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2016-2017 Jackson Hole / Grand Targhee Meetup Thread

post #1 of 35
Thread Starter 

Time to get rolling on a new season in Northwest Wyoming.  Ski magazines are filling up the mailbox, and I'm scouring the Deals section here at Epicski for the latest equipment steals and deals.  New this year will be a new gondie for Jackson Hole and a replacement for the Blackfoot lift at Grand Targhee.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/146726/jackson-hole-to-add-second-gondola-by-2016-17-to-help-beginners-intermediates-move-from-the-base

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/146724/grand-targhee-replacing-blackfoot-double-with-a-quad-for-2016-17

 

Last year's thread, and a good starting point if you are doing research on either resort and surrounding things to do:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/144126/2015-2016-jackson-hole-grand-targhee-meetup-thread

 

Grand Targhee is typically the best early season powder ticket in the US.  Jackson Hole is consistently rated most challenging terrain.  Let the fun begin!

post #2 of 35

Got an email from Liftopia recently that was announcing JH multi-day options.  Did those exist before?  The 7-day and 10-day versions include free skiing during early season until Dec. 18 and there are no blackout dates.  Only a good deal for someone who get get in several days during early season.

 

 

post #3 of 35
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We got the first snowfall of the season here in SW Wyoming at my worksite at 6700 ft.  Thought I'd look at the JH webcams and sure enough:

post #4 of 35

Well, well, well, anyone remember the Golden Ticket promotion for January 2016?  That was supposedly to celebrate the 50th year.  I guess it worked out.  For 2016-17, the discount for holders of any season pass (not JH) is 40% off day tickets from Jan. 9 to Jan. 31.  Not quite as good as 50% off for the MCP, but still worth bringing along a pass from the flatlands or northeast.

 

JH will open on Nov. 24, 2016 and close on April 9, 2017.

 

http://www.jacksonhole.com/lift-tickets.html

 

post #5 of 35
The resurrection of the Golden Ticket promo is the best news I have read all week. I will gladly pay the extra $10/day and hope it becomes an annual tradition. Thanks for posting.
post #6 of 35
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The resurrection of the Golden Ticket promo is the best news I have read all week. I will gladly pay the extra $10/day and hope it becomes an annual tradition. Thanks for posting.


You're welcome.  Learned about from a new member planning a trip out to JH for the first time.

post #7 of 35

Too much snow not to be in this thread.  Posted on 10/5.

 

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Grand Targhee looking ridiculously good with 23" reported in last 72 hours:

 

post #8 of 35

Jackson Hole Nears Launch of Game-Changing Sweetwater Gondola

https://liftblog.com/2016/11/13/jackson-hole-nears-launch-of-game-changing-sweetwater-gondola/

post #9 of 35
Thread Starter 

First snow since Marznc jinxed us with that October pow picture of Grand Targhee :rolleyes.  Winter is finally back, 5" at JH.

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First snow since Marznc jinxed us with that October pow picture of Grand Targhee :rolleyes.  Winter is finally back, 5" at JH.


Sorry! ;)  Hope that doesn't mean you aren't going to post pictures during early season.

post #11 of 35

The White Ribbon is looking pretty good from afar.  Saw it while driving North into GTNP this afternoon.  I'll be up close and personal tomorrow and will report back. 

post #12 of 35

I'll report the bad news.  Delayed opening. 

post #13 of 35

Hi JH/GT bears,

 

MCP family for this season here.  Planning part of a road trip from Sun Valley to GT/JH around Dec 22, and from GT/JH to SLC around Dec 27.  Any tips/suggestions for local weathers (website/webcam/twitter etc. to follow)?  Have some flexibility in travel dates, and would like to avoid hitting the road during storm/road closure.  Thanks in advance.

post #14 of 35
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Hi JH/GT bears,

 

MCP family for this season here.  Planning part of a road trip from Sun Valley to GT/JH around Dec 22, and from GT/JH to SLC around Dec 27.  Any tips/suggestions for local weathers (website/webcam/twitter etc. to follow)?  Have some flexibility in travel dates, and would like to avoid hitting the road during storm/road closure.  Thanks in advance.

Here's the Wyoming DOT site link to their webcams.  You can use their homepage to get to road closure info, and links to Idaho DOT stuff too.

