(Teton Village, WY. August 27, 2015)With fall in the air, winter is approaching, and it’s not just any winter – this season is the 50th Anniversary of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) and the resort is kicking it all off with a FREE local movie premiere party.
JHMR invites the Jackson Hole community and all winter enthusiasts to Miller Park on Thursday, September 24, 2015 starting at 5pm. There will be live music by Jeff Crosby and the Refugees, amazing raffle prizes, an interactive art booth, kids activities, food and drink vendors and more. The highlight of the evening will be the official premiere of Born to be Wild. This 30 minute movie is the result of a two-year collaboration between JHMR and Teton Gravity Research with amazing footage from Mike Brown, Brain Farm, Warren Miller and the private collections of others.
Don’t miss this incredible display of Jackson Hole cinematic history, edited to an iconic soundtrack, all while enjoying a cold one with friends and family on the lawn of Miller Park. The party starts at 5pm with a live DJ spinning music until the movie premiere starts at 6:30pm. Jeff Crosby & the Refugees will then take the stage for some post-movie dancing and revelry.
The party also features amazing raffle prizes with chances to win a pair of Rossignol Soul 7 skis (1 of only 100 signature 50th anniversary pairs made), a 50th Anniversary Grand Pass, a limited edition Dakine 50th Anniversary Heli Pro Packand other great prizes. All are welcome to join in the fun. Come early, bring a blanket, reconnect with your tram line friends and share in the stoke. In the meantime – post your favorite JHMR memories and photos using the hashtag #JH50.
This Friday’s finale to the Chainless Bike Series will be a special one. Scott will be running free 30 minute demos of their 2016 bikes throughout the weekend and, to sweeten the deal even more, JH Sports will be giving out awesome raffle prizes to participants.
Last week at this time 10 of us were running in the Tetons with Eric Orton. The three day run academy based in Teton Village was challenging, fun, inspiring, beautiful and basically the best three days of running I have ever experienced.
Couloir Restaurant has been a proud member of 1% for the Planet for a few years now, and this year the local non-profit supported by these funds is Hole Food Rescue (HFR). Founded by JHMR employee Ali Dunford, Hole Food Rescue has in just two years changed the way the Jackson Hole community looks at food and food waste.
Ali and Jeske Grave are the two staff members who run a team of over 50 volunteers to help divert food waste (20,000 pounds a month on average), stock the Jackson Hole Food Cupboard and now are embarking on a research study to help identity food needs, food waste and solutions for our community.
To raise awareness about what HFR is doing they are throwing a party this Thursday at the Center for the Arts. This event will kick off at 6pm with some light bites from JHMR Executive Chef Wes Hamilton using rescued food, tastings from local spirit producers and at 8pm the Jackson Premiere of “Just Eat It”, a documentary about food waste in America. All the proceeds from the $10 suggested donation will go to support HFR’s mission to end food insecurity in Jackson Hole and divert food waste from our local landfill. There are lots of great raffle prizes too, the raffle will take place at 7 pm, and includes a 5 day ski pass from JHMR, dinner for two at Couloir, massages, gift cards and more.
Come support a truly great grassroots organization, and learn more about what you can do to help!
Turning off the asphalt and onto the private dirt road, the mood of our little group changed. Up until that point, the morning was similar to most days that I have been fortunate enough to spend on a guided fishing trip. My group assembled at Grand Fishing Adventures in Teton Village. We discussed flies, the water we would be fishing and we headed out. This morning was different, however. We didn’t have a boat in tow, which is unique to many guided trips in Jackson Hole. The difference was the fact that we were headed to a different stretch of water than everyone else. Perhaps only other anglers can fully appreciate this, but our destination was a small creek on a private ranch only minutes from Teton Village. We knew we were in for a special morning, what we didn’t know was whether the fish would be waiting for us.
The dirt road we were on wound its way along Lake Creek before straightening out into a quintessentially Western thoroughfare. To our left was an old barn and cabin, presumably used by one of the original homesteaders. To our right was a large cattle pasture. The tall grass and cattle seemed to stretch for miles and were bordered by the rugged mountains that denote the western edge of Jackson Hole. In front of us, running through this nearly unspoiled landscape, was our destination and those of us laying eyes upon it for the first time stood in awe. Fish Creek is a bucolic stream that flows out of Teton Village, WY. In addition to being a picturesque piece of water set amongst one of the best mountain views on earth, it is an exceptional fishery boasting trophy size Snake River Fine Spotted Cutthroat Trout, Jackson Hole’s native fish.
