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Cooper Landing, AK summer; Victor, ID winter
About Me:
49 yo chef with bases in Teton Valley, ID and Cooper Landing, AK. Been ski and trout bumming since '98 after removing myself from a career and wife in Boston, MA. Hiking, biking and waterfun (kayak, canoe, raft) make me happy. Fly fishing, powder skiing and hangin with my wife make me even happier. We have 3 cats that travel with us. I have also lived in Laguna Beach, Napa Valley, Tahoe, Dallas and New Orleans after leaving my birthtown of Middleburg Hts., OH.
Last Seasonal Job:
Sous chef for Trap Bar and Snorkels at Grand Targhee Resort, WY.
Favorite Seasonal Job:
Manager of Summit Deck & Grille at Northstar-at-Tahoe - I had a snow machine to commute to work every day.
Dream Job:
I'm livin the dream

Kenai Fishing Report

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I am at the head of the world famous Kenai River for the summer. I will be updating fishing conditions here as I see them. Most of it subjective, but I check the wier counts on the Kenai River and Kasiloff River for sockeye and King counts on a regular basis.

My creds come from fishing this area nearly every summer from May into October since 2001 and being directly involved in the guiding business as chef for Red Salmon Lodge in Cooper Landing. Here are a couple of examples of what we will be talking about...

May 8, 2008
Not much happening right now. Deep Creek marine is open for feeders and some steelies. Upper River closed until June 9th. Bait on the Kasiloff next week.

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Summer Camp

Posted on December 21, 2007 at 11:06pm 0 Comments

Cooper Landing, Alaska is what we call Summer Camp

That pic was taken around May 1, a couple of week after spring migration. Here is the actual camp...

The tarp had been set up the night before, so it is not very tight is it!! We did several improvements after these pics were taken, including an extention on the… Continue

Snow Alert FRI 12/21

Posted on December 20, 2007 at 7:07pm 0 Comments

Yeah, buddy! Don't know the reported inches yet, but its a good one. I had to blow my driveway twice today! Probably 12" total with a bit more on the way.

Christmas Crunch

Posted on December 19, 2007 at 10:20am 3 Comments

DEC 19, 2007

Here it is, the third week in December at a ski resort. If you don't have your staff together and humming the same tune by this time, you are setting yourself up for a tough holiday high season. I thought I did until yesterday when one of my key cooks blew out his knee on the slope and I had a no-show on one of my PM dishwashers.

The cook thing sounds more critical, but it actually is less severe of a loss than the DW. Cooks are easier to find than a decent DW,… Continue

Back to Winter Camp

Posted on December 14, 2007 at 10:42pm 0 Comments

Carol and I returned to Camp Teton for the winter season the third week of October. Always good to return, but there is always alot of work. Trying to squeeze a summer's worth of yardwork in before the ground freezes is tough. The bitch is that we never really get to see the results. We leave just when the crocuses are blooming and the daffodils and tulips are in good foliage, but without flower. And when we get back, the leaves have just fallen or are about to be. I feel like… Continue

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At 2:50pm on November 23, 2009, Eileen Latuputti said…
oh well, just wanted to say HI. ....
At 9:48pm on January 16, 2009, Eileen Latuputti said…
well, hello Mr. Ross, Looking to get out this year for sure this time..
sighs.....wish me luck.
At 4:07pm on July 20, 2008, Eileen Latuputti said…

Your images are absolutely Beautiful...wish I had a chance to steps in those ......

At 9:37pm on May 7, 2008, Tammy W said…
(in response to your comment on my blog)

Plans changed. Karen, who was supposed to drive to WY, was very inconsistent when we were trying to plan the trip, and I thought it best to book a flight instead to avoid being stranded at the last minute w/ no transportation.

I fly to SLC Friday night and have a bus commute to Jackson later that day. HR is supposed to pick me up in Jackson that evening.

Thanks for asking
At 9:30am on April 26, 2008, Mark Prince said…
Rossman: Hey great posts and pics. I am headed up to the tetons for the summer and cant wait to get out of here in a few weeks. Leaving Denver and looking forward to working seasonal again. Did a summer in Alaska 12 years ago and had a great time in Skagway went back to the real job as friends call it and cant wait to leave it. F&B guy here now and hope to work at either Jackson or Grand targhee for the winter after Jenny lake closes in October. Any ideas or places to check out for winter work would be appreciated. Sounds like you and your wife live THE GOOD LIFE awesome. You headed back up to Alaska for the summer?
Have a great summer and safe travels.
At 5:33pm on February 7, 2008, Mary Ann said…
Middleburg Hts....that's really close - I'm actually in Strongsville. The wanderlust was there before I had "fur-children". I can't bear to leave my pets behind so I have to look for more of a "career" job than seasonal. I know it's out there though! Cool that you met your wife in a setting that you both enjoy - what better way!
At 7:32pm on December 30, 2007, Eric Lund said…
Hey Rossman,

Yeah, I suppose I am an outdoorsy computer dude. No seasonal jobs, but living in Montana and working for such a cool company as CoolWorks gives me the best of both worlds!

Thanks for the great contributions to our world and watch for cool new stuff coming from CoolWorks in '08.

At 7:49am on December 24, 2007, Bill Berg said…
Hey Rossman,

Thanx for the snow reports. I love it.

I'm up in Gardiner, at the North entrance to Yellowstone so I'm kind of local. We were visiting friends over at Moose and had to check out Targhee. Cool Works has worked with Targhee since our early days and my first trip to Targhee predates Cool Works by a lot of years. It's always been on the regional list. We had great spring day there a couple of years ago, skinning up and skiing down in May.

We hope to make it down another time or two this winter. I'll give you a heads up if that pans out. It'd be great to meet you.

Merry Christmas!

At 3:42pm on December 12, 2007, Bill Berg said…
Hi Ross,

I spent the weekend on Fred's Mountain and in the Trap Bar and at Snorkels. Skied Teton Pass and saw friends in Jackson and Victor too. The Teton Valley is growing fast. The Targhee snow is still good.

Are you down that way this winter?

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