Report from February 4th & 5th, 2023
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is absolutely peaking at the moment thanks to a fantastic ten-inch refresh to kick off a full week of excitement for Kings & Queens of Corbet’s.
Entering its 6th year, Kings & Queens has gained quick fame with a line-up of outstanding human beings gathered at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in the name of good fun and to progress women’s and men’s skiing or snowboarding via mind-boggling displays of courageous skill.
Corbet’s itself is a Couloir feature cut into the awesome face of Rendezvous Mountain, high atop the Tetons. It’s widely considered among the gnarliest lines in the US of A.
The average gradient hovers around 40 degrees, while at its summit entrance, Corbet’s is a near-vertical drop of approximately 15 feet.
That drop from the top plays out as a setting and scene for truly incredible feats on snow. A guy once sent the ledge on a sit-ski–and stomped it!
This year’s ‘course’ is an eye-popping descent among natural and organically-shaped features, all of which culminate in a go-for-broke kicker.
When all’s said and done, one King and one Queen will be crowned. And the world is watching.
The first item on the ‘watch list’ is the weather or, more specifically, a Competition-Window within it.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort just received a healthy (and super fun) ten-inch supply of powder snow. The whole mountain was growing delightfully softer with each lap. Hoots and peels of laughter could be heard coming from every which way.
One sure-fire indicator of the mighty fine time going down is the state of the mogul fields. It’s no secret that a well-thrashed face of moguls can be the pits–figuratively and literally.
Regarding Sunday, specifically, with visibility playing a factor and relatively few fellow skiers, what had previously been real leg-burning, dip-and-swing runs were born again as friendly pockets of accumulation collecting on top of cushioned, workable terrain.
We enjoyed it immensely.
Turning back to the event week for King’s & Queens of Corbet’s at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort; bibs have been drawn, riders have had their first assessment session of the final kicker, and the competitors even rowdied-it-up at Mountain Resort bistro, RPK3, where hoards of super-amped little kids (and big kids) joined them to hear stories, fire questions, score autographs and meet heroes, generally.
It’s ON at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort! Who’s ready?