Black Crows Skis Take Jackson by Storm

You may have seen a new flock of sleek and sexy sticks out on the hill and in the tram line these past few seasons–Hopefully you’ve had a chance to try out Teton Village Sports’ newest brand: black crow.
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Photo: Prudence Daniels on Navis Birdie

An independent brand from the heart of freeskiing in Chamonix, the creative mavericks at black crows have produced a comprehensive line of new skis dedicated to the pleasure of skiing. This refreshing  perspective on what it means to slide on snow and the performance of the skis has led to a boom of crows in Jackson. The epicenter of the infection has been Teton Village Sports, who boldly waves the flag as the first brick-and-mortar retailer for the crows in the USA.

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All wood construction and the preservation of at least a nip of traditional camber in all of their models speak to black crows’ authentic style. Not to be considered too traditional however, their lightweight core technologies are cutting edge and the shapes are borderline revolutionary  (many designed by freeride pioneer Julien Regnier of JJ fame).

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There is also a new team of crow ambassadors in the Hole, and despite low precipitation this year the boys and girls of the flock have been getting after it (check out this vid). The favorites of the squad have been the Atris 184 (108mm underfoot) and the Navis Birdie for the ladies (102mm underfoot). Check out TVS now for special offers on the Atris, a perfect one ski quiver for the playful nave or a double-rocker powder tool for those who like to keep their feet on the ground and link more than three turns in the bowl.  Deals start at 20% off!

Powder Returns to the Tetons

Old Man Winter decided to return to the Tetons dropping a foot of fresh snow. It may be March but powder skiing has returned to Jackson Hole. This morning we went to check out the goods with ‘Cover Boy’, Tanner Flanagan, ‘POV Star’ Owen Leeper and, US Ski Mountaineering Team Member, Meredith Edwards.

We headed straight to the Grand for some good old fashioned Cowboy Powder (fresh powder on top of a groomed run). 5” of light density snow awaited the team. Tanner dives in.

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Meredith finds a face full on the Grand.

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Owen with two choices, left or right. It doesn’t matter both are fantastic.

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Cowboy Powder at its finest.

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After a quick lap inbounds the crew decided to go for a hike in the backcountry. Finding smooth snow underneath the powder was the name of the game today. The snow was very light density and moguls underneath could be felt if you didn’t pick the right spots. The Jackson Hole Backcountry Guides can take you to the goods. The views are not too bad either.

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Smooth powder with Owen.

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People know Meredith for going up, but the girl shreds.

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With 311” of snow for the season and a snow depth of 89” on the upper mountain and 72” at mid mountain we are set to have a wonderful close to the season. Spring weather returns to the Tetons this weekend and we will be enjoying great corn skiing and live concerts.

Tanner takes the tree line.

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Save 30% on lift tickets March 26-29th with our March Just got Radder promotion.  Here’s an edit from some of our favorite powder days this year.

 

Dropping into the…RENDEZVOUS

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Picture this–You find yourself alone on a dark road…you’re not sure what day it is or where you are, but you’re not frightened.  In fact, you have a feeling that you’re about to encounter something….something….rad.  In the distance, you see bright lights and a faint sound of live music.  At first you think, “is this a mirage!?”  but then you decide to walk closer to the glowing hullabaloo.  What is this dream that you’re about to experience?  OMG IT’S NOT A DREAM, IT’S THE 2ND ANNUAL RENDEZVOUS FESTIVAL!!  Get ready.  Get set.  Get free concerts.

Also, in case you want to step up your #game, listen to this story*.  There once was a member of the Army whose name was Joe Reserve, but everyone called him “Private Reserve.”  This guy LOVED music festivals, and especially loved being able to purchase a pass that got him access to a private, premiere viewing area adjacent to the stage as well as complimentary food and beverages, starting at $75.  That’s where the Private Reserve Pass got it’s name*–This year, the Private Reserve VIP area will be catered by the Q Roadhouse.  Complimentary beverages are listed below.

