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Jackson Hole [conditions? arriving Jan. 25]

post #1 of 23
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We arrive this Sat and plan to ski all next week ….

 

How is it skiing right now ?  Been pretty dry out there …..  

 

Thanks….

 

NNN

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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
 

We arrive this Sat and plan to ski all next week ….

 

How is it skiing right now ?  Been pretty dry out there …..  

 

Thanks….

 

NNN

Do you mean arriving Jan. 25?

post #3 of 23
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

Do you mean arriving Jan. 25?

yes…. 

post #4 of 23
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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
 

We arrive this Sat and plan to ski all next week ….

 

How is it skiing right now ?  Been pretty dry out there …..  

 

Thanks….

 

NNN

 

Yes again!  

post #5 of 23
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You guys have been sooooo helpful ..... :)  LOL

 

 

Maybe I should ask another way;   Should I ski my Bonafides or bring the RX8's ?

post #6 of 23

Threadjack:  Arriving at JH on Thursday and had a similar question (bring Kabookies and AC50s or just AC50s), as I've never skied the mountain before.  Is it primarily packed powder at this point?

post #7 of 23

Weather is unpredictable.  My rule is to nearly always bring 2 pair of skis on destination trips.  In terms of coverage, after the storms in the first half of January, Jackson is 95+% open I think.

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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post
 

Weather is unpredictable.  My rule is to nearly always bring 2 pair of skis on destination trips.  In terms of coverage, after the storms in the first half of January, Jackson is 95+% open I think.

Thanks Tony -  just curious if its going to be a concrete slab or packed powder…..  

 

We have not skied JHMR before and I don't know how it holds up after 2 weeks of blue bird …. 

post #9 of 23

I was last in Jackson 2 years ago early February with not much new snow.  Thanks to a temperature inversion the lower mountain remained chalky packed powder.  If it warms up in the sun and then refreezes, that's when it's not so pleasant.  That's common in March with stronger sun and fewer inversions.  I'll defer to the locals there to tell us what's happening right now, but midwinter I suspect the inversions are fairly common at Jackson. 

post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post
 

I was last in Jackson 2 years ago early February with not much new snow.  Thanks to a temperature inversion the lower mountain remained chalky packed powder.  If it warms up in the sun and then refreezes, that's when it's not so pleasant.  That's common in March with stronger sun and fewer inversions.  I'll defer to the locals there to tell us what's happening right now, but midwinter I suspect the inversions are fairly common at Jackson. 

We skied Whistler either last year or the one before (getting old can't remember)  - they also had no new snow for a few weeks… It was an ice slab… Flew all the way from Miami… Disappointed but had fun anyway…  Hoping this trip won't be the same …. 

 

Looks like some snow coming for next week… Maybe get lucky tue-thur …. 

post #11 of 23

The skiing in Jackson Hole is a mixed bag right now.  We've had no new snow for 9 days and we're in a prolonged period of sunshine and relatively cold temps.  

 

The groomed runs are excellent (OUTSTANDING) if you get at them in the morning before they start to get scraped off.  

 

The off-piste is the mixed-bag part.  Rendezvous Bowl has gotten just warm enough a couple of days ago to make the snow pretty firm, but I still think the skiing there is really good - almost no bumps or moguls.  

 

In the middle of the mountain, the things that face mostly north are great, chalky snow with bumps ranging from mild to somewhat large (but not huge).  Skier's right sides of Cheyenne Bowl, Laramie Bowl, and Amphitheater are very, very good.  Skier's left sides of those places are crunchy with frozen little rollerballs (not very pleasant).

 

The lower part of the mountain is very good, I think.  I've been skiing Hobacks and Lower Faces for days and having fun.  Even though we have cloudless skies, the temps have been cold enough on the lower parts of the mountain to not melt and then re-freeze.   I think it's fun skiing but it doesn't seem like very many people must agree with me since almost no one is skiing the Hobacks or Lower Faces.

 

No snow in the forecast is the bad news.  Continued cold temps and mild inversion is the good news.  If we can't get more snow, sunshine and chalky hardpack is the next best thing.

post #12 of 23

Followup for those who are asking about skis...

 

There is no powder skiing right now.  Period.

 

There is no significant new snow in the forecast for the next eight days (as of today, Jan 21).  I'm skiing my Rossignol HP Pursuits (a racy-carver ski at 81mm underfoot) and I think it's the perfect ski right now.

 

There are rocks!  We've had so much wind associated with our snowstorms this year that there are several places around the mountain (particularly up high) where the snow that fell has simply blown away.  Perhaps that's what's falling on Washington D.C. right now.

post #13 of 23

@triplenet   go to JHMR with 2 pairs and enjoy yourself! There's always a chance you will get some fresh and the end of the month may be shaping up nicely.  Chalky snow is great fun!  

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@triplenet   go to JHMR with 2 pairs and enjoy yourself! There's always a chance you will get some fresh and the end of the month may be shaping up nicely.  Chalky snow is great fun!  

