chat a bit. :FIREdevil

Condolences on your friend(s), Roo.

Mrs Roo
02-14-2005, 01:23 PM
Thanks for the support, guys. I'm afraid I was a little flaky at times (helped by a healthy dose of retail therapy. God bless the exchange rate!). Meeting such friendly and funny people really helped (I'm thinking Bill's "make it stop, I don't like it" type moments). I'd have moped a whole lot more if I'd have been at home.

All I can say is that hiking up Cody peak kinda got my head in order. Stunning views, remote quietness and concentrating on not slipping down rocks focuses the mind somewhat!

Finally to Karl Stall who's hugs and support helped me a lot. I'm so stunned to hear your terrible news. I'm hugging you right back from over the pond.

02-14-2005, 01:23 PM
Great TR as usual, Roo! It was nice to finally meet you & the lovely Mrs. Roo. I'm very sorry to hear about your friends. Please pass my condolences along to the Mrs., as well.

KS - Great meeting you & your family! Listening to your wife talk about how she broke her arm made me feel like a wimp for whining about my back! Between she, Grace & yourself - you've got a truly rippin' family! It's great that you're able to share that - you're a lucky man! Extending condolences twice in the same thread - damn. Horrible situations, both. Thoughts & prayers sent.

Heh, Roo - thanks for the description. I think Gin would have to give the official account, as it was entirely too fast & frightening for me to recall with much clarity. (Althought for warranty's sake, I will let Solly know EXACTLY what I think of their exploding skis & binders.) :wink:

02-14-2005, 01:27 PM
. Meeting such friendly and funny people really helped (I'm thinking Bill's "make it stop, I don't like it" type moments).

you realize we were laughing at him right?

Mrs Roo
02-14-2005, 01:30 PM
laughing at anothers expense = the best laughs

Can you explain the leather bound book story some time?

02-14-2005, 01:30 PM
great TR.

Greater Photos.

pretty cool you guys got nuked on an otherwise dry week in the Western US.

02-14-2005, 01:32 PM
laughing at anothers expense = the best laughs

Can you explain the leather bound book story some time?

yes, but we'll need a tv and a dvd player and a few hours. then you will be on the inside sister!

02-14-2005, 01:37 PM
That was a laughing-out-loud TR!!! Thanks for brightening my return to the work world!

KS, sorry to hear about your losses to compound those of the season so far - bummer way to end a great trip . . .

02-14-2005, 01:55 PM
So much to say...but my mind is messy right now.

For now, thanks for the wicked good synopsis - though I do take issue with a few of your creative liberties... I'll be back to set the record straight and hopefully supply a little video when I settle down.

Sick and ashamed and happy (and, let there be no doubt, Roo is a dog rapist),

Mrs Roo
02-14-2005, 02:01 PM
Roo hates the Dallas Cowboys. ;)

02-14-2005, 02:04 PM
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Mrs Roo
02-14-2005, 03:04 PM
Before I retire after a day and night flying closely followed by a day at work (no time for jet lag) I must just mention our Canadian roomies. It was great to see Gin smiling and happy in his pants (!) throughout the trip. MIT and Mrs MIT were great too, despite ill health, husky voices and hanging off the balcony (we need to see those pics!).

Lea, you KNOW you need to join the maggettes! Do it!!

02-14-2005, 03:59 PM
Kellie zooms in on Gin's country smoker.

She doesn't look impressed. Clearly a larger zoom is needed.

Sick and ashamed and happy (and beating Mit to the punch),

02-14-2005, 04:05 PM
Fun fun fun! Great TR and photos. Makes me feel like I was there (minus the hangover I'm sure I would have had from pretending I was 21 again).

So sorry to both Mrs. Roo and KS for their losses. Horrible to hear. :(.

Love the free Beef Box! That is one of the funniest things I've seen in a while!

All you Summit goers - :yourock: :yourock:

02-14-2005, 04:07 PM
Suffice it to say, if you ever have the opportunity to hang with these two, do not hesitate to take it.

Sick and ashamed and happy (and little by little),

natty dread
02-14-2005, 04:07 PM
A pleasure to read Roo. One of these days I'll have to make one of these summits!
My condolences to Mrs. Roo and KS; being in the mountains can do wonders for grief of any sort. I wish you both well.
Les Schwab free beef is legendary, glad you were able to partake in a tradition that we in the PNW have taken for granted for years! Why would anyone buy tires anywhere else? ;)

02-14-2005, 04:24 PM
My Summit TR is not worthy of its only thread so I’ll post it here

The light at the end of the tunnel was not a train. It was Friday off. After a brutal week of work, the Foggy mobile left Denver late Thursday afternoon. Lack of a wingman (or wingwomen) and reports of variable conditions were of no import, this kid needed to get out of town. Radio only made the drive drag on. Analyzing exactly how far the conservative talk radio host’s head is up his ass is only entertaining for so long (Tribal wars as justification for the slaughter of Native American’s was my favorite). After a night spent in the camper in Hoback Canyon, I finally rolled into Jackson. I was a cold night but -10 in Jackson, damn!!. A few smoke signals were made and the plan was to meet BobMc and the Comish crew at the ‘Ghee.

While the rat pack was evident, I only got to ski with a few. The morning was spent ripping around whatever was steep and north facing. I’m a horrible guide. I go where I want. Some follow, so don’t. A particular rock shot ended with SkiingBear in the trees and others leaving for terrain actually covered with snow. Comish, Bear and I spent the afternoon exploring the Targhee sidecountry with a Nipple->Scott Bagh Memorial Bowl->repeat->Nipple tour. The snow was the best of the trip. If you want to huck, go here. Drops of 2 to 200 feet with steep landers are just a minutes walk from the rope. After a couple at the bar, I imposed on Frozen for some accommodations. While I slept, those two played vids until 3am.

On tap for Saturday – a recon mission on the Idaho side with Stanley and friend. The positives: great company, new terrain to check out, a full day of exercise, and the 30-40 wicked mint pow turns above the creek. The negatives: two much up for not enough down, the 600 feet of goodness in the guide book that simply isn’t there, the 100% humidity/light snow/greybird that soaked the best modern fabrics, provided minimal vis and created some weird sleet crust on the money shot. So all in all, a great tour. I can’t say I’ve ever put the skins on at the house and skied all the way home. The main reason those perfect turns in the backcountry mean so much is because they are so elusive. Enjoy the chase.

