After well over four years of not riding a single ski lift to ski (at least for fun), I broke my streak and scored on a nice ski day at JHMR yesterday. The avalanche forecast reported 16” of new snow in the last 24 hours and considering I’ve got lots of time to ski tour this spring, I took advantage of the opportunity to get on an early tram car up the hill on Wednesday…rubbing shoulders with the likes of Rick Armstrong and Steve Jones. I’m a little embarrassed to admit it (at least from J-Holer standpoint) but this was also my first time riding the new tram. And I’ve gotta say…she sure is a beauty!
What was my first run back at the ‘ville…my stomping grounds for over six years back in the mid to late nineties? You guessed it…Corbet’s Couloir!!!! In a season where the legendary run at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort was only open a handful of days, it would have been stupid NOT to take advantage of being able to carve “early-tracks” and see if I still had what it takes after all these years. The entrance was very manageable and the snow in the couloir itself was extra creamy…so it really was rather easy compared to the old days, when I remember hitting the line no matter how firm it was or whether I was on the clock or not.
It was interesting how I can barely remember my license plate number, but after all these years, the names of all the lines and features at JHMR easily rose to the surface of my clogged up memory banks. Names like Mouse Face and Cheyenne Rock, or Sherwood Forest and Stoned Phone Booth, seem to be engraved in my brain forever. I’m sure there will be some fun times to had at the final days of the season this weekend, so be sure to “ride the wire” while you still can and score some of the new snow that has fallen and is still yet to come!