The low pressure system brining the goods arrived in Jackson on Wednesday and had delivered 11” by Thursday morning. By 6 am Friday, another 8” had fallen at the summit, bringing approximately 19” for the storm so far.
While there was patchy cloud around and further brief bursts of snow through Friday morning, it was generally fine with light winds and plenty of sunshine by midday and into the afternoon. Temps were also dropping later in the day further improving already great snow.
Crowds had dropped off somewhat compared to Thursday and while the Tram line looked long at 9am both it and the Bridger Gondola lines dissipated quickly. There was plenty of great grooming all over the mountain, but clearly everyone was out to hit their favourite cliffs, jumps pillow lines and powder stashes.
Terrain around the Thunder and Sublette chairs was awesome first up, as were turns off the Tram into Rendezvous bowl. The Grand and Laramie bowl were boot to thigh deep, Paint Brush was waist deep or more, and if you were quick Thunder, Hoops Gap and the Tower three chute had more than enough new snow to get done in great style. It was waist deep inplaces in Cheyenne and Bernie’s giving plenty of opportunity to go big.
Corbet’s was seeing plenty of action and holding awesome snow, Headwall and Cirque had blower waist deep pow, and Casper bowl was open with often more than waist deep snow and loads of sweet features to drop off. Some of the bigger cliffs were also getting dropped around the Expert and Alta chutes.
While avalanche danger was rated considerable today, in the sub alpine there were great turns to be had in rock springs bowl. Lower down the mountain conditions were also great with plenty of room by late afternoon for more boot deep pow turns on the Hoback’s and the ridges beneath the Sublette chair.
Jackson looks to be going from strength to strength with more snow in the forecast over coming days, and cold temps to keep the remaining pow in great condition.