Around October, the chatter begins. “Did you hear it’s going to be an off the chart snow year?” “According to Chris Farley, El Nino means powder” “Check the Farmer’s Almanac-it’s going to be so good.” Whether you’re at the Whole Grocer, Persephone Coffee Shop, or even pumping gas, you’re bound to hear someone predicting the upcoming snowfall.
I thought I’d ask my fellow teammates and Jackson Hole Ambassadors what their predictions were for this upcoming season. Most look to the wildlife for signs, while others resort to toys popularized in the 90’s. All of the athletes noted that a good day on the slopes was more dependent on how much fun they were having with friends and family than the conditions themselves. Read below to see what they had to say, and keep in mind that none of the athletes are certified in weather prediction.
Fuzzy caterpillars are how I predict the upcoming season. I know it sounds crazy, but all of mother nature’s animals have a better sense of what is to come. I spend a lot time outside in the summer and fall and couldn’t help notice how bundled up the caterpillars were this year. All I know is that they are preparing for winter with some of the fuzziest coats I have ever seen!
I predict this season will be as fun as we decide to make it!
My main indicators are the color of the Woolly Bugger caterpillars- are they all black? Then it’s going to snow for sure. I look at the number of Sandhill cranes migrating through the valley- did I just see 50 of them fly in a perfect circle? That means it’s going to snow A LOT. Even that double rainbow I saw last month- What does it mean?!? I think it means it is going to be a good winter… I take all these things into account, add a little bit of that feeling I get vibrating through my bones this time of year when the first flakes begin to fall, and somehow I know that this is going to be the best winter yet!
I just ask the animals what they think. The horses have started their winter coats early, so I’m guessing it will be a cold snowy one.
My magic 8 ball says snow.
There are a lot of ways people come up with predictions for the upcoming winter season. I’m constantly seeing graphs and weather maps popping up on my Facebook and Instagram feed. States covered in color blobs with little words like “dry, and windy” or “wet and warmer than normal” These scientists, or meteorologists, spend lots of time figuring these out, and I’m not saying they’re inaccurate, but… I believe that a great season is dictated more by riding with good friends and fun vibes. Having a big snow year would help too.
TGIF everyone! It’s the last weekend before we open–what are your plans? If you are planning on doing some squat reps, visualizing your first run, or laying out your gear ahead of time–that’s awesome. If you don’t have plans, this is what’s happening in Jackson this weekend. Have fun and be safe!
- Jackson Hole Moose Hockey Game (vs. Bozeman Stingers)
- Time: Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm
- Tickets: $9 for adults, $5 for kids
- Location: Snow King Ice Arena
- 2 for 1 Dinner Specials! Check out Dishing JH for local restaurants participating in off season deals and treat yourself.
With a recent storm dropping almost two feet of snow the mountain is filling in nicely. Check out footage from the last storm and some pow shots to get ready. See you on the slopes, Thanksgiving Day, November 27th.
Photo from Casper.
The inversion shot from the top of the Gondi.
With 35 inches of snow is predicted in the Tetons, Saturday through Monday, opening day is going to be one to remember! http://www.mountainweather.com/index.php?page=jackson_hole_forecast
Opening Day is quickly approaching and it’s time to get your kids geared up. Skis and snowboards for Season Lease Programs are available at all three JHMR retail locations - JH Sports, Teton Village Sports, and Hoback Sports.
Jackson Hole is renowned for its winter season and the great skiing and snowboarding that we have. And the old adage that we get 8 months of great skiing and 4 months of bad skiing is on the mark so far this winter. (more…)
Join us at 5:30 on November 12th at Baby Wale in Washington D.C. to celebrate non-stop service from Washington Dulles to Jackson Hole!
Snow is back! A fast moving storm started rolling in last night and has dropped 11″ (and counting) so far on the upper mountain with 5″ at the base. This storm precedes a favorable change in the weather for Jackson Hole, with more snow expected today and tonight, chance of snow later in the week and very cold temperatures in between. Those cold temperatures are the perfect opportunity for our snowmaking team to take advantage of an increase in snowmaking capacity.
This morning we were greeted by a switch to winter:
Is anyone else as fired up for ski season as we are? Check out our newest video and get yourself in winter mode:
If you missed the skier fashion show at the Warren Miller Premier last weekend, fear not, here’s a list of what’s cool, and why you’ve got to have it for this year. It’s nearly winter time, and the shops are filling up with some awesome new ski gear in anticipation for the season ahead. Not shockingly, bright colors are in, think hot pink and bright blues; navy and new school neutrals are looking sharp too. Jess McMillan sat down with me and gave me some great tips on what’s cool this year, and what everyone should be wearing or thinking about. So without further ado, here’s my take on what gear might get on my Christmas list, or get me through the next month of waiting for the skiing to commence!
This one goes out to all of the women out there. The women who don their helmets, jackets and ski boots, those who love the unending wintery blizzards, the ones who hear the call of the mountains in winter. There’s no age to the skier girl, she could be 85, she could be 3, but when her wild woman sings the mountain song, she must go. Skiing is her dance, it makes her feel free and unchained to pressures of the outside world, it is where she can run wild. (Below: Jess McMillan)