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post #1 of 14
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I am headind out to Jackson Hole for the first on at the end of March (March 29th through April 4th). If you had to guess, what kind of conditions might I run in to then?
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I am headind out to Jackson Hole for the first on at the end of March (March 29th through April 4th). If you had to guess, what kind of conditions might I run in to then?
The "average" would be sunny and fairly warm (30's and even 40's at the base)days and clear, pretty cold nights. The skiing in those conditions can be absolutely spectacular spring skiing - some of the best you've ever seen - or crappy, horrible, slushy mush. Which of those you experience depends more on who you listen to and where/when you ski on the mountain than on the weather alone.

Of course, it can also be snowing like crazy. :

There was just an article in this morning's JH paper quoting one of the state's water experts. He was saying that our statewide snowpack is in great shape right now, but (paraphrasing) "we'll have to see what happens in March, April, and early May, which is when our big snow months usually happen".

I've seen it happen.

Late March is one of my favorite times to ski here.
post #3 of 14
I just wanted to post this morning's avalanche report. This is after another 16" of snow in the past 24 hours, accompanied by a lot of wind:

Friday, February 08, 2008, 5:53am:

AN AVALANCHE WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED.

Unstable snow exists on a variety of aspects at all elevations. Late yesterday afternoon an avalanche on a steep hillside on the west side of Teton Pass that does not have a history of avalanche activity; slide, took out trees and closed the highway. In the Snake River Canyon several large slides released naturally and ran long distances across low angle terrain. In the valley several deer triggered a hard slab that hit the road across from Rafter J. With more snow in the forecast and continued wind, large dangerous natural avalanches are likely today. TRAVEL IN AVALANCHE TERRAIN IS NOT RECOMMENDED.
post #4 of 14
It's good right now! More powder? Great corn in the spring?
post #5 of 14
Beware of JHMR's SE exposure. Anything after mid Feb can be a real bummer compared to more N facing resorts. New snow does improve things, but only for the short term.
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Beware of JHMR's SE exposure. Anything after mid Feb can be a real bummer compared to more N facing resorts. New snow does improve things, but only for the short term.
How then to explain the many, many Epic Skiers over the last few winters who have come to visit JH after mid-Feb and gone home claiming to have had the trip of their lives?

Whatever.
post #7 of 14
Hey bob, when does Jackson close?
post #8 of 14
We went to the rodeo last summer in JH. The announcer put it well, as we were all sitting outside on a beautiful warm August night: "We have seasons here in Jackson...we have early winter, mid-winter, it's really winter, for-sure-it's-winter, late winter, and then we throw in the 4th of July!"
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Hey bob, when does Jackson close?
April 6th according to their website.
post #10 of 14
It always opens on the first Saturday in Dec and closes on the first Sunday in April. The Pole, Pedal, Paddle Race is always the first Saturday in April, the day before the last day. Closing week is fun regardless of the conditions. This year we are having a free concert with Michael Franti & Spearhead and The Radiators.
post #11 of 14
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I'm looking forward to all that is going on while we are going to be there.
post #12 of 14
Spring skiing should be excellent this year. But there will be no mountain biking up high until July
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Spring skiing should be excellent this year. But there will be no mountain biking up high until July
You have to take the good with the bad.
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You have to take the good with the bad.
I'll gladly take the bad- if that's what it is called- with this year's good!
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