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Between Cheyenne and Laramie, Vedauwoo is a recreation area rather than a state park, but is worth a visit. The 3.2-mile Turtle Rock Trail is a loop that circles the rock formation it is named for.

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We’ve all heard of a “murder of crows,” but do you know about a bloat of hippopotamuses, or a smack of jellyfish? What about a tuxedo of penguins, a tower of giraffes and a parliament of owls?

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One of my treasured memories about the late Manuel Lopez, the original Snow King Resort head wrangler, was sharing exceptional Cuban dinners, especially when our South Florida visits coincided. Cuban dining increasingly triggers joyous responses among many newer friends, plus there’s an aval…

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Coming to the end of the road isn’t always a catastrophe. Things get even better if you’re in a friendly fish camp overlooking a sporty body of water. Bill’s Fish Camp in the community originally known as Salt Creek resides where Florida’s Stygian-black Suwannee River greets the Gulf of Mexico.

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Skier, educator, writer, mountaineer and mountain-sport philosopher, Lito Tejada-Flores nailed it when in a blog post he paraphrased the opening to Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” to describe spring skiing: “It’s the best of snow, it’s the worst of snow.”

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All of us have a favorite teacher, professor or mentor who meaningfully advances our education. John W. Kiefling, 82, retired Game and Fish fisheries supervisor who passed in January, enriched my trout knowledge far beyond anything I ever achieved alone or by studying “McClane’s Fishing Ency…

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A confession: Having received my second vaccination enough weeks ago that I’m now as protected as it can make me, and with April 17 being the 77th birthday of my mom, who lives in Maryland and who I haven’t seen since December 2019, I’m typing this column sitting at a table on the patio at I…

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The New York Times recently ran an article about the unprecedented number of rescues performed in the Wind River Range last year. The article mentioned one visitor who wanted to climb Gannett Peak — the highest mountain in Wyoming — in November. He’d never been camping before.

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Great Nordic skiing is still available in the valley. As snow in south-facing areas grows thin, the best skiing will be found in higher-elevation, north-facing or shaded trails, or the northern part of the valley.

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One of my treasured memories about the late Manuel Lopez, the original Snow King Resort head wrangler, was sharing exceptional Cuban dinners, especially when our South Florida visits coincided. Cuban dining increasingly triggers joyous responses among many newer friends, plus there’s an aval…

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Coming to the end of the road isn’t always a catastrophe. Things get even better if you’re in a friendly fish camp overlooking a sporty body of water. Bill’s Fish Camp in the community originally known as Salt Creek resides where Florida’s Stygian-black Suwannee River greets the Gulf of Mexico.

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Skier, educator, writer, mountaineer and mountain-sport philosopher, Lito Tejada-Flores nailed it when in a blog post he paraphrased the opening to Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” to describe spring skiing: “It’s the best of snow, it’s the worst of snow.”

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All of us have a favorite teacher, professor or mentor who meaningfully advances our education. John W. Kiefling, 82, retired Game and Fish fisheries supervisor who passed in January, enriched my trout knowledge far beyond anything I ever achieved alone or by studying “McClane’s Fishing Ency…

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A confession: Having received my second vaccination enough weeks ago that I’m now as protected as it can make me, and with April 17 being the 77th birthday of my mom, who lives in Maryland and who I haven’t seen since December 2019, I’m typing this column sitting at a table on the patio at I…

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The New York Times recently ran an article about the unprecedented number of rescues performed in the Wind River Range last year. The article mentioned one visitor who wanted to climb Gannett Peak — the highest mountain in Wyoming — in November. He’d never been camping before.

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Great Nordic skiing is still available in the valley. As snow in south-facing areas grows thin, the best skiing will be found in higher-elevation, north-facing or shaded trails, or the northern part of the valley.

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Before every outdoor excursion I employ Karl Malden’s seasoned “The Streets of San Francisco” TV cop-turned-pitchman’s advice: “Don’t leave home without it!” But Bruun replaces Karl’s American Express card with dependable fishing pliers.

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This week marks the official end of grooming at many Nordic centers, but plenty of skiing remains for those with the will to find it. Most trails will still be available for postseason skiing as long as snow lasts, and higher-elevation trails will last longer still.

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As climbing, backcountry skiing and whitewater boating become more popular, I’ve noticed they’ve also become more and more mainstream in the media, and with that attention I think there’s a growing information gap about just how dangerous these activities are.

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Enjoy the next few days of colder weather while you can, but prepare for slush over the weekend. Morning skiing will be especially enjoyable, with well-frozen snow offering fantastic crust cruising wherever smooth snow can be found.

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Lower temperatures, partially sunny-cloudy skies and light snow flurries this weekend will bring respite from the warmer weather of late. Enjoy it while it lasts; spring is just around the corner.

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Florida stone crab claws, despite their extravagant prices, are my favorite seafoodie reason to explore South Florida in person. This saves $60 in overnight Wyoming FedEx bills to get such $30- to $60-a-pound treats. That was perhaps a reckless but wise decision during obstreperous winters.

