I didn't know you were in town. I would love to hook up but I'm leaving tomorrow morning for Boise and won't be back until late Friday afternoon. Then, I'm instructoring Saturday and Sunday and most of next week, so I'm really unavailable the next several days. I guess you'll have to find the fun stuff on your own (which I know you're capable of).the next run on Kemmerer was an icy bitch.
Best snow of the day on a run to skier's right of Bivouac through the trees (Bivouac Chute perhaps??).
A couple other things to do with the kids: Tubing and the Cowboy Coaster at Snow King resort. Those are two separate things and both really fun.We’re due in Jackson at New Year. We’ll hopefully miss some of the Christmas crowd.
I’m sure there’s enough fun stuff to do around the area for a family. Maybe some suggestions from some locals to help some visitors out if the ski hill is not at it’s best?
There’s obviously the Elk Rufuge. The above suggested ranger lead walk sounds great. Trip to Yellowstone to see Old Faithful. Any other must do activities?
I’ll be happy even if there is just a few groomers to lap. How are they holding up in the dry? Snowmaking doing it’s thing?
We’ll be sure to pack extra woolies!
If you can tell me where the Dow Jones Industrial Average will close on January 3, I'll take a shot at guessing what expert terrain will be open. Sorry, but I don't have a clue.What expert terrain can I expect to be open around the first week if the year?
There's a couple of traverses to Tensleep Bowl. The upper one is accessible from the Tram. You slip past Corbet's and S&S to get in there. It's pretty steep, rocky, and needs lots of snow, so it's rarely open this early. Some years it never opens. I can count on one hand the times I've skied it in 23 years. The lower entrance is easier to get to, just turn right off Sublette Chair and keep going until you get to the bowl. It was open on Monday (Dec 18), and is a cool area to ski. Unfortunately, it leaves you with gnarly Cirque exit points like the Expert chutes, Meet your Maker, and the currently icy Downhill/Snag tree run. At some point they might groom Downhill - the locals consider that sacrilege, however.The traverse across to Tensleep Bowl from the skier's left of Rendevous Bowl was roped off each time we skied past it. Of course, you can get a good look at Corbet's from the tram.
I think they range from a little over 30 degrees to a bit under 45. Depends a lot on which line you choose and how much snow has fallen during the season.How steep are the Expert Chutes?