Winter is still upon us with the promise of Spring's arrival March 21. The Elk Refuge is filled with the magnificence of thousands of Elk and recently visible was a pack of wolves looking on. A large herd of Big Horned Sheep can be viewed on the eastern perimeter of the refuge. Moose are everywhere and it is not surprising to arrive home to find one relaxing in your driveway. Activities such as cross country skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, snow shoeing and ice skating continue to be full swing. Our Elk Refuge sleigh rides are still quite active and one can experience an up close and personal view of our spectacular winter herd. The National Museum of Wildlife Art is open free to all area locals the first Sunday of every month.For more information on curre nt exhibits: www.wildlifeart.org. The Grand Teton Music Festival is offering winter chamber music at Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village March 13 and 19 between 7:30-9:30 PM. For more details please visit www.gtmf.org. And finally this month the 34th World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb is scheduled for March 28-29 as machines are challenged to climb the 1500 foot vertical rise at Snow King. For further details please visit www.snowdevils.org SKI REPORT: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort launched its new Tram mid December with its over 4,000 vertical feet of varied terrain. Season to date there is over 356 " of snowfall with snow depth of 91" on the upper mountain and 281 " of snowfall and 72" mid mountain with 11 out of 12 lifts open, 116 of 116 trails and 35 of 48 groomed trails. Please check the following link for the latest avalanche report :www.jacksonhole.net/snow-report.htm Snow King Resort has 51 " packed powder base at the top of the mountain with 4 out of 4 lifts open and 15 trails ( up to date Snow King ski report: 307-734-2020).Grand Targhee Resort has a snow depth of 87" with all 5 lifts, all 74 trails and over 2500 acres open. NATIONAL & STATE REAL ESTATE NEWS: From the National Association of REALTORS Washington Report : "On February 18, 2009 President Obama announced his Home Owners Affordability and Stability Plan designed to help 7 to 9 million families avoid foreclosure by refinancing or modifying their mortgages. The plan also strengthens the federal commitment to Fanniue Mae and Freddie Mac ( the government sponsored enterpirses, or GSE's)" STATISTICS: (Teton Board of REALTORS MLS includes Teton County WY and ID, as well as Lincoln, Sublette and Fremont WY Counties)Current total Teton Board of REALTORS' MLS Active listings: 4126 with a total volume of $3.3 billion+ --Total number of pending contracts within the past 30 days: 151 with a total volume of $165+ million. Total closed sales during the past 30 days: 29 with a total sales volume of almost $13 million. Year to date 20 closed sales with a total volume of over $9 million Diane Nodell Real Estate Inc . currently represents 21 active listings, including single family homes, town homes & condos, vacant ground and commercial opportunities, with a volume totaling $22+ million. We have two pending transaction representing approximately $2.7 million. CONTACT US FOR A CUSTOMIZED ONGOING BEST BUY LIST. All real estate is local and the Jackson Hole real estate market continues to enjoy a vast inventory in all price points with Buyers still finding the perfect property with well negotiated contracts. It is a Buyer's market and with interest rates at all time lows it is a great time to buy in Jackson Hole. Depend upon our experts to show you every property that match your specific parameters so that you can make the most informed and best decision concluding with a successful and well managed transaction. WE ALWAYS welcome you to contact any of our agents with questions about our market, for ongoing e-mail property updates tailored to your parameters or to discuss a marketable price to sell your home. We understand this market and can help you determine the best course of action for you .