Snow King snow making

Despite an early start to snow making in October, Snow King Mountain Resort will not be able to open its lifts as scheduled this weekend.

Hope your boards and skis are waxed.

Grand Targhee Resort opened Wednesday, and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is slated to start spinning lifts on Turkey Day.

With a 26-inch base as of press time, Targhee was in the best shape of the three Teton-area ski hills. Jackson Hole boasted 20 inches at the upper mountain and 11 at midmountain.

For its part, Snow King Resort announced Tuesday that the Cougar Lift would begin running Dec. 7. After that, the Rafferty and Summit lifts will open when the mountain begins to see better snow cover.

It had hoped to start spinning the lifts for Thanksgiving weekend, but warm temperatures inhibited snowmaking. However, the resort will still welcome guests, with the magic carpet running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and the tube park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Weather permitting, the resort may commence limited lift operations for the Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club before opening to the public Dec. 7.

Targhee opened Wednesday with the Shoshone lift and the Papoose magic carpet with access to Big Horn. Tickets will be $10 until more terrain opens.

Jackson Hole announced it would run Teewinot, the Sweetwater Gondola (just to the Solitude Station lodge) and Apres Vous for its Thursday opening. Only select runs off Apres Vous will be open due to low snow: Moran to South Pass Traverse, Werner and Lower Werner, and the South Pass Traverse to Teewinot Gully down Teewinot to the base.

The Teton Village resort has reduced its price to $99 per adult day ticket until Dec. 6.

Snow is in the forecast for the Tetons this weekend, with the National Weather Service predicting at least a few inches. The highest chance of accumulation is tonight, with the probability tapering off as the weekend approaches. The sun may even make an appearance over the weekend, which may be great for visibility but not great for coverage.

Keep up your snow dances as December approaches.


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