Anxious, our crew meets up at the cafe to see if we can salvage our ski trip. We’ve been stuck in the condo in Jackson Hole with 40 mph winds and dangerous temperatures of -30F. We have taken a few days away from the office to ski and celebrate a deal-closing, but a large persistent arctic air mass seems to have other ideas. Sometimes you have to take a little risk to reap the reward; time to make some “cold calls”.
We meet below the tram at the cafe, frustrated and over-caffeinated. We are hemorrhaging cash, craving adventure and skiable snow, and trying to salvage a precious ski vacation. Give up or get creative?
Make a few calls and hear that the snow and weather is better to the west, in Sun Valley. Call over to Sun Valley Heli Ski to check on availability and snow conditions. Reports favorable.
Call to Independent Jets in Teton Village to check on availability and pricing for a King Air… response favorable (and surprisingly affordable). Aircraft is available and ready to go.
Our crew decides to go for it, and calls Sun Valley Heli Ski again. They warm up the heli, rally the troops, and make arrangements. We go to our rooms and suit up for skiing, slipping a toothbrush into our pockets.
King Air C90 wheels up from Jackson Hole. Weird wearing ski boots on an airplane… we’ve got skis stacked in the aisle.
Terrific flight past the Grand Teton
Wheels down in Sun Valley. Met on the tarmac at Hailey Airport by the Sun Valley Heli Ski helicopter.
Hop in the heli, and we are off…
Adrenaline levels return…
Happiness returns, stoke is high, grumpiness gone.
Land at the remote Smoky Mountain Lodge. Pure backcountry luxury!
Welcomed by the lodge team, Dire Straits, and PBR.
Followed by steaks, birthday cake, and shenanigans.
Breakfast is on the table. Wake up!! A nice start to the day…
Warm up the heli – we are going skiing again!
10am – 2:30pm
Fly the heli back to Sun Valley Airport, transfer gear from the ship to the plane, and fly back to Jackson for our regular flights home.
Many thanks to the terrific team from Sun Valley Heli Ski for pulling this off on about an hours’ notice. It was an epic trip, requiring an amazing display of spontaneity, logistics, and hospitality. We all sat on the plane home incredulous that you pulled it off, so happy that we grabbed life by the horns and went for it…
MAKE THE CALL!
Ethan, John, Nick, and Craig