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post #31 of 53

I heard they loaded a box, started it up the line, then reversed it and unloaded it at the bottom.  I have never heard of that happening before.

post #32 of 53

Nice thread Bob!  We are starting out a little slow but are looking for numerous storms to pick things up starting today. My daughter is racing at Park City all next week and we are counting on good conditions by then.  Keep the awesome pictures coming!!!

 

Best,

 

Steel

post #33 of 53
Thread Starter 

Hi, Steel.

 

Good to hear from you.  I'm sure you'll get hit here sometime soon.

 

We've kept up with the mild snowfall and constantly improving conditions.  I mean, it's ridiculously good above 7,500 feet and just keeps getting better.  And - surprise - it's snowing again here in the valley right now.

 

Here's a photo from today of a former US Ski Team racer forerunning a little adult ski camp race.:

 

 

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post #34 of 53
Thread Starter 

The photo above was taken exactly during the approximately one hour of clear skies we've had in the last week or so.  

 

While we're under a winter storm warning right now, these past several days have been PERFECT weather for Jackson Hole.  It's been snowing on and off almost continuously, but not enough to cause significant avalanche conditions.  Two inches, four inches, eight inches every day is the ideal recipe for outstanding skiing.

 

I talked with one of the ski corp's marketing guys this morning and he said that so far we've had measurable snow every day in December.

 

I kind of like that.

post #35 of 53
Thread Starter 

The saga continues...

 

Sixteen inches of new snow in the last 24 hours.  Twelve to sixteen forecast for the NEXT 24 hours.

 

It's pretty amazing. 

post #36 of 53

How close are the Hoback's to opening?  Saratoga Bowl?  Sounds like the bottom is filling in.

post #37 of 53
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Originally Posted by SpikeDog View Post

How close are the Hoback's to opening?  Saratoga Bowl?  Sounds like the bottom is filling in.

 

Hobacks and lower faces opened today.

post #38 of 53
Thread Starter 

Corbet's Couloir was still closed, although it's looking like it might open fairly soon:

 

 

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S&S Couloir looks like it needs a LOT more snow:

 

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Unnamed skier contemplating his next move in the Expert Chutes:

 

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Lander Bowl from the tram just before they opened the Lower Faces:

 

 

 

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post #39 of 53

Corbets and Headwall opened today.  I skied a Headwall that was very, very good.

post #40 of 53

So, has it snowed in your neck of the woods since December...?

post #41 of 53
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by ADKS View Post

So, has it snowed in your neck of the woods since December...?

 

Sorry, ADKS.

 

Yes, it has snowed.  Quite a bit, actually.  It's snowing right now.

 

Problem is, while it's snowed enough (and stayed cold enough) to provide good coverage and skiing, it hasn't snowed enough to get downright giddy about reporting the conditions.  We've had a few very good medium-level powder days.  We've had some spectacular bluebird-groomer days and a good share of excellent off-piste days.

 

However, what everybody on Epic wants to hear about is, well, EPIC days.  Those have been in short supply this winter.

post #42 of 53
Thanks, Bob. I've been dealing with the vagaries of diminishing airline frequent flyer availability lately, but it's possible I might make it out that way in a week or so, fingers crossed. If I do, it will be personally EPIC, regardless of the actual snowfall amounts.
post #43 of 53
Thread Starter 

Just to give you an update, here are some photos of EpicSkiers Segbrown and SkiNurse today.  

 

Segbrown:

 

 

 

 

SkiNurse:

 

 

Our tracks:

 

 

Segbrown making tracks:

 

SkiNurse in the Rock Garden:

 

 

Segbrown up against the wall:

 

 

SkiNurse under the icicles:

post #44 of 53
What, specifically, is not epic about that???? Sheesh. Better not visit Maine any time soon. [insert roll eyes smiley here]
post #45 of 53
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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post

What, specifically, is not epic about that???? Sheesh. Better not visit Maine any time soon. [insert roll eyes smiley here]You 

 

Heh.

 

You got me there.   redface.gif

 

The non-epic-ness of those photos is that we had to go out of bounds to get them.  We had five inches of new snow overnight and it made for some pretty nice skiing ob today.

post #46 of 53
Bob, speaking for the citizens of New York State, you are spoiled if that isn't EPIC!

I have worked it out and will be there on March 17, though, so please keep the snow going!
post #47 of 53

Gee Bob, is that the best you could do?? biggrin.gif Thanks, we occasionally even look like we know what we are doing. What a beautiful day... 

 

Hope you get more and more snow, too.

post #48 of 53
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Originally Posted by ADKS View Post

Bob, speaking for the citizens of New York State, you are spoiled if that isn't EPIC!

I have worked it out and will be there on March 17, though, so please keep the snow going!

 

I do admit to being spoiled. But why would you live in a premier ski resort and not EXPECT to be a little spoiled?

 

Glad to hear you'll be here soon.  We have a little more snow coming the next 24-36 hours, but then the forecast into the middle of next week is for pretty warm and sunny.  We'll see how that shapes up and how the snow conditions will react.

 

Here's another little tease from the backcountry on Teton Pass a few days ago:

 

 

post #49 of 53

The positives: breathtaking scenery, fresh snow, untracked lines and the most amazing guide!

The negatives: It ended way too soon.

 

Thanks for such a great time & taking the time to show us around!


Edited by SkiNurse - 3/8/13 at 7:02am
post #50 of 53

Fingers crossed!  Hope the temperatures trend down.

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/midwest-northeast-watching-for/7977770

 

"At this early stage, odds favor big snow from the storm to run north of Denver. A heavy amount of snow could fall over portions of Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas with wind, poor visibility and perhaps whiteout conditions for a time later Sunday into Monday."

post #51 of 53

Nice pics.  Glad to see some cooler temps and snow in the forecast to freshen things up before we get there.

post #52 of 53
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Originally Posted by ADKS View Post

Fingers crossed!  Hope the temperatures trend down.

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/midwest-northeast-watching-for/7977770

 

"At this early stage, odds favor big snow from the storm to run north of Denver. A heavy amount of snow could fall over portions of Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas with wind, poor visibility and perhaps whiteout conditions for a time later Sunday into Monday."

 

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Originally Posted by JayT View Post

Nice pics.  Glad to see some cooler temps and snow in the forecast to freshen things up before we get there.

 

Don't know if this upcoming storm will be all that significant for us.  It has more the look of a Great Plains storm moving off the east slope of the Rockies.  Our 7-day NOAA forecast only has slight chance of snow on Saturday and Sunday and then partly cloudy with some snow showers toward the middle of the week.

 

It DOES appear that temps will drop at least a little bit from the 50F (in town, not on the mountain) warm spell we're supposed to have tomorrow (Thursday, March 14).

 

As it looks right now, the skis to bring would be your favorite hard-snow skis for the mornings and your favorite slush puppies for the afternoons.

post #53 of 53

Since we won't get there until the night of Sunday the 24th, I'm hoping that second wave of storms holds up.

 

http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/Jackson+Hole+WY+191:11:US

 

^ That looks encouraging at the moment, not that I put much stock in 10 day forecasts.  I'm curious, what's the local go-to weather source around Jackson?  For Tahoe and Colorado it's all about OpenSnow.com, but surprisingly they don't have a Wyoming / Idaho specific forecaster on staff yet.

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