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post #1 of 114
Thread Starter 

I am going to Jackson Hole on the 3rd of January and I'm wondering what amount of the terrain will be open. There predicted to get a foot in the next couple days but idk if that's enough to open a good amount of runs. What does it normally take to open new terrain? And from any of your experience what amount of terrain was open in early January.

Thanks!

post #2 of 114

Wow, let me get my crystal ball out and report back shortly.  As you can imagine, since I have this amazing ability to know the conditions of resorts throughout the world, I have a lot of demands for this skill, typically, I get paid about $500.00 per prediction but since you are an active member here, I will bro you out!  If you just PP me $250.01 I will hook you up and let you know the conditions for your time frame and as an added bonus, I will let you know the temps and which helmet cover you should wear each day. 

post #3 of 114

Good news for JH.  They are predicting 2 more feet by Thursday 12/29/2011. 

 

JH Snow Report

 

JH Trail and Lift Report

 

JH WEB Cams

 

The snow is coming!  It's such a beautiful sight to look at the forecast and see nothing but pictures of snowflakes for the next 5 days, especially when the prediction is a possibility of TWO FEET by Thursday night.  It's the storm we've all been anxiously awaiting, and it's almost here.  We've also got lots of things to do once you're off the slopes, including a special presentation each day in the Village Commons by the Teton Science School biologists explaining how the area's wildlife survive the winter season.  Have you made your reservations yet for New Year's Eve?

 

NO CHARGE - Buy me a beer sometime

 

 

post #4 of 114

for free?  come on' dude free?  really?  
 

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Originally Posted by catskills View Post

Good news for JH.  They are predicting 2 more feet by Thursday 12/29/2011. 

 

JH Snow Report

 

JH Trail and Lift Report

 

JH WEB Cams

 

The snow is coming!  It's such a beautiful sight to look at the forecast and see nothing but pictures of snowflakes for the next 5 days, especially when the prediction is a possibility of TWO FEET by Thursday night.  It's the storm we've all been anxiously awaiting, and it's almost here.  We've also got lots of things to do once you're off the slopes, including a special presentation each day in the Village Commons by the Teton Science School biologists explaining how the area's wildlife survive the winter season.  Have you made your reservations yet for New Year's Eve?

 

NO CHARGE - Buy me a beer sometime

 

 



 

post #5 of 114
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply catskills, I meant more to ask what amount of snow it takes to open higher on the mountain. Anyone that has some familiarity with Jackson Hole and the amounts of snow its taken in the past to open the upper parts of the mountain. I've checked all the websites about the weather but since there gonna be getting around two feet i was wondering if that would mean more open terrain or do they need more than that.

post #6 of 114

That is a good question.  I think your going to find out by Friday if Rendezvous Bowl opens up after 2 feet of new snow. 

 

As for today, I see the TRAM is opened but all the trails off the top of the mountain are closed. Not sure how you get down from the top of the TRAM if Rendezvous Bowl and all double black diamonds are closed.   th_dunno-1[1].gif  I have only skied there the last 9 years.   A local with more experience will have to answer your question.  Seems strange TRAM is opened with no trails off the top. 

post #7 of 114

Go and enjoy.  You can never tell what the conditions are going to be and what will be opened. Its all part of the adventure. Don't forget your helmet covers though......

post #8 of 114

^^Tram = sightseeing rides only - no skis or boards on it.

post #9 of 114

Someone please post a photo of dropping Corbett's this weekend.  Anybody ever do it on a mountain bike?duck.gif

post #10 of 114

Chutes of that type ski much harder in early season, steeper and narrower.  And our skiing is not yet up to the highest level, making it harder still. But you knew that and were just bustin' our balls. 

post #11 of 114
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Lgbl:

The GOOD skiing is pretty limited right now. Anywhere they have made snow is really good. Anywhere they haven't is going to have random rocks.

Assuming it actually materializes, a two-foot storm would make quite a bit of the upper mountain ski very well. IMO, two feet will not be enough to open the Lower Faces and the Hobacks, but it should make for very good skiing on the upper half of the mountain.

Cgril... As far as I know, Corbet's has never been done on a bike. It WAS done on a snowmobile.
post #12 of 114
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply Bob, This will be my first time in Jackson so I'm excited for to try it out. This storm couldn't have come at a better time, I was worried there wasn't gonna be very many trails open. Anyone know of a cheaper choice for lessons and a way to learn the mountain. I've got a beginner coming with me and don't want him to dislike it because of the difficulty. Thanks!

post #13 of 114

lgbl, be sure to read Bob's guide to Jackson Hole, it is very informative.

 

Have fun! And go to Targhee, too!

post #14 of 114

I've been getting lots of marketing emails from Targhee.  They are reporting they have all inbounds terrain open.

post #15 of 114
"Wow, let me get my crystal ball out and report back shortly. As you can imagine, since I have this amazing ability to know the conditions of resorts throughout the world, I have a lot of demands for this skill, typically, I get paid about $500.00 per prediction but since you are an active member here, I will bro you out! If you just PP me $250.01 I will hook you up and let you know the conditions for your time frame and as an added bonus, I will let you know the temps and which helmet cover you should wear each day." Typical Jersey attitude. They only fuel the fire.
post #16 of 114
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

Wow, let me get my crystal ball out and report back shortly.  As you can imagine, since I have this amazing ability to know the conditions of resorts throughout the world, I have a lot of demands for this skill, typically, I get paid about $500.00 per prediction but since you are an active member here, I will bro you out!  If you just PP me $250.01 I will hook you up and let you know the conditions for your time frame and as an added bonus, I will let you know the temps and which helmet cover you should wear each day. 



