Home in the Tetons

It is always good to get home to the Tetons and that is exactly what Michelle and I were able to do the first part of December.  After a quick stop in Denver for Thanksgiving Boyd style, we shot up to Teton Valley to hang with my fam and get our pow legs in tune for winter.  And, of course, to hit up the annual Powder Pig Party for the Targhee Ski Patrol Avy Dogs.

I find it pretty ironic that our early season routine as Alaskans has been to get a couple of days in the backcountry prior to Thanksgiving, and then head down to the Tetons to really get our shred on.  If you cannot beat’em join’em, and this always seems to hold true for Wydaho and the Ghee.  Honestly, it says something when people not only consistently make the pilgrimage over from Jackson Hole and up from Colorado, but all the way down from AK too!

This year, our timing couldn’t have been better.  After getting hammered with winter storms throughout October and November, the Tetons experienced a pretty big lull in the weather patterns in late November.  However, that changed just in time for us to touch down in Eastern Idaho, as the snow began to fly.  New snows, short and cold high pressures, followed again by more snow, we certainly found what we were looking for.  Thank you to Mittsy for the not to aid in setting a particular boot pack and thank you to Jason for the snow pack beta.  Here is a short vid edit of the results……

131201-131208 Home in the Tetons from Teton FreeRide on Vimeo.

Gear Highlights:

Scarpa’s Freedom SL is probably the most diverse boot to hit the freeride touring boot market yet.  It is quite stiff for it’s incredibly lite weight, and really allows you to power a ski.  Touring, boot packing, or just shredding around the resort; these activities and more are all well within the wheel house of this boot quiver in one!

Marmot’s Great Scott Jacket is a new addition to their line of stylish shred wear.  This jacket is light enough to take into the backcountry, but heavy enough to provide warmth while lapping your favorite lift at the resort.  The price is right too!

Volkl’s Two is a new addition to their big mountain line and it is playful!  Stiff enough to drive through turns and stomp landings, but carries the pop and shape to accompany your bag of tricks for sure.  And let me not forget to mention the float in pow!!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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.