This february has been like none other I have experienced – 26 straight days of snow in the Tetons, totaling over 130 inches, and the trend continues! Living in the snow globe – it can be hard to decipher one day from another – but one week really stands out.
As it currently stands this has been the second snowiest February on record and bluebird skies have been rare. This morning was an exception to “Stormuary” and skies dawned blue. The Jackson Hole Backcountry Guides headed out to nearby Cody Peak to take advantage of the sunshine and deep snow.
Head guide Dave Miller leads the way.
This February has been nicknamed Stormuary by some of the locals in Jackson Hole. Storms keep rolling in one after another. The weather has been unrelenting, dropping copious amounts of powder practically every day.
After three weeks of snow, to top it off, on February 23rd, we received 19” in 24 hours with 15” falling after the lifts closed. To say it was deep was an understatement. Local meteorologist, Jim Woodmency is the most widely respected snow forecaster in the valley, but this storm had him scratching his head for explanations. After thinking about it, this was his analysis of the “sneaky situation” that caused the deepest day of the year. With photos from the day of course.
Some of you may have seen the most recent story on the Jackson Hole Babe Force published by powder magazine on Feb 24th. And then there is also the incredible female ski documentary that is in production called Pretty Faces, headed up by local professional skier Lynsey Dyer, that more than doubled their campaign goal.
So what do these two stories have in common? The beautiful story of female skiers shredding hard, uniting as a community, encouraging each other to achieve goals and the power, whit and charm of the female skier.
We continue our series on the gear that our shop employees use on the hill with Casey Jillson, a very strong skier that works in JH Sports. Casey will ski circles around you but do it all with a smile.
I interrupt this vacation to remind you to relax.
Jaxnlance here to tell you a tale on one of the fastest growing sports in the cycling industry: FAT SNOW BIKING
Last week we touched on the epic feat of SkiMo and how it drummed up interest 14 months ago as my new sport of choice. It has since still been a leisurely activity to safely enjoy the winter and discover really incredible ski terrain, and check off a few “projects” a.k.a. ski lines out there that I want to tackle if conditions allow.
My advice to you: skip that cheesy dinner date with the rest of America and go skiing. Get a babysitter, get some skis, leave your phone at home, and just go. When your hands get cold, go inside sit by a warm fire and drink hot chocolate and hot toddies and remember what’s so special about love.
Here’s a few pictures of some local couples skiing that might help inspire you to do the same!
The truth is, winter is hard, I don’t even need to describe the weather most of this country has been taken over by the past few months. But, for some of us there’s a light in the winter tunnel, and most of us know that as skiing. The best part about skiing is spending the day frolicking on a mountain with your lover, wife, husband boyfriend, partner, best friend, or who ever it is that makes you happy. I was lucky enough to spend the afternoon skiing powder with my husband, and truly, for us, there’s hardly anything that makes us happier and more in love than spending a day skiing together.
Jax n’ Lance here to explore the epic feat of SkiMo with you.
SkiMo (Randonee) can be defined as the following from wiki:
This is a form of ski touring that variously combines the sports of Telemark, Alpine and Backcountry skiing with that of mountaineering. The spectrum of ski mountaineering spans from ascending a mountain in pursuit of virgin powder to achieving a mountain’s summit using skis as a tool, with skiing down secondary.
What do our employees wear/use when they’re out enjoying the mountains on their free time? This is a question we get a lot in JH Sports, and it makes sense. Our staff is always in the know when it comes to the latest gear, and they get out on the mountain A LOT. We’ll start off our look at what our shop staff is using with Al Hunter.