There’s still time to book a trip out West this upcoming season.
Skiing in the other half of the United States is an experience all New Englanders should aim to experience. There’s deeper snow. Steeper terrain. Majestic views.
On the latest Basecamp podcast, hosts Eric Wilbur and Mike Specian discussed what makes skiing in the other half of the country so special. Jackson Hole’s director of mountain sports school Matt Clos joined the show to discuss the Wyoming resort’s pull and what makes it an iconic landmark of North American skiing.
Highlights from this edition of the Basecamp podcast
On what it takes to ski out West:
Specian: The biggest thing about going from the East to the West is people think that the skiing is dramatically different. It really isn’t. Today’s skis are skiing shorter and everything else. It’s not like the old 210 (cm) straight ski days when it really was different because we had to pressure these skis so much to keep him on the snow. In today’s world, if you stay neutral on the ski and you just let the ski do the work, there’s no difference between skiing a foot in new or skiing groomers. It’s all the same. It’s just a lot easier on the bones.
On having the first national park to enjoy in Jackson Hole:
Clos: One of the things that makes Jackson so special is the outdoor access. How quickly you can get from, your job or your house to your preferred activity. And having Grand Teton National Park only only helps with that. It’s so beautiful. The access is so amazing. I feel everybody who lives here and everybody who comes to visit here is very lucky. To have the park there. And I think that the park helps to support the entire community.