Skiing - Wyoming - Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee 2006

In March 2006 we went to Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee in Wyoming. We saw elk, wolves, bighorn sheep, trumpeter swans and other animals.
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1 The only "Ansel Adams moment" I had to get a clear shot of the Tetons was from the plane when we flew into Jackson Airport. The name of the mountains comes from the French word for a woman's upper anatomy (if I use the <u>real</u> word, the supersensit...

The only "Ansel Adams moment" I had to get a clear shot of the Tetons was from the plane when we flew into Jackson Airport. The name of the mountains comes from the French word for a woman's upper anatomy (if I use the real word, the supersensit...

The only "Ansel Adams moment" I had to get a clear shot of the Tetons was from the plane when we flew into Jackson Airport. The name of the mountains comes from the French word for a woman's upper anatomy (if I use the real word, the supersensitive school internet filters will kick this out!) 1536
2 Just outside of the town of Jackson is the Elk Refuge. This photo was taken from the airport shuttle. In the winter thousands of elk come down from the mountains and Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

Just outside of the town of Jackson is the Elk Refuge. This photo was taken from the airport shuttle. In the winter thousands of elk come down from the mountains and Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

Just outside of the town of Jackson is the Elk Refuge. This photo was taken from the airport shuttle. In the winter thousands of elk come down from the mountains and Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. 1391
3 On March 12, 2006 my husband Ken, son Curtis, and I went to Jackson Hole Ski Resort. We learned that it is one of the steepest and most difficult resorts in North America.

On March 12, 2006 my husband Ken, son Curtis, and I went to Jackson Hole Ski Resort. We learned that it is one of the steepest and most difficult resorts in North America.

On March 12, 2006 my husband Ken, son Curtis, and I went to Jackson Hole Ski Resort. We learned that it is one of the steepest and most difficult resorts in North America. 1243
4 At 2500 acres, Jackson Hole is a huge resort; maps help the visitors stay on track and not get off on the wrong trail.

At 2500 acres, Jackson Hole is a huge resort; maps help the visitors stay on track and not get off on the wrong trail.

At 2500 acres, Jackson Hole is a huge resort; maps help the visitors stay on track and not get off on the wrong trail. 1321
5 This avalanche gun was aimed at an avalanche-prone headwall.

This avalanche gun was aimed at an avalanche-prone headwall.

This avalanche gun was aimed at an avalanche-prone headwall. 1302
6 Jackson Hole has gondolas, 2 tram cars, and 12 chairlifts. The gondolas are nice on a windy, snowy day because they are enclosed. Skiers and snowboarders put their equipment in slots on the outside of the gondola on the way up.

Jackson Hole has gondolas, 2 tram cars, and 12 chairlifts. The gondolas are nice on a windy, snowy day because they are enclosed. Skiers and snowboarders put their equipment in slots on the outside of the gondola on the way up.

Jackson Hole has gondolas, 2 tram cars, and 12 chairlifts. The gondolas are nice on a windy, snowy day because they are enclosed. Skiers and snowboarders put their equipment in slots on the outside of the gondola on the way up. 1280
7 Another load of skiers headed to the upper slopes in the gondola!

Another load of skiers headed to the upper slopes in the gondola!

Another load of skiers headed to the upper slopes in the gondola! 1234
8 These guys must be crazy! Many of the larger resorts in the west have areas that must be hiked to access. This does not look like fun to me at all!

These guys must be crazy! Many of the larger resorts in the west have areas that must be hiked to access. This does not look like fun to me at all!

These guys must be crazy! Many of the larger resorts in the west have areas that must be hiked to access. This does not look like fun to me at all! 1355
9 Here I am on one of the blue (intermediate) slopes of Jackson Hole. The trails there are much steeper than what we have skied in the past. We missed not having the nice long cruisers of other resorts. We really had to work for our runs here!

Here I am on one of the blue (intermediate) slopes of Jackson Hole. The trails there are much steeper than what we have skied in the past. We missed not having the nice long cruisers of other resorts. We really had to work for our runs here!

