Just a little report on how bad the March skiing has been here at Jackson Hole. As we have all learned from the internet, you would never want to schedule a ski trip to Jackson in March because the snow is so unreliable.
The madness actually started the day before, on Tuesday the 22nd.
Tuesday's early morning snow report said 6" of new with a forecast of increasing snowfall through the day. Tuesday was outstanding skiing but the visibility was, how shall we say, ummm, LIMITED. Windspeed apparently reached 70mph during the day and at one point it was snowing 3 inches per hour. The skiing was better at the end of the day than at the start, and the snow was still falling.
I woke at one point in the middle of the night and the clouds had disappeared and all the woods around our house was lit up by the moon. That meant sunshine and new snow for Wednesday.
On Wednesday morning, I called for the snow report, expecting to hear something like ten or twelve inches of new snow. When the report said TWENTY-THREE INCHES, I was just amazed. That's one hell of a lot of snow in a 24-hour period for Jackson Hole. It also pushed our total snowfall for the season to over 500".
Here's what the mountain looked like as I pulled in to Teton Village at 8:00am Wednesday morning:
Needless to say, sunshine and almost two feet of new snow (and close to four feet in the last week) brought out just about every powder prospector in the valley. Here's the line for the tram an hour before the lifts opened. The line extends off the tram dock and down the hill to the left, curling around the building you can just make out next to the "SLOW" sign, and then extending back up to the Bridger Center:
Looking up at Grand Woods (Grand run is on the right) from the Sublette chair at 9:15am. Can you guess which of those tracks is mine?
Random unknown tele skier in Alta 1.5 chute. Photo taken from the Sublette chair:
Just a bunch of shots of friends having a great time in the new snow:
My wife, Ruthie:
Three successive frames from the camera: