Massive storm causes power outage, closure of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Update—Wednesday, February 8, 2:40 p.m.:
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has announced that while Lower Valley Energy has been working tirelessly to restore service to the downed power poles that have caused the closure of the mountain, the resort will not be able to re-open until after this weekend. The earliest target for operation in Monday, February 13th.
Full statement: After receiving updates throughout the day from Lower Valley Energy and assessing resources in Teton Village, JHMR is unable to re-open for the weekend, and the earliest targeted open date at this time is Monday, February 13th. Safety is the first concern, and JHMR is asking for only specific operational staff to come to Teton Village through the weekend. There is also the request for no unnecessary travel to Teton Village through the weekend as another winter storm approaches. Currently Lower Valley Energy has crews working around the clock to reconstruct the power poles. JHMR would like to remind locals that there is no uphill travel at this time, and JHMR is seriously enforcing this policy and asks everyone to stay off the mountain during this incident. The Ticket Office will not open today for refunds, guests are asked to keep tickets and refunds will be managed as soon as possible. JHMR will continue to update with information as it is available on jacksonhole.com and on social media channels. Airline partners, United Airlines, Delta and American Airlines, due to winter weather impacts, they are issuing travel wavers for customers in Jackson Hole. Please contact your airline for details.
Update—Wednesday, February 8, 10:34 a.m.:
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has announced that due to a large number of power poles that were knocked out of service along Highway 390 due to last night’s storm, the resort will be closed until further notice.
Full statement: Due to a massive wind storm last night, a significant number of power poles along Highway 390 were blown down, causing Teton Village to lose power. This power outage is being addressed by Lower Valley Energy, but the significance of this damage will be impacting Teton Village for up to seven days. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort will not be operating until further notice.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has received a whopping 29 inches of new snowfall and extreme winds in the past 48 hours. While all that deep snow has local skiers and visitors salivating, it caused Teton Village to lose power overnight, closing the resort for at least this morning, Wednesday, February 8.
The resort did not clarify on whether it will be able to operate later in the day. While this means that eager powder hounds will have to spend the day occupying themselves with other activities or, shredding the awesome local Jackson ski area, Snow King, the forecast calls for heavy snow on the mountain through Friday night, so when the lifts do start spinning again, conditions will be all time. Jackson Hole already sits at 403 inches of snowfall for the season, and if this storm is any indication, the flakes will keep flying till the end of the season.
Full statement from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort:
Due to unforeseen events from last nights storm Teton Village has been left without power. As a result, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort WILL NOT BE IN OPERATION THIS MORNING. We are working hard to resolve the problem and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will keep you posted on our operating status as events unfold. We thank you for your patience and understanding with this situation.
Instagrams from Jackson Hole’s deep 2016-17 season:
Thank you to our guests who have ridden the tram over the last two days and have noticed we have been running at reduced capacities. With near record setting snowfall, accumulation at the top of the Tram has caused clearance challenges. As our Tram Maintenance and Ski Patrol teams work to clear the snow, we will need to run at reduced capacity. We are grateful to our guests for your patience – we will keep you posted on developments. #jacksonhole #jhdreaming