High noon, 50 years ago today the Jackson Hole Ski Area ran its lifts for the first time. The opening had been delayed since the 19th of December due to poor snow conditions, rather a lack of snow. From the Jackson Hole Guide, December 30, 1965:
ALL SKI AREAS OPEN AS HEAVY SNOWS BLANKET VALLEY
Snow King began operation of their double chair lift for the skiing season Tuesday morning [December 28] , and all facilities at the new Jackson Hole ski area at Teton Village began operation about noon Tuesday.
Skiing at both areas was marginal the first day but fresh snows have fallen and skiing is said to be excellent at both locations.
Officials at Teton Village said they got over a foot of snow at the bottom of the mountain, and about two additional feet of snow at the top of Apres-Vous peak in the storm last night. This brings the snow depth at the top of Apres-Vous to over four feet, and makes a fine base with all rocks and brush covered at the bottom. Three double chair-lifts are operating. Two, in tandem, on Apres-vous mountain, and one on the beginners slope.
The ski area at Aspen, Colorado, was rained out last night, and many inquiries and reservations are coming in from skiers at that area.
Snow King reports six to 14 inches of new snow last night, with good to excellent skiing on the part of the hill that is packed. Some of the area has not been packed, and has no base. A part of the hill is still closed as they have not been able to stabilize the snow.
Snow is falling again today, and skiing should continue to improve.