Finally, it happened. Sometime early this afternoon Jackson Hole Ski Patrol gave the green light to open Big Red, i.e. the Jackson Hole Tram. Although the signage and numerous bamboos in the bowl may have made one think otherwise, the coverage was good, and the skiing was awesome. It’s what many people had been waiting for all season, and there was a several tram wait until the end of the day.
The opening was all made possible (or better at least) by a brief, but moist storm that moved through mid-morning. The storm deposited about 5″ of dense snow on the upper parts of the mountain. Earlier in the day Sublette opened after being closed yesterday, offering up more fresh snow to hoards of skiers and snowboarders. Tomorrow looks to be another banger day, with around a foot of fresh predicted for tonight. This storm is supposed to come in a bit colder, hopefully bringing some Cowboy Pow rather than Sierra Cement.
The secondary story continues to be the crowds which, let’s face it, isn’t surprising given the time of the year. The above picture was taken around 3:45 on G.V., and is nothing short of madness. So expect some awesome turns tomorrow, but expect to wait for them as well.