Where to Snowboard During the Solar Eclipse 2017
If there's one thing that's true about some snowboarders, we're procrastinat-adventurers. You know, the people that wait until the absolute last minute to figure out plans, then organize things in a fury, and jet off for a grand adventure. But we makes things happen, no matter what it takes.
If you fall into this category and are toying with the idea of witnessing the approaching solar eclipse, there's still time. Sure, you've had your whole life to plan for this approaching astronomical experience, and it's only a few days away, but if you really want it, you can definitely see it, and can actually snowboard during it.
By now you likely know that the National Eclipse will occur on August 21. On a narrow 70-mile wide sliver of the United States, the moon's path will intersect with the sun, and daylight as we know it will be momentarily blotted out. It's an extremely rare event, and only happens when these orbs line up perfectly.
The eclipse will start off the coast of Oregon then barrel its way across the States, before shooting out the shores of South Carolina. There's plenty of places where you can witness it but the path of totality (zones that will be momentarily dark) are likely to be mega crowded. We suggest getting out into the mountains and getting up high to see this spectacle.
Currently, there are only a few places in the United States that have enough snow to snowboard on during this eclipse— Mt. Jefferson in Oregon, and the Tetons near Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Jackson is going to be a shitshow, and trekking to get on snow would be an incredible feat. So if you're really trying to do it, we think Mt. Jefferson is a better idea. Easier access, and potentially less people.
Jefferson lies in the path of totality, and still has quite a few continuous patches of snow you could snowboard on.
If you're keen for an adventure, dust off your snowboard, break out a topo-map, and start route planning ASAP. Load up your car/truck/van/adventurmobile with more water, food, gas, and supplies than you think you need, and get going. Your best bet is to camp close to your desired trail-head at Jefferson on Saturday and Sunday and scout the zones. You’ll want to hike up to your perfect perch super early Monday morning, and be in position early for the main event at 10:18 a.m.
Sure it's a lot of work for only a few fleeting moments of this pre-ordained celestial phenomena, but we bet it's worth it.
Let us know where you’re going to see this eclipse in the comments!
Solar Eclipse 2017 – Path of Totality By State
*Note we're snowboarders, not scientists.