Skiing the Skillet

I was born and grew up in Evanston, Wyoming, which is about 180 miles south of the Jackson Hole. Some of my first memories are of family trips to the Tetons—we would make at least one trip to the area every year. I remember standing on top of Signal Mountain and my dad pointing out the mountains to me. The two that dominate the view are the Grand Teton and Mount Moran. Those were the two I could easily identify whenever we visited. Continue reading

Exum Backcountry Ski Week

Two of my goals for this 60th orbit were to get to know the Teton backcountry better and ski Jackson Hole Resort’s side country. A few months ago I found out that Exum Mountain Guides offered a perfect opportunity to do this. They offer a backcountry ski week. It consists of three days of exploring the Teton backcountry, a day in the side country at Jackson Hole, and a day with an Exum guide at Snow King. This sounded great so I signed up. It was exactly what I wanted and I met some great skiing companions I hope to ski with again in the near future.

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Skiing Star Hill

While in Afton I’ve been alternating one or two days of work on a textbook with a day of skiing. A few days ago it was a day to work on the book, but when I woke up it was a bluebird day. I couldn’t stay inside, but I couldn’t take the whole day to drive to the Tetons either.

In the summer I can hike Star Hill. It’s a hill right behind the house where high school seniors maintain a big white star for “Star Valley” instead of the school initials. It rises about 1400 ft right behind the house in Afton. Maybe it is skiable?

Star Hill with sawmill

Star Hill. The building in the foreground is Stormy’s grandfather’s old sawmill.

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