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Jackson Hole & Grand Targhee

Storm Report



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Storm Buries Tetons

Written by Kevin Wittig Photography by Jake Johnston

Jackson Hole, Snow King and Grand Targhee are joyfully recovering from an intense round of snowfall that exploded through the Tetons dropping nearly 5ft of powder.

To recap the storm, cloud cover swept into the region Wednesday followed by powerful winds and heavy precipitation throughout the day Thursday. The nearly non-stop flow of moisture continued strengthening into Friday. An afternoon clearing provided the first glimpse of the freshly coated landscape and foreshadowed the weekend storm riding still to come. Another 14″ inches fell Saturday and led to a spectacular powder day on Sunday to climax the winter event.

Coinciding rapid rising snow accumulations during the blizzard were increasing avalanche hazards. Inevitably, risk of dangerous events impacted travelers and ski areas. Intense efforts of staff at WYDOT, Jackson Hole Airport, Town of Jackson, Teton County Search & Rescue, and other agencies helped safely restore travel, mitigate risk and keep the valleys fully operational. Ski patrols at Snow King, Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee performed full avalanche reduction routes to ensure safe inbounds skiing at each resort.

Jackson Hole

The biggest weekend of the year drew thousands of skiers and snowboarders from around the world. Colder temperatures and consistent clouds continue to keep the snow in pristine riding condition. With coverage from top to bottom, crowds are able to disperse into endless terrain.

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Stephen Williams lives the dream at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Grand Taghee

The storm blew in strong blanketing the western slope of the Tetons with with over 42″ of snow in the last three days. Snowfall continued to lighten in density over the weekend leaving the mountain in perfect riding condition. With over 187″ inches of snowfall to date, the entire mountain, including snowcat terrain, is in play.

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Jenny Field ripping the Snowcat Adventures Image by powderdayphotography.com


Average Snowfall Around the Country

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Jackson Hole continues to be the place to ski and ride in North America. The 2012 winter storm cycles have zeroed in on the Teton Region and brought snowfall levels back up to par with normal winter averages.

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Images from the Winter Weekend

Photographer: Jake Johnston

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Rob Cocuzzo stokes the powder vibe on Thunder chair at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

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Reaching deep into the powder on a heel-side turn, Kevin Wittig is momentarily weightless.

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Message: Hobacks Jackson hole, pure. F***ing. Powder

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Message: Home Sweet Jackson Hole @ Wilson,WY

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Message: Still coming! @ Jackson Hole

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