Even the most diehard powder skier can enjoy a little break.
Jackson Hole saw a ton of snow fall in January. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King and Grand Targhee all saw their snow base measurements increase dramatically over the month. By mid January many locals were starting to compare this winter to last year's record snow fall. I only strapped on skis about 10 times the first half of January, but it seemed like every day was a big powder day. As much as I enjoy skiing the deep stuff, it can be kind of nice to wear a little lighter gear and put on the sunglasses for a couple days.
The last few days of January provided exactly that break. The skies cleared and the thermometer increased just enough for the end of January to feel a little bit like spring. I spent the last couple days in January skiing the back country with trips up to the peaks in Grand Teton National Park. The views of Jackson Hole and surrounding terrain on a blue bird day with crystal clear skies are unbeatable. Some Alpine skiers took advantage of the clear blue skies to take a sleigh ride in the National Elk Refuge or snow mobile up at Togwotee or Yellowstone National Park. Others chose cross country or skate skiing as an option.
This is not to say the slopes were empty or the skiing was bad. Fair weather skiers enjoyed some of the best conditions of the season and those competing in ski races enjoyed excellent runs. If a skier was lucky enough to visit Grand Targhee the end of January, the views of the Grand Teton were so clear it looked like you could reach out and touch the mountain from the Dream Catcher chairlift. The chairs at the Casper restaurant located mid mountain at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort were full of sun bathers every day and I don't think the outdoor heated pool at the base of the Snow King Ski area saw as many visitors even in the summer!
With winter hitting its mid season stride there is no better time to enjoy Jackson.