In the last 24 hours, Jackson Hole measured 17 inches of fresh snow. The famous “Teton Flow” is back! And that means only one thing: ski season is on, ladies and gentlemen.
The Tetons are renowned for the amount of winter precipitation they get almost every year. It’s what has made Jackson Hole such an epic destination for skiing. Some seasons (like the record-setting 2022/23), weather patterns form a confluence over the area and deliver unholy amounts of that sweet Rocky Mountain white gold. Meteorologists like Jim Woodmencey call it the Teton Flow.
“The Tetons usually get between four and five hundred inches of snow per season,” Woodmencey explained in Jackson Hole’s recent video on this bountiful winter weather phenomenon.
Some storms track across from the Pacific Northwest and create a western flow. Others come from California to create a southwestern flow. And still others come down from the Canadian coast to create northwestern flows.
What’s the difference? How does each type of flow affect how much snow falls on the slopes of Jackson Hole? Check out the video to find out. Woodmencey, a meteorologist from Jackson Hole, explains everything that goes into the perfect powder day, and how meteorologists like him can predict the future (most of the time, anyway).
This is a rad kickoff to the season — and hopefully a good sign of what’s to come.