Woke up early to check snow conditions. First Teton Pass Cam. Still snowing up there. Then Targhee Stick of Truth. I rubbed my eyes and tried to focus. Does that say 17″?
Finally, we got a big dump. Time to get dressed to go skiing. I went to the Pass again because of the easy access.
The wind was howling. Not a good sign. I was the first one in and the trail breaking was difficult. About 10-20″ of heavy, wind-affected snow. I had intended to go to Olympia Bowl, but it was wind scoured. My next choice was Avalanche bowl. That should be sheltered from the wind.
I was right. The snow on Avalanche bowl was mostly out of the wind. But it was upside down, meaning a dense top layer and less dense layer below. The snow was about 15″ deep, and my tracks left a deep trench through the snow. I did five laps (only 200′ each), getting more used to the strange conditions on each lap. Overall, a very good day. Best snow yet this season.