Snow Jam in Jackson Hole

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Jackson, WY, Dec. 19--A week of pounding snow, has dumped more than 60 inches of snow on Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The snow showers began on Sun. Dec.12 and kept on through today, with between two and 11 inches falling every day.

This Sunday, skiers woke up to 11 inches of fresh powder and to some of the best early-season conditions in Jackson Hole's history.

"The extremely low moisture density (just 2.5%) in the recent snowfall has made for excellent powder conditions," said Tom Spangler, General Manager of the resort. In fact, the snow is so good that Jackson Hole was able to open it's Aerial Tram today.

Typically the resort has to wait until later in the month to open the Tram, because it takes longer for snow to cover the rugged terrain of the upper mountain. But thanks to a 48-inch base at the summit and a 50-inch base mid-mountain, Jackson Hole has opened all of their lifts.

"We are delighted to be able to provide the full Jackson Hole experience for guests a week before the holiday period," said Spangler.

Jackson now boasts over 4,100 vertical feet open--the most vertical in the country right now. Things are looking to get even better, according to weather forecasts that call for more snow.

"With the snow that is predicted into next week, it will not be long before more of the infamous lower faces are opened," added Spangler.

Skiers will not only get a white Christmas, but also some of the best skiing in the country at Jackson Hole this holiday.