By: randosteve|Posted on: January 25, 2011|Posted in: Nez Perce, The Tetons | 6 comments

The Tetons poke above the clouds yesterday morning.
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negative-tracks-in-west-hourglass-couloirConditions have been pretty stellar here in the Tetons the past few days. With fresh snow every morning and the sun popping out, things have been great for ski touring. Over the past couple days however, I’ve had a mixed bag of high speed powder skiing on Wimpys with epic snow, combined with windshield wiper survival turns down a sustrugi filled West Hourglass Couloir on Nez Perce. (Pretty much the opposite of this trip.)  It was so wind hammered in the Hourglass that the boot prints from the previous party (not sure how many days ago) stuck up 2 feet out of the snow. It looked like 2-3 feet (or more) of snow had been ripped off the slope by the wind. I call these type of tracks, “negative tracks”, since they are the opposite of what they should be. Heinous skiing for sure.

The Middle Teton today…Ansel Adams style.