PTTP at the Moose and I was thirsty. After setting up camp in the Jackson parking lot (no probs FYI) and a tasty bowl of soup and a grilly, camper style, I met the posse at the Moose. Great to see some old friends again and meet some new ones [/cheesy line from any one at any summit]. I felt a little like the kid that was late to the party. Most everyone was about to leave town and was winding down. The IR was extensive. Kellie and Plakes were gimped up and the tale of those sick or broken went on for quite some time. Drinks, dinner with drinks, and more drinks were had. As the flurries turned to steady snowfall, the bed won out over another drink. Am I getting wiser?

I awoke Saturday to a chopper buzzing my camper. Now I’ve been kicked out of my share of parking lots, but I found this particularly rude. I quick peak outside reveal Teton SAR staging in the parking lot. Anyone know what happened? It looked like they were flying in a team by helo. 500miles between me and home was not going to stop me skiing. I headed up the Pass and made a sweet run somewhere in the Bearclaw trees zone. 6 inches and some wind had done wonders. As I stood hitching a ride back up a big grin burned into my mug. For me, this is what it is all about. A few days of skiing puts my mind in the right place.

02-14-2005, 05:02 PM
TR of the year to date.

i was thinking the same thing... Git 'Er Done!!

02-14-2005, 06:58 PM
great summit sampling (fri-sunday).

Snow was pretty tough on Friday (JH)..firm at best..but conditions progressively improved throughout the wknd.

Good meeting new mags and seeing familiar ones. J-Hole rules without a doubt.

Saratoga Bowl Friday...not blower.

A lonely Corbet's...for good reason

A happy place.

yo baby who you callin'?? I know where were at...?

Saturday dusted that crust.

Powder awards at the Moose.
Mags winning some sh$t.

I think Kellie kicked the chair out from under this Tool after he intercepted 90% of the powder schwag......nice work K.

Comish taking it to on Sunday

Sublette on Sunday

Today would've been an 'epic' day.

02-14-2005, 07:04 PM
Albertsons :rolleyes:
I work for Albertsons and fix those self checkouts all the time.

Quebecois are easily bamboozled by the self checkout lane

Mtn Man
02-14-2005, 08:35 PM
Nice TR and pics Roo. Great talking with you and Mrs Roo at the Cowboy bar, too bad we all couldn't meet up for a few runs before the end of the trip. Definitely need to meet up with you guys in EU soon. When's that EU mini?


02-14-2005, 08:59 PM
thanks for the stokeage!

02-14-2005, 09:09 PM
T'was great to see you again mang. So sorry to learn of your loss. Prayers sent.

02-15-2005, 01:30 AM
I haven't gotten a chance to do my TR yet, but what a great weekend. Really cool to meet the Roo's and the rest of the Summit pose.

This shouldn't be on the bottom of page 1!

More stories, picts to come on Wednesday after I fail my mid term :)

02-15-2005, 05:46 AM
Great TR! Really enjoyed it - if only i'd have been in JH a week longer....

ill-advised strategy
02-15-2005, 06:12 AM
heh...."country smoker"...heh heh.

Big E
02-15-2005, 06:26 AM
Really bummed I've missed 2 summits in a row now :mad: Looks like a great time, glad some snow came in for everyone.

02-15-2005, 07:03 AM
I quick peak outside reveal Teton SAR staging in the parking lot. Anyone know what happened? It looked like they were flying in a team by helo.

Kid spent the night out in Granite. He dug a hole, and they found him walking out Sun AM.

02-15-2005, 07:07 AM
Was that the snowboarder they were putting a PA out for when we were in the Moose? I saw a couple of his colleagues looking a bit sheepish outside the Teton Club that evening.

NB - Holy crap, Barnballs, you've got a fast shutter finger.
I thought this character was about to get battered! I was laughing my ass off upstairs when he hit the deck.

02-15-2005, 07:13 AM
probably. dont know where he tried to descend, my interp puts him pretty far north, as if he skied from the backside of the tram or cardiac ridge (Cody Shoulder) but i could be completely wrong. sounds like he was lucky and just good enough. Radio said he fell in the creek so was slogging with wet feet. glad they found him.

02-15-2005, 09:39 AM
Roo hates the Dallas Cowboys. ;)

You just launched me into a 3 min uncontrollable coughing fit..glad to see the stickers were useful. ;) .

Thanks for the TR with any luck I'll get some pics up..but I'm glad that gin has a bunch of them on his computer..

02-15-2005, 12:40 PM
man you made denis look cool in that photo.

And that's no easy feat (as evidenced by all previous internet photos). No doubt, roo nailed that shot. Though I do take issue with his description of the events: it's not so much that I miscalculated the landing, it's more that I was so focused on not getting that stick up my woo-hoo that my sense of relief after clearing it temporarily effected my stomping abilities. Yeah, that's the ticket.

Sick and ashamed and happy (and always willing to ride bronco),

02-15-2005, 03:21 PM
Gin had his eyes open on our way back to SLC and we had to take a picture for you Roo (I think this was in Idaho Falls). To be honest I have don't know how kellie missed all the signs for free beef before she paid for her tyres.


02-15-2005, 03:33 PM
Gin had his eyes open on our way back to SLC and we had to take a picture for you Roo (I think this was in Idaho Falls). To be honest I have don't know how kellie missed all the signs for free beef before she paid for her tyres.

I dunno... I didn't notice the signs on the way out. I even stopped at a Les Schwabs in Lovelock, Nevada to get my tires rotated and balanced, and didn't notice the signs. (They were closed, so I had to go elsewhere). However, I certainly noticed them on my drive back home.

Mit - it was great to have met you (and your wife - er, I mean girlfriend - sorry about that). I had loads of fun skiing with y'all Wednesday, being a typical tourist on Saturday, and generally hanging out at your condo. If ever you get out towards Tahoe, you'd better get a hold of me!

02-15-2005, 03:48 PM
Ha! Last time we were in Jackson, Brownmonkey drove 90 miles to Idaho Falls expecting something like this
but instead got

Disappointed he was.

02-15-2005, 03:55 PM
Disappointed he was.
my steeze you steal.
Dance well your wife can.....

02-15-2005, 07:49 PM
Monday February 7th

Cody Peak - first thing in the morning

Top of Corbet's - "We came, we saw, we soiled ourselves"

Looking up Corbet's

Zoom in on guy standing on top of Corbet's


Mrs. Roo testing out the chute for the rest of us.

Lia - Not quite smiling yet but up for the challenge of her first ever chute

Gin - Smooth as always

Bad Roo finally getting some powder


Gin hiding in his own smoke

Mrs. Roo kicking up some pow

Another first for Lia - wide open bowl, powder and no underbrush/trees- The perma grin starts.

Lia loving the powder - It ain't like this in the East

Mrs Roo
02-16-2005, 04:15 AM
my steeze you steal.
Dance well your wife can.....

Ah, ha! That narrows it down.

