They say that if March comes in like a lion that it goes out like a lamb. Here in Jackson Hole, both ends of the month achieved Lion status with big storms that contributed to the 4th snowiest March on record in the resort’s 48 year history. With this coming right after the 2nd snowiest February on record, there are some seriously huge snow depths out there right now- the Rendezvous Bowl plot is currently sitting at 140″ inches of settled snow depth.
Bob Comey of the Jackson Hole Ski Patrol and Avalanche Lab compiled some numbers for us and the number four kept coming up: 4th wettest March on record, 4th most snowfall for March on the upper mountain and the Rendezvous Bowl plot base depth at the end of the month of 146″ was the 4th deepest in history. Join us in taking a look back at yet another month full of powder skiing in Jackson Hole.
The above photo is of JHMR athlete Mark Carter enjoying deep turns in Bivy Woods on March 1st. The report for 3/1 was 5″ and this was on top of 7″ that fell the day before. It dumped all day into the next and we reported 17″ on March 2nd. Another 6″ for March 3rd and 9 inches for March 4th put the 5-day storm total at 44″. Ethan Schoonmaker takes advantage of the conditions in the Expert Chutes below, which were smooth as glass.
Another 2″ (and counting) reported on the morning of March 6th, and the snow streak extended to 7 consecutive days. The snowpack had gotten so deep at this point that our lift operations staff had been digging out room for the tram to pass from Tower 5 to the top dock for a few weeks consecutively:
The snowfall streak ended at 9 days, with 1″ reported on March 8th and 0″ on the 9th of March, while we all caught our breath a bit from the long powder cycle. This break was short lived as 2″ was reported on March 10th and 11″ hitting on 3/11. Jess McMillan finds a silly deep turn in the Crags:
March 18th was a sleeper 12″ Tuesday powder day that officially brought us over 450″ on the season. While a report of 12″ usually means great skiing, 3/18 was even better than we thought it would be. The Crags were unbelievable, as Ethan Schoonmaker finds out here:
Another 11″ on March 31st topped things off nicely, putting a nice cherry on top of a great month that ended up having the 4th most snow falling on the upper mountain of any March in Jackson Hole Mountain Resort history, with 118″ reported.
We hope you were here to join us in riding some of that powder!