Here I am on one of the blue (intermediate) slopes of Jackson Hole. The trails there are much steeper than what we have skied in the past. We missed not having the nice long cruisers of other resorts. We really had to work for our runs here! 1737
10 Some of the large rocks on the edge one of the trails at Jackson Hole.

Some of the large rocks on the edge one of the trails at Jackson Hole.

Some of the large rocks on the edge one of the trails at Jackson Hole. 1290
11 Our shadows from the lift.

Our shadows from the lift.

Our shadows from the lift. 1230
12 Just before we dismount the lift.

Just before we dismount the lift.

Just before we dismount the lift. 1281
13 The half-pipe in the terrain park at Jackson Hole.

The half-pipe in the terrain park at Jackson Hole.

The half-pipe in the terrain park at Jackson Hole. 1773
14 Much to the dismay of the locals and visitors alike, the famous 40-year old tram will be put out of service this year (2006). It is possible to ride the tram to the top of Rendevous Mountain, look around and enjoy the view, then ride back down. Since I...

Much to the dismay of the locals and visitors alike, the famous 40-year old tram will be put out of service this year (2006). It is possible to ride the tram to the top of Rendevous Mountain, look around and enjoy the view, then ride back down. Since I...

Much to the dismay of the locals and visitors alike, the famous 40-year old tram will be put out of service this year (2006). It is possible to ride the tram to the top of Rendevous Mountain, look around and enjoy the view, then ride back down. Since I didn't want to risk my life trying to ski back down, I rode back to the bottom on the tram. 1315
15 This is why I didn't ski down the mountain. With a 4,139 vertical drop, Jackson Hole is the steepest ski area in the U.S.

This is why I didn't ski down the mountain. With a 4,139 vertical drop, Jackson Hole is the steepest ski area in the U.S.

This is why I didn't ski down the mountain. With a 4,139 vertical drop, Jackson Hole is the steepest ski area in the U.S. 1373
16 10,450 foot Rendevous Mountain is accessed by the tram.

10,450 foot Rendevous Mountain is accessed by the tram.

10,450 foot Rendevous Mountain is accessed by the tram. 1301
17 The view from the top of Rendevous Mountain. Note the snow-free area, the wind is so strong up here the powder is just blown away.

The view from the top of Rendevous Mountain. Note the snow-free area, the wind is so strong up here the powder is just blown away.

The view from the top of Rendevous Mountain. Note the snow-free area, the wind is so strong up here the powder is just blown away. 1309
18 I know when to back off and not ski a trail, this was one of those times!

I know when to back off and not ski a trail, this was one of those times!

I know when to back off and not ski a trail, this was one of those times! 1382
19 Corbet's Couloir is a narrow, snow-filled ravine that is popular with the extreme skiers at Jackson Hole. This photo was taken from the tram as I was riding back down.

Corbet's Couloir is a narrow, snow-filled ravine that is popular with the extreme skiers at Jackson Hole. This photo was taken from the tram as I was riding back down.

Corbet's Couloir is a narrow, snow-filled ravine that is popular with the extreme skiers at Jackson Hole. This photo was taken from the tram as I was riding back down. 2538
20 Another lift as seen from the tram.

Another lift as seen from the tram.

Another lift as seen from the tram. 1274
21 The Jackson area strongly encourages recycling. I got a kick out of how someone had recycled old ski poles, ski tails and an old snow board to make windchimes at one of the lifts! Skiers would hit the chimes with their poles to make them ring.

The Jackson area strongly encourages recycling. I got a kick out of how someone had recycled old ski poles, ski tails and an old snow board to make windchimes at one of the lifts! Skiers would hit the chimes with their poles to make them ring.

The Jackson area strongly encourages recycling. I got a kick out of how someone had recycled old ski poles, ski tails and an old snow board to make windchimes at one of the lifts! Skiers would hit the chimes with their poles to make them ring. 2226
22 There are two terrain parks at Jackson Hole, this one is the beginners' park.

There are two terrain parks at Jackson Hole, this one is the beginners' park.

There are two terrain parks at Jackson Hole, this one is the beginners' park. 1370
23 This house could be yours --- for a few million dollars! There were many such houses located by the green trails at Jackson Hole. Real estate in the area is very expensive. Our airport shuttle driver told us, "The billionaires are pushing out the milli...

