At Jackson Hole, WY, skiers got a proper snow day when the resort saw "25 inches of fresh in the last 48hrs!"
Officials at Jackson Hole wrote to X (twitter) yesterday, "We love atmospheric rivers." The resort got 13 inches at the summit, 25 inches over the last 2 days, and currently has a snow depth of 85 inches.
25" of fresh in the last 48hrs! We ❤️ atmospheric rivers. #jacksonhole athlete Madison Rose Ostergren dives in for a powder buffet.
When exiting the resort boundaries into the backcountry, always have the proper equipment, a partner, knowledge, and a plan.
📸: @StephenShelesky pic.twitter.com/UYcsX0BCN5
— Jackson Hole (@jhski) February 7, 2024
The above photos show "Jackson Hole athlete Madison Rose Ostergren diving in for a powder buffet."
Madison Rose Ostergren was born in Michigan, but moved to Utah in 2013 to pursue her goals as a skier.
After competing as an alpine ski racer, racing NorAm Cups, US National races, and collegiately ski racing NCAA DI, she, like many young racers, turned to big mountain skiing and hasn’t looked back since.
Madison now lives in Jackson Hole after 9 years spent in the Wasatch mountains. She continues to chase her goals as a big mountain skier.
Watch Madison's Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Athlete Team video below.
No matter if you're a pro, a local shredder, or just an honest-to-goodness ski purist, it's possible to find trouble out of bounds, and if you do get into trouble, it's hard to get help if you're alone or ski patrol doesn't go there.
Just the other day, I found myself in a minor tree well after traversing into a powdery glade (in-bounds, but not heavily patrolled). I did start to get nervous when I realized it was 3:45 and I was pretty wedged in there. But I had my phone on me, so there was no real threat.
However, had I been out of bounds, not had a way to call for help, or had zero knowledge about what to do if/when you get stuck, I would have been in a much more serious situation.
Jackson Hole advises exercising safety in the mountains, writing, "when exiting the resort boundaries into the backcountry, always have the proper equipment, a partner, knowledge, and a plan."
Stay safe out there.
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