02-16-2005, 05:49 AM
Nice pics, Mit. For some reason Corbett's doesn't look so scary in that shot...must be the lack of cold wind and icy scraping sounds...

Sick and ashamed and happy (and was supposed to post some video today, but fucked up the tunes on part II),

02-16-2005, 06:01 AM
Hello Mr. & Mrs. Roo,

Good to see you got some good in JH.
Great TR again.

Until the next Euro Summit, Al.

02-16-2005, 07:29 AM
i'm going to glom on here and add my leetle TR to this sweet thread.

mildbill, Mrs. Bill, and myself, departed logan int'l on friday the 4th. the plan was not to plan, and try and ski where the snow was. we hoped beyond hope that we would find it at jackson. but the trip started in utah, and thats where we got some first, and last.

arriving in Salt Lake we wrastled our insane amount of gear into the rental subie. we had too much gear. After a super nice dinner with Woodsy, Raddam, and Jane we headed to casa de Stump for some of the finest hospitality in the great residential zone that is Sandy.

Stump is the man, the generous man, the funny man, basicly the man.

we skied old snow for two days, and put off our departure for the summit due to impending gurge. The 1st pulse came in strong and almost knocked us out of the collins line up on monday. 18" new and we got it all day. we continued to ravage LCC on tuesday with the masses and before too long we were saying goodbye to Stump and making arangements to return the next weekend as another storm was forcasted for the wasatch.

Only Showers were forcasted for Jackson, but those who are familier with the tetons know what a blessing a few inches can be for the backcountry. So we loaded up again, and drove north. we made sure to not "act all gay" when stopping in Wyoming. unfortunately we didn't get a beef box, which i now obviously regret.

Up early on Wednesday, i'm trying to motivate mildbill and Mrs. bill, i must be the most anoying morning person of all time. five inches over night didn't sound like a lot. but bill had a glimer in his eye, and i think he knew deep down this was going to be more than fun. I rally them to get to the tram by nine, i gotta meet gin and the roos. mildbill and Mrs. bill had to get her some skis as she fully destroyed her Pocket Rockets at Alta the day before, so i rode up with a bin full of smiling maggots.

skied one run in the resort. rendezvous bowl skied pretty well up top but the chunder ice bumps underneath soon took thier toll. i know a lot of mags scored some goods in bounds, but as i looked out at cody glistening in the morning sun, i knew where i was going to spend the day.

I bolted down to meet mildbill and Mrs. bill. Gave em a quick report of what i found in bounds and we headed up and out.

by the time we were hiking up pucker to no shadow it was obvious that it was a big day out there. People seemed pretty amazed at the number of people sessioning each zone.

we are stupid and excited and didn't shoot any pictures on cody. but it was deep. a good warm up before more hiking and traversing. getting back to no name, which the first tracks were being laid upon as we crested powder 8's, is not exactly fast. By the time we made it to the top of the face it had been skied about twenty times.

it didn't matter.

i love no name. so much.

the five inches there was above the kness for my 6'4" frame, and the turns were over the shoulder. Best run of the trip for me.

me skiing first.


Mrs. bill (you can sort of see her helmet in there somewhere)

i filmed bills line from the bottom. here are some grabs from the vid.






we finished up by sessioning some of mildbills favorite shots in pinedale. it was really, really good in pindale. the whole day was boner city.

Thursday we planned to go to Granite, and hit some long shots. the vertical in there is un real. We hooked up with a large crew of maggots on the tram. Karl Stall was amped up to hit granite too, and had Dougw, SkiGuide, and Skibear in tow. we also hooked up wth Comish and this non-mag Katie who happened to be a friend of yossarians from Bend. We were planning to hit the ABC's but ended up standing on top of mile long and endless. making the call to split up for safety sake we watched Karl, Doug, Ski Guide and Skibear drop in to mile long, and we moved over to endless.

no name and endless vid. (http://www.angrywhelk.com/shinjuku/summit/jax05.mov)
skiers are mildbill, diskoskeegrl (formaly mrs. bill until she ripped me a new one in this thread), and comish. its a kinda beefy file at around 24mb.

the snow in Granite was variable, but it was super good on the top. The raincrust was prevelent underneath, and there was some frozen avie debris hiding down there. It still blew me away.

katie decending

Mrs. bill on the lower section

The traverse out kicked our collective asses, but as soon as we were back at the tram i forgot about how bad the traverse is and was stoked to go back and ski airforce. Hooked up with Sherpastyle and lost mildbill and Mrs.bill. We ended up skiing the same line in airforce, but bill and mrs.bill were one bin behind Sherpastyle, dougw, comish, and myself.

i got no pics of the run, but bill shot some of Mrs. bill in airforce 1.

Mrs. bill

with another good day our smiles just continued to grow.

we partied with the maggots thursday night at the moose, but we some how missd the sweet event prior. and rocky really let me have it. then he gave me a hug.

Friday night was calling for snow in the wasatch, so we decided to go south again. we stoped at the pass for some turns on the way out of town.
its was a super fun way to finish up our short time in jackson.

me on teton pass

Mrs. Bill through the trees

the perfect post tour snack!

and the perfect post tour nap. on the road to SLC

another alta storm day on saturday. i got some head cam footage that i'm putting together, mostly from sunday in the blue. i'll add it as soon as i finish it.

Mrs. bill skis the gurge

our gracious host, Stump

Sunday was a perfect final day with blue skies and fast smooth snow. a great end to a great trip. I'll get the vids up soon, and as always i wish we had shot way more stills. but as everyone know sometimes when the skiing is good stopping is absolutely the last thing on your mind.

vid: alta head action (http://www.angrywhelk.com/shinjuku/summit/alta%20head.mov). its big, but with more compression its harder to see due to the crappy head cam resolution.

it was great connecting with new maggots, and re connecting with old ones.

the whole damn week was boner city.

02-16-2005, 07:38 AM
nice bas!

having you guys stay over was a blast. you're welcome back anytime. next time make you sure don't let me stay in SLC when you are heading to jackson.

02-16-2005, 07:53 AM
Couple of pics from Thursday inbounds at Jackson with Gincognito:



02-16-2005, 08:03 AM
This thread keeps getting better. Nice action on the bill, base, and jen show. Wish I could have hung around with you guys a bit more (the image of bill skiing those rocks at Alta will not soon leave my mind). Next year I vow to get myself somewhat bc compatible.

And, Vt, great skiing with you that Thursday. Also good to hook up with shmerham and keep pushing for one more run. My thighs were burning and even the alpine turns were hurting when all was said and done.

Sick and ashamed and happy (and were there maggots on the Thunder chair above us when I pulled a slo-mo somersault in the powder bumps?),

02-16-2005, 08:13 AM
nice job all.... Damn jealous that I wasn't there.

