Today the white dog and I joined the crack of one club on Teton Pass. Our turd colored Frankentruck didn’t overheat ascending the pass for the first time in a long time: apparently removing the thermostat entirely was the right move, at least at the moment with atmospheric temps hovering between 30* and 40*F. We’ll see how she runs when real winter actually gets here.
Our laziness paid off and more folks were leaving the full lot than arriving when we got there: there was no line and we slid right into a spot a Subaru was vacating.
Glory was good sugary pow on most aspects though intermittent sun and warm temps nuked sun exposed aspects below mid-mountain. Wind had its way with some aspects, especially the ridges.
The ridge down to Coal Creek was variable. East side of Taylor looked sexy as hell with a few nice signatures and no noticeable slide activity. Deep dark woods were sugary sweet but could use more coverage to bury the saplings and deadfall. Its not ready to ski with inexperienced friends yet, imho… especially with inexperienced romantic interests… recipe for disaster!
Getting out CC was easy. A little crusty in spots but mostly creamy supporting schmoosh… spring skiing, in December. Redonkulus… personally, I blame weather warfare.
NE Ridge was heavenly where untracked. Not quite bottomless near the bottom, but good enough.
1st Turn roundabout sunset was a crapshoot of sorts. Shady and wind-protected aspects were hero snow. Sun and wind exposed aspects hosted zipper crusts and such. Where it was good it was good to the road.
I wouldn’t have wanted to dabble on steep S aspects at lower elevations.
My knowledge is pretty minimal at the moment due to working too damn much. Days and nights… ten shifts a week with three doubles and no days off. Its a shitty sitch despite great bosses and decent pay.
Last year after I called out TGR on their bullshit Todd Jones told this small corner of the world that I’ve got a trust fund like he does. That’s news to me.
If anyone knows of some massive bank account with my name on it please let me know. You can have half.
I’m back to work tomorrow. Get some for me. One love. Peace.