Its winter again in the Tetons

A little over a week ago the snow started falling and it didn’t really stop for days!  Hearing stories of people skiing, I decided to wait for a report.  The reports started flooding in and sounded good.  It was time.  My buddy Chris and I took off from Driggs at about 6:30am on October 28th, mission, Glory on Teton Pass for a sun rise lap.  Reaching the top around 8am, I saw Zahan Billimoria arriving at the same time.  He informed me that this was their second lap, I figured as much.  Gearing up in the hut, we decided that we would head out toward Snowshoe Bowl.  This was a great choice as we were the only tracks going all the way down to the access road.  

Driving back into town, Chris and I began to toss around the idea of heading up toward the Ghee to check out a special spot.  We quickly realized that if we wanted to go for this rather large lap, we would basically have to head straight there.  After grabbing a bite and some more gear we were on our way.  Once again on top, at about 3pm, we began to assess our goal.  There had been some obvious strong wind and after breaking a few cornice sections off and analyzing the snow pack we decided it was a bit suspect.  Probably just fine, but its a bit early in the season to be rolling the dice.  So we ripped down back toward the car, ripping about 1000ft of untracked POW along the way.  

Check out the VIO-POV vid here:

To add a bit to the blog, my buddy Josh and I did a dawn patrol mission up the Ghee this morning and it was still way good on N & NW aspects.  Lets hope it doesn’t warm up too much!!!  Now I am sitting in my living room wondering why I am editing and blogging when I could still be skiing…..SEE YA!


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    Teton FreeRide is a content based blog founded and operated by Mike "Mikey" Leake. Mikey has lived in the Teton Valley region of southeastern Idaho and western Wyoming most of my life. He has also had the opportunity to live and play in the Lake Tahoe area, and now, Alaska too!

    After competing on the Freeskiing World Tour on-and-off for 10 years Mikey has transitioned to judging various events and become an advisory board member with the International Freeskiers & Snowboarders Association (IFSA). Over the past 13 years he has worked in the ski industry through skiing as an athlete, coach, guide, ski patrol, event coordinator, event judge, marketing consultant, team manager, videographer, and as an associate producer. Mikey has a true passion for the outdoor industry and tries to be involved in every aspect possible.