Since I started contributing work to Powder Magazine this summer, I’ve had some cool opportunities – to do my first print article about my friend and one of our SASS Argentina coaches, Garrett Russell, and do write all kinds of rediculous dispatches from Argentina and the East Coast.  This year I got invited to be a ski tester for their annual Powder Week ski test in Jackson Hole.

Jackson Hole guide Mikey Franco after a lap down a  sweet untracked field.

I spent nine days in Jackson Hole getting my butt torn around the mountain on monster backcountry missions with mandatory hikes, traverses, and sidesteps into and out of pretty much every line we skied.  There was no hope of getting in good enough shape skiing on the East to be ready for it, and I was spent by lunch pretty much everyday.

Enjoying a knee-deep lap down Endless couloir.  Thanks Black Diamond crew!

The whole trip was incredible – from being beaten down every run by old men and girls to meeting a lot of the ski industry’s best people to skiing pow and having guides show us the best terrain and runs every day.  Big thanks to Mike Rogge and Matt Hansen and the rest of the Powder crew for bringing me in on this one, it was sick!  Can’t wait for next year.  We’ll be working on getting some really cool guided trips going in Jackson for next year so get ready!

A little video from some of my better runs (before the camera fell out of my pack on the traverse out on a pow day).  Oh well.  Off to the US Open at Stratton – see everyone there this week!