Dylan Alito. PHOTO: Vernon Deck

Dylan Alito drove up that night from Colorado, and it was his first trip to Jackson. I had met Dylan at the TWS Team Shoot Out the season before, and his park skills blew me away. I was an instant fan, and he kept me laughing the whole time. He had no problem riding in the backcountry—I think he has a big future ahead of him. Luke, Dylan, Kevin and I (a diverse crew of riders to say the least) spent the next couple of days working together shuttling, shoveling, and riding lines. Tara Dakides, who had also moved to Jackson for the season, joined us stoking out the groms.

The last group that came was Volcom Team Manager Alex Lopez, Tyler Flanagan, Ruiki Masuda, and Torgeir Bergrem. I’ve known Tyler for a while now, and it’s crazy watching the kid come up killing it in the contests. I remember going out with him on his first backcountry trip to Sonora Pass when he was 11. I met Ruiki when he was really young as well—he’s been pioneering some sled spot in Hokkaido, some of the first sled shredding in Japan I’ve ever heard of. They joined Dylan to get after some of Jackson’s finest jump spots. We spent the last days of the trip mixing it up with a few days riding the resort and building as many backcountry hits as possible. We revisited a few of the jump zones from Subjekt and witnessed a new breed of riders throwing down tricks. Torgeir was on mission this past season competing in stadium contests all over Europe, and this was his first pow trip of the season. It was good to witness his super tech style.

Over the trip we stacked tram laps, endless miles on the snowmobiles, lots of digging out sleds buried hopelessly deep, hours waiting for the sun while window shopping in a series of storms that wouldn’t end. We rode as much as possible, working around the weather and avalanche hazards and got to ride some pretty epic snow. I think everyone had a lot of fun, and, at the end of the day, I’ll remember the times when it all came together. The torch has been passed connecting the generations of riders with the simple act of doing.

La Niña Does Jackson Right

2010/11 Total Season Snowfall: 723 inches—a new base depth record for the resort.

2011/12 Season Opener: November 26 opening with over 3,000 vertical feet of riding, setting new records for the earliest opening and the most opening day terrain. Get there.

 

Go Where The Locals Go

Sudachi Sushi: Located off the Village Road on the way to the resort. sudachijh.com

Teton Thai: Laidback atmosphere and epic food in Teton Village at the resort. tetonthai.com

Mangy Moose:Don’t stress about what you’re going to do at night in Teton Village…you’re going to the Mangy Moose. mangymoose.net

 

Don’t Miss It: Hit up the five separate Burton Stash terrain parks spread across the lower mountain with features built out of natural elements including boulders, wood, and existing slope contours.