16oz Budweiser & Bud Light
8oz Lemon-Ade-Rita, Cran-Brrr-Rita Red Bull & Editions
8oz Cabernet Sauvignon & Chardonnay Pepsi/ Diet Pepsi
Vodka and Red Bull 7 Up /Mountain Dew
Vodka Soda & Tonic Aquafina Water
Whiskey and Pepsi
Whiskey and Ginger Ale

Be just like Private Reserve and get a Private Reserve pass.  Your Instagrams will NOT require zoom or filter.

*that was a fake story, but Private Reserve passes are very much real and available for purchase by clicking the awesome button below.
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 JH RENDEZVOUS Music Under The Tram: Screen Door Porch

  • Time: Thursday, March 19th from 3-5 pm
  • Location: I kid you not, under the literal Aerial Tram
  • Information: Screen Door Porch delivers a fusion of soulful Americana, Roots-Rock and Country-Blues that has been likened to “Gillian Welch meets The Band, with Ryan Adams and Bonnie Raitt hanging out backstage” (605 Magazine). Grooving, electrified porch music, that is. The core female/male singer-songwriter pair of Seadar Rose & Aaron Davis thrive in a space that houses rustic harmonies and “a sort of Lennon/McCartney arrangement and get it right every time” (Americana UK).
  • SHEL’S RENDEZ-VIEW:  Ohhh SHOOT, first official event of Rendezvous!  Last week I said that I really like Screen Door Porches because I enjoy drinking cold beverages outside without dealing with bugs, etc.  BUT THEN, I saw these guys play.  I still objectively like Screened in Porches, but now I really like this band.  Thirsty Thursday will conclude with a nice outdoor concert from these folks.  Also, I checked the weather and it’ll be 50 degrees.

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Justin Smith at The Ascent Lounge

  • Time: Thursday, March 19th from 4-7 pm
  • Location:  The Ascent Lounge in The Four Seasons
  • Information: Live music at the end of your ski day!
  • SHEL’S RENDEZ-VIEW:  Look at the pic below.  See that tux? (if you can’t see the tux, see your eye doctor immediately). This guy is classy, so don’t miss his concert on Thursday.  Just stroll into The Four Seasons, sit down, and enjoy this private concert (for you and the other people who attend).

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JH RENDEZVOUS on The Town Square: Jason Spooner

  • Time: Friday, March 20th at 5 pm
  • Location: Town Square, Intersection of Center St. and E. Broadway
  • Information:  Opening act Wyatt Lowe.  Bud Light beer specials available.  For Private Reserve passes, click here.
  • SHEL’S RENDEZ-VIEW: The intersection of Center Street and East Broadway is where it’s AT this weekend.  Be there or be (town)square.  If you live in town, this will be a massively convenient entertainment opportunity for you and hundreds of your closest pals/local squirrels .  I’ll be there signing “Dropping into the Weekend” autographs…if you even want them….

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JH RENDEZVOUS on The Town Square: Robert Earl Keen

  •  Time: Friday, March 20th at 8 pm
  • Location: Town Square, Intersection of Center St. and E. Broadway
  • Information:  Opening act Jason Spooner.  Bud Light beer specials available.  For Private Reserve passes, click here.
  • SHEL’S RENDEZ-VIEW: I have this theory that if you have three names, you are cool.  Sarah Jessica Parker? Cool.  Freddie Prinze Jr.?  Cool in the 90’s. Neil Patrick Harris? OMG, so talented! My friend Riley Frances Boone has three names and she’s really cool.  This evidence gives me the confidence to state that all people with 3 names are awesome.  Robert Earl Keen’s performance will be (for lack of a better work) RAD 3x.

