Helicopter Skiing in Jackson Hole

Written by wade on February 24, 2010 – 2:57 pm -

Check out the latest heli-ski conditions with High Mountain Heli-Skiing in the Snake River Range of Jackson Hole on their blog: www.heliskijackson.com/blog/

Here is a motor drive photo montage I made from last winter.


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Teton Ski Mountaineer Wray Landon Killed in Avalanche

Written by wade on February 22, 2010 – 8:28 am -

Local skier Wray Landon died Sunday, February 21, in an avalanche on the South Teton. Our condolences to his family and friends. Full report at www.jhunderground.com and www.tetonat.com


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Airing the Tetons at Grand Targhee

Written by wade on February 16, 2010 – 9:09 am -

I hope you enjoy this motor drive photo montage I took of Jason Tattersall, Jeff Leger, and Danny Felice skiing and dropping airs at the Grand Targhee Resort last winter. — Wade McKoy


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10 Inches New, Snow Forecast Every Day Through Weekend, Teton Powder Skiing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Written by wade on February 11, 2010 – 10:35 am -

 

From the National Weather Service on Feb 12, 2010: 
MOIST PACIFIC AIR WILL RIDE OVER COLDER AIR TODAY WITH PERIODS OF MODERATE TO OCCASIONALLY HEAVY SNOWFALL EXPECTED ACROSS WESTERN WYOMING THROUGH EARLY THIS EVENING. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL WILL OCCUR BETWEEN 5 AM MST AND 4 PM MST. SNOWFALL WILL DIMINISH SHARPLY LATE THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THE EVENING HOURS WITH VERY LIGHT TO LIGHT SNOWFALL MAINLY CONFINED TO THE HIGHER PEAKS. ANOTHER BATCH OF PACIFIC MOISTURE WILL OVERSPREAD THE REGION TONIGHT...AND SNOWFALL RATES WILL BE ENHANCED BY A STRONG UPPER LEVEL JET. MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT THROUGH EARLY AFTERNOON SATURDAY. PERIODS OF LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOWFALL WILL CONTINUE SATURDAY AFTERNOON INTO SATURDAY EVENING. TOTAL SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS BY SATURDAY EVENING WILL RANGE FROM 14 TO 22 INCHES IN THE TETONS AND WYOMING RANGE WITH 4-10 INCH AMOUNTS IN THE LOWER ELEVATIONS. WEST WIND BETWEEN 20 AND 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO NEAR 40 MPH CAN BE EXPECTED IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS TODAY AND TONIGHT.THESE WINDS WILL DIMINISH DURING THE DAY ON SATURDAY.

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New 2011 Marker F12 Touring Bindings

Written by admin on February 10, 2010 – 12:00 pm -

I was lucky enough to attend the Powder Magazine ski test a couple weeks ago, and got to check out some of the new 2011 gear from Volkl and Marker.  The most exciting new piece of gear is the Marker Tour F12 binding.  Based on the same design as the Duke, but over 30% lighter, the Tour F12 is a beefy alpine style binding with ski touring capabilities.  The Tour F12 features a max DIN of 12 and weighs in at 1790 grams, about 12% lighter than the current Fritschi Freeride binding.  Marker is also making the lighter weight, 1685 gram, F10 model, which features a DIN of 10.  Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to test the bindings, but stay tuned, I hope to have a full product test and review posted soon.

Marker tour f12 binding 2011

Marker tour f12 binding 2011

Volkl Nanuq touring ski with Marker Tour F12 Bindings.

Volkl Nanuq 2011


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El Potrero Chico, Mexico

Written by admin on February 9, 2010 – 11:04 am -

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The early season lack of snow prompted the "Admin" to take advantage of some frequent flyer miles and make a quick getaway to to the rock climbing destination of El Potrero Chico, Mexico.  Click here for more photos.


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15th Anniversary International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race

Written by admin on February 5, 2010 – 6:00 am -

The 15th Anniversary International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR) kicked off last Friday, January 29 on the Jackson Town Square. The race is heading to a finish in Park City, Utah on February 6. For daily updates and more information on the race go to www.wyomingstagestop.org.


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Jess McMillan wins Chamonix Freeride World Tour Event

Written by wade on February 3, 2010 – 10:17 am -

This photo shows Jess skiing her home mountain, Jackson Hole. She won the FWT event in Chamonix last weekend. Check her website, www.jessmcmillan.com, for the full story and video.

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Cody Peak Open

Written by wade on February 1, 2010 – 11:04 am -

Backcountry skiers cautiously ventured onto Cody Peak via the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort last Thursday and Friday. No mishaps occurred there and the skiing was great.

Numerous avalanches did occur in nearby regions, though, with one fatality (see previous post).

This motor-drive time-lapse is from one year ago, skiing Cody Peak  with Tommy Moe, Rick Armstrong, AJ Cargill, Lisa Watson, and Mike Tierney.


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Backcountry Avy Hazard High

Written by wade on February 1, 2010 – 11:03 am -

Here is the report from the Bridger-Teton National Forrest Backcountry Avalanche Hazard & Weather Forecast. Go to www.jhavalanche.org to read the entire report.

January 30, 2010

Dangerous conditions exist. Multiple incidents occurred in all of our forecast areas yesterday afternoon. Snowmobilers in terrain above Ski Lake reported that an extremely large full depth hard slab avalanche released on a northeast aspect. The crown was reported to be up to 12 feet deep and 2,000 feet long. It took out mature trees. In the Snake River Range a skier was caught and deployed an airbag as he was being swept downhill. He was partially buried but not injured. A different slope failed after being crossed by the fifth skier. On Togwotee Pass two snowmobilers were caught and injured by a hard slab avalanche. Three people have been killed or seriously injured by avalanches in the past three days in Utah and Idaho. On steep slopes, dangerous full depth hard slabs could be triggered by a single person or more likely by a snowmobile. Conservative decisions regarding terrain selection are essential today.

January 31, 2010

Multiple incidents occurred in all of our forecast areas Friday afternoon. Yesterday, a snowmobiler was killed by a 3 to 4 foot deep hard slab avalanche in the Big Holes. Our deepest condolences go out to the victim’s family and friends. New snow, falling upon crusts and surface hoar, will slowly increase the possibility for backcountry travelers to trigger new, shallow soft slabs and loose snow sloughs. Far more dangerous are the deep slab instabilities that plague the region. These hard slabs lie upon a base of weak, faceted snow, and could fail to the ground. A single person, and more likely a snowmobile, could trigger these avalanches even after a slope has been crossed multiple times. Conservative decision making regarding terrain selection will be essential for safe travel in the backcountry today.

Feb. 1, 2010

At upper elevations eighteen inches of new snow in the past 24 hours has been drifted by southwest winds into easily triggered or naturally releasing soft slabs to three feet in depth. The new snow rests on good sliding surfaces of sun crusts or buried surface hoar. The snow is light density but has added strain to the deep, hard slab instabilities that plague the region. These poorly supported slabs that also exist at mid elevations could fail to the ground and may be triggered by new snow surface slides, a single person, and more likely a snowmobile even after a slope has been crossed multiple times. At the mid and low elevations sloughs could build to dangerous size in steep areas and terrain traps. TRAVEL IN AVALANCHE TERRAIN AT UPPER ELEVATIONS IS NOT RECOMMENDED TODAY

 


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