January and February are road trip months. Its a storied tradition in the snow world to periodically take off around the country, and now the world, to see what everyone else is doing at their mountains. This time Dave and I headed south to Grand Targhee, and Jackson Hole. Following the tails of a 2 foot dump we had great snow both days. Targhe was full of powder pockets and we were treated to a rare afternoon of sunshine. In Jackson we met up with old friends Danny and Lani, who now work at the ski school there. After a crazy night of celebrating Australia day, we all need garage showers, we dragged ourselves out of the motel 6 and into the famed Jackson Backcountry. Danny took us all over the place, hitting up Mile Long Couloir, Endless Couloir, and Four Pines. I had never skied the resort and I guess I still haven’t as we spent the entire day hiking in the Teton National forest, finally skiing back to the Mangy Moose at 5:30. Thanks again Danny and Lani for all your hospitality and please come visit us soon.
Next began what has become the regular randomness in the trip where rather on a whim, I mean we were already in Wyoming, it became evident that we had to go to Vegas. Of course and to lock it in the annual ski industry show was happening and it was its last year in Vegas before moving to Denver. I had never been to industry show, if you have you know exactly what I’m talking about, if you haven’t imagine everyone in the ski industry getting together for a huge party oh and place it in Vegas. There was definitely trouble to get into. The show itself was exceptional where I met tons of people and saw all the cool gear for next year. Then were the shows and after parties which really, isn’t that why you go to Vegas. After just over 24hrs in Sin City we were back on the road and headed to Utah and home. A quick trip with huge ground covered a little bit of adventure to kick off the second half of the season.