cold not a record; PPP nordic leg on

By Jim Stanford on March 25, 2013

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Temperature at the airport.

Today’s chilly morning, with a temperature of -8 degrees at Jackson Hole Airport, made for lots of annoying “I’m glad I’m on spring break” Facebook posts, but it was not a record, according to meteorologist Jim Woodmencey.

The record for March 25 in Jackson is -27 degrees, set in 1965, he said.

The meteorologist noted colder temperatures in Bondurant (-18) and at Yellowstone Lake (-19) this morning. The lows may have been even a few degrees colder before dawn, he said.

The recent blast of winter has ensured that there will be a nordic leg for the 38th annual Pole Pedal Paddle on Saturday. The Jackson Hole Ski Club will set a course at the base of the mountain by the Teewinot and/or Eagle’s Rest lifts.

Today is the deadline to register for the PPP without paying an additional $15 registration fee. Sign up to participate individually or with a team here.

Woodmencey is calling for temperatures in the upper 40s to near 50 later this week, which should make for good racing. There will be a chance for a shower, mainly over the mountains, he said, but “no big, horrendous storms.”

Race organizers received permission to use the Shooting Star golf course for the nordic leg, but there is not enough snow to make the course feasible, ski club director Carrie Boynton said. Moving the skate ski to the bottom slopes of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is preferable to a run, she said. The last time a run substituted for nordic skiing was in 2007.

The club expects to post a rough outline of the course on its website Tuesday.

Boynton said early registration has been strong. “The good weather and sweet prizes and cash purse are helping people get motivated,” she said.

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