To ski the Grand Teton has always been a goal of mine. It felt like a right of passage growing up in Jackson Hole. I have climbed it numerous times in the summer, but to climb and ski it in the winter is no small feat. I left the parking lot at 1am with Tanner Flanagan and Fredrik Marmsater. The snow was bullet proof as we skinned to the meadows. We had hoped to skin to the top of the Teepee Glacier, but as we started slipping and sliding at the base of the meadows we soon realized we would be boot packing. We reached the top of the Teepee Glacier just in time to watch the sunrise. It was absolutely breath-taking.
All I wanted to do was “Ride the Tram, and Ski Bowl.” I have been skiing a lot in the backcountry lately, due to high pressure that has settled into Jackson for the last week. I was feeling like I needed to ski fast and get my legs in shape as opposed to hiking for powder. My friends had different plans. When I arrived at the tram dock with my Mantras (my Jackson Hole hard pack ski), the boys looked at me and said Jess go get your Shiros. We were going for a hike. When I reached the top of Cody Peak, I definitely didn’t regret our decision. The view of the Grand Teton poking out of the inversion was a view that you rarely see in Jackson Hole. It was breathe taking!