Winter weather draws snow bunnies to Wyoming

Jan 19, 2012

Wyoming’s ski resorts are benefitting from the lack of snow elsewhere in the country.

  Some areas in the Tetons have gotten more than 12 feet of snow so far this season, and both major resorts near Jackson say they’re getting visitors who would normally have gone to resorts in other states.

  Grand Targhee Resort has been honoring season passes from other ski areas, provided visitors stay at least two nights. And Jackson Hole Mountain Resort says skiers who had planned to vacation in Colorado or Utah are changing plans last minute and coming to Wyoming.

  “Even international visitors who were landing in Colorado and other major destination cities with plans to ski at those resorts are finding that it’s a choice between skiing on man-made snow there, or coming up to Jackson and skiing top-to-bottom on natural snow,” said Zahan Billimoria, a spokesman for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

  Billimoria says the area is lucky to have consistent snowfall.

  “Even on off years, when the rest of the Rockies are really dry, and it’s drier than average for us, we still have great conditions,” he said.

  A major storm is supposed to move through Wyoming on Wednesday and Thursday, bringing up to 18 more inches of snow.