Layne P. and I visited a super secret location today. As you all know, snow is scarce around these parts, so we had to travel a whole hour and a half. But the reward was 5 hours of skiing untracked powder. OK, we did ski across a few tracks. Literally, like maybe 3 times. Otherwise we were skiing fresh lines with every run. No, we didn’t get any face shots, we had to settle for chest shots. Where is this hidden wonderland, you are asking? Where could they have gone that hundreds of powder-starved backcountry skiers have not tracked up? Why, it’s Teton Pass, of course!
Yes, the Teton Pass we have all been checking out on the web cam for the last month. The Teton Pass with the constantly full parking lot with Subarus idling in wait for a free spot. We pulled in at 8 a.m. and found the lot full. But magically, withing 30 seconds a Subaru pulled out leaving a spot for us. We skinned south along the ridge and dropped into a bowl visible from the road. I set a skin track. Well, actually there was a couple ahead of us setting a zig-zagging track directly up the face, but we chose not to follow them.
We dug a pit at about 9270 feet. Total snow depth was 125 cm. The new snow of the last week was very homogeneous and stable, only the weakest of layering was visible. We proceeded to ski fresh lines till our legs couldn’t take any more.
On the way out, we looked up at Edelweiss. It looked like a ski area. Crazy. Oh well, for those who are willing to skin a few minutes farther, opportunity awaits.