Winter is back with a vengeance here in Wydaho. Temps finally dropped, and the Tetons have received a healthy foot of snow over the last few days.
I shoveled a fresh 6″ from my driveway this morning in Alpine, snow is falling across the region right now, and Woody’s forecast for the next five days looks amazing: snow, snow, snow, snow, and snow with conservative cumulative accumulation estimates at 9,000′ of more than a foot. Yee haw!
Yesterday, 12.13.15, I was the lone representative for the Crack of Noon Club on Shadow Peak in GTNP. My hope was to find an existing skin track to the summit, have the mountain all to myself, be the last skier down for the day, and have my track down a favorite pillow line buried by dawn.
It worked out as I’d hoped, and I was back to the car with 40 minutes of daylight to spare. Losing a few pounds of frivolous fat recently is definitely paying off.
GTNP is skiable car to car from Bradley-Taggart parking lot. Coverage is thin down low, but the old snowpack — down low — is solid as cement and the new fluff is filling things in nicely. Both lakes are frozen and holding snow, but most folks are hugging the shorelines, and rightly so.
Shadow offered up bottomless hero snow from top to almost bottom. About 1000′ above the valley floor I started nicking the old sun/rain crust. The bottom 300′ was 2-4″ of fresh on crust, and bordered on survival skiing due to low snow on rocky, forested terrain. It should be skiing great top to bottom within a day or two if this storm keeps up.
I didn’t see any signs of avalanche activity, but viz was limited. Snowpack composition varies widely by location and is a clusterfuck of sugars, windhammered, and crusts right now. I’m hoping the crap layers got pissed on down low and capped up to 10,000ft. Check with B-T Avalanche for snow safety info.
It looks like Jackson Hole will receive another Christmas “miracle” of solid snow storms leading up to the holidays. Ten days out I predict that we’ll get at least 18-24″ total between the 23rd and 25th of December.
I haven’t looked at any long term weather models or 10 day forecasts recently: it just seems like we always get hammered over holidays when the billionaire banksters traditionally come here to hang out in their sprawling vacation homes.
With ample evidence, I believe that the weather is currently being manipulated by geoengineers for reasons ranging from the silly to the shady to the sadistic. There’s no oversight of covert weather control programs, so anything goes. My reasoning regarding Christmas “miracles” is as follows…
If money controls our civilization and many of the wealthiest people in the world spend Christmas here, maybe — just maybe — getting good snow here over the holidays is a small priority somewhere in the decision making matrix of the military-industrial-financial-political complex. What do you think?
On a related note, one thing I find extremely heartrending every time I ski Shadow Peak is the old growth pine forest dying on the ascent ridge, and — less obviously — all over the mountain. Hundreds of beautiful old trees are bleeding out sap as they suffer from rusts and other avoidable ailments.
I know these trees well because I have been admiring them at a skinner’s pace for a decade. Sometimes I’m striding along like an Ent on skis and find myself thinking like a tree, or maybe it’s the forest starts that starts talking to me.
As far as I can tell, old growth trees in the alpine environment are now more susceptible to disease because they are exposed to atypically high concentrations of toxic chemicals sprayed out of airplanes for geoengineering purposes. These chemicals bioaccumulate in bigger, older organisms, like trees… and humans.
Generally, a lot more precip falls in the mountains than on flat ground. More precip carries more toxic fallout. Soils are thinner in the mountains, so less toxins — metals like aluminum, barium, and strontium — are neutralized by the soil and more toxins are absorbed by the trees. The trees are weakened by toxins and thus more susceptible to disease. Eventually they succumb.
I’m feeling the crud today myself so I’m resting up in hopes of skiing tomorrow. Probably in the Park again. Ohh yeah, also I blew the headgasket on the SLAAB and find myself limited to an old 2WD pickup right now. Anyone want to sell me a kinda crappy AWD or 4WD vehicle that gets decent MPG? Thanks!
Take care. One Love. Peace.