Winter has shown up in force to kick off March in the Tetons. Three feet has blanketed the mid to upper elevations of the Tetons, with localized totals reaching toward 60 inches on the western slopes this month.
The powder frenzy has drawn people to Jackson throughout the season, with stories of cancelled trips to Colorado, weekend getaways from Utah, and people fleeing from another unusually dry season in the Sierra. The combination of increased visitors and a distinct lack of snow at lower elevations (it’s the second lowest base depth at 6,510 feet since 1975, with just 15 feet as of last week) has made the resort feel a bit … small and crowded.
The storm rolled in Thursday with several teases of heavy snow showers that became increasingly more consistent by Saturday morning. Flakes fell straight to the ground with hardly a wisp of wind as we watched mountain ops clear the decks of Corbet’s Cabin. The tranquil snow globe became increasingly violent by Sunday, completely transforming the fresh snow to a slab almost as quickly as it fell. Snow showers lingered until Monday morning leaving behind a surprise eight inches. As the sun sets this evening, the clouds still conceal the famous lines atop Cody Peak as they wait for a fresh tracks to be painted.
The winter of over-hyped storms and brown valley floors is starting to fade to the back of locals minds, and with each day the echoes of "you should have seen it last year" become increasingly distant.