Two days after Jackson Hole Mountain Resort closed for the season, the resort ran a full-page ad in the local daily newspaper. “2013-2014 100 Club Roster” read the top of the page. Below ran three columns of names, from Jon Drummond, Marcus Mosier, John Harkness, Laurence Ayres, and Pete Wilkane—who all skied JHMR 130 days this season—to Chris White, alphabetically the last of the 10 skiers/riders to have 100 days at the resort. There had to be over 100 names total. It was the biggest 100 Club in recent memory.
This isn’t the only superlative of the season, which ended with live music under the tram last Sunday. The resort’s snow totals and snowpack depth are among the best in nearly 50 years. It’s only because the resort’s United States Forest Service permit stipulates it close now that it closed. There’s still a 140-inch base. Locals are already guessing at to what out-of-bounds lines will be skiable (it’s illegal to ski in-bounds runs during the summer) when the JHMR tram opens for the summer season May 24. It might be the year for a Memorial Day descent of the sphincter-clenchingly-steep Twice is Enough. Or, if you’re not up for a 50-some degree couloir, the much mellower Powder 8s lower on Cody should be beautiful too. One or two Memorial Days ago I enjoyed powder turns on the latter.
The resort’s superlative snowfall—much of it coming in February when there wasn’t a single day that didn’t see some accumulation—drew its biggest-ever crowds. Every single month of this season saw more skiers here than the same month in previous seasons. And the season total, 563,631, was 12-percent more skiers than JHMR had ever had. Not that you ever felt it on the slopes. The longest line I stood in all winter—not including the tram or gondola on a storm day—was five minutes.
“This winter was the ‘perfect storm’ for JHMR, with a confluence of many factors contributing to the season,” says Jerry Blann, president, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. “Mother Nature delivered 500 inches of snow, our good fortune of winning the #1 SKI Magazine ranking, plus increased air service from twelve US cities all came together to create a great experience for skiers and riders this year.”
Summer visitors can expect great experiences at JHMR. The Aerial Tram opens for the summer season on Saturday, May 24th. The Jackson Hole Mountain Bike Park, accessed by the Teewinot Chairlift, is slated to open on June 14 th . The Bridger Gondola and Couloir Restaurant opens .June 17. The Deck at the top of the Bridger Gondola, serving up the valley’s best margs and apps, opens June 22nd. A new Aerial Adventure Course, including a 65-foot free fall at its end, opens mid-June.