Jackson Hole's Crags

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Jackson Hole's Crags

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Casper Bowl
To get to 1,000-foot, powder-caked Casper Bowl — which is tempting, but not technically in the Crags — take Moccasin or Fremont, a pair of 35- to 40-degree chutes.

The rock-strewn, 35-degree entrance to this chute is hard enough — and it's made harder by a fork 300 feet down. Go right and you're in Filthy McNasty, edged by 10-story cliffs cascading away into Casper Bowl. Go left and you're in an unnamed 33-degree line — with two 20-foot pillow drops — made famous by Kevin Andrews in the film License to Thrill.

This double hourglass with a 60-foot-wide entrance fattens after six turns, only to narrow at the neck (framed by 10-foot cliffs), before finally giving way to a tree-lined powder deposit. Beware of edge-blowing rocks in low snow years.

Shot 7 is less forgiving than Shot 8: The 30-foot-wide upper portion — though it's a manageable 32 degrees — gets hammered quickly, exposing rocks and ledges. Control your speed until it aprons out and joins Shot 8 for the last 600 feet.

Continue 40 more yards to Shot 6, a 25-degree open bowl that feeds into a gooseneck maze of old-growth conifers 300 feet down. The trees then open into Field of Dreams, a 22-degree face, before ending at the Moran Traverse.

TB RIDGEIf Shots 9 through 7 are tracked, stay high and traverse north all the way along TB Ridge — named for 22-year patrol veteran Tom Bartlett — to find 750-foot runs funneling through the powder stashes and willow thickets of the Moran Faces.


Anatomy Casper

Anatomy: Jackson Hole's Casper Bowl

Casper Bowl, a 180-degree cirque of 1,200- vertical-foot cliff-littered chutes, opened in the winter of 1997. Since then, it’s become one of Jackson Hole’s many proving grounds and the venue for numerous freeskiing comps.