Once bull moose shed their antlers, they always look a little like they aren’t wearing clothes anymore (or like a female moose.) Almost all of the bull moose have shed their antlers, but there are one or two small bulls that are still carrying their mini-antlers around proudly.
This image was taken on yesterday’s safari and if you look closely on the skull in between the ears and the eyes, you can see the pedicle which is where the antlers had attached to the head. This bull will likely remain “naked” for another couple of months before beginning to grow new antlers.
Yesterday, a few friends and I decided to drive over Teton Pass to ski at Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, Wyoming. It takes about an hour and a half to get to Grand Targhee from Spring Creek Ranch, but with beautiful scenery the entire way.
There are great inexpensive shuttle options if you do not have a car during your stay at Spring Creek Ranch. Whichever way you get there, the skiing at Grand Targhee is a winter activity that shouldn’t be missed.
It was already snowing when we started the drive and continued to snow for the entire day. It was the lightest fluffiest snow you could imagine! Every run we did was amazing! The groomers had a few inches of new snow on top and the ungroomed runs were still pretty soft even though there hadn’t been new snow in a few days!
Grand Targhee is a great resort for families, those that are slightly intimidated by Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, or those just looking for a change of scene. We finished off our day at the Trap Bar, which has a great Après Ski menu and lots of yummy drink specials. It was a great way to spend a Sunday!
A Ski Outing Gives Chef Jason Mitchell Menu Ideas:
Woke up this morning to at least twelve new inches of snow on my jeep! So, of cours,e I headed to the mountain (JHMR) after I dropped off my boy at school, and was not disappointed.
I got on an early gondola, which I prefer over the tram for the simple reason of the various terrain getting over to the Thunder and Sublette chairs. The fresh tracks were amazing, getting nice shots even on the late groomed runs, waist deep in some spots with super light fluffy Teton powder.
The routes I took were virgin, I was lucky enough to be up at the top of the gondola when the whistle blew for opening so I beat even the Tram to untracked stuff. The crowds were non existent this morning, and every face I saw had a smile. Bernie’s Bowl was the best it has ever been, Kissing Rock and Sugar Shack, Bird In Hand, Lower Liquor Cabinets, it was all mine!
And of course, when I feel this good I start thinking about food and the Granary Valentine’s Day menu, so it must have been time to go work, but I knew could still come out to play another day.
The sun broke later after the morning fog burned off and the folks started to show up so I finished with the Hobacks and fresh lobster tails on my mind…maybe with a petite fillet on the side, with a little Bearnaise? I’m a little old fashioned when it comes to Valentine’s Day.
Spring Creek Ranch in Jackson Hole is experiencing a bull market–bull elk that is. The Amangani General Manager took this photo of four bulls just off the side of the main access road. A couple more are just out of the picture.
The conditions are just right for them to forage and wander around the resort. As a wildlife refuge, Spring Creek Ranch just makes the animals and guests alike comfortable. We never get tired of watching these guys, and they don’t mind being watched.
After several days of snow, the wildlife of Jackson Hole were on the move this morning.
As I wound my way to Spring Creek Ranch this morning, the moose, elk and mule deer were all foraging along the side of the road paying little attention to passers-by.
Usually the mule deer bucks stay hidden, but they were out in the open. Seeing them was a special treat today.
The bull elk seem to be enjoying the Spring Creek Ranch wildlife refuge as they still have not moved to the National Elk Refuge just to the east.
Spring Creek’s Derek Goodson Skis the JHMR
Went skiing this morning at Teton Village with a Spring Creek Ranch guest from Houston, Texas. Another night of unexpected snow fell leaving six inches of the lightest fluffiest powder on top the other five or six feet that has fallen in the last week.
We were able to ski runs of untracked boot top powder on a trail that had been groomed before it had snowed. For those not used to powder snow, it is an experience you will truly enjoy – especially that signature Jackson Hole champagne powder.
I was also able to find some other really deep stuff too – not completely untracked, but certainly enough to put an ear-to-ear grin on my face. With so few people, we were skiing on the lift every run, and had a full day of skiing by noon, but skied until 1pm since it was that good.
Cowboy Powder Snow Makes for Happy Cowboys
Over the past week there has been five feet of new snow falling upon Jackson Hole. With the majority coming down the past 72 hours.
Waking up each morning to 10 inches of new snow, is a welcoming sight. I had to hit the slopes to find the deep powder.
Once at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, which is only about 20 minutes from Spring Creek Ranch, I realized that no matter where I went it was good.
After a long day of great powder skiing, I found myself in the company of good friends reminiscing about turns made earlier, over a pint at the world-famous Mangy Moose bar in the Teton Village.
Spring Creek’s Derek Goodson Gets the Goods at JHMR
Derek Goodson Gets the Goods in Moran Woods
With another night of snow, the powder was really deep. Today, I was skiing with some friends and got to make some first tracks in bottomless powder in the Moran Woods at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
The snow was waist deep or deeper in spots. We had some lift lines early, but they were gone by late morning, and we skied on the lifts all afternoon finding the best skiing of the year.
Check out the shot of me in Moran Woods. The picture doesn’t do it justice.
Firsthand Snow Report from Spring Creek’s Derek Goodson
Got a late start today, but headed to Teton Village to pick up a few runs.
With all the new snow overnight, snow depths just keep getting bigger.
Despite a weekend day, I was still able get thigh deep untracked Jackson Hole powder in the late afternoon. You just need to know where to go.
Skiing was unbelievable. The snow was in your face all afternoon.
New Snow for Spring Creek’s Derek Goodson
After several days of seemingly constant snow, I went to the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for a couple hours of skiing this afternoon. What a difference a couple feet of snow make at Teton Village.
Skiing was awesome. The crowds were nonexistent – I was skiing on to the lift every time. I was getting fresh tracks for over an hour.