Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Here we Go! Party in the Hole!

Stan Everetts on Jackson Hole Mountain resort's lower faces.

Happy skiers loaded up on the Sublette Quad.
Almost 5' in the past week! We are skiing now!

I have to admit the start to this season has been brutal on gear and minds, but boy how it can quickly turn around in the Northern Rockies. The onslaught of moisture last week in California brought a generous storm cycle to the Tetons and Western Wyoming, eventually dumping nearly 5' over 6 days... before, every skier in the area was slightly depressed as we watched our season slip by without any good moisture. Now, attitudes are gleaming and hoots and shouts echo throughout the glades and open bowls.
As a local guide and angler, I feel, at least for now, somewhat relieved that we are getting good snow that is building a great snowpack. See you out on the slopes soon!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Dry Winter Continues...

Hoar Frost along Flat Creek, south of Jackson, WY
A massive High pressure has dominated our region now since January 8th, accompanied by frigid valley temps and warmer upper elevation temps, typically known as an inversion. Today there is hope of breaking down this ridge and some snow is in the forecast for the next week or so, let's keep our fingers crossed! If the skiing remains as it is, I hope to venture off and wet a fly soon... one of the upsides to a drier winter. Last time I checked our snowpack is at or below 60%... yikes!