Tetons Range, WY Report: Ugly Skiing in a Gorgeous Chute in Tricky Snow

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Report from December 11, 2020

I’m not gonna sugar coat it – it was rough where I skied today in the Teton Range, WY.

The snowpack is thin, rocks and sticks abound, and from what I’ve found so far, the steeper the worser.

The 1-2″ of snow last night helped a little.

The weather was snow squalls and sun today.

It took me a full 3-minutes to ski this chute today and it was mostly pretty ugly skiing in tricky snow.

Tetons today. image: snowbrains

I published the full 3-minute video so people can see & hear the details.

Fingers crossed for storms on the horizon.

I didn’t see any sign of avalanches or anything remarkable snow-wise today.

It’s thin out there, be careful.

The new snow coming this week might be just enough to cover up the rocks and stumps and make backcountry skiing and riding real sketchy.

“Today’s light snowfall will begin to cover old snow surfaces. The old snow is mostly stable and avalanches are unlikely. If enough new snow accumulates, shallow loose snow sluffs may occur on very steep terrain features.”

JHavalanche.org

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One thought on “Tetons Range, WY Report: Ugly Skiing in a Gorgeous Chute in Tricky Snow

  1. strange to see you struggling on skis, Miles
    but thanks for showing the descent at normal speed.
    I’m not sure what the problem with the snow was.
    maybe buried crusts?

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