Yesterday was the official "Opening Day" at Jackson Hole. For the summer, that is.
The Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend is when the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort opens the tram for summer sightseeing trips. They will also allow skiers and boarders to ride the tram. The only restriction is that you're not allowed to ski/ride inside the ski area boundaries.
So, after something like 715" of total snowfall between October 1 and May 27, we headed for Teton Village to catch the first tram of the summer. Here's the scene at 8:50am yesterday as we waited for the tram to load. The tram was full...
And here we are at the top of the tram. There have "opening days" in the last dozen years or so that I've been doing this that there was no snow at the top of Rendezvous Bowl and we had to go find north-facing remnant snowfields to ski. As you can see, that is definitely NOT the case right now:
Our first destination for the day was Cardiac Bowl. Cardiac is a big, open bowl that eventually feeds north into Granite Canyon. Our plan was to ski the main part of the bowl, skin back up, and then hike over to Cody Bowl. The avalanche forecasting guys have really been spooked about the snow stability lately, so I nibbled along the skier's right edge of Cardiac rather than getting out in the more exposed part of the main bowl.
The snow was really nice - kind of an inch or two of blown-in new snow over a firm, smooth base.The first few members of our party followed me...
And then Laurie and her friend got the money shot right down the center of Cardiac:
The rest of the day was fun, too.