 

 

:D  - We will for sure… This is our first time so very excited ……  3 days and counting …. 

 

Staying in the Crystal Springs Condo's … Looks nice - and we booked a private snowmobile day at Yellowstone … 

 

Unfortunately I already shipped the Bonafides on their own …. I will see if the Bones work on the hardback and if not find a skinner demo ski …..  

 

May get lucky with new snow late next week …. We fly home the 31st ….. 

 

Cheers !!!!  

post #15 of 23
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post
 

@triplenet   go to JHMR with 2 pairs and enjoy yourself! There's always a chance you will get some fresh and the end of the month may be shaping up nicely.  Chalky snow is great fun!  

+1

 

Had I brought my narrower skis, I would've been using them this week.  But did fine with my Black Pearls.  Did a private lesson with my ski buddies this morning.  Needless to say, have a much better idea where the good chalky snow can be found.

 

We did a run on Hobacks with our instructor after working on bumps elsewhere.  Definitely just fine in terms of snow conditions.

 

Plenty of fun to be had!

post #16 of 23

I have the Bonafides and they are versatile for hardpack and powder.  That's why I bought them for my Euro trip last season.

 

Nice to hear from Bob Peters that the temp inversions are indeed common at Jackson this time of year if it's not snowing.  I had no complaints whatsoever about the Lower Faces 2 years ago.

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I just returned from a couple of days, and a pair of well-tuned Bones should be great. I skied my 98 underfoot Blizzard Crushes the first day, and they were just fine. I demo'd a pair of Brahmas the second day, out of curiosity, and they would have been great except the edges were beat to hell; those are basically just a narrower Bonafide of course. (My own skis had a fresh tune on them)  I find it kind of nice to have the rise on the tips in some of the rougher conditions.

 

I think I know which Bonafides you speak of ;-) and I am pretty sure there is a 3-degree side bevel on them. But not positive.

post #18 of 23
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I think I know which Bonafides you speak of ;-) and I am pretty sure there is a 3-degree side bevel on them. But not positive.

 

Yes you do :)

 

I skied them for the first time in Aspen Dec  - picked up a new set of boots from Jim Bootech as well…..  He is great btw … 

 

Really enjoyed the Bones in the crud and ankle deep …  Still learning how to get em up on the edge … Takes a little more work… But overall they are great …. 

post #19 of 23
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picked up a new set of boots from Jim Bootech as well…..  He is great btw …  

Glad you got along with him well.  Liz did not; she needed another $200+ of custom work in Utah to get her boots acceptably comfortable.

post #20 of 23

Right now all the good stuff is bumped out or has sharks all over the place. Tram laps are still fun, and I still love bumps, but that's just me. There is still a lot of brush to ski over on the lower mountain as well. In some places there is some decent snow to push around, but they're where others dont ski as much so you gotta work a little bit to get there. The trees over around Bivouac and the North Woods are good, I can tell you that much but your gunna have to follow locals to find some others. 

 

I would bring your bonafides. My sister has been out here for 10 days, right after the week we got 4 feet. She was mad, but she has been skiing her 178 S7s no problem, even in the crappy conditions. I think you came at a better time. I believe the dry weather is over, and monday-friday should be snowy. You never know what weather will do, but I'd get ready for atleast some snow if I were you. 

post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by SkiSafe View Post
 

Right now all the good stuff is bumped out or has sharks all over the place. Tram laps are still fun, and I still love bumps, but that's just me. There is still a lot of brush to ski over on the lower mountain as well. In some places there is some decent snow to push around, but they're where others dont ski as much so you gotta work a little bit to get there. The trees over around Bivouac and the North Woods are good, I can tell you that much but your gunna have to follow locals to find some others. 

 

I would bring your bonafides. My sister has been out here for 10 days, right after the week we got 4 feet. She was mad, but she has been skiing her 178 S7s no problem, even in the crappy conditions. I think you came at a better time. I believe the dry weather is over, and monday-friday should be snowy. You never know what weather will do, but I'd get ready for atleast some snow if I were you. 

 

I found some fun skiing today and didn't hit any rocks.  How is your season going skisafe?  Did you get a job with the MSS?

post #22 of 23

I was there Jan 26-31, and the last 3 days were great with fresh snow. I think a total of 18 inches fell on the upper mountain from Wednesday-Friday. Great skiing! It was also nice to meet and ski with Bob Peters and Tetonpwdjunkie.

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I was there Jan 26-31, and the last 3 days were great with fresh snow. I think a total of 18 inches fell on the upper mountain from Wednesday-Friday. Great skiing! It was also nice to meet and ski with Bob Peters and Tetonpwdjunkie.

 

Yes it did... We hit Targhee up for some great powder skiing and then last 2 days at JHMR .... Place was great .... Amazing mountain and fantastic town... Did some snowmobiling in Yellowstone as well,..... Epic trip 
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