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Kaenon Spring Sale at JH Sports

  • Time: Saturday, March 21st from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Location: JH Sports in the Bridger Center, Teton Village
  • Information: .  20% off all Kaenon product with a Kaenon representative available to help fit folks.  Sale selection will be huge,  with around 110 pairs.
  • SHEL’S RENDEZ-VIEW:  No joke–I loves sales.  I especially love sales where there’s a brand expert to help you get the right fit.  Both of these perks will be a reality at JH Sports’ sale on Saturday.  Wake up at 5 am, do some jumping jacks, mouth the word “deals” in the mirror, and you’ll probs be ready by the time the discounts start at 10am.

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2015 Jackson Jackalope Jump

  • Time: Saturday, March 21st at 1 pm
  • Location: Teton Village, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
  • Information: The Jackson Jackalope Jump will be held TBA at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Jackson.  Registration will begin at 1:00pm with the Jump starting at 1:00pm.  Awards will be given for Most Money Raised by and Athlete, Most Money Raised Overall, Most Money Raised by a Group, Largest Group and of course the Best Costume.  Start getting ready because very soon you will be FREEZIN’ FOR A REASON!
  • SHEL’S RENDEZ-VIEW:  Freezin’ for a Reason?  Yes please!  This will be the first year that I have the privilege of watching peeps jump into cold water to raise money.  Who am I cheering on?  Marcus Olson, who always stops by my desk to say hi when he’s done with skiing.  He had a sweet shark costume last year (see below) and is one of many participants trying to reach their fundraising goal.  Donate here!

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JH RENDEZVOUS Music Under The Tram: Sneaky Pete & The Secret Weapons

  • Time: Saturday, March 21st from 3-5 pm
  • Location: Under that Aerial Tram, y’all
  • Information: Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons are a six piece outfit from Jackson, Wy. They pride themselves in energetic dance parties that feature an interesting musical mix of original tunes and unique covers, seamlessly blended together in a supersonic whirlwind of high altitude stink funk.
  • SHEL’S RENDEZ-VIEW: My secret weapon is humor when I feel uncomfortable.  Also, I can perfectly toast bread for a PBJ sandwich. My colleague Ilka’s secret weapon is her dance moves.  Which aren’t secret, but I guess I didn’t realize they were a weapon.  I need to get to know her better.  ANYWAY.  Sneaky Pete has some secret weapons and they’re his band.   Their performance will be the first installation of a very epic night of music.

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JH RENDEZVOUS on the Mountain: Michael Franti & Spearhead

  • Time: Saturday, March 21st at 7 pm
  • Location: Main Stage in Teton Village
  • Opening Act: Mandatory Air at 5:30pm. 2 for 1 Bud and Bud Lights until 6:30pm.
  • Venue Details: Gate open at 5:00pm. Food, Beverage and Restrooms available inside venue.
  • Information: Musician, humanitarian, and children’s book author, Michael Franti, is recognized as a pioneering force using music as a vehicle for positive change as well as his unforgettable, high energy shows with his band, Spearhead. With the multi-platinum success of his song “Say Hey (I Love You)” and the chart breaking 2010 release of “The Sound Of Sunshine”, Franti and his band guarantee a show that will be thought provoking as well as a fun dance party!
  • SHEL’S RENDEZ-VIEW:  Did you know that Michael Franti is 1.98 meters tall?! Be sure to drink in this tall glass of water on Saturday evening.  Get there at 5 pm so that you can cash in on the 2 for 1 Bud Light specials.  Be sure to hydrate too, because you’re gonna dance your pants off and then back on because being publically pants-less is not permitted on the concert grounds.   Also, for all you American readers, 1.98 meters is 6’6.

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JH RENDEZVOUS on the Mountain: Mix Master Mike of The Beastie Boys

  • Time:  Saturday, March 21st following Michael Franti
  • Location: Main Stage in Teton Village
  • Information:  Mix Master Mike is undoubtedly one of the greatest DJs of all time, but also one of the most talented turntablists of this era. A beat conductor who plays the turntable, a DJ to inspire and challenge the best of the best.
  • SHEL’S RENDEZ-VIEW:  When I was in high school, I wasn’t very cool.  BUT I listened to the Beastie Boys a lot, which makes me cool in retrospect.  Isn’t that the best type of coolness?  No?  Ok, go see Mix Master Mike.

