SnowBrains Powder Highway 2022 Report: Day #1 Jackson, WY to Spokane, WA = 580 Miles & Rain

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Jackson, WY to Spokane, WA today. image: snowbrains

Report from January 14, 2022

Day #1 of the SnowBrains Powder Highway 2022 trip was a weird one…

The plan was to drive the 8-hours (580-miles) from Jackson, WY to Spokane, WA, and pick up my old buddy from the Cal Ski Team (UC Berkeley), Duane, at the Spokane Airport at 9:30 pm.

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The following day, we’d immigrate into Canada, lock onto the Powder Highway, and go where the best snow takes us.

Montana 43. image: snowbrains

On the road in Jackson, WY at 7 am.

Breakfast skipped (I like to do 24-hour fasts on travel days).

Teton Pass wasn’t bad, thank God.

Teton sunrise. image: snowbrains

Once in Idaho, an arduous fog had draped itself over everything.

Strained eyes, no views, no Tetons, both hands on the wheel.

One small, fogless window let the sunrise in for 2-minutes then smeared it away.

Idaho. image: snowbrains

I-15 was a dream after the 2-lane roads.

No fog, 80mph speed limit, mostly straight.

The sunshine finally prevailed revealing mostly blues and whites and some yellows with one bald eagle poised like an Egyptian pharaoh on a leaning wooden fencepost.

Dinner & Bed. image: snowbrains

After the hard left onto winding I-90 the weather turned and I began to worry.

Not about the roads, but about the temps…

It was 40ºF and raining.

Jackson Hole before dawn. image: snowbrains

I climbed up Lookout Pass and dropped into Idaho without a flake of snow – all rain.

I started to freak out.

An atmospheric river had just ripped through the Pacific Northwest raining on the tops of most mountains.

Fog morning. image: snowbrains

I’d heard that BC had mostly survived this storm without the R-word but in this moment, I wasn’t sure anymore…

I stopped for gas in Coeur d’Alene and made some calls to friends in the great white north.

The BC reports weren’t great:

  • Revelstoke had a zipper crust up high and mashed potatoes down low after a wet snow, heat, then cold event
  • Red Mountain sounded like it was going to be only groomers due to an off-piste crust
  • I couldn’t get any info on Whitewater
Driggs, Idaho. image: snowbrains

There was some good news:

  • Oli said Revelstoke was supposed to get 25cms of snow this weekend

I finished the last bit of the drive to Spokane and learned something new.

Coeur d’Alene and Spokane are fully connected now.

One long city called Spokane Valley, apparently.

Tiger stripes. image: snowbrains

I rolled into Motel 6, dragged in some gear, grabbed my barbells, and got a quick workout in to wash the road off me.

Yes, I bring two barbells and a pullup bar everywhere I go on the road 🙂

From there I zipped out in the fog-drenched night and bought a new windshield wiper blade for the passenger side (you’re welcome, Duane).

Rime grew on my car from the fog in Idaho. image: snowbrains

I broke my fast in Fiesta Charra II with an Enchiladas Suizas that hit the spot.

Duane landed at 9:30 pm PT and I left the room.

The fog was now on a truly insane level.

30mph on the freeway.

Every light felt blinding.

I jumped out of the car, gave him a big hug, and the stoke sky-rocketed.

Here we go…

Photos in Chronological Order:

Jackson Hole before dawn. image: snowbrains
Driggs, Idaho. image: snowbrains
Fog morning. image: snowbrains
Teton sunrise. image: snowbrains
Foggy morning. image: snowbrains
Idaho. image: snowbrains
Split skies. image: snowbrains
Finally out of the fog. image: snowbrains
Montana spice. image: snowbrains
Tiger stripes. image: snowbrains
Nowhere Montana. image: snowbrains
Montana 43 and I-15. image: snowbrains
Rime grew on my car from the fog in Idaho. image: snowbrains
Montana. image: snowbrains
Lotza Mormon Churches in Idaho, & Montana. image: snowbrains
580 miles exactly Jackson WY to Spokane WA. image: snowbrains
Motel 6 room. image: snowbrains
Getting advice from the SnowBrains Weather Team. image: snowbrains
Foggy tonight… image: snowbrains
New wiper blade. image: snowbrains
Aztecas. image: snowbrains
Enchiladas Suizas at Fiesta Charra II. image: snowbrains
Dinner & Bed. image: snowbrains

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5 thoughts on “SnowBrains Powder Highway 2022 Report: Day #1 Jackson, WY to Spokane, WA = 580 Miles & Rain

  1. Whitewater got the same as Revi, not great ski touring atm but the resort was still fun and skiable off the groomers. If you need local knowledge or beta reach out guys, I’m BackcountrySkiingCanada.com

  2. I have not skied at Whitewater but I have been to the town of Nelson, BC in the summer and immediately decided that it has to rank among the best ski towns in North America. I would advise visiting there last or else you will stay there your whole trip.

  3. Good luck on your Pow Hi adventure. Remember to consider Silver Mtn in Kellogg only 1 hr from Spocaine where I live if you have time after dropping your friend off. I would love to tour you around if conditions are decent. OG (old guy!) Mark from the resort formerly know as SQ… Pallywood! (We spoke a couple of years ago when you were in CDA after your high speed coyote encounter)

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