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.
In early February I had a crew of some of the strongest backcountry skiers around come to Jackson for a private Exum Mountain Guides avalanche and ski mountaineering course. The crew was made up of US National Ski Mountaineering Champions, all-star endurance athletes and highly accomplished skiers. The energy was off-the-charts everyday, as we headed into the mountains to ski classic Teton lines, and apply the classroom knowledge to the big mountain arena. The challenge of becoming a ski mountaineer is that it requires such a wide breath of skills: endurance, climbing agility, technical skill, and an intimate understanding of snow. Many skiers have one or two of these skills, but few have them all. As I continue to develop these skills myself, it was an honor to be able to share the passion and what I have learned along the way with this all-time crew. Enjoy the pictures:
(photo credit: Teague Holmes & Jason Dorais)
Editor’s Note: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) neither encourages nor discourages backcountry touring. Skiers/snowboarders crossing out of the JHMR boundaries do so at their own risk. Read the posted signs at the designated access gates before proceeding. Call the Bridger-Teton National Forest Backcountry Avalanche Hazard & Weather Forecast at 307.733.2664 for more information or contact our Guide Service at the Jackson Hole Mountain Sports School. 307.739.2779.