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Old 11-06-2017, 03:30 PM
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I will continue to give current updates throughout the winter as I have done in past years. I encourage ALL to post your own experiences, opinions of the conditions, and recent riding pictures to this post for the Alpine area. If you are interested in cabin rentals or snowmobile packages please give us a call 307-654-2288 or email us at rockinmranch@silverstar.com. I also try to keep a current snow report at rockinmranchwyoming.com, in addition to this site. The link to the Bridger Teton Avalanche report is http://www.jhavalanche.org/
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November 6, 2017 Alpine, WY Snow Report Rockin' M Ranch
I am happy to report that the 2017 winter season is off to a great start. Winter showed up at the beginning of the weekend and the forecast doesn't show it leaving anytime soon. Single digit lows predicted for the mid-week and more snow on Thursday. The local ski resorts have announced Thanksgiving openings with Targhees' snotel at 51" and 24" of new snow in the last 72 hours. Jackson Hole Resort is reporting 12" in the last 48 hours. The Blind Bull Snotel site (30 miles up the Greys River) went from 10" on November 3rd to 32" today, November 6th. Spring Creek (Afton end of the Valley) is at 20". Willow Creek (Bedford) 28". Phillips Bench (Teton Pass, Jackson Hole) 28". Box Y Lodge is showing 7".
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Old 11-09-2017, 03:59 PM
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You been up sledding yet? I know a lot of guys have been getting killer snow east of you out of pinedale
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No haven't ridden yet. The high elevations are getting hit pretty well. Not much down low. I drove through Pinedale a few days ago. Not much down low there either. Blind Bull is a pretty good representation of the snow around Pinedale. Both Blindbull and Togwotee are both at 32". I'm sure unloading from Merna or McDougal Gap would get you in snow pretty quick. I'm sure it wouldn't be too tough find a place to rode ride to break a sled in.

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I was just informed of a disappointing situation this morning, from my father, who lives in Alpine:

The road to Blind Bull, from Grey's river, is closed and we don't know when they'll ever fix it.* Seems a giant landslide took place in the gap at Blind Bull Lake a couple of miles from the warming hut.* He showed me some photos of the mess.* The gap is closed and there's a 60' vertical wall of dirt.* No one has figured out a way around it because of the size of things.* Tim Hababerger (trail groomer) says he will try to open the trail at Sheep Creek across McDougal Gap.* But, he has a real problem with that trail.* Seems he can groom east through the gap, but cannot groom back because the terrain is too steep for the groomer to return.* He'd have to trailer the groomer back and that's got to be well over 100 miles each way!* So, he's not sure what to do.

Rob, are you aware of this?

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Something tells me the USFS has absolutely no intention whatsoever of fixing this road. I haven't personally gone out to see the slide, but those who have seen it have essentially said it's gonna take heavy equipment and a lot of money to fix. I know there are people trying to work with the USFS on an alternative, but since technically this road was originally shut under Clinton's "roadless rule" nonsense, its probably going to stay the way it is until China officially owns the US government.

Hopefully I'm wrong about all this and the USFS actually fixes it next summer though
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Yes, I am aware. For the family/beginner trail rider this will be an issue. For the likely SnoWest reader it will mean more untracked powder for those able to ride off trail. If you can't navigate your way around the slide in the Blind Bull canyon (a decent rider should) there is also a route up Deadman canyon. About 15 years ago the state created a trail up Deadman to get to blindbull. Head up deadman canyon, about a half mile before you get to the old mine there is a place where the road gets a little blown in on the north side or left side of the canyon heading up. There is a small meadow a couple of hundred yards before this spot. Ride into the meadow, head a little north but mostly east and up. Pretty easy way to get to Blind Bull and a lot more fun with less trail riding.
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Yes, I am aware. For the family/beginner trail rider this will be an issue. For the likely SnoWest reader it will mean more untracked powder for those able to ride off trail. If you can't navigate your way around the slide in the Blind Bull canyon (a decent rider should) there is also a route up Deadman canyon. About 15 years ago the state created a trail up Deadman to get to blindbull. Head up deadman canyon, about a half mile before you get to the old mine there is a place where the road gets a little blown in on the north side or left side of the canyon heading up. There is a small meadow a couple of hundred yards before this spot. Ride into the meadow, head a little north but mostly east and up. Pretty easy way to get to Blind Bull and a lot more fun with less trail riding.
Thank you! We tried exactly this last year (Deadman to Blind Bull), but ended up getting too far west and some of the group was constantly getting stuck. So we had to turn back. Gonna try again this year, with your info.
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We are on day two of a two day winter storm warning. Yesterday the snow level appeared to be between 8000-9000 feet. It rained all day in the valley. The high elevations received a great hit of wet heavy snow. Great to get a base going. Blind Bull picked up about 16" "on the stick" is now at 46". Willow Creek and the South end received at least another foot and are both sitting at about 33". Both of our local resorts picked up about a foot in the last 24 hours. Targhee ski resort opened today. It is currently snowing lightly at the cabins right now.
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