Sunday, February 25, 2007

Jackson Hole Part II, Togwotee Pass

The skin track short cut.

Teton views 2007

Backcountry riding at East Angle Mountain.
On day two we stumbled on to a spot near Togwotee Pass called Angle Mountain. This area has it all. Great steeps, safe chutes and gullies, powder tree runs, untouched glades and reasonable access. In fact this mountain is so “dialed” that the Togwotee mountain lodge runs a Backcountry Cat operation here.

Some beta from the lodge’s site:
“Angle Mountain offers 750 skiable acres, 1,600 vertical feet, and an average annual snow fall of over 300 inches…Angle Mountain is recommended for strong intermediate to expert skiers and riders”

Thankfully we hardly saw skiers from the Cat tours. In fact it only happened once during our two days in the area. The guys on split boards were able to lay skin tracks near the ridge line and climbed the mountain more directly than the cat. The short cut helped us conserve energy and time. We picked lines on the mountain that were untracked and noticed the cat would only pick up in a central area at the bottom. This meant that the Cat skiers would have to walk back to the pick up spot if they got way back. Most of them were lazy and didn't want to walk out. They stuck to the same sections that were close to the pick up. Which was fine with us.

We did the opposite of coarse and got to the GOODS. The snow was forgiving and the runs are wide open. Enjoy the Stoke...

When we saw the cat skiers on the mountain they were following us! They acted surprised to see us but that was BS. How could they have missed our blower lines on top? It goes without saying that we had already schraped (skied) their POW. Haa-haan Thats how we do.

1. On day three we saw someone get air lifted out of the area we were riding.
2. I won some Crampons at the raffle.

.:: Jackson Hole Backcountry Stokefest ::.


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