February 2019 is one for the record books at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR). In the shortest month of the year, storms packed some punch to land this February as the second snowiest month in the resort’s history. The mountains saw tremendous snow totals at all elevations, making February the second biggest month in 53 seasons, only second to January 1996. In January 1996, Rendezvous Bowl recorded 215 inches of total snow, mid-mountain received 211, and the base had 98 inches. This February 2019, Rendezvous Bowl recorded 193 inches of total snow with the Raymer plot totaling 193 inches as well. Mid-mountain received 165 inches, and the base of the Resort recorded 94 inches. In the most recent storm cycle, which closed out the month, over 7 feet of snow fell in 6 days at the upper elevations
JSnowfall for the month of February was 280% of normal at Rendezvous Bowl and 325% of normal at the base area. Base area snow depths for the season, as of yesterday, February 28, are the deepest JHMR has ever reported to-date. “This month will be ingrained in people’s memories as the relentless February that delivered unprecedented snow and tremendous mountain conditions. We met challenges that come along with these massive winter storms, and are proud we kept safety of our guests and employees as the top priority throughout,” stated Tim Mason, Vice President of Operations.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s data collection and snow statistics are derived from daily field measurements taken by the JHMR avalanche-forecasting program in partnership with BridgeTeton National Forest Avalanche Center.
Photo credit: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort JHMR Athlete Lynsey Dyer