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Jackson Hole typical conditions late march?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hello everybody,

This is my first post here on epic ski but I have been a long time reader.

I will be heading out to jackson hole on March 26th-April 1st. I have done some searching but haven't come up with any good facts. 


How are the typical conditions out in Jackson for this time of year? Make your predictions for this year based on what kind of weather has hit already this year. Thanks everybody and I look forward to your responses!



post #2 of 8

Here we go again....


http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/382 ... late-march

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/437 ... late-march


I've expounded on this issue a lot, so best just to read the above threads that air the debate thoroughly.  In the second thread above, you will see that I am not the only one who thinks late March in Jackson is a very risky proposition.  If you have not committed many $ yet, I suggest you consider committing them somewhere else.

post #3 of 8

Here's a great source for figuring when to go where, and why: http://gator1314.hostgator.com/~bestsnow/ 


post #4 of 8

Last time I skied at JH it was in late March.  Got there the day after a 5-day warm spell had ended.  Everyone had been skiing creamy slush for a week, but the entire mountain was "frozen doorknobs" for us.  Locals described it as the worst days of the year, and "ya should'a been here yesterday."  The skiing was virtually brutal at some point on every run.

post #5 of 8
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Just what I wanted to hear lol. Looks like it might be $1500 down the drain. 

post #6 of 8

If your package includes a rental vehicle, lift tickets to Grand Targhee aren't that much -- on your second day, head there, and if the conditions there are wonderfully better (probably will be), you won't be in such an all-or-nothing situation for the balance of your stay.  Of course, if you're dealing with a tour operator instead of directly with the mountain, you can always ask if you can shift fire and head someplace else.

post #7 of 8


Originally Posted by scubayachts View Post

 Looks like it might be $1500 down the drain. 

Nobody knows what the conditions will be.  Jackson/Yellowstone is an amazing place. Even if it is" frozen doorknobs" , there are ton's of other activities.  

post #8 of 8

It could have just as easily been sweet sunshine and corn snow, but my point was that spring skiing is always a bit of a crap shoot. The bottom line is that once it gets warm, it better snow when it turns cold again.  JH is a huge mountain with skiing on almost every aspect of the compass and lots of elevation difference, so chances are you will be able to find some good turns, regardless of the weather, but it does not make any sense to trust that it will be the "usual" late March conditions, because in the mountains there is no such thing.


As others have stated, JH is an amazing place, and you will undoubtedly have a blast, including some good skiing. I just happened to hit a couple of very bad days, but had we stuck around a while longer things would have slushed up again. 

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