The Suit
02-16-2005, 09:23 AM
Hey Basom,

Sorry I didn't meet you and the Bills. I really wanted to see who's been squatting in my house in Lincoln. Thanks for leaving it so neat last time I was out there.

I hooked up with some local friends and was near the front of the Cody Peak pack on Wednesday (just far enough back so I didn't have to break trail), so I missed all the maggot groups out there. I ran into Truth in the afternoon, but he was cooked from all the puking and stuff.

Thursday I was just getting sick. I made it through Theo's talk, but the Moose afterwards was not an option. I'm finally feeling better this morning. Yesterday looked like a re-run of last Wednesday. I watched through a spotting scope while everyone teed off on Cody & No Name. Pretty pitiful.

Maybe we could ski Cat Rock next time I'm in Boston ...

02-16-2005, 09:35 AM
Great Pics and TR Basom. Seeing all you guys heading out in the bc really motivated me to want to start my avy training asap.

02-16-2005, 11:14 AM
Bad Roo in Bernie's Bowl







02-16-2005, 11:25 AM
Maybe we could ski Cat Rock next time I'm in Boston ...

any time mang.

carefull what you ask for though, the place is deadly. like a cat.

Karl Stall
02-16-2005, 11:56 AM
Basom (and Bill) -

You guys certainly bring it! Great write-up and pics. I realy enjoyed hanging out with the board's "young turks" for a few days and wish that we could have made more turns together.

Good to hear that No Name was the highlight of the trip, as it was for me as well.

Sorry to give you so much shit for missing the "Cascade" event, but that's just testimony to the importance played by the traveling Bill and Ben show to provide the stoke.

Anyway - great to meet you. Next year we'll do some storm-chasin' together.


02-16-2005, 12:15 PM
Anyway - great to meet you. Next year we'll do some storm-chasin' together.


you too Rocky.

and we will chase, oh we will chase.

(and i'm saving for next april, OH YEAH!)

02-16-2005, 12:28 PM
Radio said he fell in the creek so was slogging with wet feet.

don't call me radio, unit 91

the summit was a great time, good to meet everyone and make turns or be drunk with the few i was lucky enough to ski or drink with. can't wait til next time, for more turn making and drinking.

hmm...basom is saving for a trip in april with karl...i wonder what that could be...

02-16-2005, 12:32 PM
hmm...basom is saving for a trip in april with karl...i wonder what that could be...

wakeboarding in st. louis, obviously.

02-16-2005, 12:35 PM
wakeboarding in st. louis, obviously.

i've got hella frontside indymagoo steeze on my dope wakeboard. i'm there.

Karl Stall
02-16-2005, 01:03 PM
wakeboarding in st. louis, obviously.

you're always welcome at the "party cove" of the Mississippi. :FIREdevil

02-16-2005, 07:01 PM
Mrs. Bill??? That is what you came up with, Basom? I endured sleeping in the same room with you for 10 nights in a row along with your painful attempts to be covert with your morning rallying efforts (Stretch. Loud yawn. Whiz- blinds open. BRIGHT LIGHT. Loud yawn #2. Long, exaggerated rummaging through gear bag. Loud Yawn #3. et cetera) accompanied by 32 hours of cranky ouiange-less you, and I get called Mrs. Bill? I think I deserve something a little more telling of the bravery and patience that I displayed.

Actually, I just don't want to be associated with someone (MildBill) who wanted to fly home three days early to ski at Stowe instead of catching that killer second PULSE, as promised by EJ, that we shredded at Alta on the last two days of our trip. Man, I bet Stowe would have been off the hook! Sorry we made you stay, MildBill.

02-16-2005, 07:39 PM

02-16-2005, 07:54 PM
I just don't want to be associated with someone (MildBill) who wanted to fly home three days early to ski at Stowe instead of catching that killer second PULSE, as promised by EJ, that we shredded at Alta on the last two days of our trip. Man, I bet Stowe would have been off the hook! Sorry we made you stay, MildBill.

wow, new shit has come to light here. in light of the new shit, i'd say you better watch your back next time you're traversing across sunspot, wretched one.

edit: also, sweet 2nd post disko. you killed it in a manner similar to which you got after things out here in UT. :yourock:

02-16-2005, 07:56 PM
I believe basom and bill have just been slapped.

02-16-2005, 08:07 PM
:fm: :fm: :fm:

Textbook East Coast FM Usage.

02-16-2005, 08:11 PM
Get that girl a Winnebago.

02-16-2005, 08:24 PM
i got fucking owned.


02-16-2005, 09:06 PM
Diskoskeegrl is killing it in a manner such that we must consider redifining the terms of "killing it". At this point I'm not even sure if Basom is killing it anymore.

Mrs Roo
02-17-2005, 07:10 AM
Mrs. Bill??? That is what you came up with, Basom? I endured sleeping in the same room with you for 10 nights in a row along with your painful attempts to be covert with your morning rallying efforts (Stretch. Loud yawn. Whiz- blinds open. BRIGHT LIGHT. Loud yawn #2. Long, exaggerated rummaging through gear bag. Loud Yawn #3. et cetera) accompanied by 32 hours of cranky ouiange-less you, and I get called Mrs. Bill? I think I deserve something a little more telling of the bravery and patience that I displayed.

Actually, I just don't want to be associated with someone (MildBill) who wanted to fly home three days early to ski at Stowe instead of catching that killer second PULSE, as promised by EJ, that we shredded at Alta on the last two days of our trip. Man, I bet Stowe would have been off the hook! Sorry we made you stay, MildBill.

Hahahaha! I love it! :D :D . You tell 'em.

Hang on, as Mrs Roo, I get associated with a self proclaimed dog rapist! I may change my name to ..............evilgeet.. :FIREdevil

02-17-2005, 07:17 AM
It might have been a dull shot if I hadn't said that to jolly things up a bit. :D

Mrs Roo
02-17-2005, 07:20 AM
Making excuses, Tourette's boy?

02-17-2005, 07:22 AM
It might have been a dull shot if I hadn't said that to jolly things up a bit. :D

What's he talking about? Find out soon....

Sick and ashamed and happy (and an unintentional tease),

02-17-2005, 07:22 AM
i got fucking owned.

no, your passive-aggressive alarm-clock steeze got owned.

I got owned. but, i kind of like it...

02-17-2005, 07:25 AM
I heart diskoskeegrl. There. I said it.

Best second post EVER.

Mrs Roo
02-17-2005, 07:28 AM
Any of you boys brave enough to JONG her? No, I thought not!
:D :D :D

02-17-2005, 07:32 AM
Seeing as her first post was to tip the female favour further in basom's hotness direction, I have no problem jonging this jongiest of jongs.


