Wyoming is no stranger to harsh winter weather. For ski and snowboard enthusiasts like myself, this can translate into massive snow dumps and powder days. There have been three large snowstorms since we arrived in December, contributing to Jackson’s above average snowfall.
With dozens of snowplow drivers working around the clock, Jackson doesn’t usually have problem with massive snowfalls. It’s the high winds that make things difficult. Because we live on top of a hill, I’m often faced with the Sisyphean task of digging out my car and driveway in the morning only to have it snowed back in again when I get back home that evening.
I luckily made it out snowboarding yesterday which was one of the best powder days I’ve witnessed. There was over a foot of fresh snow over the entire mountain for every run, the whole day. When I got home, the winds had picked up so much it felt like our roof was going to fly off. The sound was deafening and our flickering lights did not reassure our cats that the world was not coming to an end. Sources report that wind gusts reached 90 MPH, which wreaked havoc at the ski resort, knocking down power lines and leaving some 4,000 people without electricity. Lucky for us (and our electrically heated house), our village of Kelly didn’t lose power for more than 30 minutes. And now we are bracing ourselves for another storm front rolling through in the next 48 hours.