Daily Backcountry Skiing Stoke

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | September 23, 2011      
Daily backcountry skiing stoke.

Daily backcountry skiing stoke to get you through the weekend. Get on those bikes and hiking shoes and train up for the coming season. Everyone ready? That's Louie ripping it up in the photo. Click to enlarge.


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17 Responses to “Daily Backcountry Skiing Stoke”

  1. Scott Nelson September 23rd, 2011 10:57 am

    Yeah, fall is in the air finally. There was an inch or two of snow on the summit of East Sopris yesterday, the tops of the Laundry Chutes are filling in, well, sort of…. Man those things look steep from the top.

  2. Christian September 23rd, 2011 12:01 pm

    Had my first turns in new snow on Sept. 10, on rando race gear. It is snowing quite a lot in the mountains now, so the season has startet…but it will take some time before anything other that glaciers will be skiable.

  3. Glenn September 23rd, 2011 3:58 pm

    Quit it. You’re teasing us. I have the Bar BQ date at the last hair pin at Independence Pass on my calendar for next April. I hope you like shrimp gumbo! I’m not missing it this time.

  4. Lou September 23rd, 2011 4:40 pm

    Glenn, you’re on, though unless CDOT gets their act together the party will be sometime in May. Remember it has to be off-the-cuff non commercial otherwise we run into who knows what kind of bureaucratic weirdness. So we leave it organic and we’ll see what happens.

  5. Lou September 23rd, 2011 5:50 pm

    By the way, everyone, I guess my little Google+ experiment is lame. According to web pundits, it’s the next great thing. With thousands of site visitors, the only + click I got is from myself as a test. Sigh. Google, the god of the web, but only a god with a small g, I guess. I’ll leave up for a few more days but probably take the Google+ button down as it’s just another resource hog with yet another javascript… Lou

  6. Andrew September 23rd, 2011 10:03 pm

    Thanks for the stoke Lou! Winter is coming…

  7. Richard September 25th, 2011 11:24 am

    Hi Kurt,
    I live in Driggs Id. If cost is an object you might check it out. For 60-70% of the cost of living in SLC or Colorado you will have so much powder skiing you’ll get tired of it. Jackson is an hour away, and the extreme ski mountaineering in the Tetons is more like Cham than any other location in north america.

    On the other hand if you like to party Driggs will put you into a permanent coma. Don’t think twice–pack your bags for Whistler.

  8. Julian September 25th, 2011 2:12 pm

    I agree with Richard. Another vote for Driggs, ID. All the skiing mentioned right in your backyard, cheap real estate, a great grocery store and an honest vibe. If you’re looking to walk through art galleries, drop a fortune on eating at restaurants, Jackson is close enough. The quiet side of the Tetons.

  9. Jack September 26th, 2011 7:47 am

    had a cup of coffee in Driggs one afternoon, almost stayed a lifetime but thats another story… if I has stayed I wouldn’t let the secret out of the bag….

  10. brian hessling September 26th, 2011 7:47 am

    There are a few ‘best places’ left. Given the above stated parameters, Silverton comes to mind. I dare say Durango is more cosmo than Jackson (ha).

  11. Kurt October 2nd, 2011 8:28 am

    Hello Richard, Jullian and Jack, thanks a bunch for sharing and your thoughts! Hadn’t been able to get back to the site lately. Very cool to hear about Driggs. And, powder, rather than party, is my aim for the season. Might i ask you guys, how much do you ski out of Targhee, and how much touring do you do? And, is much of the touring linked out of the Targhee area? i’ll sure go for getting a season pass someplace, and also supplement with all the hikes i can manage, depending on conditions. Is there a big touring community out of Driggs? thanks for any coaching, all best to you all

  12. Julian October 2nd, 2011 1:33 pm

    Hey Kurt,

    There is a definite touring presence because of Teton Pass being only 25 minutes from Driggs. There are backcountry gates out of Targhee and good skiing on the west slopes of the Tetons. Other choices can include backcountry gates at Jackson Hole Mountain off the tram (about 45 minutes to Teton Village if the pass is in good shape) and the coveted routes on the east side of the Tetons in the National Park (about 60-80 minutes to trailheads). I’m not too worried about any “secret out of the bag” since the knowledge is easily available on the internet anyhow and the area is not going to grow rapidly anytime soon given the state of the housing market.

  13. Dan Powers October 3rd, 2011 7:03 am

    I’ll put in one more plug for Driggs. There obviously isn’t a Whistleresque nightlife, but we do have a great local restaurant scene, Thai, Vietnamese, a couple of Bistros, great pub food etc. There are a couple of Art Galleries, a trio of ski shops, a bookstore, just enough to meet your basic needs. And as someone said above, cheap housing thanks to the wonders of the boom/bust cycles of mountain real estate.

    Plus the Mayor skis on Dynafits.

  14. Kurt October 3rd, 2011 7:58 am

    Hey Julian and Dan, really appreciate your comments. Weird to be researching this from Seoul! I’m going to get on doing some searches for potential places to live, and get a sense of the town and surroundings. Do you have any site suggestions of me? Or where i might do some research on touring routes? Now i’m narrowing it down to between SLC and Driggs. May i ask you what makes those eastern aspects of the Tetons so good? is it the different slope angles? the quality of the snow? i’ve done a bit more reading, and some places i read that Grand Targhee gets the same sorts of snow regularity, depth and quality as the Wasatch. Are there similar meteorological / geographic conditions working there?
    it’s so great already to read of this sort of support, interest and enthusiasm coming out of the Western Tetons! Thank you all, Kurt

  15. Lou October 3rd, 2011 10:49 am

    Spent some time in Driggs myself. Really is one of those lesser raved about good places, at least till WildSnow.com came along (grin).

  16. Dan Powers October 3rd, 2011 3:13 pm

    Kurt, there’s a lot of places in this neck of the woods with great snow. The East slope of the Tetons uniqueness is the big vertical and relatively easy access to great ski mountaineering ( not Chamonix easy, though). The west slope tends to get a little more snow, but vertical is a little less, although still offering 3000′ runs.

    Do some googling and you’ll find a lot of info on Teton Skiing. If you can find it, Tom Turiano has written an amazing book on both ski routes and the history of Teton skiing.

  17. Kurt October 9th, 2011 7:53 am

    Dan, thanks a bunch for the tips and the info. i’ve found the book from Turiano you mention and ordered it. Unfortunately work is biting into my research time, (got to get the priorities straight!), but will look for the breather to hash out the Driggs / SLC decision. Either way will certainly get up to Driggs area this winter. Perhaps will have to opportunity to run into you. all best, and thanks a lot, Kurt

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