|The Tetons welcomed in 2015 by dropping a massive slab avalanche off the East face of the Grand. |
Can you spot the crown? Photo: Leah Samberg Story
I was able to sneak away to Jackson for a few days with Leah to ring in the New Year and play in the Tetons. While Leah was able to take advantage of a full week of bitter cold blue skies and stable powder, I was only able to ski for three short days. By showing restraint on New Year’s eve, we were able to put in a solid tour on Shadow Peak on New Year’s day, with a tracked out but enjoyable descent of the Four Hour couloir into Avalanche Canyon. The highlight of the trip was a descent of Nez Perce’s Sliver couloir with Leah. We were thrilled to find stable neve, and I was glad to check this little gem off the list. We did not ski the upper 50 feet, however, and I am of course excited to go back and link the complete Sliver with the East and West Hourglass couloirs. Before driving back to Missoula, I was also able to squeeze out a nice quick run in Jenson Canyon, taking advantage of Low/Moderate avalanche danger to gut punch one of the big avalanche paths in stable powder, solo.
|Natalie saluting in front of Teewinot.|
|Natalie skiing into Four Hour.|
|Skiing out is serious business. Photo: Natalie Dawson|
|Grinding up the Sliver. Photo: Leah Samberg Story|
|Starting down the Sliver. Photo: Leah Samberg Story|
|Lower in the Sliver. Photo: Leah Samberg Story|
I had a full Dynafit binding failure on the first day when the newly repaired toe units on my Speed Superlight bindings would not come unlocked. It turned into a minor epic, but nothing too terrible. This is the fourth malfunction of Dynafit bindings I have had in well over 1,000 days of use, so I can’t complain, but the failure put the durability of the Speed Superlight toe unit into question, which is somewhat unfortunate since the toe units are otherwise a good compromise between the normal Dynafit speed toes (a little too heavy), and the auto locking Dynafit race toes (awesome but do not release).