February 25, 2007

Exporing Jackson Hole...

This morning I had a pretty big group; Gaelle, 3 members a guest who was with a member and the family from last week whos flights had been cancelled and who had to stay another couple of days. We started off with a run on the groomed slopes down to Apres Vous and everyone seemed to be having fun and keeping up with the pace. Down to the Gondola and then the easy route to Thunder; well, the easy bumps in the gulleys route rather than the easy blue path route...

It was halfway down the second, bumpier than last time, gulley that I noticed that I'd lost someone. The telemark guy was nowhere to be seen. I checked with Gaelle who was last down and she said that the route was too fast and too difficult for him, he'd gone around the path. I waited with everyone at the path and I apologised to him for taking a route that was too hard without checking he was OK with it or providing him with an alternative. He said that he didn't think that he'd stay with us as he would hold the group up. I suggested that he skied the next pitch and that we'd take it easier and slower. After that pitch there was no convincing him and he went off to ski on his own; he may come along on Wednesday which is my intermediate day...

After that the group was pretty well matched and we skied pretty hard; in other words it was another day similar to the days last week. There had been a couple of inches of new snow and higher up it was mostly nice and soft, though there were lots of bumps everywhere. Lower down it was a tad crunchy under the surface fluff and not especially pleasant.

We skied Elephant Tree and the Paint Brush variation down into Toilet Bowl, then Paint Brush itself and down the piste back to Thunder. Next we took Riverton Bowl, which had good snow and reasonable bumps. By now it was actually quite late (we start later on a Sunday) and I fancied a coffee stop to ease my boots for a while. We skied down Lower Tramline (not especially pleasant but it served as an indication of what the other lower faces would be like) and took the Gondola to the top to have a drink.

After the rest we took the traverse into lower Cirque and I had a refusal from one of the members who had a touch of vertigo; useful to know so that I can adjust future routes when he's along... Down to Thunder and then down through the trees to skiers right to Sublette; the bumps in here were bigger and it's getting a tad difficult in there, the trees are nice and open but it's bumping up rather and becoming harder... Once up Sublette we took the Traverse down to Cheyenne Bowl and then skied back to Sublette. This time around we were heading back for lunch and several of the guys decided that they didn't want to stop and wanted to go out into the backcountry for a run or two... They did, we didn't. We took a run along the Tensleep Traverse, looked at someone backing out of the entrance to Corbets and then cut down to the base via the Cirque and a host of groomed stuff that I could never remember ;).

Lunch was later than expected, 2.45 ish, and after eating none of the remaining group fancied rushing out into the snow So we called it a day.

Today was a challenging day due to the members, my lack of attention to detail as far as assessing skier abilities (something we don't (officially) do!), snow conditions and visibility. It was still fun though and I think most people enjoyed themselves...


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Posted by Len at February 25, 2007 07:17 PM | Categories: Season 2 - Ski Days , Ski Club of GB Rep
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