JH@50 – Open Day Pt. III – OPEN
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.
JH@50 – Opening Day, Pt. II
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.
JH@50 – Opening Day Pt. I
On this day, December 16th, 50 years ago, The Jackson Hole Guide newspaper reported on the forthcoming opening of the Jackson Hole Ski Area, a short 2 days away. Although ready to open (with the exception of the tram), the main ingredient for skiing was in short supply:
Ski Area Poised For Opening: Praying for Snow
The new ski area at Teton Village is ready for their grand opening this Saturday December 18, with one exception – insufficient snow.
In an area where the snow is usually several feet deep by this time of year, there is very little of the white stuff, and all concerned with the operation are having daily “snow dances” to try to entice the gods to cut loose with a good snow storm.
Other tan the dearth of snow, everything is ready. There are three double chair lifts ready to go – one on the beginners slope and two on the Apres-Vous run. The Seven Levels Inn is open, and Mr. And Mrs. Dick Oberreit are opening their new Alpenhof Inn next Thursday, Dec. 23. Reservations have been made, and avid skiers are anxiously waiting to try the new area. Everything depends on the whims of the weatherman!
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