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Jackson Hole Snow Conditions Over New Years?

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A buddy and I are looking for a long weekend ski trip over the holidays, and desire to use airline award miles.  At the moment, only award availability I can find to a ski destination is to Jackson Hole over New Years.  I am pleased to be able to find award travel availability over the New Year's holiday, and I do love Jackson Hole, but how are the snow conditions?  I am concerend it may be too early in the season.  Obviously no point in going if there's no snow.  What's the word?  Thanks for your help.
post #2 of 9
I would check Tony Crocker's site:  http://webpages.charter.net/tcrocker818/

Other than that maybe you should get a crystal ball!  ;)
post #3 of 9
I would jump on them!  If JH doesn't have good snow then, Grand Targhee probably will.
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 We usually have great snow at that time.  We also have crowds.  It's still a great time, if you could arrive on Jan 5 it would be a ghost town.  If I could accuratly predict the snow, I wouldn't be posting here.  If it seems really crowded take a lesson and cut lines.  In fact if you have 4 people I would strongly suggest budgeting the cost of a private into the trip so you can cut lines and get the early tram on your best powder day of the trip.  You would have a good chance of getting some of the best lines of your life and you might even learn something.  I would book.
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I'd never plan a trip to Jackson that early in the season.  On the other hand, just over the pass is Grand Targhee which usually has some of the best early season coverage in the Rockies.  If you go to Jackson for New Years get a rental car with AWD & be ready to drive to Targhee.

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If JH doesn't have the goods, there's a good chance Targhee will.  Targhee will also have a fraction of the people even at peak time.  I skied Targhee last year in Dec for 4 days.  They had a slow start to the season and I was sweating a bit but it turned out to be absolutely sick.  Got about 4 feet of snow while I was there and there wasn't a soul on the mountain.  I used to ski the rockies right after New Years as well and if the snow is good it can be the best time to be there as it's cheap and not crowded.  Prices used to drop on Jan 2 but now it's as late as the 4th-5th.  Good luck.
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 In fact if you have 4 people I would strongly suggest budgeting the cost of a private into the trip so you can cut lines and get the early tram on your best powder day of the trip.

I must say the early tram(s), is the one thing I don't like about Jackson.  It's BS that you can get in line at 6am for first box and still have 200 people in front of you, just because they paid more.  It's the only place I've ever been were locals hire all the guides on big days. 
post #8 of 9
On average Jackson has adequate snow by New Year's.  There have been several recent years where it's looked very sketchy and limited mid-December but a big dump right near Christmas has saved the day. 

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It's still a great time, if you could arrive on Jan 5 it would be a ghost town.
Yes, Jackson's prime time is from the end of the holiday crunch through about President's weekend, when the sun will start affecting the numerous SE-facing slopes more rapidly.

Jackson's lift system does not strike me as one that would handle crowds well.  So tetonpwdrjunkie's advice to come after January 5 sounds wise to me.
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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post

Jackson's lift system does not strike me as one that would handle crowds well.  So tetonpwdrjunkie's advice to come after January 5 sounds wise to me.

I would have agreed to to that a year ago, but the new tram really moves people up the hill.  There was very seldom more than a two-tram wait at the bottom last year, even on powder days.  Also, because the tram is now such a attractive alternative, there are much shorter lines on the other two mountain-access lifts, the gondola and Apres Vous.

People DO still line up for the tram at 7:00am on powder days, but I've seen the same things at Alta and Snowbird. 
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