Snow dump at Jackson Hole ski resorts, three feet in some places

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By Wendy Corr, Cowboy State Daily

Jackson Hole is a mecca for skiers and snowboarders around the world. With wintry weather hitting the area, the increasing amount of fresh powder on the slopes is music to the ears of staff at Jackson’s three ski resorts – Snow King, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee.

Jake Zatz of Hoback Mountain Sports in Jackson said parts of the mountain had already received 3 feet of snow.

“It’s been a great start to the season,” he told the Cowboy State Daily. “Obviously the stations aren’t really open yet, but the load is really high.”

Grand Targhee: this weekend

Grand Targhee will be the first of the Teton ski areas to open this season, starting the Shoshone and Dreamcatcher runs on Friday and Blackfoot and Sacajawea on Saturday.

Located on the western slope of the Tetons less than 90 minutes from Jackson, Targhee Resort is consistently ranked among the top 3 resorts in North America for snow quality and quantity.

Grand Targhee Resort’s Jordan Wilsted said there was plenty of natural snow on the ground and he would not need to use snow guns at this time.

“We’re really excited to open up a lot of ground early on and get the mountain going pretty quickly,” he told the Cowboy State Daily.

Wilsted said the resort has a few new features this year that could draw even more skiers to its 2,000 acres of lift-served terrain.

“We’re actually opening a new elevator this year called Colter Lift,” he said. “The opening date is yet to be determined, but it will open up a significant amount of new land on the south side of the mountain.”

Snow King Mountain: December 3

Snow King Mountain, known locally as Jackson’s Town Hill, bills itself as the premier ski resort in all of Wyoming. Although the opening is scheduled for December 3, Ted Kyle of the Snow King ski shop said that could be exceeded.

“This is hands down the best early season snow we’ve seen in a long time,” Kyle said. “But knock on wood, if the snow continues to fall, we might open a little earlier.”

Snow King is a few blocks from Jackson’s Town Square, offering terrain difficulty from beginner to expert, as well as night skiing, a winter roller coaster and tubing park, plus a new gondola and lift, and more slopes in the back. of the mountain.

Kyle, who has lived in Jackson since 1992, said he’s seen a few early seasons as good as this, but none in recent years.

“The last two years have been a bit of a rough start to the season, and this one is shaping up to be good,” he said. “We had good natural snow and plenty of cold weather to make artificial snow.”

Jackson Hole Mountain: November 25

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is perhaps the best known of Jackson’s ski areas, in part because of its famous Big Red Aerial Tramway.

At this point, the resort is expected to open its 4,139 vertical feet of world-class skiing the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25.

Ben Konigsberg, who has been coming to the resort with his family since 2002, said Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s Paintbrush run was the first double black diamond he’s ever skied – and the experience has kept them coming back for more – all the way to New York.

“We try to go there every year,” he said. “Sometimes more than once.”

Snow conditions are excellent at the resort right now, according to Andrew Way, vice president of marketing for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

“The whole mountain is covered,” he said.

But this season, the resort has more than a ton of snow to offer its loyal customers, Way said.

“During the summer we have made an extremely large capital investment in our snowmaking, both in terms of technology and then, more importantly, in terms of the amount of snow we can make and the terrain we can cover. “Way said.

As exciting as new snowmaking technology, Way said the famous ‘Thunder’ chairlift, which has been in service since 1970, has gone from a four-person fixed-grip seat to what’s known as a one-seat. “detachable”, allowing for a faster run to the top.

“The crux of all of this is that this is going to get people to the top of Thunder in about half the time than before,” Way said. “It just means more Thunder Towers for all the people like me, who love this ground so much.”

It’s these experiences that keep skiers like the Königsbergs coming back year after year.

“We love the ski culture and the big mountain terrain,” Konigsberg said. “Fast and deep!”

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