Let the stoke meter rise! On Saturday, Sublette and Thunder will open adding to the current lift roster and allowing over 3,600 vertical feet of skiing and riding. Conditions on the mountain are exceeding normal for only being one week into the season thanks to nearly 10 feet of snowfall season to date.
The built-up excitement and much-needed reprieve from being inside too much this fall was seen all over the mountain during opening weekend. Opening day in particular was exactly what we snow seekers needed. 6 inches of fresh snow graced the mountain on the first day of the season and several surprise lift openings including the Bridger Gondola, Casper, Teton and Marmot left everyone with an extra dose of excitement for the winter to come.
We thank everyone for complying with our safety protocols while at the Village during the first week. We know and understand that it will take some getting used to this season but the following quote from JH athlete Rob Kingwill resonates more than ever, “A little extra patience, a little extra planning, a little extra precaution, and we can still do what we love.” For more information on exactly what our safety protocols are for this season follow this link and/or ask an employee about any questions you have.
Now back to skiing and riding. With Sublette and Thunder opening don’t forget that early season conditions still exist. Under that open field of untracked snow are still a few sharks (stumps and rocks for those now familiar with the vernacular) lurking. Ski hard but ski with caution. It will take a couple more feet of snow to fill in all of the gaps and cover the hidden hazards. All hike-to terrain is still closed so keep those headwall hikes at bay until the next big storm.
In addition to Sublette and Thunder, we are opening the Casper Demo Tent and Off Piste Market for the season. Starting Saturday Off Piste will be serving waffles (yes, WAFFLES!), Neapolitan style pizza, coffee, fresh-made pastries, sandwiches and salads, beer and wine from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Casper Restaurant, RPK3, The General Store, and 6311 are also open to keep you fueled. See current hours of operation here. The Casper Demo Tent has a new location above Casper Restaurant. Swing in and demo that pair of skis you’ve been eyeing all summer. All openings and hours are subject to change.
FACE COVERING UPDATE AND REMINDER: Face coverings are required in all indoor and outdoor public areas, including village common areas, upper mountain common areas, inside all buildings and facilities, in line mazes, when loading, riding, and exiting lifts, gondolas, and Aerial Tram. The only exceptions are when skiing and riding and when seated for dining. Guests are recommended to wear a dry face covering when possible for the best protection. The standard guidance is non-woven fabric with two or more layers is preferred. A standard surgical mask is three layers. An N95 respirator with an exhalation valve is not an adequate face covering. Scarves or bandannas are also not considered adequate protection. These face covering guidelines are to protect yourself and other guests while visiting JHMR this winter. JHMR will have surgical masks for guests to use, but it is encouraged for all guests to come prepared with proper face coverings, water, and a plan for the day.
We look forward to seeing you on the mountain for another winter of deep snow and classic Jackson Hole skiing and riding.