After a brief change in the weather delivered a light dusting of new snow on January 23rd, it was back to perfect bluebird this weekend at Jackson Hole ski resort in Wyoming, with generally light winds and uninterrupted views of the Tetons and beyond.
Wyoming is doing great for snow with 215 inches having falling to date at JHMR which now has a solid 64 inch base. All lifts were running today and all areas were open except for Crags.
Early up Rendezvous Bowl was skiing great with smooth chalky snow giving way to excellent groomers down Rendezvous Trail and Lander-Bowl. Amphitheater and Gros-Ventre were also expertly groomed and skiing great early, and Sundance under the Bridger Gondola was providing fast and smooth top to bottoms.
Apres Vous Mountain was also skiing great with great groomers down Werner, and after allowing for a bit of sun Saratoga bowl was good, with some soft chalky snow high up, although cover is a bit thin and patchy on the lower elevations of Big Horn and Pathfinder.
More shady aspects around the Casper Quad were also skiing nicely, although particularly sunny aspects are also a little thin in places.
Of the more advanced terrain, Cheyenne, Bernie’s and Laramie bowls were firm but fun, Paint Brush and Thunder were firm and challenging and Corbet’s was open and going down, but especially firm and well rutted on entry (see pics for an interesting but not recommended alternative entry). Cirque and the Headwall were also seeing a little bit of action.
After some more sun by afternoon the Hoback’s were all really fun with some nice soft bump lines and generally variable but soft off piste conditions.
For those heading out of bounds, there’s still plenty of good snow if you know where to look, especially high elevation shady trees and north aspects.