As we parked the vehicle and took our first look at the creek we knew that we were in for a treat. The small, gin clear creek looked to be the perfect habitat for fish. Our guide was just as excited as the rest of us as we assembled our rods and gathered our gear. Stories of fish with names like Bubba filled the air and added to the anticipation which felt akin to the moments before the start of a race. With our game plan finalized, we headed out for a short walk along the creek through the willows and the tall grass. It was difficult not to stop and cast a fly into some of the pristine water as we passed, but our guide assured us we would fish all of it on our way back down stream. Arriving at the first stretch of water we were to fish, the anticipation grew. What would the first cast produce?
As the guide explained where the fish typically hold and feed, one of our crew cast the first line and the day had officially begun. As is generally the case, the first cast did not produce a fish, nor did the second, but soon we were on the fish and they did not disappoint. As with many fisheries, the trout on Fish Creek have a unique style in which they take or eat a fly. They seemed to casually emerge from the depths and expertly eat the fly without disturbing much of the water often times chasing the fly downstream before eating it. In the moment, this artful dance appeared to happen in slow-motion. But once we set the hook, it was showtime – multiple runs with line spinning and fish rising out of the water several times. We found several good sized fish that morning and while Bubba may have eluded us we, were very happy with the fishing.
As we broke down our gear and loaded everything back into the vehicle, we knew how lucky we were for the experience that morning. To be one of 3 people fishing on such a pristine piece of water was a treat that doesn’t happen that often. The good news is that Grand Fishing Adventures offers this trip all season long and they rarely have to turn people away. With that thought in our minds, we made our way back to the shop vowing to take another trip to Fish Creek as soon as we were able. If you are interested in taking a guided trip on Fish Creek. Call Grand Fishing Adventures at 307-734-9684
PlayHard GiveBack, a company based out of Sun Valley, Idaho made its first splash into the Jackson Hole community this past winter during the Far From Home Film premier at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts. The film traces PHGB athlete, Brolin Mawejje’s “journey across continents, from his humble beginnings in Kampala, Uganda, to his athletic and medical pursuits in the United States”. The PHGB team arrived at the event in their company motorhome wrapped with the Far From Home logo to support Brolin and his journey.
The PlayHard GiveBack mission is to create a culture among athletes around the importance of giving back. They strive to develop athletes beyond sport by connecting them with social and environmental causes. Two months ago, they launched a new model that enables hotels to join the movement by carrying healthy PHGB products that support a local PHGB athlete and their aligned cause. Jackson Hole has been one of the most responsive towns with the hotel model; with two JH hotels already carrying PHGB trail mix.
The first Jackson Hole and third Playhard GiveBack Hotel partner was the Rusty Parrot Lodge, a family-run 32-room lodge where the owners and staff delight in sharing inside information about the town and area they love. Brandon Harrison, the owner of the hotel, provides complimentary bags of PHGB trail mix to his guests in order to support PHGB athlete, Jess McMillan and her nonprofit partner, The Chris Anthony Youth Initiative. Jess McMillan, a Jackson Hole local and highschool classmate of Harrisons’, was the Freeskiing World Tour Champion in 2007 and the US Freeskiing Champion in 2007. The mission statement of her nonprofit partner, The Chris Anthony Youth Initiative Program is to improve the quality of life through introducing youth to educational enrichment opportunities.
Hotel Terra, another PHGB hotel partner,“brings a new kind of luxury to the Jackson Hole experience”. PHGB trail mixes are now being sold in their café to support Tristan Teton Brown and his nonprofit partner, Protect Our Winters. Tristan Teton Brown is a big mountain skier currently living in Jackson Hole who “values adventures over assets and embraces opportunities that stray from his comfort zone.” His nonprofit partner, POW is an organization dedicated to engaging and mobilizing the winter sports community to lead the fight against climate change.
The PlayHard GiveBack team is grateful for all of their hotel partners and is excited to continue working within the Jackson Hole community. Keep your eyes peeledfor the PHGB motor home, their tasty trail mix and their Jackson Hole athletes! Check out www.playhardgiveback.com/hotels to learn more.
