I’m goin’ to Jackson

A while back the idea was mentioned to take part in a storm that was going to leave Jackson soft and deep.  The proposition barely had time to resonate in our powder choked minds before bags and base layers were flying around the house.  We quickly packed the car up and began the journey to Wyoming.  The excitement to explore a new area was overwhelming as the desolate terrain passed beneath the Blizzacks. We punched it toward the Wyoming border as gummy worms and coffee kept us fueled.

Good times? Check.

Covering ground is easier during the day light hours as wildlife is abundant after dark.  As the mountains grow larger on the horizon the excitement begins to brew within.  The possibility to explore a new place while the snow was soft and plentiful had us rowdy, fired up and pinning it towards the Tetons.

When you hit the road…

The Tetons are a large and expansive range surrounded by relatively flat terrain.  Each new peak that your eyes pass over seems to reach higher towards the heavens and with a greater pitch than the previous giant. It would be near impossible not to feed off the energy that seems to pour out in abundance around here.

The Grand Teton is a simply stunning mountain. Monolithic and photogenic yet elusive due to her commonly clouded summit, the magnetism and power is undeniable.  Although we wouldn’t be on our skis anywhere near the Grand, simply gazing upon the intricate terrain seems to fuel the soul.

The turns at the resort were perfect. Really. We didn’t see a touch of hard pack, just seemingly hero snow coated on every aspect of Jackson Hole.  The experience of having the entire mountain going off at once aligning with my first time skiing in a new location was overwhelming.  It’s as if everything, or anything is possible.  I feel lucky to have scored JH let alone on my first trip.

Sleeping Indian

During one of many stops to attain different vantages of the grand I asked Abby to pose for a photo with the grand.  As I lined up the shot she screamed a howl of excitement that signaled something special.

Over there!

Pointing towards the flat frozen plain Abby spots something that looks wolf like.  Our attention switched in the opposite direction, apparently the dogs attention had already switched.  Locked on the target Zion practically tried to stare his way out of the car.

Zion locked on the grey wolf

I was surprised that upon further investigation what Abby saw was a grey wolf.  Two grey wolves in fact that were roaming the flat lands of Teton National Park and hunting for critters below the heavy snow pack.

looking for dinner

The wolf would casually stroll, sniffing following a scent along the snow.  Then as if achieving missile lock it would stand upon the hind legs, lift the front paws off the ground and pounce.  Slamming the front paws deep into the snow and brining up prey.

Spending some time watching this animal in the wild was amazing.  We were also fortunate enough to see a Bald Eagle, countless Elk, Deer and something resembling a cat that given the hour of the night and hours driven well we couldn’t quite confirm or agree upon it’s species.  What we could agree upon was the beyond exceptional skiing combined with the experience as a whole, taking in both mountains and wildlife.

The Grand cloaked in clouds

Sadly Jackson Hole closed for the season April 8th despite a 94″ base.  Until next time…

-powskier

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About powskier

Born and raised in New Hampshire powskier grew up exploring the mountains of the North East. The mountains of CO now act as a starting point for exploration.
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88 Responses to I’m goin’ to Jackson

  1. You capture such incredible emotion in these pix — whether from humans, animals or landscape. Gorgeous work!

    🙂

  2. THE VIEW OF GLACIER IS AMAZING

  3. Shane Sullivan says:

    Loce the shot of Abby and the mountains in the background.

  4. What a gorgeous place. I totally love the photo of Zion’s eye–so penetrating! Congrats on FP.
    Hugs,
    Kathy

  5. mizrhi says:

    Brilliant! I loved your wolf photos. thank you so much for sharing.

  6. Amazing shots. I especially like the color contrast of Abby jumping upward against the mountain scenery behind her and all the detail you can see in the first black and white mountain shot. Congrats on Freshly Pressed! 🙂

  7. dreamzinfra says:

    greats….!!!!!!!!!
    nice view.

  8. Recision says:

    Great photo’s 🙂
    Love the eye.

  9. iPrabu says:

    Road and Wolf eyes.. Awetastic..

