I recently made the 6.5 hour drive up to Jackson Hole, Wyoming chasing the latest storm cycle. We were lucky enough to catch a freestyle ski competition and ski two days of fresh snow. We also explored the town of Jackson and had an amazing dinner at Glorietta.
The first day was spent watching Kings and Queens of Corbets while drinking beer with fellow extreme ski enthusiasts on a bluebird day. This is a unique ski competition where local and professional skiers/snowboarders jump spin and flip into the iconic Corbets Couloir. The athletes then get together and judge each other to determine the best male (King) and female (Queen) run.
The highlight of the competition was watching Trevor Kennison, who is an extreme sit skier launch off the 25 foot cliff into the couloir. He was the first sit skier to ever drop Corbets Couloir and the crowd went wild when he did!
Shortly after the competition, snow started falling and would last for the remainder of our trip. Day 2 was the best skiing of the three days and was spent exploring the mountain and finding fresh snow to ski. We met some locals in the afternoon who showed us a side country area with deep pillows and open fields of untouched snow.
We woke up early the third day and got in line for the gondola at 7:30 A.M. This move put us ahead of the infamous Jackson Hole powder day crowds and allowed us to have our pick of several inbounds untracked powder lines. As expected, the mountain became significantly tracked out around noon so we ended our trip by going back to the side country powder stash we found the day before.
ed. note: Matt Cote is a valued Ski Haus employee. This winter he has been maximizing the full value of his Ikon Pass. Stay tuned for more of his winter ski travels.