Greg Ernst and I left Aspen behind on tuesday afternoon and headed up towards Jackson Hole. After a few near elk collisions while driving through Irish Canyon, we pulled into Jackson for the night. On a whim, we decided to head to Grand Targhee to shoot photos with Gabe Rogel instead of staying to explore a bit of Jackson’s backcountry. Targhee had recently received a couple feet of snow and it looked like prime conditions to get some shots…After a long wait for the sun, we decided to bail on the shoot and freeski the resort. Targhee is a pretty small place but we found some fun terrain to mess around on for a few hours before heading to Moonlight Basin, Montana.
We picked up Katrina DeVore in Driggs and then pushed on through Yellowstone National Park, where we saw some bison and lots of slednecks. After a couple hours on the road we pulled into Bucks T-4, our home for a couple nights. This old hunting lodge, turned hotel, was an awesome spot to spend a few days while competing at Moonlight Basin, just 20 minutes up the hill.
Moonlight Basin proved to be a challenging venue for a FWT Qualifier event. The “Headwaters” provided airs that were pretty positive with peppery take offs and fast landings. I was stoked on my line for day one and due to a couple small errors I missed the day two cut by a point. Would like to pull a clean straight line through that chute next year! You can check it out here:
Solid showing from Aspen athletes Greg Ernst, Jon Jay, Jake Sakson, Kevin Frazier, Andrew Rumph and Katrina DeVore – all making it to day two!
Overall, the trip was awesome! Met some cool people and watched some great skiing. Now I’m back in Revelstoke, British Columbia for a few weeks – hopefully getting up into the alpine and skiing some big lines!