  10. I looks so peaceful but the pics with the snow flowing make a strong impression. So interesting to read your blog! http://madrilicious.com

  11. lijiujiu says:

    How beautiful the pics are!!
    I love snow.

  12. The Hook says:

    Remind me to NEVER mess with a wolf!
    Very cool shots, my friend!

  13. asoulwalker says:

    Looks like a great trip.

  14. aFrankAngle says:

    The mountain pic is spectacular!

  15. Novelty says:

    A great collection!!

  16. wow… this is seriously cool. I live in South Dakota and no longer have an irrational fear of wolves making their way back here again. Our local paper provides short clips of the news from 100, 50, and 25 years ago, and in the “100 years ago on this day” it is often reported of wolves killing livestock or being hunted, much like the mountain lion is now in the Black Hills.

    Great shots and post!

  17. Carlie Chew says:

    Sounds like a great trip! How lucky that you got to see a grey wolf, I loved seeing the pictures too.

  18. scintillatebrightly says:

    awesome pics. sounds like a great trip.

  19. I am not a big winter sports fan (I am half black; we are notoriously absent from the Winter Games) but would love to go to the Tetons. That must have been thrilling to spot the grey wolf; almost like a scene from Game Of Thrones.

  20. jensine says:

    I now I ahve snow and wolf envy … did you take the photo of the wolfs eye … too beautiful

  21. Looks like such an awesome trip!!

  22. The photos of the wolf are really cool!

  23. Amazing pics and wonderful description of a wolf in all its natural glory. Thanks.

  24. bradysbungalo7 says:

    How did you get that close up of the wolf eye? Nice work! sounds like fun

  25. abichica says:

    OOHH MYY!! i absolutely adore that picture of the close up of the wolf.. it’s amazing!!!

  26. Really great photos. I used to live in Cheyenne, Wyoming as a teen. This brought back memories…especially the snow part. Thanks for sharing. Connie
    http://7thandvine.wordpress.com/

  27. Your pics are gorgeous – do you heliski?

  28. project1979 says:

    Love this! Nice work. I live in Jackson, so happy to have people like you exemplify it’s beauty!
    Here’s my take on my non-powder-but-nonetheless-amazing-day yesterday.

    http://project1979.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/the-actioning-of-easter/

    Cheers!

  29. Kris~
    This is Denise (formerly of C.R. Sparks)! I am impressed by what you are doing….in awe of your travel, your pictures, your posts! The wolves were really something! Glad to see you are enjoying life! Take care~

  30. xuantian says:

    Great photos and AMAZING experience. Thanks for sharing and thanks for letting us see that beautiful place through your lens. Keep up the good work! Cheers..

  31. Capturing Light says:

    Beautiful Photo Essay of the beloved Tetons. Great shots of the wolf. Amazing. Love that your dog tried to “stare” his way out of the car. Really enjoyed your post. Congrats on being FP’s.
    Cheers
    SueAnn
    http://capturing1light.wordpress.com/

  32. Bronc says:

    Beautiful….just beautiful….the writing and the pics….Keep ’em coming POWMAN!!

  33. J.C. says:

    Nice write up about your trip! I always love reading what others think about our neighborhood here in Wyoming.

    Without knowing how far the wolf was in your picture or any other reference for size comparison, its appearance and actions make it look more like a coyote, not that I am expert or anything… but here’s a quick side-by-side of the two: http://www.flickr.com/photos/baggis/2558237638/

    Take Care and be sure to visit us in Wyoming again!!

    • powskier says:

      Hmm, very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    • I would agree, by all appearances it is a coyote. More than wolves, they are also likely to hunt solitary and for small rodents like this. While not as rare, coyotes are still cool to see in the wild!
      The fun you had shows in your photos. Nice black & whites scenics.

  34. meganchapple says:

    Wow! You got to see a wolf in the wild! Lucky. I was watching a documentary about wolves the other day and apparently they’re slowly creeping back down into America. I’ve just finished reading White Fang and I’m a little wolf crazy at the moment. They are beautiful animals.

  35. adrianpym says:

    The Grand Teton is a fantastic photo, very Ansel Adams.

