Area ski resorts getting hammered, avalanche control in November

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – It’s official. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort just hit 100 inches of snow. And they aren’t even open yet.

Nine days away from spinning the lifts at the Mountain and the resort is already buried in white gold. Eager shredders will have to wait, however. The resort is still working on building a base at lower elevations where temps have remained warm enough for a rain-snow mix. Also, JHMR has its ski season opening and closing dates set by the Forest Service by a lease arrangement.

The resort has had 8 inches in the past 24 hours, bringing the season total to 100”. While it may not be possible to top last year’s “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” record winter, they’re off to a heck of a start at the Village.

Today’s shot from the top. The Mountain has 100 inches and counting. And they won’t open for another 9 days! (JHMR)

Meanwhile, things are looking so good at the Ghee, they’re ready to throw open the gates tomorrow. Grand Targhee is reporting 105 inches at the Targhee Snotell so far this year with a base depth of 56”. That’s almost half of what the resort averages at peak and it’s only Nov. 16.

Both resorts report they’ve begun avalanche mitigation already as snow continues to pile up. And more is on the way at higher elevations. A winter storm system will continue to rain on the valley but dump in the mountains through most of tomorrow.

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