*Update: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has announced it will re-open today, Monday February 13 with all lifts running. Learn more.
Earlier this week, a massive storm cycle hit Jackson Hole, dropping +30 inches of snow in the prior 48 hours. In the midst, a freakishly strong windstorm snapped more than a dozen high tension power poles along highway 390 south of Teton Village. These poles provide electricity to the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, powering their lifts, the iconic Jackson Hole tram, their lodges and the village at the base of the resort.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has reported that they will not be open for the weekend. The earliest reopening date would be next Monday, February 13th, meaning the resort could be closed for up to 7 days. This comes in the middle of a monster storm cycle and season: Jackson Hole has received over 400 inches of snow this winter.
“Safety is the first concern for JHMR visitors and staff, and JHMR is asking for only specific operational staff come to Teton Village today and request that no unnecessary travel to Teton Village is in effect until further notice. With another weather system coming into the area tonight, there is a winter storm watch in effect for the higher elevations. Warming temperatures could result in possible flooding in the valley, making conditions challenging for many reasons. JHMR is seriously enforcing no uphill travel this week and asks everyone to stay off the mountain. JHMR will be issuing refunds for all visitors, but at this time, we do not have a location to process those refunds. Updates on operations and incident information will be updated as they come in at www.jacksonhole.com/weather-snow-report.html.”
Drone footage of the damage, courtesy of Lance Koudele:
Gusts reaching 90 miles per hour snapped high tension power lines outside of Teton Village like toothpicks..
Crews are working around the clock to repair the damage and return power to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Teton Village.