On this day, December 23th, 50 years ago, The Jackson Hole Guide had to report that the Jackson Hole Ski Area (as well as Snow King Mountain) remained closed due to a lack of sufficient snow coverage:
Ski Area Opening Delayed Because of Lack of Snow
The long-heralded opening of the new ski area at Teton Village has been delayed even further – snow fall in the area has not been sufficient for skiing.
Lack of snow is one factor that planners of the ski area did not think they would be faced with, since the snow in the mountains above Teton Village is usually several feet deep by early November. However, this year, snow seems to be avoiding the area, falling all around us, but not on us. The light snow the past two days has, of course, helped the situation, but a good old-fashioned blizzard is needed to get the area in top shape for skiers.
Facilities at Teton Village are now ready, and as soon as there is snow, the nation’s newest ski development will be in operation. Two luxury lodges – the Seven Levels and the Alpenhof, both with restaurants — are now open, and the Sojourner is scheduled to open in January. There are three double chair lifts ready for operation, and work is still progressing to get the aerial tramway running during this ski season.
If and when the snow arrives there should be a large influx of skiers, eager to try out the exciting new runs at Teton Village.