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Jackson Hole CLOSED on 2/8, re-opened on 2/13/17, wind damage meant NO POWER for a few days at Teton Village and on slopes

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EDIT:  Repairs completed over the weekend, JH open as of 2/13/17

 

Jackson Hole is completely CLOSED after winds knocked down power poles on 2/8/17 that lead to Teton Village.  Repairs may take up to a week.  Sounds like airlines are helping people leave early without paying extra.  However, right now travel to the northeast is at a standstill due to a major snowstorm impacting airports from DC/Baltimore to Boston.  Sounds like some people may be moving into Jackson ASAP.

 

 

Wednesday, February 8th. 2:30 PM UPDATE After receiving updates throughout the day from Lower Valley Energy and assessing resources in Teton Village, JHMR is unable to re-open for the weekend, and the earliest targeted open date at this time is Monday, February 13th. Safety is the first concern, and JHMR is asking for only specific operational staff to come to Teton Village through the weekend. There is also the request for no unnecessary travel to Teton Village through the weekend as another winter storm approaches. Currently Lower Valley Energy has crews working around the clock to reconstruct the power poles. JHMR would like to remind locals that there is no uphill travel at this time, and JHMR is seriously enforcing this policy and asks everyone to stay off the mountain during this incident. The Ticket Office will not open today for refunds, guests are asked to keep tickets and refunds will be managed as soon as possible. JHMR will continue to update with information as it is available on jacksonhole.com and on social media channels. Airline partners, United Airlines, Delta and American Airlines, due to winter weather impacts, they are issuing travel wavers for customers in Jackson Hole. Please contact your airline for details. 

10:40 AM UPDATE Due to a massive wind storm last night, a significant number of power poles along Highway 390 were blown down, causing Teton Village to lose power. This power outage is being addressed by Lower Valley Energy, but the significance of this damage will be impacting Teton Village for up to seven days. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) will not be operating until further notice. All events scheduled for this week and weekend will be canceled, specifically Skijoring and Special Olympics. Safety is the first concern for JHMR visitors and staff, and JHMR is asking for only specific operational staff come to Teton Village today and request that no unnecessary travel to Teton Village is in effect until further notice. With another weather system coming into the area tonight, there is a winter storm watch in effect for the higher elevations. Warming temperatures could result in possible flooding in the valley, making conditions challenging for many reasons. JHMR is seriously enforcing no uphill travel this week and asks everyone to stay off the mountain. JHMR will be issuing refunds for all visitors, but at this time, we do not have a location to process those refunds. Updates on operations and incident information will be updated as they come in on this page. Teton Village Fire Department will be providing emergency services throughout this incident, and will be updating hotels and businesses as information comes in. The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce and Jackson Hole Central Reservation will be assisting with lodging and travel options for displaced guests. 

7AM Due to unforseen events from last nights storm Teton Village has been left without power. As a result, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort WILL NOT BE IN OPERATION THIS MORNING. We are working hard to resolve the problem and apologize for any inconvience this may cause. We will keep you posted on our operating status as events unfold. We thank you for your patience and understanding with this situation. Please stay tuned for operating status updates at Jacksonhole.com -MB

 

Moderator note: thread title updated as situation changed

post #2 of 34

Was booked in for Sat - Thu in the village - hotel said that they were closed until Monday (at least) and since no power or comms could not adjust dates, re-book, etc.  Was allowing cancellations w/o penalty (duh)  - but had no idea when the credit would get posted.  Sounds like a big mess - hope everybody stays safe. The video out on vimeo of infastructure damage is crazy. 

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Was booked in for Sat - Thu in the village - hotel said that they were closed until Monday (at least) and since no power or comms could not adjust dates, re-book, etc.  Was allowing cancellations w/o penalty (duh)  - but had no idea when the credit would get posted.  Sounds like a big mess - hope everybody stays safe. The video out on vimeo of infastructure damage is crazy. 

Link for the video?  Heading out to ski Taos . . . don't have time to look.  Got a couple bonus days because I can't get back east until Sat.  Wasn't exactly trying too hard. ;)

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I was there when this all happened!  The wind during this time was unbelievable!  The wind blew people right off their feet.  Our car was parked at the Ranch lot exactly where the power line fell down across 390 and onto the JH resort.  All the power was out for the whole resort and 390 was closed in both directions for a couple of hours.  We finally got the ok to pick up our car and drive right under the downed wires!  As we drove under them, we cleared the wired by only inches.  Really crazy!  The Jackson airport was running on back up generator and all of yesterdays morning flights cancelled.  

post #5 of 34

Just think how good the conditions will be when they re-open.

