There is a photo gallery of pictures from our trip to Jackson Hole in Wyoming a little farther down. But here is a quick video with some shots of Colin and I skiing/boarding. Colours are wonky in places as the sensor on my cheapo waterproof camera appears to be defunct.
Jackson Hole from Stuart Brannan on Vimeo.
We spent 3 days on the mountain at Jackson Hole, and took a bus trip to Grand Targhee, another ski area north of JH, for a 4th. Unfortunately, we had fresh snow only on the first day, but even then not enough to get really excited.
In the middle, we took a break to visit the National Elk Refuge, which was started in 1912 to help preserve the natural habitat of the elk herds that live in Wyoming. There are now about 12,000 elk in the JH area, of which about half spend the winter in the Refuge, along with a smaller number of bison/buffalo, and big horn sheep (and even smaller numbers of coyotes, eagles and wolves).
Photos were taken by Heidi, Colin and me. Click to enlarge any picture.
I always kind of freak out when flying to ski in the mountains. From the air, it looks impossible.
This is the plane that we flew to Jackson. It is not the plane that brought our bags and gear.
A restaurant housing many artifacts from the taxidermist.
The Snow King ski hill is located right in Jackson, and it has the steepest run in the US. But it can’t compete with the Jackson Hole resort just 5 miles away.
There are stacks of elk antlers on the streets of Jackson.
Frozen beard @ JH
The sun came out in the afternoon at Jackson Hole
… on a bad hair day.
… from Snake River lookout
Bluebird day @ JH
Bluebird day @ JH
Not your typical CYA sign.
About 6,000 – 7,000 Elk spend the winter, literally, just North of Jackson.
This is small herd of ~1,000, which was being stalked by a couple coyotes while we were watching.
A small confrontation between two bulls.
First time I saw this picture, I wondered what happened to the other half of the middle elk.
Two bull elk, negotiating.
On a naturalist tour to view big horn sheep, bison and, of course, elk.
Big horn sheep on the rocks.
Top of the tram @ JH
On the tram @ JH
On the gondola @ JH
We skied this.