Open Season at JHMR

That’s what I’m taking about!!!

logo_jhmrYou’d have to live in a cave to not know that Jackson Hole has been getting hammered with snowfall since the beginning of October. The Bridger Teton National Avalanche Center is reporting that 127″ of snow has fallen so far and with a 56″ base at the bottom of Rendezvous Bowl, it is the most snow ever recorded (since 1974) for this time of year. If that’s not enough to get you pumped to ride the Big One…I don’t know what will.

In honor of the 10th year anniversary of the last time I held a season pass to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, low and behold, I’m am again a season pass holder to  arguably the greatest ski area in North America. And with opening day this weekend scheduled to have all major lifts and runs open top to bottomrandosteve2010jhmrpass (pending avy control work and other formalities), it is the best start JHMR has ever had. That’s right…I said ever!!!!  Unfortunately, I have some important things going on which will prohibit me from partaking in the lift served heli-skiing-like conditions to be had this weekend, but such is life.

Now, I know some of you will think I’m getting soft by holding a pass to JHMR, but trust me, things won’t change much in my skiing habits and I am still fully committed to earning my turns. BUT, this does open up some more options to access some great tours around ski the area, as well as some safer skiing when the avy danger is high. Recently, I’ve seen some interesting snow pit results (CT V-3), so there could be some dicey days down the road.

Considering that season passes were reduced by 25% this year and brought back to mid 1980′s levels, locals who bucked up for one are for sure jumping for joy as they will have the whole ski area (and more) mostly to themselves until the big Christmas crowds start to arrive in mid-December.  Add to that, the addition of the new Stash Park and once again open boundary access to the backcountry…locals have no reason to complain and should really thank JHMR for stepping up.  If you’re from out of town and want to enjoy what the locals have every day, click here for some great early season deals starting at $79pp and includes lodging, lift ticket and lunch.   Pretty sweet if you ask me.

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3 Responses to “Open Season at JHMR”

  1. 1 D Nov 26th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I hope they gave you a discount for the PR. But I say hell ya.

  2. 2 gmon Nov 27th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    i am going to call bullshit on all this “hugest opening” ever talk. i think it is really just a good marketing campaign. their have been other years when the mountain could have opened “wall to wall”. Instead, they just didn’t do it, or for example, they did do it, just the day following the traditional charity pre-opening day. my memory is not good, but in last 19 years, here is what i remember. 1991-1992: it snowed all october and november [and i would know since i was a punk new jersey kid building fence in GT Park those two months]. i took the tram up “opening day”, which was a Saturday, after the charity opening on the friday without tram. That opening day in 1991 was “wall to wall”. For those that might remember, it basically did not snow again that winter.

    1995 was another large october and november. i skiied glory bowl and doits in bottomless on thanksgiving day. I don’t remember the snow pack being any less deep that year than it was this week when i was up there skiing. If the village didn’t open in 1995 “wall to wall”, it was only because of their bullshit policy not to open the tram for the locals, and to string them along and wait a couple weeks to preserve it for the tourists.

    anyone have memories prior to 91?

    And by the way, Billamoras quote in the paper about the village having as much snow [or base] four days ago as it had all last year is laughable. He is certainly doing a good job as communications director. I would like to hear him say that after the mountain gets skiied out this weekend, and all the nonconsolicated snow is packed down to the rock base that the village is.

  3. 3 randosteve Nov 28th, 2010 at 6:31 am

    gmon…i think you have to remember that jhmr didn’t open until the first weekend of december back then. so having the mountain all open this time of year is historic. there are some years missing form the chart…but 1988 looked like a good one.

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