OVERVIEW OF COURSE MOGUL RUN ON LEFT
Thursday, 31 January 2008
OVERVIEW OF COURSE MOGUL RUN ON LEFT
Wednesday, 30 January 2008
Park City is so different from what I imagined the ski area and mountain are much as I thought, but the town is much bigger and certainly more sophisticated, it has some top quality restaurants and shops as well as the usual bars and fast food establishments. We ate last night at The Wasaach Brewhouse their beers are actually brewed on site and very good they are, combine this with a menu full of choice it made for a nice evening out.
The one thing we have noticed out here is certain types of American women most are like you would find in any country dressed and presented well, but there are two types at either end of the spectrum and they appear to come in two sizes 10 or 24.
The 10s generally seem to have more brilliantly white teeth than they can actually fit in their mouth , they are able to talk without one part of the face moving including their lips, wear top designer clothes, and are accompanied by a male who insists on wearing his Bogner all in one ski suit that was bought 20 years ago inVail, has a tan as false as his hairpiece, and obviously visits the same dentist as his wife.
The 24s however seem to favour blue jeans the sort that are hiked up so as the waist band ends up half way up their back and seem to have an urge to dress up as cowgirls at every opportunity,
their men without exception wear base ball hats, old Nevica ski suits and drive a pickup with an over size cab. All joking aside we have had great fun just people watching, but what I would say I have found the Americans we have met to be nothing less than charming and courteous.
No photos again today camera seized up as a result of the cold so you can all breathe a sigh of relief.
Its snowing again now our plan is to visit Solitude tomorrow weather permitting.
Tuesday, 29 January 2008
Well I thought we've got all day take it easy and all should be well.
After breakfast we had all the gear packed I went out to the car started it up closed the door went to the back to load up but the back door would not open I thought it was frozen then I realised the car had self locked with the keys inside and the engine running, What a day for this to happen the very day we are moving on, I contacted the hire company who said they could guarantee getting us going by 8pm that was a 12 hour wait you can imagine how I felt, then out of the blue a chap that works at the hotel contacted a locksmith friend (bearded of course) who arrived in flash and within 5 minutes we were in, and 15 minutes later we were on our way $60 bucks lighter.
The trip I'm glad to say was uneventful but once again we saw some fantastic sights this really is some country mountains, plains. small towns we passed a train which was pulling 97 trucks ( The Goose counted them) best part of three quarters of a mile long. We must come back someday in the summer I am sure it would be equally as breath taking.
What is suprising is the last 2 states we visited have populations of 900,00 and 500,oo0 respectively, Utah has a population of 2,500,000 and you notice how much busier it is the minute you cross the state line its as if there is an invisible wall that only a few will cross.
We arrived in Park City at 4.30pm and yes it started snowing looks like good skiing tomorrow Park City was were the 2002 winter Olympics were held and has got a fantastic infrastructure which we shall be exploring over the next week.
Finally thanks to everyone who has left comments its nice to know that there is someone out there, and Peter yes you should do it.
THE LONG TRAIN
Monday, 28 January 2008
Sunday, 27 January 2008
Saturday, 26 January 2008
Friday, 25 January 2008
We skied the mountain at Teton village today and it is a real challenge certainly somewhere you would'nt bring a new skier on the whole mountain there is less than 10% beginner runs most of the terrain is advanced and I have never been anywhere in America or Canada where they have double blues( a blue being equal to red in europe) never the less a good place the only drawback is that Jackson town is a 16 mile drive , I did not realise this at the time I was organising where to stay if I had known I would probably have ended up with something at the bottom of the slopes and missed the uniqueness of Jackson I am glad I did'nt know.
Jackson is a fascinating place it would make any english council planning department wake up in a cold sweat, its as if someone took all the properties pieces on a monopoly board shook them up then threw them down and where ever they landed a property was built to suit the piece, hotels next to breweries, houses stations shops pubs car parks town hall restaurants all thrown together combine that with every building being different it makes for a an interesting perspective and somehow it works. At first I thought this is awful but now having walked round and had a good look its not awful its just not what i'm used to and thats strange coming from someone who was brought up in London where practically every building is different. Unfortunately my camera seized up today as a result of the cold so I can't show any pictures maybe tomorrow.
We ate this evening in The Wort Hotels silver dollar bar which is legendary locally and has a history nearly as old as Jackson itself, the place was packed with people wearing stetsons, cowboy boots, bootlace ties, Roy Rogers shirts and full beards ( only a few of the women had beards). We had'nt realised until the band struck up that Friday night is music night we were treated to an extravaganza of country & western from Tammy Wynette to Kenny Rogers and back again culminating with dueling banjo's the Whooping and Yeehaaaing really got going at that point to, a degree that I could'nt resist the odd whoop and yeeehaa myself. All in all we had a great evening and I just can't wait for the line dancing tomorrow!!!!!!!!. My brother in law would have loved it.
Thursday, 24 January 2008
Big Sky is in Montana and Jackson Hole Wyoming although both states have common border the quickest way for us to get there was to go via Yellowstone park and Idaho we were hoping to go to Yellowstone but it was closed due to the snow although highway 191 passes through it, and that in itself gives you some idea of the whole magnificence of the place. Given America has a population of circa 260 million whats suprising is that in the entire state of Montana the population is only 900,000 which would explain that apart from the towns we saw no more than 30 cars the entire way maybe the weather had something to do with it the roads were real skating rinks especially going over the Teton Pass.
My first impression of Jackson Hole is that if you don't wear a cowboy hat and have a beard and moustache that you could stuff a mattress with, your underdressed, it seems every American takes on the persona of the old west the moment they arrive we've heard plenty of whooping already, I'll be interested to see how they cope with the sandwich fillings given the amount of facial hair there is about.
Just before we arrive in Jackson I fueled the car it took on a tad over 16 gallons ( approx 72 litres) for $48.35 ( about £25.00 ) makes you sick does'nt it.
Well we are off out now to get fitted up with our 10 gallon hats or in Angus's case a 7 gallon we've also booked for whooping lessons so eeyaaa later.
CROSSING INTO IDAHO
YOURS TRULY DRIGGS IDAHO
Wednesday, 23 January 2008
Tuesday, 22 January 2008
Monday, 21 January 2008
We ate out last night and I have come to the conclusion that within the next 10 years the Americans will have forgotten how to use a knife and fork. Virtually everything on a menu is designed to be picked up and is generally so big that the moment the first bite is taken 50% of the contents shoots up towards your right ear down the chin and fills the palm of the hand. The only places that offer a proper sit down meal seem to be very expensive, but overall the food is good albeit a bit samey( is this a real word).
The one thing I could'nt beleive is that I can't use my mobile here there is only one mast and my provider and their partners are'nt so I am relying on email and this blog to keep in touch with Lindsay and the girls .Tomorrow we are off to Moonlight Basin hopefully it will be it bit warmer.
Just read Mike's message very interesting can't wait to get to Utah and let loose all those facts in a bar somewhere your right about Janice maybe me and the Goose could get her out for a drink.
VIEW FROM MOUNTAIN BAR
Sunday, 20 January 2008
HIGHWAY 199 ROAD TO BIG SKY
Saturday, 19 January 2008
Well the big day has arrived after a week of gales rain and plane crashes not that we were nervous of take off and landing, although when we stopped next to the stricken plane at the end of the runway waiting to go, a few things crossed our minds. As can be seen by our photos you can see we were pretty cool about the flight, our 1st stop is Calgary overnight and tomorrow we head down into Montana to Big Sky the weather here in Calgary is very cold and snowy hopefully we will get off ok. A short entry tonight cos I'm cream crackered and we have an early start.