This house could be yours --- for a few million dollars! There were many such houses located by the green trails at Jackson Hole. Real estate in the area is very expensive. Our airport shuttle driver told us, "The billionaires are pushing out the milli...

This house could be yours --- for a few million dollars! There were many such houses located by the green trails at Jackson Hole. Real estate in the area is very expensive. Our airport shuttle driver told us, "The billionaires are pushing out the millionaires!" 1447
24 An "evil eye" on the slopes? No, it is just the bark from an aspen tree.

An "evil eye" on the slopes? No, it is just the bark from an aspen tree.

An "evil eye" on the slopes? No, it is just the bark from an aspen tree. 1425
25 I wondered if Jackson Hole had a bead, bra and panty tree like many of the other western resorts we have visited. I finally noticed this one as we were riding up a lift. Legend has it that the "offerings" appease the "snow gods" to bring more snow late...

I wondered if Jackson Hole had a bead, bra and panty tree like many of the other western resorts we have visited. I finally noticed this one as we were riding up a lift. Legend has it that the "offerings" appease the "snow gods" to bring more snow late...

I wondered if Jackson Hole had a bead, bra and panty tree like many of the other western resorts we have visited. I finally noticed this one as we were riding up a lift. Legend has it that the "offerings" appease the "snow gods" to bring more snow late in the season! 2344
26 The park in the town square of Jackson has 4 large antler arches. The arches are pretty at night since they are lighted with small white lights. The antlers are collected by the local Boy Scout troop and are auctioned off.

The park in the town square of Jackson has 4 large antler arches. The arches are pretty at night since they are lighted with small white lights. The antlers are collected by the local Boy Scout troop and are auctioned off.

The park in the town square of Jackson has 4 large antler arches. The arches are pretty at night since they are lighted with small white lights. The antlers are collected by the local Boy Scout troop and are auctioned off. 1318
27 On our 3rd day we took the day off to give our legs a rest and see some of the sights around Jackson. We rented a car and drove down Elk Refuge Road at the outskirts of town. We were excited to see these bighorn sheep up on the edge of a butte.

On our 3rd day we took the day off to give our legs a rest and see some of the sights around Jackson. We rented a car and drove down Elk Refuge Road at the outskirts of town. We were excited to see these bighorn sheep up on the edge of a butte.

On our 3rd day we took the day off to give our legs a rest and see some of the sights around Jackson. We rented a car and drove down Elk Refuge Road at the outskirts of town. We were excited to see these bighorn sheep up on the edge of a butte. 1319
28 This coyote was one of three that we saw crossing a snow field.

This coyote was one of three that we saw crossing a snow field.

This coyote was one of three that we saw crossing a snow field. 1323
29 Coyotes are well-camouflaged against the rocks.

Coyotes are well-camouflaged against the rocks.

Coyotes are well-camouflaged against the rocks. 1296
30 This display of a wolf and coyote was in the Tetons National Park Visitor Center. There was a fox too, but it was out of range of this photo. We saw three wolves in the Elk Refuge eating the carcass of a dead elk. The best way to find wolves quickly is...

This display of a wolf and coyote was in the Tetons National Park Visitor Center. There was a fox too, but it was out of range of this photo. We saw three wolves in the Elk Refuge eating the carcass of a dead elk. The best way to find wolves quickly is...

This display of a wolf and coyote was in the Tetons National Park Visitor Center. There was a fox too, but it was out of range of this photo. We saw three wolves in the Elk Refuge eating the carcass of a dead elk. The best way to find wolves quickly is to watch for ravens scavenging in the fields, the wolves will be nearby. The wolves come down from Yellowstone National Park, over 40 miles away. They were reintroduced into the park 11 years ago and are doing quite well. They help keep the ecosystem balanced by culling out the old or ill animals. 1366
31 It is possible to ride in one of these horse-drawn sleighs to get close to the elk. It cost $16 for adults to ride for a little over an hour. We had a naturalist in the sleigh who told about the elk.

It is possible to ride in one of these horse-drawn sleighs to get close to the elk. It cost $16 for adults to ride for a little over an hour. We had a naturalist in the sleigh who told about the elk.

