It’s snowing in Jackson Hole!!
While areas in California and the pacific northwest have been drawing attention for impressive early season snowfalls, Jackson Hole has quietly been putting on the pounds. Early season snowfalls may have not been epic by any means, but the snow making crew at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has be killing it!! Cold temps with moderate snowfall have allowed the resort to open a good amount of terrain for early December. Snow makers have allowed for Apre Vous mountain to open quite a few groomed runs while natural snowfall around the Casper lift area have given skiers and riders the opportunity to ski the natural snow.
While Apes Vous and Casper lifts have been the main lifts open thus far, it is expected that the Bridger Gondola and Marmot lifts will open this weekend with terrain that has been untouched this season. Thunder and other upper mountain lifts will open as coverage allows with the new Teton lift opening December 19!
The Tetons are in low tide mode, snow depths are ranging in the 30 inch range from Targhee to Teton Pass with year snowfall totals in the 70 inch range. Upper elevations are holding snow well, while lower elevations are seeing there first accumulations with this most recent storm. The winds has been strong and temperates have fluctuated greatly over the past week. Backcountry users should be aware of persistent slab issues within the snowpack. Check out Bridger-Teton Avalanche for details.
Thursday afternoon ended with heavy snowfall as lifts closed (Friday will be good!). It is expected that snowfall will continue through the week with the heaviest snow coming Sunday. Coverage at Jackson Hole Resort is good and could become exponentially better with a little bit of snowfall, meaning more lift openings!