Sick and ashamed and happy (but not bitter),

02-17-2005, 07:33 AM
Any of you boys brave enough to JONG her?

no. fucking. way.

i live in fear.

02-17-2005, 07:40 AM
Basom, your pictures from No Name have given me a semi-on and there's a Jehovah's Witness woman ringing on the door.

What should I do?

02-17-2005, 07:43 AM
answer it in your silk boxers, obviously.

02-17-2005, 07:45 AM
Seeing as her first post was to tip the female favour further in basom's hotness direction, I have no problem jonging this jongiest of jongs.


Sick and ashamed and happy (but not bitter),

Ouch! I'm sorry about the hotness vote in basom's favor, gincognito. You must understand that not only did I desperately want to even up scores in order to see a walkoff at the moose, but I was paid large sums of cash to vote for basom and I especially need the money now that mildbill has cancelled my 'authorized user' credit card after my second post went up last night. Forgive me?

Goooooo Evilgeet!

02-17-2005, 07:48 AM
"just when she thought she was out, we pulled her back in"

02-17-2005, 07:54 AM
the princess is awake before 10am!

02-17-2005, 07:58 AM
the princess is awake before 10am!

Livin' on the edge, man!

02-17-2005, 08:00 AM
sorry, i've been looking around to see where my testicles rolled when they fell out, i didn't have time to craft a very witty response...

02-17-2005, 08:03 AM
Seeing as you did not know what he was up against at the time, I can forgive you. Besides, anyone who slags on Bill and Ben on the interweb is a-okay in these books.

But back to the Summit. I'm not going to go into a big trip report because most things have been adequately covered from various sources. As can be gathered it was another rip-roaring rowdy good time for this maggot. As always, reconnecting with interdweebs is a hoot, as is meeting new ones and reconfirming that my daily doses of TGR are not for nothing. There is something inherently cool about visiting a new mountain and never being in short supply of people to ski with, people to hang with, and people to just fuckin' be with.

More specifically, thanks to the roos once again for being so friendly, entertaining and just plain fun to be with (despite the hard circumstances). Thanks to Mit and Lifty McDumb-Dumb for giving in to my suggestion and taking a chance on this Summit. I never really had a doubt, but it was still cool to see it all come off so smoothly (if a little on the phlegmy side).

Thanks to Kellie for the morning rallying and for the sharing of your smile and your time in Jackson even after you were put on the sidelines. Thanks to Cornholio for the idea of bringing the rocking chair outside. Thanks to weibo and shmerham and VTSkibum for the many shared turns and good humour. Low key hard charging skiers are a blast to ski with. Thanks to the Suit for the tour around the mountain. This is going to get waaay to extensive...so thanks to any maggots who made it out and kept spirits high either through skiing or partying.

And, of course, big props to Sherpa and Frozen and Karl for organizational duties. Much appreciated by all.

Anyhow, here's a little, low-key, non-gnar home video souvenior of some of our days. First part is a compilation of Jackson, second is the last Targhee day. Both are around 4 minutes and in the 20-30 MB range.



(thanks to basom for hosting)

Sick and ashamed and happy (and entering post-summit syndrome),

02-17-2005, 08:08 AM
nice flava in those gin, as usual.

02-17-2005, 08:08 AM
the princess is awake before 10am!

The princess is now driving to class in her DISCO. Man, I wish I could be riding to class in a Jeep without heat or radio and with the extra nice feature of smelling like dog shit mixed with old riding clothes.

02-17-2005, 08:11 AM
you should walk to class, so you can get some money from those dominican guys and you can stop asking me for cash all the time.

but remember, get the money before you sleep with them, mami.

02-17-2005, 08:49 AM
you should walk to class, so you can get some money from those dominican guys and you can stop asking me for cash all the time.

but remember, get the money before you sleep with them, mami.

Oh good Christ, now that Mrs. Bill is on the board I'll never be rid of her

Hugs and Kisses, Jenny.

02-17-2005, 09:55 AM
Great Vids Gin :D :D

02-17-2005, 02:50 PM
Nice work gin! I had a big smile on my face watching both of those!
Great stuff!

02-17-2005, 03:00 PM
The top of Targhee... there are some more maggots over there....

I'm a dog rapist!

02-17-2005, 03:05 PM
Great vids Gin!

It was fun spending that hour or two with you at Alta. Hopefully we can make more turns in the future :cool:

02-17-2005, 04:44 PM
The top of Targhee... there are some more maggots over there....

I'm a dog rapist!

That kills me every time! So random, so roo.

Sick and ashamed and happy (and sorry I forgot to include Ubersheist's war cry),

02-17-2005, 04:48 PM
So, the additional TR's have served the purpose of reminding me I need to get back to WY when I can ski granite cyn, no name, and all the other countless wonders that are the JH b/c . . . sooooo bummed I had to miss out! Oh well, I suppose.

What an amazing place, and what an amazing group of folks to share it with! Thanks to everyone for the laughs, turns, good times, and tour guiding!!!!!

02-18-2005, 06:26 AM
here you go kellie. more fuel for getting back. i added these to my tr, but i'll just throw em here too.

jackson vid (http://www.angrywhelk.com/shinjuku/summit/jax05.mov)

and some head cam action from our last day.

alta head cam (http://www.angrywhelk.com/shinjuku/summit/alta%20head.mov)

files are both large. sorry.

02-18-2005, 07:01 AM
Nice action, basom! Some of your line choices through the trees of Alta sure make us East Coasters proud.

As for the rest, I have learned three things:

Filming powder is best done from the front. I will make a note of this next time I set up.
You boys like to ski fast and make big turns. I will make a note of this next time I try to follow you.
I need to get equipped for bc.

Sick and ashamed and happy (and this rambling report has it all),

02-18-2005, 07:31 AM
Those vids were WEEEED-Kid. The Flowerpot Men and friends rock.

02-18-2005, 09:42 AM
Thank you Gin for the video, again just what I needed to keep the fires burning inside. Played cards last night and told of the skiing and this just reinforce the memories and made me all warm inside. Awesome music selection by the way, the Spirit of the West definatly made me think of how I felt Sat night and through the drive Sunday (and gave me fuzzy memories of many nights watching them).

This is the first video hat I have seen of myself this year and thanks to Gin I can see where my technique still needs improvement, the Summit the gift that keeps on givin'.

Free Range Lobster
02-18-2005, 10:38 AM
east coast tree steeze represent. :yourock:

02-18-2005, 10:40 AM
The videos are sweet bas. They are incredible. Amazing.

