Blackfoot Bowl, Idaho

Daley Art 2 020A blast from the past, I left Colorado during a pre- New Year’s Eve snowstorm to head north for Jackson Hole arriving Jan. 1, 1993. As I recall, this ski bum had two bicycles clamped onto a truck bar in the back of a Ford F-150 at the time as well as my Kastle RX skis and a new pair of Atomics to try in the powder. Short on money and common sense I slept in the truck below Walden CO and in the forest near Grand Teton National Park. As I look back I believe I stayed in a Lander room, partied with the locals! I remember the stunning view atop Togwotee Pass as Moran, Teewinot and the Teton range loomed distant. After a day on Rendezvous Peak at the Teton Village cable car I did get a room at the Motel 6. My memories include the Buffalo Bills coming from behind in the NFL Playoffs and going to the movie theater to see Jack Nicholson as Hoffa with Danny DeVito-good flick! Later I drove the Snake River Canyon road past Alpine Jct. and Victor to Driggs in Idaho, stayed at an inn. Grand Targhee in many ways was more relaxing, less crowded than Jackson Hole; I found some ego powder, not too deep but enough to leave S turns in the 10F degree snow. The day was clear overlooking the Idaho countryside below. Tonight I looked back into my skiing past, honoring the two young US Ski Team racers who lost their lives to a Solden, Austria avalanche, reminding me of the inherent dangers of extreme backcountry skiing which I really didn’t do that much. In the 80s & 90s I did Europe, Alta, Snowbird, Red Lodge, Bridger Bowl, Sun Valley, Wolf Creek, Vail, Steeplechase atop Aspen Highlands as well as some East resorts like Wildcat, Cranmore, Mad River Glen and Smuggler’s Notch. My skiing slackened during the 2000s with maybe one or two days a season. I miss the outings, but not the cold, crowds and driving, high prices too…pole plant for rhythm in turns, weighting the downhill ski through carving, up & down pushing into the fluff!

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