Closing day at the Village

Closing Day at the Village!

It was not the last day of skiing for many, but it was for me…  I was born in the summer, and I live for the summer!   But, I did go with the flow and dress up for the occasion, because truly, what fun would it be to ski Jackson Hole without gold pants on?!  My outfit (and celebration antics) were tame compared to the hundreds of clever skiers I saw that warm, blue bird day.  

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s brand new aerial tram survived its first winter and lives to tell the stories to anyone who jumps on board this summer.  Summer…ahhhh!  It’s right around the corner.  We are in full swing in the office and can’t wait for the season to begin!  I love the river, and if I have to live through an unbelievably snowy Jackson winter to enjoy all the rapids to come, so be it!

A view of the Snake River Canyon in winter

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Ferry Peak is the southern most peak in the Snake River Range and sits at approximately 10,000 ft. with 360 views of surrounding valleys.  Last weekend, in the spirit of spring, we decided to give this classic spring ski a go.  For the first hour, you are still in the trees as you gain access to the ridge that will meander to the summit.

Once we hit that ridge and the sun started to  poke through, I could not help but smile and  be so incredibly grateful that this amazing  place was just designated as Wild & Scenic.  A huge undertaking and a great success.    We live in such an amazing place!

Of course, in the 5am departure from  Jackson to head out for this ski, I forgot my  camera.  Probably for the first time ever, I  was happy to have the camera on my cell  phone.  While the pictures aren’t great,  hopefully it will provide a brief glimpse of  the Snake River Canyon in winter.   I will try  and do a summer hike, with my camera 🙂  and post some pictures of the hills draped in  green and wildflowers for comparison!

Picture if you will, us following Mountain Goat tracks (yup, they are abundant down here) along the ridge and seeing them perched on the various rock outcrops!  A truly spectacular sight!  And to think I had only previously seen them while on the water…sorry my cell phone just doesn’t have that great of a zoom.

Once to the top, and a quick bite to eat, it is all smiles as we ski back down to the valley we so love below.

We have Wild & Scenic Status!!

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It is official!  The House voted 285-140 to approve the omnibus lands bill, and is now complete with President Barack Obama’s signature!   This now designates the Snake River headwaters as Wild and Scenic, will protect 387 miles of the Snake river and its tributaries, as well as put 1.2 million acres of the Wyoming Range off-limits to oil and gas drilling.

Thanks to the late Sen. Craig Thomas for his vision in protecting these natural treasures, to Sen. John Barrasso for carrying on Thomas’ legacy and working diligently to pass the bill, and to each and every one involved in accomplishing this goal.