 

http://www.wyoroad.info/Highway/webcameras/webcameras.html

post #15 of 35

Opening day was better than one would expect.  The snow was pretty nice.  We all got there earlyish ~around 10:00.    Just the ribbon on Apres Vous was open- but was way softer than some other yearrs, 

post #16 of 35

Thanks @SpikeDog!  This is very helpful.

post #17 of 35
Yesterday (Opening Day) was a good day...

post #18 of 35

Pow Day!  Was very nice, but very cold.

post #19 of 35

Is one resort better than the other when it DOESN'T snow? I hear GTR can still have some good spots even when there is no new snow, where JHMR gets tracked out and rough/icy (Rendezvous) if off the groomers? Opinions? JH groomers I assume are far superior to GT's.

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 JH groomers I assume are far superior to GT's.

 

I wouldn't necessarily say that.  The groomers at JH are certainly longer, but GT has some very solid groomers and plenty of them!

post #21 of 35
Thread Starter 

The groomers at JH were fine yesterday, even after no snow for 2 days.  GT has a few less choices, and not as steep as perhaps Kemmerer (maybe the steepest groomer at JH?).  There's way more to consider, such as the time of the year.  GT preserves it's snow better in the spring.  Not as many crowds at GT, but JH is getting pretty good at keeping the lift lines short.

post #22 of 35

Booked flights and hotel.  Heading to Jackson 1/28 and home 2/2.  Funny thing is I am flying back out to Big Sky after 2 days back east.  Kind of crazy I know.  I may makes changes and go as early as 1/23 depending on what my storm chasing friends end up doing.

post #23 of 35

Heading to Driggs tomorrow, and may try GT or JH any day 23 - 27.  Any bear going on those days?

post #24 of 35
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Is one resort better than the other when it DOESN'T snow? I hear GTR can still have some good spots even when there is no new snow, where JHMR gets tracked out and rough/icy (Rendezvous) if off the groomers? Opinions? JH groomers I assume are far superior to GT's.


My first trip to JH/GT was in late Jan.  But it hadn't snowed for three weeks!  My friends and I skied three days at JH, and one day at GT.  GT groomers were certainly not as icy as at JH in the afternoons.  However, JH had more variety of terrain to choose from since we were all advanced skiers who could handle less than ideal ungroomed terrain.  With the help of instructors (pre-planned semi-private lesson, friendly), we actually got to ski soft snow in hidden places and North Hobacks.

 

Would not say JH blue/black groomers are better than GT's.  Just fewer options.  Also fewer people so that's a point in favor of going to GT.

post #25 of 35

 Great day today!  I guess it's going to be clear for a few days, then start snowing again.  Conditions are awesome!

post #26 of 35

I am planning a trip out to Jackson Hole from 2/24/2017 through 3/5/2017.  I will be doing the Steep and Deep camp for four days (http://www.jacksonhole.com/steep-ski-camp.html), but my plan is to mostly backcountry ski the other days, so I am looking for someone who wants to join me.  I have taken several guided backcountry trips in the Tetons, but I would like to try it without a guide.  My skiing level:  I would like to advance to comfortably skiing double black type terrain at Jackson Hole.  I’m looking to improve my powder skiing in particular. 

post #27 of 35
Ok, ski school booked for 2 days for my son, J Cards purchased, vehicle rented, and the room is secured in Wilson. We leave in a few days.

Any tips from anyone for JH Mtn Resort while we're there? Hopefully Corbet's is open when we're there.
post #28 of 35

Conditions are awesome.  Corbet's has been open and closed the last few days.  I don't go in there often- (really...rarely), but my son goes in there dozens of time a season.

 

It has been a very cold year for all of the snow we're getting.  Usually all this snow means warmer temps.  It's just been frigid- but we're getting a lot of snow so nobody's complaining.

 

I've been seeing lots of really cold feet.  Get a micro puffy and wear it in your repertoire.  Warm torso = warm hands and feet.


Edited by Skiing-in-Jackson - 12/31/16 at 11:18am
post #29 of 35

Will be going to JH Jan 28-Feb 1.  Anyone else planning to go?

post #30 of 35

Current conditions at JH?  Flying in tomorrow to ski Sun and Mon.

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