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  SO WHAT DID WE LEARN HERE? - well I learned a lot on this trip, here is the list in no particular order:
  1. Jackson Hole is big, huge, and enormous. I skied my ass off all over the mountain for three days and I only scratched the surface of the mountain (pun intended).
  2. Jackson Hole resort needs to come up with a symbol beyond diamonds, might I suggest purple stars or green clovers? I only went down a couple of single black diamond runs and they were nuts. Their single blue square (intermediate) runs were about as steep as single and double black diamonds at Snow Summit or Bear Mtn. here in California. The terrain was so steep I spent most of my time on double blue squares.
  3. The ski bum lifestyle is worthwhile lifestyle choice. I would love to master this mountain, but it would require me to ski about 50-100 days per year to get that good. On the weekdays I skied, I'd estimate about 50% of the people there had season passes and probably served me a beer the night before. Since I can't chuck all the important things in my life, I guess the only thing I can do is look for a tech company start-up near a good mountain. I was reading the local paper right before I left and I did notice a software company in Jackson looking for C programmers, boy do I wish I took that intro to C course a few years ago....
  4. Neck gaiters are the shit. period. 5 bucks in fleece makes a world of difference when it's cold. I can't believe how much having one helped deal with the cold. And they are totally versitile, if it gets warm, take it off and throw it in a pocket or pull it down as much as you can, if the snow starts blowing, pull it over your face and you're warm even when things get wet.
  5. The Great Salt Lake in Utah is huge. Even from 30,000 feet in a plane, it's huge, bigger than any inland body of water I have ever seen. Really, if you remember nothing from this site except this, remember that Salt Lake is a big lake.
  6. Plan your trip to Jackson Hole with as many days there as possible. Talking with people on the gondola, the optimum trip seems to be about a 4 or 5 day stay there to get 2 or 3 good days on the mountain. A couple from New York told me they've come to JH every year for the last eight years, and not once have they been here without a major lift closure for at least one of the days they stayed, so if you come up, and you expect to ski everyday there, you might be disappointed by uncooperative weather.
  7. And lastly, I learned that for a few hundred bucks and some lucky timing for good weather, you can buy happiness.

         - Matt Haughey


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