 

Sucks for those that are there or had plans for the next few day's.

 

Hope everything works out ok for people.

post #6 of 34
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Just think how good the conditions will be when they re-open.

 

Sucks for those that are there or had plans for the next few day's.

 

Hope everything works out ok for people.

 

^I hope so as well. We will try to get back in early March - it's that special to us.

 

vimeo of damage:

 

https://vimeo.com/203174995

post #7 of 34
Looks like they better get their poles from another source next time.
post #8 of 34

Wow.

 

We dodged that one!

 

Just left last Saturday and got two great days in at Alta before coming home.

post #9 of 34
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Looks like they better get their poles from another source next time.


I don't think there was anything "wrong" with the poles.  They have been there working just fine for at least 25 years.

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@tetonpwdrjunkie Dave - hope you are doing well - I literally was about to send you a pm yesterday AM to try and coordinate a 1/2 day.  Trying to re-schedule for early March.

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@tetonpwdrjunkie Dave - hope you are doing well - I literally was about to send you a pm yesterday AM to try and coordinate a 1/2 day.  Trying to re-schedule for early March.


I'm doing very well thank you.  I'm a little bored right now with unexpected time off, but my body is mostly grateful.  I've done a lot of skiing and was starting to feel a bit beat up.  Of course the roof shoveling kicked my ass real good even though I wasn't skiing.  I would love to ski with you again!  I'm guessing that you have gotten a good bit better since I last saw you?  I remember that you were really breaking out of the intermediate zone and moving off trail then.  It sounds like you have done a lot of skiing and maybe moved to a more ski friendly location?

 

Today I think I'm going to go into town and tie flies with Scott Sanchez.  That's one really good outcome of having a Thursday off!  Anyone who seriously fly fishes has probably heard of Scott.

post #12 of 34

Will this be the 1st time Grand Targhee is crowded?

post #13 of 34
agreen,

Nope. No one from the Jackson side can get here.

Right now, both the Pass and the Canyon are closed.

HB
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agreen,

Nope. No one from the Jackson side can get here.

Right now, both the Pass and the Canyon are closed.

HB


My friends who skied the Ghee the last few days posted on FB, without pictures, that the Ghee sucked!  They didn't have any fun, it wasn't worth going, and you should tell all your friends!

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agreen,

Nope. No one from the Jackson side can get here.

Right now, both the Pass and the Canyon are closed.

HB


My friends who skied the Ghee the last few days posted on FB, without pictures, that the Ghee sucked!  They didn't have any fun, it wasn't worth going, and you should tell all your friends!


‚ÄčGot it! OK I wont go. But, hypothetically speaking, how is the drive from SLC to Driggs in inclement weather conditions?

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Lordy Lordy ,  I am supposed to be heading up there Saturday the 10th for a week.   We figured Targhee was passable  and able to reach and ski.  No?   

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I'm doing very well thank you.  I'm a little bored right now with unexpected time off, but my body is mostly grateful.  I've done a lot of skiing and was starting to feel a bit beat up.  Of course the roof shoveling kicked my ass real good even though I wasn't skiing.  I would love to ski with you again!  I'm guessing that you have gotten a good bit better since I last saw you?  I remember that you were really breaking out of the intermediate zone and moving off trail then.  It sounds like you have done a lot of skiing and maybe moved to a more ski friendly location?

 

Today I think I'm going to go into town and tie flies with Scott Sanchez.  That's one really good outcome of having a Thursday off!  Anyone who seriously fly fishes has probably heard of Scott.


  @tetonpwdrjunkie Hope Im a bit better off-trail now - its been 5 or so years (doesn't seem like it).  Anyway re-booked for the week of 3/6 today so hopefully we can connect.  That's awesome on the fly tying - used to dabble in that a little (salt water) when I lived in Charleston, we only needed 2 - clouser and deceiver - and you were set for 99% - luckily both really easy to tie.. 

post #18 of 34
@rojko,

I'm at GTR 2/10 & 2/11. PM me if you want to take a few runs.

