TR: Jackson Hole 1/1 to 1/4/2015
Unfortunately, one of my best ski partners, Hans, moved away this year. Fortunately, he was smart enough to move to a place like Jackson Hole rather than, say, Alabama, so I had a good reason to visit him.
The main mission of the weekend was to kill Ryan. For the first attempt, I opted to send him mobbing down this chute on Teton Pass telling him that I was "90% sure" that it went cleanly. Clearly, it did not.
Ryan survived that run, so I allowed him an easy pow run as a reward.
We allowed him one more relaxing run the next morning in Granite Canyon, but we only take photos of Ryan when he's crashing. Derek snapped a nice shot of me though.
Allowing Ryan relaxing runs didn't last, however. We lined up this nice 10-15 footer for him in Four Pines, but "accidentally" neglected to tell him that he needed to aim skier's left. Instead, we decided to test his tree avoidance skills.
He successfully avoided the tree, but staying upright proved to be a thing.
Immediately after that, we found a nice little triple rock step for him.
Turns out it was pretty much just rock.
The next day, Colin's Most Excellent Guiding Service took us down a great line in some great snow in the Four Pines area.
I'm not sure how my camera got in sepia mode (well, I'm assuming it was complete operator incompetence) but this shot of Hans came out pretty cool.
At the bottom, I posted up just praying for someone to ski the shot directly above me. Colin went way left. Ryan went way left. Hans went somewhere through the trees to the right. Derek got his shit together and put together at least 10 frames of ridiculously deep powder right where I wanted him to. Here's the highlights.
Great trip with great folks. Can't wait to do it again.