Sunday, December 28, 2008

Big Red is Back!

On December 19th after two years of hard work and no tram for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort the new tram was unveiled with fireworks and Santa Clause repelling out the bottom. On Saturday the tram opened to the public after six VIP and media cars. I was lucky enough to be on the the third media car which was so exciting. I have been riding the tram since I was five years old so for me it was very exciting because I have always been so excited about riding the red box ever since I was  that little kid. I always would beg my parents to take me up the tram every chance I could. I obviously then continued to love and ride the tram until present day so my first ride on the tram was exciting and I had a window seat which was even better. I could not believe how fast that it took 100 passengers up the mountain, it takes about nine minutes to go 4130 vertical feet. 
Opening day was also a very windy cold day, but the wind did not seem to phase the big box. I could not believe how well it handled the weather coming into the dock.  I have experienced mild lift lines with the tram running, it spreads people out more over the mountain you just need to be the first person down Rendevous Bowl. Thanks to everyone who brought back our amazing tram!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Skiing First Pow of the Year

I have been going up on Teton Pass the last five days and have been skiing some great snow. I have also been kicking my butt into shape! I have hiked Glory Bowl five days in a row and have been hiking it in about 41-45 minutes depending on how aggressive I am feeling that day. The last two days have been amazing powder days but very cold. Cold weather makes for light fluffy powder though which is a great thing. The snowpack is setting up to be dangerous on November 29th we had freezing rain which set up a horrible crust layer underneath the top layer that we are all enjoying now, the frozen layer is a couple of inches thick. We all just need to be careful with what we ski especially after last year we had very stable conditions. The tram opens on Saturday so that is exciting!