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Old 02-19-2008, 12:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm headed to Jackson Hole in about 3 weeks and I'm frikkin pumped! It'll only be my second time riding the mountains (went to Keystone last year). Thoughts on Jackson Hole?
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Old 02-19-2008, 07:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Arguabley the gnarliest mountain in North America. Lot's of fall and you'll die terrain. Keystone is a pimple compared. Should be fun...
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Old 02-19-2008, 07:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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damn i'm envious. i've been wanting to go out there for a while. i dont know whats holding me back. i have an invite for a free place to say when i go. sigh, maybe newxt year.
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Old 02-19-2008, 09:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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What kind of level rider are you?

I've been going every year since my second season. Out of the 20-30 days I might ride in a season, the four or five I ride in JH always improves my riding the most. If you're an intermediate, I say work it from riders left to right. Warm up on the intermediates on Apres Vous, get your groove on off the gondola and then, depending on conditions (powder or spring) try to go play in Dicks Ditch (natural half pipe) and the Hobacks (inbounds backcountry terrain). They're rated blacks but only cuz they're ungroomed. Anything steep doesn't last long and can be edged through if you're concerned.

There's good info here:

Guide to Skiing at Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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Old 02-20-2008, 01:53 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Well I'm definitely close to an expert rider if not there. I mean, I live in MN so it's not like we have much spectacular to ride here, but I've been snowboarding for the better part of a decade and I skied before that; so I know what I'm doing. I hiked up to 14,000 feet in one of Keystones back bowls last year, that's been my most intense snowboarding experience. So I think I'm well equipped for whatever Jackson Hole has to offer! Everything I hear about it is amazing

*edit: Thought I'd mention that my avatar is at 14,000 in Keystone
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Old 02-20-2008, 09:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Gotcha - wasn't sure what you meant when you said it was your "second time riding the mountains".

You're gonna love it. Dicks Ditch and the Hobacks but there's much more, you'll see. Go man go!
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Old 02-23-2008, 03:53 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I had the best time this year in the Hole. I got a lot of shots from the Quicksilver Natural Selection Comp

Colin Langlois up and out of the Ditch


My advice: If you're gonna do Backcountry, hire a guide! They'll make sure that you have a bekon and know how to use it. No need to "Fall and Die" as stated above by killclimbz. Route finding is key....
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Old 02-24-2008, 01:35 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Suburban, that's a great shot. Were you also the photographer on the other photos on the link? I'm really diggin this one:

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I'm Billy Bacon, the rest of the shots on snowrev were mostly from Jesse Brown, and Andrew Miller who are full time photographers. I was just the tour-guide and back-up filmer and photographer.

We were in Vegas and heard about the sick "All Time" conditions. So the day the show ended we drove through the night to get there in time for the Comp. That was the best event I've ever been to.
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:32 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Ahhhh man that all looks sooo sick!! I'm bummin so hard right now. The plan was for myself and 5 other guys to drive out there (from MN) in my bud's brother's Yukon... and now I hear the Yukon is unavailable to us. I think we've got one vehicle that we can use but it'll fit 3 guys tops. and we're too poor to fly.
I want to get out there so bad!
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