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The Inertia

Dang, it looks like Owen Leeper kinda scored yesterday. But he deserved it. He only had to hike 6,000 vertical feet to get it. In another strange weather cycle, much of the Intermountain West received its first dusting of snow the last few days, including Wyoming’s Teton Range. Actually, the region got over a foot, which made the Middle Teton Glacier rippable in late August.

“TODAY in the Tetons,” wrote Leeper.  “Surprise storm dropped 14″ of snow in the mountains so I had to go ski it even though I didn’t really want to hike 6k feet vert all the way up there.”

You might be wondering about snow stability this early (or late)? So did commenters on Leeper’s post. “Yes, I ski cut it a few times at the top and ripped a small slide,” he answered.

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So do these turns count for the 2017/2018 season, or are we on to 2018/2019?

Here’s a view of the Middle Teton Glacier with much less snow.