You’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 bottom (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.