  36. The Pal Guy says:

    Great post. I love the pictures especially the one of the dog’s eye. Ski trips are so fun and it reminds me of the ones i have been on. Keep up the blogging and travelling.

  37. sanialali says:

    very nice pictures.. 🙂

  38. The picture: “Zion locked on the grey wolf” is absolulty amazing, stunning!

  39. somuch2saymt says:

    I heart how you describe Jackson! It gave me goose bumps! Glad you love the west!!!

  40. makes me wanna go to jackson!!

    estelleinengland.wordpress.com

  41. azmansaad says:

    Very nice shot on this picture “Zion locked on the grey wolf”

  42. Marianne says:

    Jackson Hole, that brings back some wonderful memories. Both of amazing skiing, and great nightlife, :).

  43. Wow! I think the mountains are beautiful but how awesome is it to see a wild animal capture prey? Pretty cool!

  44. rachel jane says:

    Thanks for sharing! I was totally reminiscing – except without the snow. I visted Grand Teton NP and Jackson in early autumn in ’10. Love the pics of the wolf – you must have been stoked? I must admit I was looking forward to possibly seeing the arch of elk antlers in snow – but ohwell!

  45. My home town! Aw, I haven’t been there in a while, thank you for “bringing” me home!

  46. rwgreene says:

    Loved the photos of the dancing wolf. Thanks!

  47. gaycarboys says:

    amazing shots. I love snow but see it so rarely. It always looks so romantic (mind you the wolf’s eye was a bit too close for comfort.)

  48. chelseavose says:

    love your photography!!!

  49. Love your post and your pictures. We were married at the park right before Memorial Day. We love the beauty of the Grand Tetons. Our dog is also named Zion. She is named after the National Park. Great post!

  50. wohoo… nice post 🙂

  51. Dano says:

    You are the man and the east coast surf and (lack there of) snow misses you brotha … see you in the near future

  52. I could be wrong, but that wold looks a lot like a coyote! 🙂

  53. cathywhitby says:

    Great Photos!!! Looks like you had a great time.

  54. Great writing and awesome photos. Love the black and white shot of the mountain. Stunning.

  55. Annie says:

    We have some beautiful mountains close by (I’m in Colorado Springs) but those of the Tetons are so majestic. How can I share a few mountain shots?

  56. fantastic photos! kudos!

    Regards;
    Rox

  57. Grumpa Joe says:

    Great wolf pictures. They pounce upon prey just like a red fox.

  58. craehsler says:

    What a great location to capture and bring forth to us as Wyoming is typically overlooked for its scenary. Exellent writing and photos as well.

  59. FeedtheBirds says:

    So you didn’t SKI??? Oh – 😦 Great photos! Awesome mt. scenes! Thanks for the tour!

    • powskier says:

      Oh we skied, it was unreal.

      • FeedtheBirds says:

        Oh cool! 😉 I just thot you got there and they were closed for the season … I know it’s rough that they are not open longer but some of that is regulated by the forest service but mostly by the turnout … 🙂 Peoples are more interested in mowing their grass than cutting up the slopes … I know – I grew up at a ski area in Alaska. 😉 See ya!

  60. starlight says:

    amazing shots of snow-covered mountain tops.. so picture perfect.. love the photos.. oh and zion’s eyes are so beautiful.

  61. ~MIAH~ says:

    One of my favorite places ever and the Teton’s do hold a certain sway over you covered in snow. I love that area so much and miss living three hours away. Thanks for reminding me of the beauty of this area.

  62. Annie says:

    You skied and skied and skied. And who is the photographer?

  63. Lotto Results says:

    Brilliant photos! Would love to see some of those ski-snaps .

  64. Amory Stour says:

    I want to go to Jackson for the next dump! Your photos are bloody good as well. Good work.

  65. eddychambers says:

    “Over there!” –> I love it!

  66. From one former Granite Stater to another, wishing you a warm welcome to Wyo!

  67. heey i want to make that trip too!

  68. The only thing better than summer, is fresh winter powder!

  69. Not gonns lie, I clicked on this aticle thinking you may have been speaking of Jackson, TN…my hometown. Not so many mountains, or snow in these parts.

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