You guys ski like medieval warriors. Its nice to have the alta one to remind myself of how great a day that was. Plus, my 3 second cameo before the glory hole run was SICK. :fm:

02-18-2005, 10:42 AM
You guys ski like medieval warriors

slow and clanky?

02-18-2005, 10:46 AM
I think that would accurately describe our billygoat run of misery through bomb bay chute on saturday.

cue headbutting of snow.

02-18-2005, 11:57 AM
look, i'm pointing out a line for you with my pole. it must go, i mean, look, i'm pointing at it, with extra wrist english.

i must point like a medieval warrior.

02-18-2005, 12:05 PM
hey everyone! come see how good i point!

02-18-2005, 12:34 PM

02-18-2005, 12:40 PM
bas, we need some frame grabs of bill taking out his anger on the snowpack on saturday.

also, the more pointing, the better.

02-18-2005, 12:41 PM
crunky clunky pic

touche honkey

02-18-2005, 12:41 PM
snow punching sequence is in the works

02-18-2005, 12:44 PM
slow and clanky?
Smelly and Flea-ridden.

02-20-2005, 03:39 PM
I can't believe that it's already been a week since we left JH. I still find myself constantly thinking about all the great people, snow, chutes and having an all around fantastic time. So in an effort to keep the memory around here are a couple more pictures from the summit

A series of pictures of Gin who decided to take off in the wrong direction and almost landing on the photographer





A couple of Gin in Tensleep Bowl


Bad_Roo disapearing into the clouds

Shmerham kicking back in the Gondola

Bad_Roo in Tensleep

Mrs. Mit - Before and after

Uberheist taking advantage of the fresh pow in Tensleep

02-20-2005, 04:06 PM
Some Scenic Pictures of JH and Area





Summit Trip To Targee

Hiking up Mary's

Mrs. Mit


Grinning Gin

Looking out towards Grand Teton and Mary's

Mrs Roo
02-20-2005, 04:07 PM

Looks like a failed attempt at armpit steeze to me ;)

02-20-2005, 04:25 PM
looks sweet!!!!

wish i could have come....next yr

nice vids basom, glad to see you back rippin

oh and yeah, slow and clunky, that would describe mildbill's steeze perrrfectly ;)

02-21-2005, 02:44 AM
Excellent TRs and Vids! I see Roo's got his long-radius bouncy-bounce dialed in :D


02-21-2005, 06:06 AM
Way to keep the post-summit stoke going! That shot of Uber is pretty damned tasty - don't think I've seen that one before. As for the sequence of me, well, all I can say is "silly skier, tricks are for kids."

Sick and ashamed and happy (and willing to give lessons to roo on proper armpit steeze),

02-21-2005, 07:07 AM

Will any guitar smashing, maggette wrestling, powder loving dog rapist in the house please raise their hand.

02-21-2005, 12:44 PM
More ramblings from the other side of the pond:

or, the PowderMaggot Jackson Hole Summit TR as seen by a bunch of redneck gapers.

Day 1

Aaaaarrrrggghhhhh! Alarm clock going off at 4:30 AM, shut that *@#% thing off as soon as possible. Stumble into the kitchen to fix some coffee, head downstairs to wake up Mr. Stinky. Hit the shower, toss the gear in the back of Mr. Stinky’s truck and head off to McGhee-Tyson. That’s how it all starts.

We meet up with Eric and Rodney and all clear through security fairly easily, not too much traffic there at 5:30 in the morning. At 6:05 we are headed to Chicago, time to get this party started. Arriving in Chicago we proceed to make the best of our 3 hour layover by indulging in some adult refreshments, this would prove to be a recurring theme over the next five days.

After two uneventful flights we make Jackson Hole around 2 in the afternoon (local time), and proceed to load an insane amount of gear into our Subaru Forester. Twenty minutes later; with no visibility to the rear and 4 bags full of skis tied to the luggage rack, our traveling junk show is underway. Driving from the airport to our luxury accommodations at the Hostel X my passengers cannot see the surrounding mountains through the shroud of clouds that they wear. I know what lies behind all those clouds but I do not give up that information, my passengers are almost immediately impressed with the areas’ wildlife as we see two coyote meandering across a snowy field. They are then amazed; as we pass by the National Elk Refuge, to see literally thousands of elk as they winter in the valley that is Jackson Hole.

After arriving at the Hostel one thing becomes readily apparent, our room is small, very, very, small. So the obvious solution is to get the heck out of there and head over to the Mangy Moose for some grub and a few cold drafts. We are all of the opinion that there are very few problems that can’t be solved with a healthy dose of alcohol. After our dinner; well and a few after dinner brews too, we head into Jackson to meet up with the maggots for the evening Mardis Gras pub crawl. As the sun has long since set one thing becomes readily apparent, it is cold outside. Not just a little cold, real honest-to-goodness cold, cold. I hear lots of grumbling from my compadres as we meander about downtown Jackson in search of the Snake River Brewing Co. When asked if I know where I am going, well let’s just say I inferred that I knew the general direction in which we should be traveling and this was not met with great approval by the others. We join up with the maggots and proceed to begin our groups attempt to drink every drop of alcohol in the town of Jackson that evening as we hit the Brewing Co., Silver Dollar Bar, Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, and a couple of other locations that I can’t recall the names of. At some point during the evening, it suddenly became less cold to us all, Mr. Stinky began speaking in tongues, everyone realized that a saddle does not make a good barstool, and most importantly a light snow began to fall.

Hostel X


Day 2

As we awake the next morning I am disappointed to see that there is only a dusting of new snow outside our room. Once again it is cold, 2 degrees according to Hostel’s weather station. After some coffee and a shower the resorts report arrives, 3-4 inches of new snow between the mid-mtn and summit. Not exactly what I was hoping for. We catch up with the maggots for the 9 AM tram, most are headed OB to Cody Bowl since none of my group has the equipment or experience for this we pass. The replies of, “Oh come on, the avy risk is low today” will echo through my mind later in the day as I see places where natural releases have occurred. We hop off of the tram at the top of Rendevous Bowl and proceed to the top of the bowl. We start down toward the tree lined side of the bowl (skier’s left) and I find 10-12 inches of fresh. That’s the good news, the bad news is that the fresh is on top of a hard icy base from the previous week’s thaw/freeze cycle making for some extremely variable conditions. I soon found out that the best way to ski was with quick short turns down the fall line trying not to hit bottom. We made many tram laps hitting the fresh up high and then groomers to the base. Off of the groomers, the lower half of the mountain was rather miserable. Temps ranged from 2 degrees at the base in the morning to a high of 20 at the base and 6 at the summit. A long day was had, not the best skiing that I have ever experienced but definitely not the worst. More than once I mused that Utah powder had me spoiled, but powder is powder and it sure beats solid hardpack.

