Jackson Hole Reports
– Jackson Hole News & Guide
– Planet Jackson Hole
– Teton Valley News
– Star Valley Independent
– The Hole Report
Planning a ski vacation? Visit the SeeJacksonHole Ski Reports page for up-to-date information on local conditions. From skiing lessons to downhill racing, Jackson Hole ski resorts offer it all. With three world-class ski resorts located within short distances of Jackson Hole, the winter season is home to many skiing enthusiasts.
Current snow reports are updated daily with base depth, lift information, weather conditions and skiable areas all included for each of the resorts. Simply click on the icon for your resort of choice to get a full report.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Offering a variety of terrain parks and an aerial tram the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is sure to be on your “must ski” list. Located only 12 miles from Jackson Hole, the Resort is famous for its backcountry access and vertical terrain, including one of the most difficult ski runs in North America which is better known as Corbet’s Couloir. It is a technically challenging ski destination that offers a wide variety of terrain.
Snow King Mountain
Commonly referred to as “Town Hill” because of its proximity and visibility from downtown Jackson Hole, Snow King Mountain is renowned as being the oldest ski resort in Wyoming. Town Hill is a magnet for national teams of downhill racers who typically arrive to train early in the season. Snow King Mountain offers a snow tubing park and the only night skiing in the area.
Grand Targhee Resort
Located approximately 75 minutes from Jackson is the Grand Targhee Resort that is situated on the western slope of the Tetons in Alta, Wyoming. With 2,000 acres of paradise for skiers and snowboarders alike the Resort is known for offering the best intermediate powder skiing in the United States. An average of 500 inches of snow each year makes the Grand Targhee Resort a top destination for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts.
Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center
Advisories, avalanche information, current weather and snow data are all easily accessible online through the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center, which has been in operation for over 25 years. The Center is funded primarily through donations and sponsorships as well as monies from the United States Forest Service National Avalanche Center, the Bridger-Teton National Forest and the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
With the snowiest month of the year typically being in January, on average Jackson Hole has received an average of 459 inches of snow each season over the past ten years. In the winter season, view the SeeJacksonHole webcams to see what the snowpack looks like.
Jackson Hole has a dry climate with some of the finest winter skiing conditions in the United States. The bigger snow storms move into the Valley depending on the jet stream lying to the south in Arizona and Colorado. An average of over 150 inches of snowfall arrives in the months of December and January as these are also the coldest months of the year for the valley as well. Regarded as one of the top skiing destinations in North America, Jackson Hole serves visitors with awe-inspiring views, down-home hospitality and great skiing opportunities.
While the busy season for Jackson Hole is primarily in the warm summer months, there is something to do in and around Jackson Hole throughout each season of the year.
Described as running from December through the middle of April, the Jackson Hole valley does receive frequent snowfall and has average temperatures ranging from 0 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Local Wyomingites may describe winter here as long and cold, but the season also offers great skiing and other snow-related activities. Snow blankets the high mountain peaks down to the valley floor and offers skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling adventures. During the winter season, it’s not uncommon to have over 10 feet of snow on the mountains and anywhere between 2 and 5 feet of snow on the valley floor.
The Jackson Hole valley begins to thaw out in the months of mid-April to May make way for lush green pastures, wildflowers and flowing streams. Depending on snow pack, the melting phase usually takes place in late-May to July. Spring rains and varying weather conditions are indicative of the spring season in Jackson Hole. Temperatures average between 30 to 60 degrees in the daytime with the usual cool nights. Wildlife begins to emerge from their winter hiding spots with newborn young by their sides that allows for great photography opportunities for wildlife watchers.
June sees the valley beginning to come alive with visitors. But July and August are the top months for tourism in the Valley as summer vacationers visit the Jackson Hole valley to enjoy the nearby National Parks as well as all that the town of Jackson has to offer. With temperatures varying on average between 70 to high 80 degrees in the daytime and chilly nights, afternoon thundershowers are not uncommon. By August, there won’t be much snow left on the peaks and alpine and canyon wildflowers begin to bloom.
Fall in Wyoming is beautiful, with the rich autumn colors from the aspen leaves turning to warm Indian summer conditions at times it is the favored season by many locals. Defined as Labor Day through November, these three months can be rather unpredictable when it comes to weather. September can be an enjoyable time of year with mild temperatures and cooler nights, still a great time to visit the Jackson Hole area and typically fewer tourists too! If you plan a visit for this time of year come prepared with long pants and a warmer jacket or two. The average temperatures range between the high 50s to low 70s, but evenings and early mornings can be crisp.
It is not uncommon to have a freeze or see snow in mid-October yet some years the snow holds off until December. Snow may fall at higher elevations causing the wildlife to begin migration. Elk and mule deer retreat from their high mountain elevation summer homes and make their way into the valley for wintertime.
Jackson Hole Weather
The record low of 56 below zero was set in 1993 in Jackson Hole, and a state record low within the Jackson Hole valley at Moran was set back in 1933 at 66 below zero. The Jackson Hole valley has a humid subarctic continental climate that is indicative of no dry season and cool summers. Throughout the course of the year, Jackson Hole will see thunderstorms, light rain and light to moderate snowfall as common forms of precipitation.
While Jackson Hole temperatures vary greatly from one season to the next the particularly popular seasons for visitors are winter and summer. Wyoming locals have two sayings: “If you don’t like the mountain weather, wait five minutes” and “Climate is what you expect. Weather is what you get.”