This is Rob from Rockin’ M Ranch Alpine, Wyoming. We are a year round cabin rental resort/guest ranch that offers lodging and snowmobile rentals in the winter months. The cabins are located in a very scenic location on the Banks of the Salt River 4 miles south of Alpine, Wyoming, and 39 miles from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Our cabins are very nice. They all have full kitchens, a gas fireplace, barbeque grills, Direct T.V., nearby hot tubs, and ride in and ride out snowmobiling. We offer Polaris and Ski-Doo snowmobile rentals along with Klim snowmobile clothing. We also offer guided snowmobile tours in the Greys River (Wyoming) and Caribou Mountain Area (Idaho). We have been in the snowmobile rental business since 1997. We pride ourselves in well maintained recent model machines and personable, owner/operator type service.
I am hoping to use this word press blog to keep a current snow report going throughout the winter. If there is a big void from one blog to the next it is a good sign that I am very busy plowing and getting rentals out. I will do my best. I use many sources including snotel sites, personal experience, reports from renters, and measurements around the Rockin’ M Ranch. Snotel sites are snow measuring sites in the mountains reporting real time data. These measurements are “on the stick”. They are typically a conservative measurement with some error that needs to be factored in to account for wind and settling of the snow.
Today: December 21, 2012
November brought warm temperatures and plenty of moisture late in the month. Many of the storms left rain in the valleys and snow over 8000′. After the first week of December the temperatures cooled down and we received a few storms of 8-12 inches since then, with the last storm Sunday and monday leaving us a foot here at the cabins. For the time of the year we are in great shape. The elevations around 8000 feet have 40-50″ of very solid snow with a high water content and a great base. The lower elevations have ample cover to snowmobile, but I would not advise off-trail riding until you get to the higher elevations. Last year we averaged 80-90% of normal. This year the Snake River region from Alpine to Yellowstone is at 115% of normal. Our closest snotel site (Willow Creek) is at 108%. The forecast is for snow from Saturday to Tuesday. I will try to report after the storm. Thanks for reading!! Feel free to call anytime 307-654-2288.