Witches Caldron While Skiing Jackson Peak

Went for a ski on Jackson Peak this morning. Mostly to see what’s been going on
with the precipitation we’ve been getting the past few days. Weather looked okay
as we drove out on the ultra-green Elk Refuge.

50 50 driving out on the Elk Refuge

It seemed as though the clouds were lifting as we got views of
the North Face and nearly drove to the summer trailhead.

Looks like good weather

The clouds quickly began to roll in though and it made for
an eerie feeling as we followed an old road into the forest.

Misty weather on the way in

The visibility was marginal as we arrived at the summit.
Bringing doubt as to what route we would take on the descent.

tough visibility arriving at the summit

Things seemed to be going our way with lifting clouds
and views of the Gros Ventre Mountains beginning to show through.

Watching the clouds

Still a brewing caldron on the north side though,
we opted to head east where we could see where we were going.

Witches caldron on the north face

The snow was cream cheese, but rather skiable and it’s nice to get
a fresh coating of the white stuff in the hills. This snow seemed to stick to everything
and I bet it packed into some lines higher up in the Tetons.

Skiing above Sheep Creek

Reed skis into the Upper Sheep Creek drainage.

Skiing the East Cutes of Jackson Peak

It was predictable and easy to get things moving. The skiing
on the bed surface was just as good as the new snow…maybe better.

Easy to get things moving

We passed lots of debris piles on the way out and the mountains were
definitely doing their own snow control today. Transition time for sure!

Debris piles below


2 Responses to “Witches Caldron While Skiing Jackson Peak”

  1. 1 bissell May 23rd, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    well steve i have once again chose to emulate tetonat.com and am trying to play the name that couloir game. go to http://fromducktodinosaur.blogspot.com/ for your chance to win BIG.
    as a hint, this couloir is eighty degrees, never been freeski mountaineered by anyone but myself and is sick and gnarly and all that.

  2. 2 young and dumb May 24th, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Nice report, brings back great memories of ye olde ski cabin.

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