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JH RENDEZVOUS Music Under The Tram: Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R.

  • Time: Sunday, March 22nd at 3 pm
  • Location: Get under dat Tram, yo
  • Opening Act: Chanman Roots Band
  • Information: Lukas is excited to be returning to Jackson Hole to perform! Lukas and his band P.O.T.R. (Promise of the Real) are an American rock n roll group based out of California. Lukas first picked up the guitar at age 11 to honor a promise he made to his father and was able to teach himself the craft by playing along to classic Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix songs.
  • SHEL’S RENDEZ-VIEW:  What’s your perfect date?  Mine’s a long walk on the beach with a cold drink in my hand.  Lukas Nelson’s perfect date is March 22nd because he’s the grand finale of the 2015 Rendezvous Festival!  This young man is last, but certainly not least.   He was the opener for SXSW and his hair is a flowy blessing (see below).   Also, his music is fantastic.  See you there with a cold brew and a light jacket!

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Latest Video – The Flow State with Alex Yoder

As visually expressed by Alex Yoder, “flow is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does.” Wikipedia.com

Dropping into the Radness!

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Me oh my.  It’s weekend two of March Radness in Jackson Hole and I’m pleased to report that last week was not just rad, it was super rad.  If you didn’t make it to any of the events, have no fear because there’s another great lineup of concerts and other events coming atcha.   Have fun, be safe, and don’t take any wooden nickels (I don’t know…my dad used to say that).

  • Veuve Clicquot Champagne Dinner
    Location:  The Four Seasons in Teton Village
  • Time:  Thursday, March 12th at 7 pm
  • Information: Please join us for a Veuve Clicquot Champagne Dinner with Special Guest Veuve Clicquot Winemaker Delphine Laborde
  • SHELLIE’S RAD INSIGHT: Ya know what folks?  Sometimes I feel a bit like Iggy Azalea and want to get *fancy* on a Thursday night.  If you’re in that mood today, you’re in SERIOUS luck because this event at The Four Seasons will be elegant, informative, with a hint of bubbles.  There are still tickets left!

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  • Sneak Attack at Town Square Tavern
    Location: The Town Square Tavern in downtown Jackson Hole
  • Time:  Friday, March 13th at 10 pm
  •  Information: Members of Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons join forces with Uncle Stack & the Attack.
  • SHELLIE’S RAD INSIGHT: I LOVE IT when two things are included in one package.  Peanut Butter in an M&M? YUM! A fashionable ring that can also gauge your mood? AWESOME!  I especially love it when two really talented bands unite to create the most musically stimulating night ever.  Sneak Attack’s performance will be worth your time, so put on a sassy graphic tee and head downtown.town square
  • Screen Door Porch at Hayden’s Post
    Location:  Hayden’s Post in The Snow King Resort Hotel
  • Time: Friday, March 13th at 9 pm
  • Information: Screen Door Porch delivers a Wyoming-grown fusion of soulful Americana, Roots-Rock and Country-Blues that has been likened to “Gillian Welch meets The Band, with Ryan Adams and Bonnie Raitt hanging out backstage” (605 Magazine). Electrified Porch music, that is. The core female/male singer-songwriter duo of Seadar Rose & Aaron Davis thrive in a space that houses colorable harmonies, a diverse bag of acoustic & electric instrumentation, and “a sort of Lennon/McCartney arrangement and get it right every time” (Americana UK).
  • SHELLIE’S RAD INSIGHT: I love screened in porches because they allow you to enjoy a cold beverage outside even if it’s rainy or buggy.  Though that opinion has nothing to do with the band per se, I think that they named their band Screen Door Porch because they have their finger(s) on the pulse of what’s cool and aesthetically pleasing.  I really like Hayden’s venue/delicious food, so it would make sense to head over for a late dinner and then sip on a drink when the bank starts to rock out.

