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Jackson Hole Reopens After Extended Power Outages

14 Feb 2017, 9:54 am

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming reopened Monday after being closed last week due to power outages created from a massive wind and snow event. According to Jacksonhole.media, power was restored to the Teton Village area on Saturday after a four day outage. Snow King Resort and Grand Targhee Resort have also reopened. The State of Emergency that was declared for the area on Wednesday, February 8, expired on Monday.

“Last week’s winter storm threw one extreme situation after another at Teton County,” said Teton County Emergency Management Coordinator Rich Ochs to Jacksonhole.media. “Our emergency services, Lower Valley Energy, local and state road crews, and many, many others responded with extraordinary cooperation and teamwork to get Teton County back in order in a very quick timeframe. We are grateful and impressed.”

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The Tram and lifts are now running on the slopes. Roads have been cleared and are open in all of the area. START Bus transit has returned to normal operations as well. Jacksonhole.media said commissioners gave a special shout out to the enormous efforts by the Wyoming Department of Transportation and snow plow drivers throughout the area who kept local roads functioning, and who cleared avalanches from Teton Pass, Snake River Canyon and Hoback Canyon. “The walls of snow are monstrous,” Commissioner Greg Epstein said. “WYDOT was instrumental in getting the community back to normal operations.”

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At a Monday morning Voucher Meeting, Teton County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Mark Newcomb led the way on behalf of the community in praising all of the organizations who played a major role in getting the valley up and running again — particularly Lower Valley Energy and the five other utilities from the surrounding region that brought crews and equipment.

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According to Jacksonhole.media, “They spent huge hours around the clock on getting those lines back up,” Newcomb said of the 17 power poles that went down in the storm on Tuesday night. “It’s a very complicated job and highly technical. I’m personally blown away at how well it went, given the weather conditions.”

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Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, currently with 434 inches of total snowfall for the season, and snow depths of 135 inches on the upper mountain and 91 inches at mid-mountain, is experiencing one of the deepest winters in the resort’s history.  It snowed every day the first twelve days of the month, making this the snowiest February to date.  In that time Rendezvous Bowl received over 7.5 feet of snow, which has resulted in the second deepest snowpack Rendezvous Bowl has ever seen.

“Last week’s storm event, which resulted in the collapse of 17 power poles on Tuesday night left all of Teton Village without power.  Lower Valley Energy began immediately in their work to restore power,” stated Jerry Blann, JHMR President to Jacksonhole.media.  “It was a superb community effort to get power restored so quickly, and we are very grateful to the many organizations that provided support last week,” Blann went on to note.

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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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