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You have probably heard the old saying that Jackson Hole gets nine months of winter and three months of bad skiing (substitute: boarding or sledding here). Some years that is very true, as winter weather can start in September and last until June.

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If you are a frequent Weather Channel watcher, you have probably heard the terms used to describe a variety of winter storms, including “atmospheric rivers,” “polar vortexes” and “bomb cyclones,” all of which sound quite ominous. It reminds me of that line in “The Wizard of Oz” — “Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!”

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Now that snow coverage is increasing, you want to be ready to safely participate in your favorite winter recreational activities. If you are a backcountry skier, snowboarder or snowmachiner, it is time to start thinking about dealing with avalanches.

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With a week to go before Thanksgiving and the season opening of our local ski areas, it’s safe to say that some folks may be getting a little nervous about the lack of snow and frequency of snowstorms the last few weeks.

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Late September through early October is usually the best time to catch the changing colors of the aspens, cottonwoods and mountain maple. This year was no exception to that rule, though not all trees changed color uniformly.

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Before all the leaves had changed color, before we could get our wood in or boats out of the water or take that last hike or climb in the Tetons (or whatever fall rituals you have), not only did it feel like summer was suddenly over, but also autumn was already near its end.