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I think there's a line in there somewhere... BTAC photo.
Jackson was quite warm and dry until the week of Thanksgiving, which made for easy driving and at least half-decent biking long past the date when the Tetons normally enter their 'Winter Wonderland' phase. However, in a classic turn of events, a storm hit right as Thanksgiving travel got into swing, screwing up countless flights and road trips. At higher elevations, the storm dropped a couple feet of snow onto a shallow, heavily-faceted layer, resulting in some seriously unstable avalanche conditions.
That wasn't enough to stop Jackson's powder-deprived shredders from heading up Teton Pass in search of the season's first face shots, though, which predictably led to several skier/rider-triggered slides in the area. Three slides were triggered in the Thanksgiving Bowl/Christmas Tree Bowl area, and two were triggered in the Mt. Elly area.
For up-to-date information on avalanche danger and events, check the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center's daily reports here.
The “Bomb Cyclone” crushed the West last week and became a skiers dream, especially in the Sierra and Four Corners region of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado. That, combined with cold air, became the first major storm to hit the Sierra for the season. Two to three feet fell in many areas, even at lower elevations. That snow brought California from nada to locals hitting the slopes on Thanksgiving, just waiting for more terrain to open up. It's amazing how fast conditions can change
This winter’s first big storm, a “bomb cyclone,” just finished dumping snow on the Northeast. The same storm first touched ground in lower Oregon and upper California early last week where it brought 100 mile per hour winds and left multiple feet of snow in the mountains according to the National Weather Service (NWS). “Bomb cyclone” storms are rare on the west coast and this one was so powerful it continued across the Upper Midwest and Plains. This past Sunday, the storm hit the Northeast
Monarch Mountain Official Instagram Photo. Monarch Mountain in Chaffee County, Colorado is continuing the spirit of giving with their latest announcement. On December 9, any skiers or snowboarders who give non-perishable food or make a cash donation receive a free lift ticket for the day. Monarch’s goal is to celebrate their community by giving back. All food donations will go to the Salida’s Grainery and 1st Presbyterian Church food banks. Cash donations will benefit the Boys and Girls