It is possible to ride in one of these horse-drawn sleighs to get close to the elk. It cost $16 for adults to ride for a little over an hour. We had a naturalist in the sleigh who told about the elk. 1295
32 The elk congregate near the river in the valley.

The elk congregate near the river in the valley.

The elk congregate near the river in the valley. 1213
33 Many of the bull elk had lost their antlers, this guy was just half-molted! It must be uncomfortable for them to walk around lopsided like that. It would seem that there would be thousands of antlers littering the ground, but each night the Boy Scouts ...

Many of the bull elk had lost their antlers, this guy was just half-molted! It must be uncomfortable for them to walk around lopsided like that. It would seem that there would be thousands of antlers littering the ground, but each night the Boy Scouts ...

Many of the bull elk had lost their antlers, this guy was just half-molted! It must be uncomfortable for them to walk around lopsided like that. It would seem that there would be thousands of antlers littering the ground, but each night the Boy Scouts go out to the refuge and collect them to sell in an auction. The proceeds go back to the refuge. 1367
34 An elegant elk resting in the snow.

An elegant elk resting in the snow.

An elegant elk resting in the snow. 1333
35 Curtis, me, and Ken at the Elk Refuge.

Curtis, me, and Ken at the Elk Refuge.

Curtis, me, and Ken at the Elk Refuge. 1241
36 We drove up a snow-covered road in Tetons National Park. Everything went fine when we drove up, but we slid on ice on the way back and ended up in the snowbank! Fortunately, a local family who had a tow rope came by and pulled us out. The car didn't su...

We drove up a snow-covered road in Tetons National Park. Everything went fine when we drove up, but we slid on ice on the way back and ended up in the snowbank! Fortunately, a local family who had a tow rope came by and pulled us out. The car didn't su...

We drove up a snow-covered road in Tetons National Park. Everything went fine when we drove up, but we slid on ice on the way back and ended up in the snowbank! Fortunately, a local family who had a tow rope came by and pulled us out. The car didn't sustain any damage, thank goodness. 1288
37 We made it back to the Tetons NP visitor center in time to go on the ranger-led snowshoe hike. Here the ranger is showing the participants about the different kinds of snowshoes. We were surprised to learn that we would be using the long "old school" t...

We made it back to the Tetons NP visitor center in time to go on the ranger-led snowshoe hike. Here the ranger is showing the participants about the different kinds of snowshoes. We were surprised to learn that we would be using the long "old school" t...

We made it back to the Tetons NP visitor center in time to go on the ranger-led snowshoe hike. Here the ranger is showing the participants about the different kinds of snowshoes. We were surprised to learn that we would be using the long "old school" type made of wood and leather lacing. 1292
38 We're getting ready for our trek through the field.

We're getting ready for our trek through the field.

We're getting ready for our trek through the field. 1251
39 Sarah, the park ranger, stopped during the hike and explained about how animals live in the snow. Here she is digging a pit in the snow to show the layers and how the types of snow can influence avalanches on slopes.

Sarah, the park ranger, stopped during the hike and explained about how animals live in the snow. Here she is digging a pit in the snow to show the layers and how the types of snow can influence avalanches on slopes.

Sarah, the park ranger, stopped during the hike and explained about how animals live in the snow. Here she is digging a pit in the snow to show the layers and how the types of snow can influence avalanches on slopes. 1258
40 A "snow snake"?! This snow had fallen in a funny way on this tree.

A "snow snake"?! This snow had fallen in a funny way on this tree.

A "snow snake"?! This snow had fallen in a funny way on this tree. 1628
41 I was excited to see a beautiful Trumpeter Swan in the river near Jackson.

I was excited to see a beautiful Trumpeter Swan in the river near Jackson.

I was excited to see a beautiful Trumpeter Swan in the river near Jackson. 1193
42 We ate supper in the famous old Wort Hotel in Jackson. There were a lot of interesting pictures on the walls. This one was done by a man who shot the Indian head design with a rifle in 90 seconds.

We ate supper in the famous old Wort Hotel in Jackson. There were a lot of interesting pictures on the walls. This one was done by a man who shot the Indian head design with a rifle in 90 seconds.

