Jackson Hole to reopen after storm

12th February 2017, by Abi Butcher

A storm on Tuesday caused a power outtage for five days in the Wyoming ski resort

A storm on Tuesday caused a power outtage for five days in the Wyoming ski resort

A wind and snowstorm of epic proportions has caused havoc in the ski resort of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

The ski area currently remains closed, and despite new snow falling by the minute, Jackson Hole is operating a “strictly no uphill traffic” rule on the mountain to stop people skinning up to ski — due to considerable avalanche danger throughout the region. Ski patrol and resort staff are working tirelessly to restore the mountain following near record snowfalls.

A state of emergency has been declared in Teton Village following a week of power outages, flooding and severe damage to infrastructure. The problems began on Tuesday after high winds snapped “a significant number of power poles” on Highway 390, cutting off power to all of Teton Village.

Officials met at the end of last week and declared the state of emergency for the village and surrounding area — closing the ski area until Monday.

But today, Sunday morning, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) has announced it will reopen tomorrow, Monday 13 February, after power was restored to 4,000 homes and businesses across the region.

“JHMR is planning to have most lifts, retail outlets and restaurants open on Monday,” said a statement issued by the resort on Sunday 12 February.  “Today, operations staff will be on the mountain bringing power and water back into all the base and on-mountain buildings, restocking restaurants, and testing lift and ticketing operations to ensure everything is functional after the outage. 

“Today, Sunday, 12 February there will be some services open in Teton Village including, Jackson Hole Sports, the General Store, Café 6311 and Nick Wilsons.”

So far this season Jackson Hole has received 434 inches of snow, with a current depth of 138in on upper slopes. This compares to 336in in Alta, 299in for Whistler and 207 inches of snow in Telluride.

Read updates from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort here.

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