What does 100 inches of new snow in 22 days mean for Jackson Hole ski resort? It means just what you’d imagine: guaranteed incredible conditions across the entire resort, from the pucker-inducing extreme terrain like Corbet’s Couloir to the wide open blue runs off the Casper quad chair. See for yourself in this video posted yesterday:
On Friday, Jackson Hole announced that it had passed the 300-inch snowfall mark for the season, meaning the resort has received more snow than most resorts’ annual average. Jackson Hole has one of the deepest snow packs in the United States right now, setting up great on-mountain conditions for the rest of the season.
One of our Ski.com staffers is headed to Jackson Hole next week to test the goods for himself. In addition to ripping up the in-bounds cliffs, chutes, couloirs and — of course — some cruisers, he’ll certainly be hiking Cody Peak, especially after seeing the video below. Local filmmaker Tristan Grezko and skier Andrew Whiteford produced this short movie of a recent ascent of the storied side-country route.
Cody Peak is a centerpiece of Jackson Hole folklore, casting its shadow on the in-bounds terrain below and providing side-country access to the area’s extreme backyard. Tristan describes the terrain with the eloquence only possessed by someone who loves (and fears) Cody Peak:
“Dominating the skyline from the top of the tram, it’s a mountain that endures relentless winter storms as the gate keeper of Jackson Hole’s wild, adventurous backyard. Jagged limestone barriers guard the approach, pocked with fossilized remnants of past lives on the bottom of an ancient sea floor. The steep, snowy slopes above perpetually loom in the dark corners of the mind, demanding respect but always calling out with the most alluring of siren songs. On a map of the Tetons it’s just Point 10,799, but to any Jackson skier, it’s Cody Peak…”