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Jackson Hole Moose in the BDHL Finals

  • Location:  Snow King Arena
  • Time:  Friday, March 13th at 4 and 7:30 pm, Saturday, March 14th at 7:30 pm
  • Information:  Teams compete in the Semi-final and Final hockey games of the season.
  • SHELLIE’S RAD INSIGHT: Ugh, the last hockey games ever.  Until next season.  I’m pretty sad because I really like being a social butterfly and the Moose games are the ideal place to chit-chat (and OMG WATCH SPORTS!!!).

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  • Shopping!
    Location:  Hoback Sports, JH Sports, and Teton Village Sports
  • Time: March 13th-April 5th
  • Information:  Head out to all 3 stores for some of the best deals on this year’s winter merchandise.
  • SHELLIE’S RAD INSIGHT:  I’ll be honest–I’ve already gone to the stores and scouted out what I need to add to my wardrobe.  I’m not going to tell you what I want, for fear that you’ll agree and snipe my size, BUT I will say that the deals are REAL and the fashion is on point.

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  • Matt Donovan at The Handle Bar
    Location:  The Handle Bar in The Four Seasons
  • Time: Friday, March 13th at 4 pm
  • Information:  Live music outside from 4 – 7pm, *Music may alternatively be in Ascent Lounge
  • SHELLIE’S RAD INSIGHT: Friday is going to be absolutely GORGEOUS, so I suggest getting a frosty drink at The Handle Bar and enjoying the sweet sounds of Matt Donovan’s music.  Please wear SPF (1000 if you’re me).
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Habitat Night at The Silver Dollar Bar with Wood Smoke Rising

  • Location: The Silver Dollar Bar in The Wort Hotel
  • Time: Friday, March 13th and Saturday, March 14th at 7:30 pm
  • Information: The Silver Dollar Bar is hosting a fundraiser to benefit Habitat For Humanity’s Global Village Project in its effort to rebuild homes and communities in the Philippines that were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan on November 8, 2013.  The Silver Dollar Bar will offer Teton Habitat drink specials all night, awesome raffle PRIZES and LIVE MUSIC from the incredible Wood Smoke Rising!! Habitat Drink specials all night!!!!! $2.50 PBR! $5.00 “Filipino Fizz” pints!!!
  • SHELLIE’S RAD INSIGHT:  Usually when I see wood smoke rising, I scream “AHHHH RUN!!! THERE’S A FIRE!”–but in this case, I say head on down to The Wort to see my BFF Mike play bluegrassy goodness with his bandmates!  They’re going to bring the house down (in a nondestructive, fundraisey way) and I’m going to be there drinking a Bud Light (with a splash of OJ) and a quesadilla!

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Music Under the Tram – Major Zephyr

  • Location:  Under the literal Tram in Teton Village
  • Time:  Saturday, March 14th from 3:30-6 pm
  • Information: Major Zephyr will keep you warm with their unique blend of rocking acid-country. It’s the new sound of the old west, and there’s no better way to get down for Après Ski than to rock out with these guys under the Tram.
  • SHELLIE’S RAD INSIGHT: Last weekend was a total blowout, and this week will be another winning concert.  The weather is going to cooperate and Bud Light will continue to dish out beer specials.  Hurray for March Radness!  And beer specials!
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Mountain Dew presents: Meet Danny Davis

  • Location: Mountain Dew Events Tent at the Base of the Bridger Gondola
  • Time: Saturday, March 14th from 12-1 pm
  • Information:  Take advantage of this great opportunity to meet Snowboard Star Danny Davis, 2015 X Games Superpipe Champion!Meet & Greet Cocktail Event Friday and winner rides with Danny on Saturday! Prizes and Giveaways throughout the event!  Virtual Mountain Dew Experience will be on the scene as well.
  • SHELLIE’S RAD INSIGHT:  I don’t know Danny (yet) but his luscious beard in the picture below tells me that he’s a really cool guy.  They say “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”….BUT WHAT IF THE COVER IS AWESOME?!  Danny will be meeting, greeting, and answering questions in the Mountain Dew tent on Saturday and THEN one lucky winner will get to ride with him.  On top of that, the Mountain Dew Virtual Experience will be on the premises for people to check out.  Anything virtual is virtually ok with me. Very cool.  And Danny, if I didn’t make myself clear, I like your beard.

