Teton Pass and the Eastern Front

Wednesday afternoon we drove up to Choteau, MT because Howard had an insurance inspection to do at Teton Pass Ski Area. Good day for a drive with blue skies, but once we got towards Ovando, the wind started to pick up. No problem with snow on the roads, especially going north on 287 along the Eastern Front of the Rockies, but the gusts from the westerly winds were pushing the pickup around. Even with that, it's always a beautiful drive, much like going through the Big Hole. At dinner in Choteau, we asked the young waitress if they counted the days without wind, and she said that those were the days they run out to get things done.

The next morning we drove up Teton Canyon road to the ski area, going past the turn off to the Seven Lazy P, the outfitter's place, and where we've gone into and come out of the Bob Marshall Wilderness via Route Creek pass several times. It's a small area, with only one larger and one short lift. The wind was really blowing the snow over the top of the ridge above the main lift, and Howard could hardly stand up in the wind up at the shorter lift, further up the hill.

Teton Pass Ski Area lodge

Teton Pass Ski Area lodge

Ridge and ski run

Ridge and ski run

I did a sketch and some journal work while Howard did his work, and when he was done we headed for a little lunch in Choteau, and a stop at Latigo and Lace, in Augusta, MT, a great gallery and gift shop.