Newschoolers! It’s LJ, I haven’t really done any updates this year and after an
outrageous trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to visit my sister Jacki and friends last month, I
thought it was definitely time to make one. I had been planning on making a
trip up there all season and just hadn’t gotten around to it but with a week
long period of nothing to do and what turned out to be “the best snow week of
the season” being forecasted, I knew I had to road trip.
With April just a few days away I
made the four hour drive from SLC to Jackson where Jackson’s marketing director
Tristan was nice enough to provide me with tickets for the week. Jacki,
Photographer Julie Weinberger as well as fellow east coasters, Lisa and Sarah
let me crash on their couch while there.
Lisa reppin NEN crew.
The first day was amazing with
locals Kerry Klauder and Andrew Franklin showing me around. I got my first
taste of Jackson and with some snow from the day before leftover we got plenty
of great turns. Jackson, I found, is full of the best terrain I have ever skied
and Jackson locals SEND IT.
REALLY good on snowblades
The Second day was even better than
the first with a bunch of fresh snow and even more areas of the mountain to be
explored. Jackson is super steep making every area great for deep snow which we
continued to get throughout the week. After shooting another Jackson local
sending a 40 footer into a narrow couloir with a mandatory air at the bottom,
Julie met up with us and got some pictures.
Jackson is a
buffet of cliffs and fun terrain
ripping through Space Walk
day was possibly the deepest day of the week and my park skiing muscles were
having trouble keeping up with everyone. After an early wake-up we got to the
mountain to find the tram line empty and we hopped the first one no problem.
The snow was some of the deepest I’ve ever skied and everyone was slaying it as
well as having a good time as they continued to show me more and more of the
mountain. One of my favorite sections is a snow field that filters into a cliff
section with some amazing chutes to ski. Moon Walk, an easily accessible but
somewhat rarely skied line was my favorite and we shredded it multiple times,
everyone ripping turns through it.
on the right with the normally mandatory air filled in because of all the snow.
amazing powder, many still came prepared for gapper day, which in Jackson is
apparently taken pretty seriously.
aboard the infamous Jackson Tram
to snap bangers as we continued to ski the ever deepening snow. The fourth and
final day, April 2nd, was the best powder day I’ve ever had. We woke
up early once again to empty lines and SUPER deep snow. Julie and I headed to the
ever popular corbit’s couloir to get first tracks through it . I had found out
that among other things, Jacki’s main goal for the season was to ski Corbit’s.
After getting off work later that afternoon, she agreed to scope it. After
Kerry ripped through, on his first decsent of it. Jacki went for it. Though the
weather wasn’t great and it was beginning to get skied off Jacki SENT IT and stomped
the mandatory air into corbit’s reeping the amazingly deep snow that followed.
The rest of
the last day was indescribable and Julie got some amazing pictures as well as
putting down the camera to show she could RIP turns as well getting some face
shots of her own. Jackson Hole is insane and I can’t wait to go back at least a
few times next season (maybe a jibij team trip?) It was great to ski with
people that love skiing and don’t even ski the same types of features as you;
it made me realize how big our little sport really is and was a great break
from park. I gained a much greater respect for these guys and the type of
skiing they do and can’t wait to come back! Thanks to all the homies!
so damn fun!
a little break from shooting
Jacki and Me
me this which is LITERALLY right off the lift. I love Jackson