All posts by Lisa Van Sciver
SNOWPACK: Is winter over?
JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Another winter season comes to an end. However, just when it feels like spring, winter returns. Warm, sunny days trick us into thinking it is all over, then cold, snowy days remind us...
- Posted April 16, 2013
JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Snow has been falling of late at temperatures just below freezing, laying down a fresh coat of hot pow. At the upper elevations the new snow heals hard surfaces and makes for great...
- Posted April 9, 2013
SNOWPACK: Catching corn requires timing
There is a short window for perfect corn. As the supportable crust on the snow’s surface melts, it changes from a firm, icy surface to a velvety, forgiving surface. The sun’s intensity, the slope angel, the aspect,...
- Posted April 2, 2013
SNOWPACK REPORT: Spring is Here
On March 20th the vernal equinox transitioned us into spring. Now the strong sun rises high in the sky and quickly changes perfect powder to melted snow. As the winter season came to an end, we were...
- Posted March 26, 2013
SNOWPACK: Better Days
Last week, after two days of delayed openings on the tram because Rendezvous Bowl was so icy people would slide all the way to the bottom, a stormy day with up to 78 mile per hour winds...
- Posted March 19, 2013
SNOW PACK: Expert paradox
So far this season, in Rendezvous Bowl, 311 inches of snowfall has settled to 81 inches. Throughout the mountain ranges surrounding Jackson snow depths, at 9,000 feet, range from 5 to 8 feet. The majority of the...
- Posted March 12, 2013
SNOW PACK: Sneaky Snowfall
I have heard it called Optimist Prime, when it is both sunny and snowing. It is a magical time, as the sun turns every falling flake into a prism casting light. Lately there have been many of...
- Posted March 6, 2013
SNOW PACK REPORT: Rising Sun
As we move away from the winter solstices and toward the spring equinox, days grow longer and the sun rises higher. This time of year when there are clear skies the sun warms the day and softens...
- Posted February 26, 2013
Latest Conditions Every slide path in the surrounding mountains was once formed when an unstable snowpack released destroying everything in its way. Trim lines and open areas mark where historical slides occurred and reshaped forests. As humans,...
- Posted February 20, 2013
Snowpack Report: Tricky Terrain
This season’s lack of snow fall has left the lower elevations thin on snowpack and the ski area terrain short on soft turns, although the skiing here is always good. The ski areas hold fast, fun turns...
- Posted February 12, 2013