Corbett's from Toilet Bowl
Looking OB from the Cirque
Traverse above Tensleep Bowl
Eric in Tensleep Bowl
TD in Tensleep

02-21-2005, 12:52 PM
Day 3

Today is another Jackson Hole day. I awake with my legs screaming from tele turns all day the day before. Today I’m going to alpine ski. We start off with another tram ride and back through Rendevous and Laramie Bowl, the conditions are not as good as they were the day before. Back at the base we decide to try a few runs off of the Bridger Gondola, on our first run down I cut through a gate and into the trees thinking we would find some freshies there. How right I was, once into the trees we find some little tracked snow, light and fluffy without the crusty base, ranging from shin to knee deep. We lapped this area the rest of the day, just easing farther and farther in to keep getting more fresh tracks and a new run every time. Talking to Benny Wilson (owner of the Hostel X and founding member of the Jackson Hole Air Force) later that evening I mentioned where we had been skiing that day, he asked me how I found that area and requested that we not tell anyone. It seems we had found one of the locals secret stashes that holds good snow for days after a storm and gets little traffic. You’ll have to find it the same way that I did; I told Benny that I had a nose for the snow so you’ll have to follow your nose to get there. Today wasn’t the last day that we would visit that area. We went out towards Yellowstone late in the afternoon and some pics.

Rodney under Bridger Gondola
Mr. Stinky near Casper Bowl
TD Getting Ready to Hit "The Stash"
TD Finds a Happy Place
JHMR Panorama
the tram goes to the peak in the dead center.
Tetons Panorama
Gros Ventre Range Panorama
can you see the "Sleeping Indian"?
Sunset on the Teton Range

02-21-2005, 01:11 PM
So, JH (the week after the summit) was amazing! 6 days of skiing, the first two being amazing powder days and the last 4 we saw an inversion each day with bluebird skies. I definetly have a good understanding of the mountain now, got to adventure to Rock Springs, Crags, Sheridan Bowl and more while I was there.

The airport lost one of my bags the first day so I was forced to ski half blind (no contacts) on the first day but things got better when I got my belongings back! I didn't get many photos because we were too busy having fun, and the only time we really bothered to stop to take pics was on the hobacks, because they're so damn long- you can't help but stop every now and again! I can't wait for my next chance to go back, and I met some awesome people while I was there!

me (hobacks, day 2 I think)
me again, day three when the sun came out...
steve, teleing it up!
and last but not least, my brother and I for the obligatory brother/sister getting along shot...

p.s. snake river grill = best food EVER.

02-21-2005, 01:41 PM
Day 4

Grand Targhee today. After having removed the ski racks from our vehicle, in order to make the trek to Targhee we had to put them back on. We went out at 7 AM to warm up the Suby and put the ski racks on, the in dash temp gauge read -10 F. I knew it was cold out, very cold out, but I didn’t think that the temp gauge in the car could possibly be right reading -10. Turns out my suspicions were correct, later that morning leaving for the ‘Ghee the radio reported the temp in Teton Village as -14 F. Now, that’s some cold weather. We arrived at GT before the rest of the maggots at around 9:00 AM. Nothing like pulling up to a ski area that’s bigger than all the SE areas combined and parking 12 spaces away from the main entrance just as they are firing up the lifts. We made a quick run before everyone arrived, the groomers were phenomenal, off of the groomed the frozen chickenheads made things pretty heinous. Met up with a bunch of maggots for a couple more groomers, then for some unknown reason I got elected to find us someplace good to ski. I failed miserably at this task, and ran the group through what looked from the lift to be good snow but was in fact horrendous. That was the last time they would ask me to lead. After that my group went down a face with runs named The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly; steep and north facing this area held some great snow which we made several laps on before breaking for lunch. After lunch we met up with BobMc and made some runs on the north facing ridge just off of the Sacajawea lift, this area was even steeper and held even more snow… shin to knee deep was the rule here although the skiing was very technical and high consequence in some areas. We wound up the day at the Trap Bar around 3’ish with several maggots, some of which (Utards) would later make a failed attempt to moon us on the road back through Teton Pass. Always good for a laugh from all involved. The clouds grew heavy and it started to snow lightly as we crossed the pass.

Bunch of Maggots at the top of GT (note Mini Maggette with the mad tongue steeze)
View of the Backside of the Tetons
Rodney in The Good, Bad, & Ugly
Mr. Stinky in The Good, Bad, & Ugly
TD in The Good, Bad, & Ugly
TD in East Woods
Eric in East Woods

02-21-2005, 01:51 PM
More GT Pics:
Pics below taken in an unnamed area below the Sacajawea Lift by BobMc
Eric & Mr. Stinky
Rodney & Eric
Eric in the Steep
Eric in the Meadow
KC in the Meadow
KC in the Meadow 2

02-21-2005, 01:59 PM
Teledave takes a fall and makes a nice recovery in the steeps (sequence, shot at 6 frames per second) Poor defenseless, little tree.

02-21-2005, 02:08 PM
Teledave Sequence in the Meadow (also 6fps)

The above sequences merged into a flash file,
Teledave Sequence (Flash Required) (http://webpages.charter.net/welke/td2.swf)

The Aftermath

02-21-2005, 02:12 PM
Day 5

Our last day to ski and we awoke to only a dusting of snow at the base, the snow that we saw the evening before decided to take a break until around 4 that morning when it started to fall again. We started off the day with the requisite tram ride and trip down Rendevous, Rendevous was okay; maybe 3 to 4 inches of new snow but it really needed more to be very good. After a quick tram lap we headed over to the gondola in hopes that our secret stash hadn’t been comepletely tracked out. It was starting to snow harder. The woods didn’t disappoint; not only were they not tracked out, they were even deeper than they were 2 days before. We lapped the woods the rest of the day; away from the crowds with the new snow falling in foggy low visibility conditions, and had a blast. There may have been better places on the mountain that day, but today that was our place and we were at one with it. I skied the trees better that day than I ever have before, fast, aggressive, and in soft, deep snow. It may not have been the deepest powder I’ve ever skied but it was one of my best days ever.

Had a screaming good time that night at the "Powder To The People" tour stop at the Moose. Caught me a pair of white & purple racing style gloves, nice gloves but butt ugly, won a Rossi tuning apron in the raffle, got hammered and watched a funky band. Good way to cap everything off.

Mr. Stinky in "The Stash"
TD in "The Stash"
Liquid Safety Meeting

Day 6

We left Jackson Hole in the throws of a big snowstorm with heavy hearts and some great memories. I hope everyone that stayed for that day got some, for me.

