Snow slow getting to town, but Santa has arrived

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Parks and Rec is evaluating snow conditions and asking the public to be patient as the department tries to pull winter activities together. So far, Mother Nature has not been cooperating.

Grooming in Cache Creek and Game Creek drainages has not yet begun due to a lack of snow. Typically, this is the time of year the department would begin grooming efforts in the backcountry, and often in the valley, as well. This winter is off to a dry and fairly warm start.

Not only has there been a lack of moisture, but temperatures have also been too high in Jackson Hole to allow Parks and Rec to get outdoor ice rinks up and running.

Without an adequate base of snow to start creating ice in Alta, Powderhorn Park, and Wilson Arena, these ice rinks will be delayed for the foreseeable future. The ice rink at the Jackson Rodeo Grounds has also been a challenge but Parks and Rec has been able to start creating an ice base without snow cover.

Rodeo Arena ice rink should be open for public skating by Saturday, December 23.

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Santa on the Square tonight through Dec. 24. (JHCOC)

Winter may be taking its sweet time getting here, but Santa will arrive tonight on the town square. The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce will present Santa on the Square each evening from 5-7pm beginning tonight and running through December 24.

Town Square is lit with thousands of glittering lights, and the Stage Stop Building on the southwest corner of the Square will be as warm and cozy as Santa’s workshop. Children are invited to bring their wishlists and grown ups are reminded to bring their cameras.

Cookies and hot cocoa donated by local businesses add to the sweet atmosphere in the little cabin!

The Chamber would like to throw out a big thank you to sponsors and community supporters, including Albertson’sHigh Country Linens and McDonald’s. Thanks also go to the volunteer elves who take the time to make this free community event possible each year.

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