Skiing near Goodwin Lake ski cabin below Jackson Peak in Wyoming's Gros Ventre Range

Cabin Time

It turns out that during a high and dry spell, the best skiing to be had in the Tetons might be in the Gros Ventres. “The Ski Cabin,” as it is known, is an anomaly among cabins. Free, no reservations, way out there, maintained by the people. I know of a few other similar ones that exist, but they are few and far between when contrasted with the standard reservation-style public or commercial cabin/yurt many of us are most familiar with.

Goodwin Lake Ski Cabin, Gros Ventre Mountains
Goodwin Lake Ski Cabin, Gros Ventre Mountains
Route planning time on the 400 year old log round table.
Route planning time on the 400 year old log round table.
A great fireplace provides a great cooking surface
A great fireplace provides a great cooking surface
Finn warms up by the wood stove
Finn warms up by the wood stove
It's a coffee kind of morning. Add Vince's homemade Kahlua, and ... mmm.
It’s a coffee kind of morning. Add Vince’s homemade Kahlua, and … mmm.

Surprisingly fresh stashes of powder were to be had, considering it has been weeks since significant snowfall. As it has been weeks, conditions were quite stable as well. We were able to ski steep North facing shots that provided giddy, childish fun, as well as take a look at the steep, windward couloirs on the North Face of Jackson Peak, which provided something a little more like survival skiing (we’ll call it type two fun).

Vince and Rob skin toward Gros Peak (hidden behind the ridgeline)
Vince and Rob skin toward Gros Peak (hidden behind the ridgeline)
Rob and Finn getting after it on our favorite North facing shots
Rob and Finn getting after it on our favorite North facing shots
Vince slashing some pow
Vince slashing some pow
Rob and Finn fight the ridgetop wind as they prepare for descent
Rob and Finn fight the ridgetop wind as they prepare for descent
Rob skis the shadow line near Gros Peak
Rob skis the shadow line near Gros Peak
Vince boots up to the wind-scoured ridgeline near Gros Peak.
Vince boots up to the wind-scoured ridgeline near Gros Peak.
Rob and Finn catch some late afternoon powder turns
Rob and Finn catch some late afternoon powder turns
Rob on the upper North Face of Jackson Peak
Rob on the upper North Face of Jackson Peak
Rob skis the lower flank of the North Face
Rob skis the lower flank of the North Face

While skiing, there was food to be made, a fire to be tended, wood to be chopped, a crosscut saw to be used, and many hands of euchre and cribbage to be dealt. Many thanks to Vince, Rob, and the 12 other folks who came and went during our stay!

What's in the crib?
What’s in the crib?
A little evening tool maintenence
A little evening tool maintenence
More than just a wall ornament, the crosscut was put to some serious use on this trip
More than just a wall ornament, the crosscut was put to some serious use on this trip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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