This past Saturday Teton Village was abuzz with runners and hikers- 181 to be exact for the Rendezvous Hill Climb. This was the first time the historic race was run on new single track trail all the way up to the top of the tram, and the course record has now been set.
Jackson local, Matt Chorney, took the win with a time of 1 hour and 9 minutes. Winning woman, Jenny Wolfe of Bozeman, MT finished the course in 1 hour and 21 minutes.
There were people participating from all over the country, and all ages! For the complete race results, click here. Youngest finisher was 8 year old Edan Hautamaki. The oldest finisher is Jackson local, Jon Parker 79 years young – who also competed in Snow King and Grand Targhee hill climb races.
It was a great turn out for the race and very special to see Chris Onufer’s family participating and enjoying the day. Big thanks are in order to the Teton Trail Runners, race day volunteers (yes, the last aid station had bacon – best thing ever!) and Doug Cook, JHMR lift supervisor, who organized the event. All proceeds went to the local high school cross country teams, who showed up in force to run.
Now that I finished my first Rendezvous Hill Climb – I’ve already marked my calendar for the first Saturday in August next summer! Who’s with me?
Some of you might be wondering what the big green Jackson Hole Land Trust flags throughout Teton County are all about. Wonder no more! They mark each Land Trust conservation easement to raise awareness of their 35th anniversary. To top it off, View22, a mini project of the Trust, has involved local artists to paint and photograph each land parcel in their personal style. These art pieces will be auctioned off at the annual Land Trust picnic at the Mead Ranch.
The Jackson Hole Land Trust flag stands proudly next to the trail at the base of Rock Springs canyon.
How does all this relate to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort? There is a very popular conservation easement adjacent to Teton Village that you might not know about. The Rock Springs property, just south of the Hobacks, was designated a conservation easement by the JH Land Trust in 1997. This was just 3 years before JHMR opened its gates to backcountry access and the easement became a popular area for backcountry exploration. The Rock Springs Yurt is located on the northern edge of this easement and is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort owns this 211 acre property, but entrusted the JH Land Trust to protect this land from any future development. Looks like future generations will get to experience the same gorgeous landscape that we do today!
Late last week, Roxanne Pierson, of the JH Land Trust, and I took a hike out to the Rock Springs Canyon property to plant the flag. The trails are great heading south from the resort, and it was my first time on the trail in the summertime. Wildflowers are still in full bloom, but dreaming of the landscape in winter was not hard to do.
Roxanne prepares to plant the JH Land Trust flag.
We scouted the area for the best spot to plant the flag and decided on an area on the north side of the easement with excellent views of Rock Springs canyon and Rock Springs Buttress.
“Rocks Springs Canyon, a favorite out-of-bounds run for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort backcountry skiers and yurt guests (as well as black bears, moose, elk, mule deer, and raptors) has been protected by an easement that allows recreational uses but eliminates any future development.”
-Jackson Hole Land Trust
Help celebrate Jackson Hole Land Trust’s 35th Anniversary this Sunday, August 9 at the Mead Ranch. Click here for more details.
If there was ever a person more comfortable or happy in the mountains than Chris Onufer, I have yet to meet them. Chris, a long time Aerial Tram mechanic and fixture at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, died tragically in 2012. Whether you knew Chris or not, his spirit can be felt at the Aerial Tramway and Rendezvous Mountain – enticing skiers and riders, hikers, runners and climbers to get out and explore, live every moment to the fullest, have some fun, scare yourself a bit and feel alive.
The Rendezvous Mountain Hill Climb Saturday, Aug 1st is a tribute to this mountain goat; a man who ran wild through the mountains and shared selflessly his passions, joys and experiences with all.
With an invigorated new course, the Hill Climb is “X” Extreme – and Chris, Captain X, will be there cheering everyone on. 6.1 miles almost completely on single track with over 4,100 vertical– a new record is there for the taking. I won’t be the one setting the record, but I’m ready to show up for race day, and show up for Chris, who never missed a race.
Are you dreaming of ski season? In celebration of the 50th Anniversary winter season, JHMR has kept pricing at the same rate as the 2014-15 season, while adding extra Grand Pass benefits. For this special anniversary year Grand Passholders will receive four (4) 50% off buddy passes for friends and family plus more.