This year the trip started on the last day of February which nicely coincided with a solid storm cycle. Road closures hindered progress into the valley, but we got here in time to enjoy a fresh 16" at the ski hill on day one. Gerbil found us a bitchin' place to stay this year, and the landlord has braapers, so that's cool.
Last year's snow was really pretty weak, so we're due for a deep trip this spring. So far it's looking good, so I'm going to be keeping an official trip snowfall total. 51" so far with more on the way the next few days. It's plenty deep.
We've had one ride so far on the west side of the valley. Gerbil was breaking in a new sled, and the wind and low visibility on the high ridges kept us down a little lower than usual. Riding was a bit lowkey too because of the new sled and my jarring tree crash on the way up the hill.
We were riding on a three day snowfall of 34", so conditions were excellent. We even found some disappearing-sled snow:
It was a fun ride and we found plenty of untracked snow. Here's Gerbil's new 600 RMK in action.
Here's me riding my Pro whose glued A-arms did NOT break when I crashed into a buried tree. My knees and ribs almost did though.
The snow was pretty nice up there and was the perfect consistency for holding a nice cross slope for as long as you wanted without losing control. In spots there was a bit of a crust under all the fresh which I broke through and as a result got the new sled good and stuck several times.
Lots of adventuring happened since the last photo post. Mud came out last week and he hit a good storm. We rode 5 days and hit three different mountain ranges. I've got a few photos from the best day. It was mostly bluebird, and 16" of fresh snow. I've got pictures from all of the rides, but these will have to do for now.
Trip snowfall total is up to 95" thanks to 16" of new blower powder that awaited us at the skihill this morning. It's been a good year for snow so far.
We're staying in East Idaho like we do every year. It's close to Jackson, WY.
By the way, it's the World Championship Hillclimbs at Jackson this weekend. This year it's going to be a little more interesting because Baller's cousins qualified. They won at the Minnesota River Valley Hillclimbs in Sleepy Eye, so they get to race at Snowking. Baller has aspirations of hanging around in their race trailer and drinking their beer when there's a lull in the action. We'll see how that works out. I'm curious to see how some Minnesota boys will do at Jackson.