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Talib Kweli & Immortal Technique

  • Location:  The Pink Garter Theater in downtown Jackson
  • Time: Saturday, March 14th at 9 pm
  • Information: WITH NIKO IS, CF, HASAN SALAAM, Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm, $40.00 – $60.00Buy Tickets
  • SHELLIE’S RAD INSIGHT:  I wrote a paper on Talib Kweli for my History of Hip-Hop class in college.  I forget everything I learned, BUT I do know that Talib Kweli is very talented and a pretty big name to be in Jackson Hole!  Limited tickets are still on sale (I have an extra one for sale if you need one), so SEE YOU THERE PARTY PEOPLE.
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Aaron Davis & The Mystery Machine at The Handle Bar

  • Location:  The Handle Bar in The Four Seasons
  • Time: Saturday, March 14th at 4 pm
  • Information:  Live music outside from 4 – 7pm, *Music may alternatively be in Ascent Lounge
  • SHELLIE’S RAD INSIGHT:  I was hooked when I saw “Mystery Machine.”  It’s going to be another nice day in Jackson Hole, so find out what the mystery is all about over a frosty brew.  Again…don’t forget your SPF 1,000,000.

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The Miller Sisters at The Handle Bar

  • Location:  The Handle Bar in The Four Seasons
  • Time: Friday, March 13th at 4 pm
  • Information:  Live music outside from 4 – 7pm, *Music may alternatively be in Ascent Lounge
  • SHELLIE’S RAD INSIGHT:  I LOVE THE MILLER SISTERS!  They’re so energetic and always play exactly what the crowd wants to hear.  Can you say Sunday Funday?  Even if you can’t, you should still get involved.
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ST. PATRICK’S DAY AT CASPER RESTAURANT

  • Location:  Casper Restaurant, Mid-Mountain at Teton Village
  • Time:  Tuesday, March 17th from 1-3:30 pm
  • Information:  Uncle Stack and The Attack will be playing at Casper Restaurant to help celebrate our love of all things Irish.  Burger and hotdog deals with be available, as well as Bud Light specials!
  • SHELLIE’S RAD INSIGHT: [note to readers: please read in an Irish accent] As an Irish lassie, I’m super excited that St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner!  Casper Restaurant is providing the fun next Tuesday–All you have to do is show up!  AND! Unlike the Irish Famine of the 1800s, this party will have lots of food and drink.  Wear some green or expect a PINCH!

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Mountain Collective On Sale Today!

We’re excited to announce that Sun Valley is an official member of the Mountain Collective family!

Even better news–Starting today, a limited number of Mountain Collective passes are on sale for only $369 US. The Mountain Collective™ Pass includes two days of skiing or riding at each of the eight destinations (AltaSnowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine, Sun Valley, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows and Whistler Blackcomb), plus a 50 percent discount on all additional days with no blackout dates. Pricing for the kids pass (ages 12 and under) is just $99 for the 2015-16 season, offering an incredible deal for families.

With purchase today, you get a bonus day–Check out the deal here before the passes sell out!

 

Dick’s Ditch 2015 Results

The 16th annual Dick’s Ditch Banked Slalom was another great success!

Competitors from all over the country came to test their times on “that crazy ditch.” Racing conditions were excellent, with hard and fast turns in the morning, and softer conditions as the day warmed. See results below.

2015 Dick’s Ditch Final Results (PDF)

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The highly sought-after winner’s belt buckle.

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Snowboarders and skiers both raced this weekend.

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Masters snowboard division take the podium.

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Beautiful sunny, warm weather made for great conditions.