|Chaos as fire overcomes Yellowstone national Park|
Then, there they were, the Tetons! My mom took some time to tell me about the mountains as we moved ever closer to them. That they were not part of the Rockies, but instead were a much younger set of mountains. She went on about how the Appalachian Mountains were once the size of the Rockies, or even bigger, but they had gotten old and were eroding away. How the Rockies were younger and had eroded less and, amazingly enough, the Tetons, young as they were, grew still and inched their way higher and higher over the years.
|Jackson's Main Drag|
Wondering what Cowboys would ever want with a million dollar bar, we decided to park and take a walk around the town. Dipping in and out of gift shops and galleries filled with cowboy and Indian paintings we made our way up and down the street. After an hour or two in town we hopped back in the car and headed to our final destination for the evening, a guest ranch just outside of Teton National Park. The following day we headed into the park for our amazing journey with Nature.
|Fire forces Grant Village to Close|
|Fire Closes Old Faithful Village|
*******************************************************Fast forward 10.5 years to early 1999. I moved to Colorado in 1997 to become better at snowboarding and it worked. With a preparatory trip to Telluride in late January to get some 'steeps' under my belt, I felt ready to tackle Jackson Hole's ski resort when some friends invited me to join them for a trip in February. The route to Jackson was different from the one my mother and I had taken, but even ten years later I still felt like those ranchers in their Corvettes were driving awfully fast. We stopped in Green River this time and then headed north to the Tetons. I was still impressed with their size. Jutting fiercely into the sky, the Grand Teton looked even bigger than I remembered and my mom's words rang in my ears ...'still growing'.
|Terrain, terrain, terrain!!!!|
Now, as bravely excited as I was I opted out of doing Corbet's on my first run and stuck mainly to Rendezvous and the trees just off of it. We flew up Sublette chair for our next run and ran the trees through Cheyenne Bowl a few times before heading down to lunch. After we had re-fueled it was time to hit lower Casper and Woolsey Woods became a favorite for the day!! With three or four post lunch T to B runs (top to bottom, as they say in the ski towns) our group was beat and headed to the (in)famous Mangy Moose in Teton Village for Après. This lively venue is NOT to be missed and should be on anyone's list for a Jackson Hole MUST see. At my request our group had dinner at the Virginian and I called my mom from the lounge just to tell her where I was!!
|A Thick Blanket of Clouds Covers the Lower Resort|
|Descending into the Great Unknown!!|
That evening we skied Snow King for the novelty of night skiing (what a sweet little resort) and enjoyed a home cooked dinner before heading back to Colorado the next day.
When we woke on our day of departure it had snowed yet again. We decided to push back our departure and skied a half day before hitting the road for the epic 8 hour ride home. It was a tough go, driving for so long after all that fantastic powder, but we did it and arrived home just before midnight.
I feel very blessed to have had two 'trips of a lifetime' to Jackson Hole and the surrounding area. Both summer and winter are amazing times to be in this little slice of heaven. From the scenery to the iconic shops, bars and restaurants, summer and winter days alike can be filled with adventure that is distinctly Jackson. The team is headed up to the resort in just a few weeks, so check back to see what NEW adventures have been found!
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