HB
post #19 of 34

Scheduled to go there next Tuesday. Hopefully it will reopen by then. I can reschedule my flight, but not sure if hotel would let me change dates since I'm staying in Jackson.

post #20 of 34
Thread Starter 

From the JH website on 2/9/17 (bold in original):

JHMR STILL CLOSED

Thursday, February 9th
text 4 PM UPDATE

JHMR Information Update 

Today a great deal of progress was made by Lower Valley Energy and they are currently installing new power poles along Highway 390. 25 additional crew members from five different cities have been working around the clock to get power back to Teton Village. At this time JHMR is still aiming for a Monday opening, but will continue to update twice daily on the situation. JHMR Ski Patrollers were able to conduct avalanche mitigation work on the mountain earlier today. With new snow and warming temperatures the patrol saw many results from this work, and will continue with mitigation work daily throughout the closure. 

At this time Snake River Canyon, Teton Pass and Hoback Canyon are all closed to travel in and out of the valley. With a winter storm warning through 5 PM Friday we are not anticipating Teton Pass to open before Saturday or Snake River Canyon to open today. 

Reminders: No unnecessary travel on Highway 390 is still in effect. No uphill travel on the mountain is being strictly enforced at the time too. 

Refunds and Contact Information: Hoback Sports in the Town of Jackson is open tomorrow starting at 8am until able to process ticket refunds. Customer Service inquiries can be directed to info@jacksonhole.com and customerservice@jacksonhole.com . Best phone number to reach our Customer Care staff is 307 739 2654. 

Airport: The Jackson Hole Airport is running on generator power and operations are functioning normally. Some flights may be impacted due to inclement weather in other parts of the United States.

post #21 of 34
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View of downed electrical poles . . .

 

 

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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

Looks like they better get their poles from another source next time.


I don't think there was anything "wrong" with the poles.  They have been there working just fine for at least 25 years.

Sheesh dude, can't you recognize a fantastic set up line? Thanks Sib!

 

Next time they should use Goode poles!

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Scheduled to go there next Tuesday. Hopefully it will reopen by then. I can reschedule my flight, but not sure if hotel would let me change dates since I'm staying in Jackson.

You are most likely good - 11 of 17 poles are in the ground - assuming same level of progress and no issues.
post #24 of 34

Will they be open by Monday?

post #25 of 34
Dudes (and ladies) getting it done

https://vimeo.com/203397036

#dowork

Mod note: video embedded. Thanks for the link!
post #26 of 34
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From the JH website, using the link that is on the JH homepage.  Updates are being posted twice a day.

 

4:30 PM Update ‚Äď Friday, February 10, 2017

JHMR received a positive update from Lower Valley Energy today, which stated work was going smoothly and that power restoration to Teton Village could happen as early as late Saturday ‚Äúbarring any unforeseen weather or equipment related issue.‚ÄĚ
JHMR at this time is still planning to re-open for skiing and riding on Monday morning.  The weather report calls for tapering snow on Saturday and sunny conditions on Sunday which will allow for better conditions for operations staff to prepare the mountain to open after a tremendous multi-day storm cycle that brought significant snowfall and moisture to all elevation. 

post #27 of 34
Skiing was good today at GTR....

But, lots of tourists.

JHMR is scheduled to open back up on Monday, 02/13/17.

HB
post #28 of 34

Word is that power was restored this afternoon, Saturday.  If they spend a day resetting the mountain tomorrow, Sunday, a Monday opening seems very doable.

post #29 of 34
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From the JH website on 2/12.  There is power at Teton Village but it will take a day to get the mountain ready for skiing.  Re-opening on Monday, 2/13/17.

 

 

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A great write up by Peter of Liftblog about the aftermath of the power outage and the work that's been happening at JHMR to get everything up and running again.

 

https://liftblog.com/2017/02/11/chronicles-from-a-crazy-week-in-jackson-hole/

 

" . . .

Some of my takeaways:

  • We got¬†lucky the total¬†shutdown happened after sweep when just one lift was operating and only for employees. ¬†It would have been more challenging with guests on the¬†lifts.
  • It stayed warm enough so that the pipes in buildings without generators did not freeze. ¬†Hours¬†after power was restored, temps are dropping¬†below zero tonight which could have spelled¬†disaster.
  • Many employees live where they can afford, over mountain passes/beyond canyons and unable to get to work when they can be¬†needed most.
  • You could not design a better team building exercise. ¬†Everyone at the mountain helped everyone, no matter their title or department.

. . ."

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