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Spring-like conditions continue this week, with cold mornings and warm afternoons. Lunch break is a great time for a quick ski, when the snow is just beginning to soften but hasn’t yet warmed enough to make waxing difficult. Afternoon skiers might want to try going waxless, if klyster seems …

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Coming off one of the snowiest months in Jackson Hole history and one of the deadliest months for avalanches in Jackson Hole history, I’m looking at my couch, my reading chair in a sunny corner, the office chair at which I’ve been typing away at a draft of a memoir and my reading chair in a …

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An early spring has sprung. With daytime temperatures in the 40s but nights dropping into the teens, this week may offer the year’s first chance for morning crust cruising — a rare opportunity and available only for a short while in late winter and early spring. Take advantage of it while yo…

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“There are more small and medium-size fish than big fish, so target them until a better one comes along,” Big Paul emphasized as he introduced me to my earliest South Florida fishing. Dad’s theory grew more practical in the 1950s as lighter spinning tackle began outselling traditional bait-casters.

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My husband is usually the boss on our ski excursions. A backcountry ski guide and an avalanche educator, he naturally falls into that role. He’s the professional on our team, after all. But last week he seemed reluctant to assume his normal position. He’d been working nonstop, and I think he…

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As one storm system leaves the area and another approaches, Thursday offers the lull between the storms, and a brief window to soak up some much-needed sun.

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Long before Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologists consented that no significant population damage would result from allowing Area I catch-and-release winter cutthroat fishing on the Snake, a few hearty anglers took advantage of uncrowded snow seasons elsewhere.

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Last week’s storm brought snowfall totals back over 100% of normal, and Nordic skiing is better than ever. Forecasts are for daily dustings, which should keep trails fresh, while cold nighttime temperatures will harden them, creating beautiful conditions. Anticipate breezes and gusts on Thur…

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In 2012 Jonah Lehrer wrote an article in the New Yorker titled, “Why Smart People Are Stupid.” The article opened with a simple math problem: “A bat and a ball cost a dollar and 10 cents. The bat costs a dollar more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?”

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The longest relationship of my adult life is with Snow King. I and that ski area, which was the first in the state of Wyoming when it opened in 1939, are going on 24 years together. And we’re still going strong. We spend time together about five days a week, and this time is often one of the…

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With intermittent snowfall and pleasant temperatures throughout the week, the bold skier — or one who especially wants a good workout — could try backcountry Nordic touring, where deep snow will offer opportunities for all the exercise they could ever want.

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Since I began Wyoming outdoors column writing in 1973, the month of October continues to be a pinnacle for outdoor activity. But recent reflections over decades of travel and outings recognized many unparalleled outdoor memories consistently came during this period including the pro football…

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Consistent snowfall will make awareness of grooming schedules especially helpful this week. Some trails are groomed daily, but many are groomed intermittently, which can make skiing challenging if there has been significant snow accumulation since the last pass. Trails can be soft immediatel…

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In 2015, Canadian Julie Miller won the women’s 40-44 age group in Ironman Canada, earning herself a spot at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. But, it turned out, she didn’t really win.

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If you’ve never been skate skiing before, now is the perfect time to give it a try. Firm trails midweek will make for great skate skiing just about anywhere. Possible snowfall over the weekend will refresh classic trails, but if that fails classic skiers will benefit from exploring options a…

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As we approach the end of the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to remain safe and healthy. Don’t get sick just before crossing the finish line. Nordic skiing offers the perfect way to exercise without putting yourself at risk, and with light snows to freshen up trails, and pleasant hi…

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The other day I happened to catch part of a podcast put out by the Utah Avalanche Center that involved a conversation between three renowned avalanche experts — the forecasters, snow scientists, heli-ski guides, avalanche educators and all-around winter gurus Drew Hardesty, Ian McCammon and …

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We are skiing in a winter wonderland! Significant new snowfall brings the area into the best skiing of the season and a perfect time to get out on the trails for the first or hundredth time.

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“We used to think he was crazy,” one of my truly longest-time friends, Dr. Charles P. Phillips, of Stuart, Florida, laughed last week as we visited about Christmas and our over 60 years of other shared holiday celebrations. As I was growing up in South Florida the Phillipses were the Bruuns’…

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With cold temperatures and light snowfall throughout the week, expect generally good ski conditions. Nighttime temps hovering around zero should make for solid skating, classic cross-country and fat biking, but keep an eye out for patchy, thin snow at lower elevations.

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The Jackson Hole News&Guide checks in with the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center to bring readers weekly snowpack reports and summaries. Find avalanche reports, snow conditions and new features at JHAvalanche.org. Backcountry travel in avalanche terrain is inherently dangerous. This report …

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As 2020 ticks down I’ve been reflecting on the past 12 months. It’s crazy to think about where we were last December compared with where we are now. In my worst nightmares I don’t think I could have imagined what has taken place this year, and yet, despite the stress and angst we all — regar…

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Moderate snowfall and warm weather have brought local skiing into full swing. As weather clears, falling temperatures should harden courses, solidifying the base across the area, and allow for the first excellent skate skiing of the season.