Words: Kendall McCune
It’s hard to deny that for winter activities in Jackson Hole, skiing is king… but why does that mean we have to forget about our favorite summer activities? A few weeks ago, I discovered firsthand that my high pressure day dreams of being on my bike don’t have to remain that way. Meet: the fat bike (you may have heard it called a snow bike; but you can actually ride it during all four seasons!):
Jax n’ Lance here for a weekly dose of adventure. First things first, can you believe the ridiculous amount of snow we have been getting?!? Call me a broken record or call it groundhog day, yet 44 inches since the 28th? Blasting through records, and literally dropping snow more days than I can keep track of. And I am pretty sure the tram can’t even believe the powder blowing in its way… #blessed. If you don’t live here and were tossing the idea around of a visit, here is a teaser…
Powder aside, or when you have had enough powder days #isthatevenpossible, this week we thought we would throw another dose of winter adventure your way.
I got to ski with the Steep & Deep Adaptive camp last winter and have been looking forward to the chance to do it again ever since. Not only do these guys have a blast on the hill, but they absolutely shred and the energy is contagious. Campers come back year after year and it’s easy to see why.
Jackson Hole hasn’t seen a February with more snow since 1986. February has been the second snowiest on record, with well over 11 feet falling (140″ to be exact). Since the snow globe got shaken up on 1/27, there have only been three days without measurable snowfall. Mother nature isn’t calling it quits either, with a Winter Storm Warning through Sunday morning forecasting big snow in the Tetons and fat flakes currently falling. Join us in taking a look back at a truly incredible month of riding powder.
The cycle of snow kicked off in earnest with 19″ on 1/30 & 1/31, but we’re just talking about February. After the strong finish to January, we saw a few inches on each of the first two days of February. Here on February 2nd, Jess McMillan starts the month off right with fresh snow and pillows (which have probably long since been buried).
This february has been like none other I have experienced – 26 straight days of snow in the Tetons, totaling over 130 inches, and the trend continues! Living in the snow globe – it can be hard to decipher one day from another – but one week really stands out.
As it currently stands this has been the second snowiest February on record and bluebird skies have been rare. This morning was an exception to “Stormuary” and skies dawned blue. The Jackson Hole Backcountry Guides headed out to nearby Cody Peak to take advantage of the sunshine and deep snow.
Head guide Dave Miller leads the way.
This February has been nicknamed Stormuary by some of the locals in Jackson Hole. Storms keep rolling in one after another. The weather has been unrelenting, dropping copious amounts of powder practically every day.
After three weeks of snow, to top it off, on February 23rd, we received 19” in 24 hours with 15” falling after the lifts closed. To say it was deep was an understatement. Local meteorologist, Jim Woodmency is the most widely respected snow forecaster in the valley, but this storm had him scratching his head for explanations. After thinking about it, this was his analysis of the “sneaky situation” that caused the deepest day of the year. With photos from the day of course.
Some of you may have seen the most recent story on the Jackson Hole Babe Force published by powder magazine on Feb 24th. And then there is also the incredible female ski documentary that is in production called Pretty Faces, headed up by local professional skier Lynsey Dyer, that more than doubled their campaign goal.
So what do these two stories have in common? The beautiful story of female skiers shredding hard, uniting as a community, encouraging each other to achieve goals and the power, whit and charm of the female skier.
We continue our series on the gear that our shop employees use on the hill with Casey Jillson, a very strong skier that works in JH Sports. Casey will ski circles around you but do it all with a smile.