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 Post subject: Re: 2013/14 Greater Yellowstone Shred Thread: Conditions, Stoke
PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:25 am 
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Yeah, currently living in Billings. Yes, that is the same Jackson Peak that's in Turiano's book.

Tetons aren't seeing quite as much of a ground-level facet problem as our area (though the Gros Ventres had kind of a similar structure to many of the MT areas). In the Tetons seems like the main problem right now is a facet layer that was about a foot down before the big storm, though there certainly were some avys on the depth hoar earlier this year so it probably could still be heard from in the wrong place at the wrong time. You are heading down there, right?


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 Post subject: Re: 2013/14 Greater Yellowstone Shred Thread: Conditions, Stoke
PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:49 am 
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looking good Nick! hope to see you soon :rock:

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 Post subject: Re: 2013/14 Greater Yellowstone Shred Thread: Conditions, Stoke
PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:31 pm 
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Yeah buddy! Some weekend soon we'll go for a walk in the woods. Moving into a new place this weekend so that's out, but some time in Feb

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 Post subject: Re: 2013/14 Greater Yellowstone Shred Thread: Conditions, Stoke
PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:03 pm 
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skiied the pass yesterday, skinned up from Taggart today.. tracked out but still fun. crusty on SE but otherwise fine.

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 Post subject: Re: 2013/14 Greater Yellowstone Shred Thread: Conditions, Stoke
PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:08 pm 
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I've been doing way more snowbiking than splitboarding so far this winter. Two hour dawn patrol this morning to check out the little skiff of snow we got a couple days ago. Surprisingly nice conditions for NE tip of ye ol' Gallatins.

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 Post subject: Re: 2013/14 Greater Yellowstone Shred Thread: Conditions, Stoke
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goood lookin shots. that first one is NICE! is that the southern bridgers? looks like saddle, but i wasnt sure..

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 Post subject: Re: 2013/14 Greater Yellowstone Shred Thread: Conditions, Stoke
PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 4:49 pm 
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nordicbordn wrote:
goood lookin shots. that first one is NICE! is that the southern bridgers? looks like saddle, but i wasnt sure..


Yeah, Saddle is the prominent peak in the first photo.

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 Post subject: Re: 2013/14 Greater Yellowstone Shred Thread: Conditions, Stoke
PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:14 am 
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Anybody know where fairy lake rd is closed currently? Do they close it at the fork a few miles in or the gate near the road? Haven't approached N bridgers via fairy since early season.


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 Post subject: Re: 2013/14 Greater Yellowstone Shred Thread: Conditions, Stoke
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greg.doctor wrote:
Anybody know where fairy lake rd is closed currently?


Depends. Do you have 33" tires and chains? ; ) I haven't been up there this year but in previous years the road is open to wheeled vehicles up to the second gate.

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 Post subject: Re: 2013/14 Greater Yellowstone Shred Thread: Conditions, Stoke
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That's what I thought. Hell no my car would never make it. Hurray for friends with trucks!


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 Post subject: Re: 2013/14 Greater Yellowstone Shred Thread: Conditions, Stoke
PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 3:07 pm 
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Might try and head up to the Jackson area in late Feb with my brother. I know nothing about the area and would appreciate a heads up on parking to access relatively safe tree run type goods. We have been doomed down here in AZ by the ridge of death and we need some relief. I've got a jeep with good 4x 10" of fresh it can handle fine.

Not looking for folks to reveal the stashes just good general areas for exploration and parking/camping....


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 Post subject: Re: 2013/14 Greater Yellowstone Shred Thread: Conditions, Stoke
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Zude wrote:
...Not looking for folks to reveal the stashes just good general areas for exploration and parking/camping....


Togwotee Pass is prime for options. Lots pull offs along the highway and some good parking areas that you can camp and have fires at. There is plenty of mellow, tree'd slopes of varying pitch and length as well as exposed alpine stuff if the action is good to go. If I remember correctly the Jackson avy team reports specifically on Togwotee which is nice.

A sampling of the goods: Here's a pic of Two Ocean Mountain I took in 2010.

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 Post subject: Re: 2013/14 Greater Yellowstone Shred Thread: Conditions, Stoke
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Zude wrote:
I know nothing about the area and would appreciate a heads up on parking to access relatively safe tree run type goods.


I'd recommend starting your explorations on top of Teton Pass. Park up there and head south . Lots of obvious safer (low angled, treed) options. Great options to the north w/ more avalanche terrain as well. Grand Teton National Park holds some great, long safe runs as well. Tom Turiano's Teton Skiing is a great guidebook, or inquire locally.


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