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Jackson Hole is Open for 2013/14!

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The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort opened yesterday, Thanksgiving Day.  As far as I know, it's the first time our mountain has ever opened the lifts for Thanksgiving Day, so it was truly a day to give thanks.

 

The snow cover is still quite thin, particularly on the lower half of the mountain.  Where they've been making snow on Apres Vous, however, the cover and quality is great.

 

Today was a cool thing... it was free skiing for anybody.  The ski corp did that as a way to thank the Jackson community for helping make the overall improvements that landed JH at the top of the Ski Magazine (and Forbes, for that matter) list as best ski resort in North America.  It was actually really cool, as I rode up several chairs with people from regional communities (like Idaho Falls and Riverton and even Salt Lake City) who had made the trek here for free skiing.  Made for a crowded hill, but everyone was having fun.

 

Here are some photos from yesterday...

 

Probably about 100 people waiting for the Teewinot Chair to open for the season:

 

 

 

View of Easy Does It and Liftline runs from the Casper Bowl Chair:

 

 

 

Looking across Amphitheater and Cirque from near the top of the Bridger Gondola:

 

 

They opened the mountain with Moran and Werner runs off the Apres Vous chair, Easy Does It, Liftline, and Croaky Point off the Casper Chair, and Amphitheater, Upper Gros Ventre, and Upper Sundance from the Marmot Chair.

 

We're supposed to have a fair amount of snow over several days beginning tomorrow.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 13

Thank you!

post #3 of 13

I'm looking forward to skiing JH for the first time in late Jan. 2014 on the way to the Utah Gathering, so it is great to hear that JH has an early start to the winter season.

post #4 of 13

Congrats to Jackson Hole on the opening! The coverage and snow quality looks amazing for Thanksgiving and I bet people had a lot more fun than they did at Whistler this weekend (thousands crowded onto 5 or 6 groomers in dense fog across both mountains)

 

post #5 of 13

The storm ahead looks promising for December trips! :-) Still haven't make any reservations... waiting for the last minute! 

post #6 of 13

today was AWESOME!. nice soft 3-5 inch pow day. snow started around 10 am and hasn't stopped. It's supposed to continue through wednesday.

post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by gramboh View Post
 

Congrats to Jackson Hole on the opening! The coverage and snow quality looks amazing for Thanksgiving and I bet people had a lot more fun than they did at Whistler this weekend (thousands crowded onto 5 or 6 groomers in dense fog across both mountains)

 

 

That looks insane.  :eek

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This was the snow report as of 5am this morning (Monday, Dec 2):

 

CURRENT CONDITIONS (Mountain Weather Past 24 Hours)

At 10,400' Elevation: 5 AM Temp Max Temp Avg Wind Direction Avg. Wind Speed Max Wind Gust
Rendezvous Summit 21 º F 24 Westerly 33 61
View Temperature and Wind Graphs View Summit 48 Hr Wind Graph
 
Location Snowfall/Prec. Total Snow Depth Total Snowfall
At 9,300' Elevation (Raymer Plot) 11"/ 1.23 38" 97"
At 9,580' Elevation (Rendezvous Bowl Plot) 10"/ 1.39" 38" 98"
At 8,800' Elevation (Chief Joseph Plot) 11"/ 2.02" 52" 113"

 

 

By 6am, 2 more inches had fallen and it's snowing HARD.  Here's the forecast for the next 24 hours:

 

Mountain Weather Forecast for Today

Periods of heavy to moderate snowfall will continue today and into the evening. Strong winds will create white out conditions. 
Temperature Forecast for 8,000´-9,000´: Remaining in the 20s before dropping into the teens late in the day.
Ridge Top Wind Forecast for 10,000´: West to southwest at at 38 to 46 with gusts to near 70 miles per hour.
Snowfall Expected Next 24 Hours: 8 to 14

 

 

Avalanche forecast:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Teton Pass at 7:21am:

 

R4)R4a

 

The skiing was outstanding yesterday and should be magnitudes better today.  I'll try to post photos ipossible.

post #9 of 13
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We had 23" of snow in the last two days.  

 

We're still skiing limited terrain, with just the Teewinot, Apres Vous, and Casper chairs running.  The skiing is excellent everywhere there is a reliable base.  Better yet, all the lab rats are out tracking up the powder in the trees and bushes, thereby locating and identifying all the rocks, stumps, and bushes.  It's a system that seems to work really well.

 

On the avalanche front, the Wyoming DOT blasted a very big one on Glory Peak last night.  It slid almost half of Glory Bowl and apparently ran a lot of snow all the way down and across the highway.

 

Here's a photo I took a few minutes ago from across the valley.  It's interesting to note the new ski tracks on both sides of this slide.

 

 

And speaking of Darwinian bad timing, here's a spider that - for reasons known only to this spider - tried to go for a walkabout near the Snake River.  The temperature when I took this photo was 16 degrees with a strong north wind.  I don't know how far this guy got, but he was frozen solid when I took the photo:

 

post #10 of 13

new lifts open Today and the tram is supposed to start running Tomorrow! I'm excited for my trip before Xmas!

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Originally Posted by mfa81 View Post
 

new lifts open Today and the tram is supposed to start running Tomorrow! I'm excited for my trip before Xmas!

I skied those new lifts today.  Good snow but very cold temps.  If I can keep my hands warm enough tomorrow, I'll try to get a photo from the top of the tram.

 

The skiing is really good despite the bushes and twigs poking through in lots of places.  

post #12 of 13

Thanks for the report Bob, still pretty thin and hard over in the Bitteroots and yep very cold.

post #13 of 13

HI Bob - sent a PM.  Any other bears going to be out on Sunday, December 8th?  It's -8 F right now out my back yard; I'm not sure I've skied in much colder conditions than that before.

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