02-21-2005, 02:54 PM
this man apears to be skiing uphill!


and i think teledave takes the prize for most consecutive shots of oneself in a post by oneself. i counted 15, and it is the new benchmark.

02-21-2005, 05:03 PM
and i think teledave takes the prize for most consecutive shots of oneself in a post by oneself. i counted 15, and it is the new benchmark.

Thank you, thank you very much, I'd like to thank God, and momma, and Col. Parker, and Bob Mc, and did I thank momma yet?.....

and I prefer to go for quantity over quality, always worked before when those late Sat. nights were turning into Sunday mornings......

02-22-2005, 07:42 PM
Bumping this from page 3 so I can just piggy back on this thread.

I have probably started half a dozen posts about the summit experience for me, but have never actually finished any of them.

For me it was really bitter sweet, I was so stoked to see old friends and meet new, but it was REALLY hard to sit at work day after day in a cast while you guys just killed it out on the slopes.

However I did have some incredible experiences with a lot of maggots. Those that stopped in to say hi made my days, those that allowed me to party with them at night helped me forget that I couldn't ski.

I should probably appoligize to any of those that witnessed me dancing, my bad. I also really want to tell all of those that went out of thier way to meet me how awesome you were to do so.

And Karl Stall, thanks for letting my family hang with your family man. Can't wait to get together again.

For those that graced my house by crashing here - I miss you guys already.

SO - to wrap this crap up. Helluva good time and I didn't even ski. For those who think summits are about skiing, your missing 75% of the picture. I don't care what the snow conditions are, if you want to meet some of the best people on earth and have a helluva good time go to the nearest summit asap!

Karl Stall
02-22-2005, 08:16 PM
SO - to wrap this crap up. Helluva good time and I didn't even ski. For those who think summits are about skiing, your missing 75% of the picture. I don't care what the snow conditions are, if you want to meet some of the best people on earth and have a helluva good time go to the nearest summit asap!

Well said, my man. We so much appreciated the oppprtunity to spend time with your beautiful family - Thank you. Your daughters are extraordinary, sweet young ladies, and your wife is a classy person. It's cool to see a family living the dream and loving it. We miss you guys.

02-23-2005, 11:28 AM
I've been pretty busy lately, so I havent been on the board much at all since the Summit. I just wanted to write a quick thanks to everyone that made the Summit happen.

Frozen- for taking on the role of Summit organizer and enduring the curse. You did an awesome job and kept a positive attitude despite the fact that you were on the bench....I don't think I could've kept my spirits high through it all like you did. I can't wait to make some turns with you next month!

Karl Stall- for helping out with the fundraiser, giving me a rabbit to chase in the BC, and being fun hang out with.

Jibij- for designing, ordering and paying for the stickers. (I'll get that check in the mail today, promise!)

Theo Meiners- for donating your time to talk about avys and risk management in the BC. Everyone enjoyed the talk and I'm pretty sure each of us walked away from it with some new knowledge and a different perspective of skiing in avalanche terrain.

TGR- for sponsoring the Summit, donating schwag and giving us a place to congregate.

Corey Gavitt and Todd Jones for shedding a bit of light into the behind the scenes world of TGR and ski film production.

John (at marketing)- for hooking us up with cheap tickets and going above and beyond to make it work.

Teton Mountain Lodge- for letting us use their banquet room free of charge for the fundraiser.

Teton Plaza Liquors- for giving us a good deal on the keg that wouldn't die.

Summiteers- for making it the Best Summit Ever! (not that I would know if it really was the best Summit ever, b/c its the only Summit I've been to, but it seemed to go pretty well, I think...) Thanks for the turns, the drinks, the stories, the laughs, the new friendships, and everything else that maggots brought to the Summit!
(and a special thanks to JoshBu for dinner that one night- Sorry you got sick and had to go home early.)

I'm sure I missed a lot, but thats all I can come up with right now.

To all those that got sick or injured at the Summit- Get well and heal up soon! I hope you still enjoyed the Summit despite the fact that you couldn't enjoy all that this place has to offer.

It was an awesome week! I'm glad I got to meet and ski with most of you (as for the rest of you, you know who you are- I hope I never have to see you again ;) ) I'm looking forwardto thenext maggot gathering I get to attend. Maggots are rad! (I miss that word...) :yourock:

03-09-2005, 03:31 AM
(and a special thanks to JoshBu for dinner that one night-

How did this bit of smooveness manage to escape me?

10-25-2005, 01:04 PM
just bumpin this up because i've been thinkign about skiing jackson alot lately, and this kind of gives me a boner.

10-25-2005, 01:31 PM
That was such a fun week. Good times indeed.

10-25-2005, 02:07 PM
Nice bump. I just read through the whole thing again and, man, am I ready for the snow.

Sick and ashamed and happy (and planning is half the fun (well, okay, maybe a fourth)),

10-25-2005, 02:42 PM
just bumpin this up because i've been thinkign about skiing jackson alot lately, and this kind of gives me a boner.
nice bump but please dont bring your boner tonight.

10-25-2005, 06:44 PM
Kellie generously invited us back to her truck for an airing of her beef box (free) and the Mardi Gras celebration wouldn’t have been the same without the utterly unintelligible but otherwise very charming Mr Stinky.

Good times, good times...

I hate to bring up some "bad times," but what ever happened to your friends in the accident?

Obi-Jong Kenobi
11-29-2007, 06:40 PM
Echo that sentiment! Bien!

03-22-2018, 10:07 AM
Man did we have fun. So much time has passed, so much change. The maggotts were on point at one time.

03-26-2018, 01:04 PM
Man did we have fun. So much time has passed, so much change. The maggotts were on point at one time.

I was in Boston with the lady friend last summer, and we came across this...


[Me] OMGOMGOMG, I need to get a picture of this!!!
[LF] Oh, you've read the book. It's the Official Children's Book of the State of Massachusetts.
[My brain] There's a book? Who would have guessed. Maybe I shouldn't bring up the horrific frozenwaddle murders...
[My mouth] Oh sure. Great book.

up an down
10-07-2018, 09:21 AM
Man did we have fun. So much time has passed, so much change. The maggotts were on point at one time.

Man did we have fun. So much time has passed, so much change. The maggotts were on point at one time.

Yes it was a great time!

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Core Shot
10-07-2018, 11:17 AM
Ha, Mrs Roo on the rock scree scramble up Cody sounds a lot like the one time my wife went up there!

PS, due to various thread deletions, Roo's count is now below 7k. Maybe be can come back to play?

Marshall Tucker
11-09-2018, 12:47 PM
the utterly unintelligible Mr Stinky

apparently roo forgot his stinktionary.