Category Archives: Live to Ski

The Zombie Apocalypse is Upon us

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

COVID-19 is here and the world has gone mad!

Ski Buds

One week ago today I was out skiing by myself, it was wet and snowing with a mean wind chill, the top of the mountain was full on winter, and conditions were dust-on-crust. I was doing laps on “R-Trail” and thinking of my missing ski buds. One was at home under self quarantine, she had just returned early from a Chamonix ski trip because the borders were closing. One was recovering at home recovering from a torn ACL/MCL ski injury, she had been run down by a teenager on skis earlier in the season.

Unbeknownst to me, this was the last day of the season. The tram was closed, and the gondolas were only being loaded at half capacity, not that I wanted to ride in any of the anyway. It was a chair lift day for me, and the mountain was not all that busy.

The current events of the previous week had me feeling like I was living in a Stephen King novel. Our president had announced he was closing travel to and from Europe and our town council canceled several of our large local events.

The next morning I got up and plugged in my ski boot warmers, made some coffee, and checked conditions. It had dumped two feet of heavy wet snow in 24 hours. Heavy wet snow on top of frozen crust equals high avalanche danger. The first notice from JHMR was that there would be delayed opening due to avalanche conditions, a bit later I received a notice that they would be closed for the day. Later JHMR announced they would be closed for the rest of the season by directive from our Governor. Targhee and Snow King closed the next day.

Holy Toilet Paper Batman! The Zombie Apocalypse has started, the world is falling apart, and the people are going mad!

AS of today, all the schools are closed, the Las Vegas Casinos are shuttered, as of this moment four states are on stay at home lock down. Salt Lade City had a 5.7 earthquake, Carson City had a 4.5 earthquake, our boarders are closed and the world gets weirder every day.

It was a rough 2019, I was looking forward to 2020 being a better year.
This meme made me laugh.

The Governor of Wyoming has ordered all public gathering places closed. That is restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, and other similar places of public accommodation offering food or beverage for on-premises consumption; Bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distillery pubs, wineries, tasting rooms, special licensees, clubs, and other places of public accommodation offering alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption; Cigar bars; Gymnasiums; Movie and performance theaters, opera houses, concert halls, and music halls. All child care centers and home day cares are ordered closed, except those providing care to essential personnel.

Even with all that, I still don’t understand the toilet paper hoarding, at the most we might be stuck in our house for a few weeks, but at the end of the day we only need enough toilet paper to last a few more days more than our food supply. – Then they started hoarding food, even perishables. Seriously, you can’t freeze lettuce!

We might remember this as The Great Toilet Paper Famine, but the young will remember their lost opportunities. I have friends who’s children were called back from studying abroad, one who’s winter Olympic training came to an abrupt halt, proms and graduation ceremonies have been canceled, and many well earned competitions are canceled.

But it is the adults that are truly losing it. Most of us, including myself, have become germaphobes, for good reason. I have a new appreciation of the little bottle of hand sanitizer in my purse. I use it after — pretty much every errand where I can’t wash imminently afterwards. I see adults doing everything from total denial, total breakdown, total isolation, hoarding, and the young adults are partying on the beach in defiance. The media isn’t helping either, yes this is a serious issue, but the media is sensationalizing it and making the matter worse!

It reminds me of the scene from The Stand where Frannie Goldsmith is listening to Rae Flowers on the radio being overrun by the military.

Frannie Goldsmith: This is a joke! Right? I mean, this has gotta be a joke!

All my music activities have also ceased, it is just practice at home for now. My many musician friends are left gig-less, and for the ones who make a living at it are jobless with no option for unemployment. In fact, many of us are out of work and I think that is what really scars most us, we have bills to pay so we can live with food on the table and a roof over our head.

A year from now I will come back and read this to remember where our life was at this moment.

We are all in this together. This shall pass… like a kidney stone, but it will pass. The world will be different but it will go on.

Our conductor keeping all our spirits up. Good job Zach!

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Après-Ski Hot Cocoa

Saturday, January 11th, 2020

January 11th is National Milk Day AND National Hot Toddy Day. Who says we can’t celebrate both with one drink!! One of my favorite après-ski Hot Toddies is hot cocoa with a shot of Rumple Minze and fresh whipped cream!

I keep a flask of Rumple Minze in my ski pack for such occasions BUT home made hot cocoa is the bomb! Below is the recipe I used since the 80’s, you can read more about it in That Time I lived in a Ghost Town.

If you are like most of us ‘Fresh from the cow” milk is not available, so to get that rich flavor use whole milk and replace a little of it with heavy whipping cream. SURE it is full fat, but you earned it!

To modernize this recipe I use my Deluxe Cooking Blender, add all the ingredients except the vanilla, and press the pre-programmed sauce button. When the blender beeps, add the vanilla and give it a pulse.

Pour your cocoa in a warm mug and add an ounce or so of Rumple Minze .

To top off the concoction I make some whipped cream in my Pampered Chef Whipped Cream Maker, it only takes in a minute. Best part is I can add a bit of flavor to is by adding my favorite spirit.

Treat yourself to this yummy Hot Toddy after any cold day, skiing not required.

‘From Scratch’ Hershy’s Hot Cocoa

This is the recipe I used from the can of cocoa to make hot chocolate from milk fresh from the cow.
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocp;ate, Hot Drinks
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 123kcal
Author: TetonTrekker
Cost: $5


  • Medium Saucepan


  • ¾ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Cups Fresh Whole Milk Mix in the layer of cream before measuring
  • Cup Hot Water
  • ½ Cup Sugar
  • Dash Salt
  • ¼ Cup Hershey's Cocoa


  • Mix sugar, cocoa and salt in medium saucepan; stir in water. Bring to
    boil over medium heat, stirring constantly; boil and stir 2 minutes.
  • Add milk; stir and heat until hot. Do Not Boil. Remove from heat; add
    vanilla. Beat with whisk until foamy. About six 6-ounce servings.

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Stainless Steel Whisk Item Number: 2475
Adjustable Measuring Spoon Set Item Number: 2258
Easy-Read Measuring Cup Set Item Number: 2175
Deluxe Cooking Blender
Item Number: 100125
Whipped Cream Maker
Item Number: 1461

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Weekends with TetonTrekker Video Blog

Friday, September 13th, 2019

Summers are all too short in Jackson Hole, we try to cram as many activities as possible on the weekends until the snow flies and ski season get into gear. Whether playing music, glamping, fishing, treasure hunting, or skiing, I’m out doing something almost every weekend, all while squeezing in a little quick and creative cooking.

Winter of 2018 I won an awesome GoPro Hero 6 and swag from the GoPro people at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort so I thought I would give YouTube a try. Think of my channel as a grab bag of family adventures and Wyoming lifestyle.

Please subscribe to my channel and share your favorite videos.

~ Enjoy

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