Western Wyoming Ski Area Snow Report
Fine Casual Dining
Enjoy fine casual dining Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening at White Pine (smoke-free dining room).
Short Lift Lines!
Spend your time skiing, not waiting in the lift line at White Pine!
White Pine hopes to open Thanksgiving weekend
by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!
November 15, 2007
White Pine Ski Area & Resort: Located 10 miles from Pinedale in the Wind River Mountains of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. “We hope for a tentative opening the week of Thanksgiving,” said White Pine Marketing Director Mary Thompson. They have done extensive trail work during the summer cutting brush and trees and moving rocks. “We’ve put a lot of energy putting the trails in shape,” she said. Crews have also done a lot of work on the mogul course and free-style jump hill.
The Ski Shop is now open 7-days a week from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. Call the Ski Shop at 307-367-7222 for more info. Lunch is served daily. Fine casual dining is available Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. White Pine also has a busy Christmas party season scheduled. A few dates are still available. Call right away if you want to book your holiday party there. Catering services are also available.
“We have a Youth Lease Package for skiers and snowboarders,” Thompson said. This program starts at $150 and includes all the equipment kids need for the season. If the kids outgrow their boots, they can come in and trade them out for a bigger size. It’s a great program to meet the needs of families with growing kids."
If new families in the area have kids interested in skiing or snowboarding, the Sublette County Ski and Snowboard Association is worth checking out. They offer lessons and competitions. “It is a terrific way for kids to progress to an intermediate level very quickly,” said Thompson. (For more info on the SCSSA, call Ward Wise at 307-231-9419 or Cassy Johnston at 307-231-1176.)
White Pine offers luxury slope-side duplex log cabins located near the lodge. These cabins are tucked in a beautiful wooded setting. They are furnished and have a kitchen, loft and fireplace, with one or two-bedrooms available. Call the business office at 307-367-6606 ext 6 for more information, current rates and reservations.
White Pine events:
New Year's Eve: Torchlight Parade, night ski run. Ski in the New Year!
January, 2008: Special Olympics White Pine will host the Special Olympics in January. This is the third year they have hosted this special event, which is sponsored by many local businesses. Approximately 85 to 100 Special Olympic athletes participate.
February 2, 2008: Sonny Korfanta Fun Race Sponsored by the Sublette County Ski & Snowboard Club.
February 11-14, 2008: Wyoming Senior Olympics: A whole weekend of competition and races for seniors. There will be events in speed skating, hockey goal shoot, giant slalom (short and long courses), snow shoe race, biathlon, cross-country races, snowball biathlon, Alpine-Nordic Relay, Skate ski race, and Mixed Cross-Country Relay-5 K. There will also be a series of presentations on senior and geriatric health.
For the latest view of the ski hill conditions, be sure to check out their two web cams. One is positioned on the lodge and pointed at the lifts. The other is on top of the ski patrol hut at the top of the mountain and shows conditions on top. These images are updated approximately every 15 minutes and are on the White Pine website and here on Pinedale Online.
Lift tickets for the 2007-2008 ski season are: Full Day All Lifts: $36.00; Half Day All Lifts: $25.00; Little Spirit Lift Only: $14.00. Season tickets are available on sale until November 18th.
White Pine Resort is hiring for their winter season. They have job openings for full or part-time Ski and Snowboard Instructors and in the Ticket Office/Receptionist. Call 307-367-6606 for an application or more information.
See the White Pine Ski Area website for more photos of the resort and facilities. www.whitepineski.com
Other western Wyoming Ski Areas:
Grand Targhee Resort: Located at Alta, on the west side of the Tetons. Opening date is planned for Friday, November 16. Their website shows a total depth of 29 inches at high elevation. They got 6 inches yesterday (November 12). www.grandtarghee.com/
Snow King Resort: Located on the south end of Jackson. Crews are making snow at lower elevations and reporting about a foot of snow up high. Snow King is aiming for a Thanksgiving opening. www.snowking.com
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort: Located west of Jackson. Reporting a foot of high-elevation snow. Their website shows 12” snow depth. This resort plans to open December 1 (regulated by Bridger-Teton National Forest permit.) www.jacksonhole.com