Typical Jersey attitude

post #17 of 114

JHMR website notes 17" in the last 48 hours.biggrin.gif

post #18 of 114
I had a great time today. The little girls and I skied about 6" of wind-blown cream cheese on Après Vous. It was like the Fourth of July today. Lots of big booms.

Mrs. Skiing-in-Jackson had a great afternoon. The little girls went in early and Blaze stayed out alone. Christy covered mostly Gondola runs and said the snow was a welcome relief. She came by my boot bench and hung out for a awhile on a busy afternoon.
post #19 of 114

Awesome Stephan!  Good to hear the gangs still hanging together.  Cheers my friend.  

post #20 of 114

The OP was a typical "jersey" attitude or Texas or Atlanta or other...  I see you ignored this post of mine which is what I have been a proponent of for years. I have been on plenty of trips when the conditions were dry but there's more to a place like JH than just skiing the Gnar.  There are plenty of things to do and see. No one can predict conditions and how much snow and what will be open. Sorry but these are the kind of posts that TGR doesn't permit for good reason but flourish here.  I understand people want to know how conditions are going to be but no one really knows. Forecasts are accurate for about 24 hours and unless you are involved with the management of the mountain, you don't really know when closed terrain is set to open.   
 

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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

Go and enjoy.  You can never tell what the conditions are going to be and what will be opened. Its all part of the adventure. Don't forget your helmet covers though.....

 



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Typical Jersey attitude



 


Edited by Finndog - 12/30/11 at 4:55am
post #21 of 114

I could be wrong, but i think Finndog is out for the season (on hill injuries).

So... a little slack for the kid. And be circumspect and muted about any

bottomless dumps one encounters....

post #22 of 114

working on a comeback!  trying to be back on limited groomed by Feb (hey, its a goal)  

 

I want to hear about folks enjoying themselves and having a good time and I would love to see bottomless porn shots so when people are already whining about potential conditions in Jhole..... give me a break, if you have decided to go, shut up and ski dammit!  Seriously, whats the point of asking people what runs will be open and how will the mountain be skiing.  It can change from really good to tracked out in a day and really boney to damn fine overnight.  

post #23 of 114

Might have to finally come up there and sample the goods.  Bring the carvers and leave the powder skis at home.

 

Lurked for awhile on this thread, and maybe it was the pain showing through, but you were a bit harsh on the newbie, Finn. 

post #24 of 114
It has changed to pretty darned good. Over 30" of dense snow in the last four days with over 4" of water content. Tram opened yesterday. Things are back on track.

Happy new year.
post #25 of 114

Tough love, but I respect your comments. 
 

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Originally Posted by SpikeDog View Post

Might have to finally come up there and sample the goods.  Bring the carvers and leave the powder skis at home.

 

Lurked for awhile on this thread, and maybe it was the pain showing through, but you were a bit harsh on the newbie, Finn. 



Thanks Bob!  just what I was trying to convey, Now go ski- Pictures please!! 



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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post

It has changed to pretty darned good. Over 30" of dense snow in the last four days with over 4" of water content. Tram opened yesterday. Things are back on track.
Happy new year.


 

post #26 of 114

Would hope some of that storm could track down to Colorado and improve things a bit!  Back out there the end of the month, which earlier I thought was a big cushion of time for conditions to improve dramatically , but it's looking like that might not even be the case!

 

We have a litlle something something heading this way (Pa. WNY State) in a few days. But unfortunatlely it won't be sustained . More rain and milder temps to follow!

 

Just a horribly stubborn weather pattern to break. Hoping now by the middle of the month we can have more normal January weather here in Pa. and Colorado begins to improve.

 

Enjoy the snow in Jackson!

post #27 of 114
The Hobacks opened this afternoon. Mrs. SIJ and I skied it just after it opened great snow!

Lots of goodness was to be had!
post #28 of 114

things do tur around quick dont they?  That's awesome, I am assuming ms SIJ wore here trademark pearls? 

post #29 of 114

A friend and I went out of bounds and dug pits this morning.  

 

It was a very interesting experience, as all the places I would normally use for this purpose showed signs of already having slid naturally.  That makes digging a pit kind of pointless as the dangerous layer might already be gone in those spots (or it might not).  

 

What we eventually found was pretty deep snow (one pit was nearly 9 feet deep) with a very rotten layer of faceted snow at the ground and a sensitive layer about four feet below the surface.  I assume that layer was surface hoar from the long, cold, dry spell before the storm we had last weekend.  That top four feet was very solid, however, which means it's anybody's guess how safe it is to ski on top of that stuff.

 

I think I'll be letting other people ski the more open and exposed lines until we get a lot more snow.

 

On a brighter note, the skiing inbounds is really good.

 

  

post #30 of 114

That slide on Pucker Face looked pretty impressive!  On Lower Tram Line today, I was able to easily reach my arm into the snow pack all the way to my shoulder and feel the bottom.  I think that this is the worst year I have ever seen for weak faceted snow at all elevations and aspects.

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