IKONic Trip Pt.1 Jackson, WY

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, Live as if you’ll die tomorrow”

-James Dean

December 29, 2020 I just left the place I have called home for my whole life to go off and live out of my 1992 Honda Accord for the next 3 months, spirits are high.

I have decided to call it the IKONic Trip, get it? Cause I am riding at all the Ikon Pass resorts in western America. And this IKONic Trip is about to be the best 3 month of my life, and I don’t even know it yet

This journey begins in Jackson, WY

I arrive in the town of Jackson not knowing anyone or even where I’ll be staying the night. Luckily after finding a local ski shop and asking the local ski bums the let me in on the spots.

It took about the first week to figure out how this whole ski bum thing works. My sleep schedule was off, my eating was off, and I had no idea what to do with myself.

Luckily about a week in I got a random Instagram DM out of the blue

This simple DM got me connecting into the Jackson Hole community and really launched me right into full ski bum mode. I started waking up at 7 am to get those early turns, and even 5:30 one morning to get on first tram.

There are way too many fun moments to recount them all so I’ll share one of my favorite days.

It was the morning of January 6th and my alarm goes off at 5:30 am. I didn’t sleep great given that it was right around 0°F all night, but I know that in a couple hours I won’t regret this early wake up time

I arrive at the trail head of with todays athlete, Sophia Schwatz.

I am scrambling to get all my gear ready to go with my half frozen fingers, but I can’t stop to warm them up because we have a sunrise to catch.

As a photographer power poles are usually my arch nemesis, but in this case they stick out like giants and make a very cool scene.

We keep skinning along until we finally hit the saddle and then I see it, an inversion!

Coming from Montana we don’t get inversions all that much so this was extra special to me. I get my camera out and prepare capture all this moment has to offer.

As quick as the sunrise began, it dissipated into the just a simple morning sun. But somehow the day still wasn’t over! We still had a jump session ahead of us.

With a soft landing and a jump already made for us Sophia absolutely threw it down for the shots!

Now the day was finally wrapping up and I couldn’t wait to get to the computer and start editing!

Conclusion

I had way too many amazing stories to put them all in this single blog so I’ll just let a small photo gallery do the rest of the talking:

What a perfect place to start off my trip!

Fun facts

  • Number of car malfunctions: 2
  • Coldest night: -5 °F
  • Number of nights in my car: 11
  • Tim Durtchi’s photographed: 1
  • Cool people met: 9
  • Picture taken: 1.9k
  • Hot springs enjoyed: 1

That pretty much wraps up my time in Jackson, WY. I wouldn’t replace it for anything, but I had other places to explore! Stay tuned to hear about Part 2 in Colorado! *Spoiler* It only got colder

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