We ate supper in the famous old Wort Hotel in Jackson. There were a lot of interesting pictures on the walls. This one was done by a man who shot the Indian head design with a rifle in 90 seconds. 1222
43 Curtis at the doors of the Silver Dollar saloon in the Wort Hotel.

Curtis at the doors of the Silver Dollar saloon in the Wort Hotel.

Curtis at the doors of the Silver Dollar saloon in the Wort Hotel. 1254
44 We stayed at the "Bears" Best Western in Jackson. There were carved black bears everywhere!

We stayed at the "Bears" Best Western in Jackson. There were carved black bears everywhere!

We stayed at the "Bears" Best Western in Jackson. There were carved black bears everywhere! 1230
45 On Wednesday morning we awoke to 5" of new snow! Nothing like fresh powder on a ski day!

On Wednesday morning we awoke to 5" of new snow! Nothing like fresh powder on a ski day!

On Wednesday morning we awoke to 5" of new snow! Nothing like fresh powder on a ski day! 1207
46 We went to Grand Targhee ski resort on Wednesday. We rode the Alltrans shuttle 40 miles from Jackson. The ride over Teton Pass in heavy snow was a bit un-nerving, but our driver handled it very well.

We went to Grand Targhee ski resort on Wednesday. We rode the Alltrans shuttle 40 miles from Jackson. The ride over Teton Pass in heavy snow was a bit un-nerving, but our driver handled it very well.

We went to Grand Targhee ski resort on Wednesday. We rode the Alltrans shuttle 40 miles from Jackson. The ride over Teton Pass in heavy snow was a bit un-nerving, but our driver handled it very well. 1341
47 We took the main lift to the top of the mountain. We quickly learned why the nickname of the resort is "Grand Foggy"! It was like skiing blind for awhile.

We took the main lift to the top of the mountain. We quickly learned why the nickname of the resort is "Grand Foggy"! It was like skiing blind for awhile.

We took the main lift to the top of the mountain. We quickly learned why the nickname of the resort is "Grand Foggy"! It was like skiing blind for awhile. 1256
48 It is going to be a long way down!

It is going to be a long way down!

It is going to be a long way down! 1202
49 We had to follow these flags along the trail until we got into the bowl.

We had to follow these flags along the trail until we got into the bowl.

We had to follow these flags along the trail until we got into the bowl. 1228
50 There was knee-deep powder in the Sacajawea Bowl, this is what skiing is all about!

There was knee-deep powder in the Sacajawea Bowl, this is what skiing is all about!

There was knee-deep powder in the Sacajawea Bowl, this is what skiing is all about! 1346
51 I didn't like this little chair lift --- no restraining bars! :(

I didn't like this little chair lift --- no restraining bars! :(

I didn't like this little chair lift --- no restraining bars! :( 1329
52 A view of a snow squall over eastern Idaho. Grand Targhee is just barely on the western  Wyoming border

A view of a snow squall over eastern Idaho. Grand Targhee is just barely on the western Wyoming border

A view of a snow squall over eastern Idaho. Grand Targhee is just barely on the western Wyoming border 1305
53 Even this adult had fun skiing through the trees here!

Even this adult had fun skiing through the trees here!

Even this adult had fun skiing through the trees here! 1271
54 The snow really piled high on the roof of these condos at the base area of Grand Targhee. Check out those massive icicles!

The snow really piled high on the roof of these condos at the base area of Grand Targhee. Check out those massive icicles!

The snow really piled high on the roof of these condos at the base area of Grand Targhee. Check out those massive icicles! 1252
55 Although many famous celebrities visit the slopes of Jackson Hole, <u>this</u> well-known character is not who I expected to see! :) And to top it off, he spoke with a British accent!

Although many famous celebrities visit the slopes of Jackson Hole, this well-known character is not who I expected to see! :) And to top it off, he spoke with a British accent!

Although many famous celebrities visit the slopes of Jackson Hole, this well-known character is not who I expected to see! :) And to top it off, he spoke with a British accent! 1371
56 Even large ski resorts need a little help from technology!

Even large ski resorts need a little help from technology!

Even large ski resorts need a little help from technology! 1253

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