Jackson reports second best season ever

15th April 2011, by Chris Gill

Closing day in snowy Jackson Hole

Closing day in snowy Jackson Hole

When Jackson Hole shut for the winter season, it ended with excellent conditions – providing the resort with its second best season ever apparently.

As we know, the La Nina phenomenon did its job and delivered a bumper season for North America, and a contrast to the Alps. The season closed in Jackson on 3 April with 558 inches of snow recorded on the upper mountain, and still snowing. On average, totals are closer to 460 inches, which is pretty good, although as a sunny ski area the snow is not always on par for quality as, say, a Colorado equivalent.

But this winter was good. It helped to raise the total skier visits for the 2010/2011 season to 478,553 –  the second highest in Jackson’s recorded history.

This was largely due to consistent snowfall from November to April, in regular and heavy storms; but the key difference was the early season dumps – they claim 130 inches by opening day. Unusually for the resort, they opened with full cover and top to bottom skiing in November. This, coupled with new lift pass structures, boosted visitor numbers considerably.

And there were new attractions this winter too, such as the Burton Stash Terrain Park. These all-natural parks are becoming a popular freestyle feature both in Europe and North America now.

While Jackson closed out the season, other North American resorts were getting further snow dumps and extending opening dates - Snowbird in Utah is partly closed, but got lots of new snow on 14 April.

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