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Report from December 28, 2020
Yesterday was a special day in the Tetons.
I went for a long walk in the sunshine and was rewarded with a 4,000-vertical-foot powder run.
This day in the last of the Old West had many highlights – I’ll just list them.
- Hung out with Belgian horses as they performed sleigh rides through 500 head of elk
- Skied 4000 vert of pow in the sunshine
- Absorbed impressive views of the high Tetons including the Grand Teton from the summit of the peak I climbed up
- Got scared by a moose running next to my car – 3′ away from me – as I pulled out of the parking area
- Saw swans in the Snake River
- Saw a Bald Eagle eating a rabbit
- Saw more elk
- Saw more swans
The snow was deep yesterday and of a very high quality.
The only sign of avalanches that I saw was right near the very summit of the peak at about 10,500′.
What I saw was an 8″ crown and mini avalanche pocket that had ripped out.
The avalanche was about the size of two dinner tables – so very small and isolated.
A mountain guide near me dug a snow pit near the summit and told me that what he saw looked pretty stable.
Amazing day in Wyoming yesterday.
Moving slow this morning, especially since it’s -18ºF here right now…