Skiers and snowboarders can't get enough of this number: 266 inches of snow so far this winter!
That's over 22 feet of snow so far this winter season at the famed Jackson Hole ski resort in northwest Wyoming, one of America's snowiest resorts on average, and that's a statistic that's certainly held up so far this winter.
Driven by a consistently snowy pattern all winter long, Jackson Hole has been on the receiving end of a seemingly non-stop blitz of snow. Jackson Hole, specifically, also benefits from a summit elevation of over 10,000', which helps it receive higher snow amounts, even during warmer storm systems that can lead to a mix or rain in lower spots. Jackson Hole averages 459" (more than 38 feet) of snow per winter
, but it's now on pace for over 500" thanks to its snowy start.
While the northern Rockies, including Jackson Hole, have been buried in big snows so far this winter, further south, ski resorts and the mountains in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona are struggling with their snow pack
as the majority of the wintry precipitation has been consistently pushed further north, perhaps at least partially as a result of a moderate La Nina in the Pacific.
A persistent northwest flow means that Jackson Hole and the Teton Mountains of Wyoming are likely to get more snow later on this week.
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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi - Photos courtesy: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort