By: randosteve|Posted on: February 2, 2012|Posted in: Humor | 8 comments

Everyone has heard of old Punxsutawney Phil over there in Pennsylvania.  That little guy can make most skier’s smile by seeing his shadow on Groundhog Day, which means 6 more weeks of winter.  However, 6 more weeks of winter ends in mid-March, which is about mid-season when it comes to a Teton backcountry skier’s ski season. From what I know, the groundhog most of us backcountry skier’s rely on is Punxsu-TELE Phil…who resides on Teton Pass and can see a bit further into the winter forecast than that other rodent.

It looked grim for a bit today, but under much fan-fare, and just as Punxsu-TELE Phil was dropping his knee to carve his first tele-turn, the sun broke through the clouds and indeed, he saw his shadow on the snow. For skier’s, this event marks the beginning of 6 more MONTHS of winter, and something we can all really get stoked about.

Punxsu-TELE Phil sees his shadow on Teton Pass today.