Sunday, February 5, 2012

Doin' It All, Teton Winter Style

This is my 18th winter here in Driggs, Idaho, and it's the mildest I've experienced.  We're taking advantage of the unusual number of sunny days, and enjoying the Teton scenery in a variety of ways.  Bridger is digging it during this Nordic ski outing on the groomed Alta, Wyoming track last week. 

Last weekend was perfect timing for snowmobiling.  A series of storms had moved through over the previous ten days, leaving several feet of fresh powder.  Mike, Chad and I waited for the avalanche risk to subside, then headed out into the Teton backcountry just east of Driggs.  Several hours of exploring, playing, climbing, and carving turns brought 360-degree views, tired bodies, and perma-grins. Ahhh...

I love the perspective snowmobiling brings. In just a few hours, you cover miles of terrain and can see forever. I understand the topography in the high country better after every ride, and it makes me psyched to live here.

It has been the winter of the snowbike: below average snowfall, cold nights to make the trails firm, and sunny days for scenery & smiles. The ranks of local participants is growing, and a bunch of us tackled the Horseshoe-to-Packsaddle ride this weekend. Conditions were ridiculously perfect.  The ladies all posed for a postcard photo here, while the guys stayed out of the way.

It's also basketball season, and we have good pickup games two nights a week in Driggs, plus I play in a league over in Jackson.  My brother Mark spent a couple of years working with me here ten years ago, and returned last week to join our old team in Jackson.  It was a highlight, and we got the win in overtime. 

Here's to more sunny days, snow, and Teton scenery. 

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