Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Driggs New Year

2012 has started off a little light on snow here in Driggs, Idaho. Persistent high pressure has made for some beautiful bluebird days, but snow enthusiasts are ready for Mother Nature to turn on the snow machine. It will come, soon.

So far, it's been the Year of the Snowbike. Minimal snowpack + cold nights = firm trails. I took this photo last Friday afternoon on my way up nearby Darby Canyon.  It's a multi-use canyon road during the winter, with snowmobiling, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, snowbiking, and anything else you can dream up. Farms adjoining foothills near the canyon's mouth make for a unique setting.

This past weekend was the first annual Teton Valley Snowfest. Events included Skijoring, a Snowbike race, Nordic Ski Race, Concerts, Ice Sculptures, Luge, Snow Plane demos, and more. It was a great success, with people attending from all over the west, and should only continue to grow.  In a year where many places haven't had any snow or winter to speak of, we still managed to put on a great show here in Driggs.

I love this scene, near the mouth of Fox Creek canyon. A classic old Teton Valley barn, with horses and winter hay at the foot of the mountains. Deer and Elk haven't moved down from the hills yet, but I'm sure we'll be seeing them by the hay barn soon.

Happy Winter of 2012!


Peter Nause said...

Rick: Thanks for Tuesday Jan 17th spectacular lead photo looking easterly across Teton Valley !
I subscribe to your blog to get a seasonal dose of that great place - that photo wonderfully captures the charm of the Valley. Thanks !

Peter Livin' in Wisconsin & Missin' Idaho

Rick LaBelle said...

Thanks for the nice remarks, Peter. Let me know next time you visit the area, and enjoy those Wisconsin northwoods in the meantime!

Peter Nause said...

Thanks Rick - Will do....yes thankfully I have access to a cabin at the Chequamegon Nat Forest "up north" ..... loons & eagles - good stuff indeed but no mountain ranges on the horizon. Enjoy!

RWS MCCA said...


I live on the east coast, but I love my home in Tetonia. When I am here, I want to be there. Your site takes me there when I can't take the pace and rudeness of my east coast "home". Thanks. Somehow, I am going to make Teton Valley my full time home. Could take a few years, but in the meantime keep posting and I can get there vicariously.