Could Jackson Hole be heading for another record season on the back of last year’s mammoth snowfalls? The legendary Wyoming resort just scored 6 inches of snow (15 centimetres), the first of the northern season.
But wait, there’s even more on the forecast this week and we have no doubt someone will strap on some skis to claim first Jackson turns come week’s end.
Jackson Hole boasted over 15 meters of snowfall in the 2016/2-17 season and if early indications are anything to go by then they could be hit with that amount again. Fingers and toes crossed that Ullr deigns to bless the resort for a second season running.
With over 2500 acres of skiable terrain and an open backcountry gate system that accesses another 3000 acres of backcountry terrain, Jackson Hole is known for big mountain skiing with uber dry powder. Half the terrain is dedicated to advanced skiers, 40% to intermediate and 10% to beginners. Consider Jackson a rite of passage for all skiers and snowboarders.
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Jackson photos from this weekend
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What’s new this season
On the back of last year’s new gondola and the new chairlift in the year before that, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is spending significant capital into updating the snowmaking system and expanding the water capacity uphill, allowing approximately 30% increased capacity to the system. This expanded snowmaking will go all the way to the top of the Casper Lift and will allow for more efficient snowmaking in the early season.
The new Sweetwater Gondola, which opened in December 2016, was part of a broader and sustained capital investment strategy. Solitude Station is the next phase of capital investment surrounding the Sweetwater Gondola. Located at the Sweetwater mid-station, the Solitude Station facility will be 12,000 square feet of ski school, rental and dining facilities. This full service facility will be completed for the following year, winter 2018/19, and will bring to life a new center of learning for Jackson Hole’s beginner skiers and riders and families.