Prior to the start of February 2017, Jackson Hole was already having a banner powder year. At the end of January, they were approaching the 350-inch mark, which had already placed them at the top of the ski resort snowfall list. Then, February came in with a fury and within 12 days nearly another 100 inches fell in a series of extremely powerful snowstorms.
Jackson Hole snow photos — taken 2-13-17
Unfortunately, Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate. With the snowstorms came very high winds, which knocked down 17 power poles and left the resort and nearly all of Teton Village without power for five days, forcing Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) to close operations. During the power outage, the snow continue to pile up and high winds continued to persist. At first, JHMR was projecting that the resort and Teton Village would be closed for 10 days.
However, thanks to collaborative community efforts, especially swift work by the Lower Valley Energy company, JHMR operations and Teton Village accommodations were re-opened yesterday, well ahead of schedule, and now, conditions are epic.
“Safety was the first priority throughout last week’s events, and our staff did a fantastic job bringing the mountain online in a safe and timely manner,” Jerry Blann, JHMR President commented in a press release.
JHMR is currently reporting 434 inches of total snowfall for the season and snow depths of 135 inches on the upper mountain and 91 inches at mid-mountain. Rendezvous Bowl received over 7.5 feet of snow, which has resulted in the second deepest snowpack Rendezvous Bowl has ever seen.
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