The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort opened the Sublette chairlift this morning, meaning that we now have the Sublette, Thunder, Marmot, Casper, Apres Vous, and Teewinot chairlifts as well as the Bridger Gondola.
I'm pleased to say that two friends and I were the first members of the public to ride the Sublette Chair this season. The patroller in the photo down the page yelled that up to us and we passed over him. It's not quite as cool as grabbing first chair on a powder day, but what the heck.
Conditions are very good on the groomed runs and somewhat variable off-piste. The off-piste has mild moguls in most places and the snow is firm but very edgeable. Overall it's really good skiing, particularly when you consider that it wasn't very many years ago that we wouldn't even be open for another week yet.
Here are a couple of views of Laramie Bowl from the Sublette chair:
I spent most of the morning skiing the line on the looker's lefthand side of the above photo. I didn't hit a single rock in about 8 laps, so even though we need snow the coverage is pretty good.
Here's a patroller surveying his options in the lower part of Alta 3 Chute. The Alta Chutes are not yet open as there just isn't enough snow to cover all the huge rocks:
Rendezvous Bowl is looking mighty thin, partly because it's been scoured by some of the big wind events we've had in the last couple weeks:
And a view out across the valley from the top of Cheyenne Bowl on the road to Rendezvous Trail: