Monday, December 24, 2012

Ski Day #4 - Grand Targhee

Like I said before, this day was going to be a day for me to focus on my ski skills an so it was.

We arrived in Grand Targhee at 9am, got our lift tickets and we were on the chair lift before 9:30. The man-friend and I parted ways at the top of the mountain since I had zero desire to spend the day chasing him and instead I wanted to slowly warm up to become the skier I once was.

My first run was supposed to be an easy green, but instead, due to visibility issues, I ended up dropping in a very powdery blue run. I did ok, although was not what I was aiming for. I later managed to stay on a few green groomers while I got my confidence on skis back. I slowly worked my way up to blues, which wasn't too hard since the snow was perfect. I was finally feeling like a skier again... Something that hadn't happened in a couple of years.

Chuck and I had agreed on meeting at the bar at noon, but he texted at 11:15 saying he was already there. I met him at 11:40 and he had a Bloody Mary already waiting for me. We shared some wings and had a couple other drinks while watching football before heading back out. I had forgotten how much of a luxury skiing is! Amazing.

We skied together the rest of the afternoon and I'm proud to report that I held my ground. I was able to keep up with him pretty well.

Our last and 14th run of the day was my favorite one (which I had discovered earlier in the day). We then went back to the bar and had a few more drinks while watching the Broncos beat the Browns.

Unfortunately I couldn't ski today and had to stay behind since I woke up sick. Chuck did a couple of runs in Teton Pas. I'm a little bummed because that has been my favorite backcountry experience yet. This was back in February when we skied Teton and I was unable to ski Togwotee pass the day after. Unbelievable that this time around I got Togwotee taken care of but not Teton. Ugh. One day I'll get both in the same weekend!

Hoping to feel better tomorrow and ski some more. In the meantime, Merry Christmas to all from Jackson Hole.

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