TetonAT Classics, Circa 1997

Randosteve gets down in the Gros Ventre Slide.

Yeah baby! That’s what I’m talking about…Steep Tech…skinny…long skis…Alpine Trekkers! That’s the way is was for me back in the day, touring around with Team Extreme (me and my JHMR bros Reed Finlay and Chris Onufer). At least that’s what I remember, especially from this great day we in-front-of-gros-ventre-slidehad skiing the Gros Ventre Slide (pronounced gr?-vänt), an area known more for the massive landslide that damned up the Gros Ventre River and when the damn gave way, inevitably wiped out the town of Kelly, killing 6 people in 1927.  None the less, the zone holds some fun terrain and it was one of those “early days” that I will always remember.

Tracks de jour.

We did two runs on the two-tiered bowl that day back in 1997. As you can see from the photo above, conditions were prime and ripe for the picking. A little bit of activity…but nothing with enough energy to really get you good. I think I was the only one locking the heel down, as my other two compadres were free-heeling in noodlely leather and plastic contraptions that really just looked like hiking boots. Rocking full alpine gear, I could charge as hard as I wanted to and was loving life, learning the ropes and earning my turns.

Randosteve…dropping…in 1997!

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8 Responses to “TetonAT Classics, Circa 1997”

  1. 1 Nick Aug 19th, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Cool pics Steve – funny that 1997 now looks like it may as well be 1983.

  2. 2 Jason Aug 19th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    @NICK – was thinking the same thing. It’s amazing how much skiing has changed in the past 8 or so years. From long skinnies to reverse camber 130 underfoot fat boards… Many skiing RULES IT! I’m waiting, but in vain, for this winter to roll in. El Nino! I hope it’s cold…

  3. 3 Jason Aug 19th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    wooopsss! It was “MAN SKIING RULES IT!” not Many, but many days skiing rulez it more!

  4. 4 randosteve Aug 19th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    For sure guys. Even in just the past 3-4 years….so much change in ski designs and offerings. And thank god for that!

  5. 5 chris Aug 19th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Rad. Funny to think of origins wether it be alpine trekkers or fish scales.

  6. 6 randosteve Aug 19th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    it all comes down to powder!

  7. 7 Day Aug 20th, 2009 at 11:15 am

    That’s a SWEET hat in the first shot! I sport a lid like that every time I go to Whistler just to get funny looks in the gondola… it’s ALL about the ear flaps!! :-)

  8. 8 randosteve Aug 20th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Totally! I loved that tuque! I think I still have it…saving it in case I take up telemark. ;)

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