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.
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).
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!