100 club – A fine group of die hard skiers at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

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Each year as the season culminates, a list appears at the tram dock of a special few that are on their way to join the 100 club. The 100 club consists of those that are die hard skiers and have made it their mission to ski at the resort at least 100 days. At Jackson Hole, this becomes a challenge as the season only consists of 130 potential days to ski season. The reward for their efforts includes bragging rights, a 100 club patch, an epic breakfast at the Couloir restaurant with the best bacon you have ever dreamed of, and the joy of skiing for an extra day after the resort closes on Monday with the employees. Day in and out, folks click into their skis or snowboard in any condition that presents itself for the love of being on the snow.

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Here are just a select few of the 1oo club members that I had the joy of meeting at the celebration breakfast. Enjoy, and congrats to everyone that made the 100 club and a special thanks to Connie Kemmerer for making the 100 club exist.

“We thank our employees, season passholders and guests for a fabulous season-best ever.” – Connie Kemmerer

As Lance made the list, I attempted to shoot the photos and write for this blog. It might not have been such a good idea as you can see of some of the blurry images but none the less, here are a few fun stories and a snap shot of the end of season festivities!

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Lance Koudele
Days at end of season: 101 Seasons on 100 club: 3
Favorite run: Tram line
Favorite season memory: First public chair on the Teton lift with my wife.
Why 100? Because skiing is the greatest thing in the world!

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Todd Keho
Days at end of season: 112 Seasons on 100 club: 6
Favorite run: I’m keeping it a secret … =)
Favorite season memory: skiing pow every day, finding cool friends, just being awesome!
Why 100? You never know unless you go. There is always fun runs at the mountain, no matter the condition.

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Scott Levering
Days at end of season: 104 Seasons on 100 club: 1
Favorite season memory: When there was a 3 day, 54 inch storm. Made it totally awesome again.
Why 100? Because I live out here in employee housing, and so there is no excuse not to go.

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Brian McDonough
Days at end of season: 110 Seasons on 100 club: 1
Favorite season memory: Christmas Day. The snow was so good, and shared with friends.
Why 100? – I actually didn’t know until the list came out and then the stoke was alive.

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Carol Harkness
Days at end of season: 107 Seasons on 100 club: 12 or 13
Favorite season memory: There are so many. Skiing alone each day is a favorite.
Why 100? – To get out and exercise. With living in the village, it is very easy to come out and ski, so why not?

John Harkness
Days at end of season: 130 Seasons on 100 club: Member every year that the 100 club has been around.
Favorite season memory: Definitely skiing with friends. Especially on a powder day.
Why 100? Because I love to ski and get as many days as I can.

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Rob Denton
Days at end of season: 126 Seasons on 100 club: 2
Favorite season memory: The last apres Wednesday of the season
Why 100? – I love skiing!

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Chad Taylor
Days at end of season: 106 Seasons on 100 club: 8 or 9
Favorite season memory: The week before the hobacks opened
Why 100? – why not!

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The McDonald family – Eden, Damaris, Liberty, Stephen, Blaze, Christy
The only family at 100 day breakfast
Days at the end of the season: Eden (108), Damaris (114), Stephen (129), Liberty (121), Blaze (121), Christy (109) Seasons on the 100 club: Damaris is on her 1st time. Liberty and Blaze hold the most at 6 years. Liberty was the youngest ever in her first year at 7 years old.
Favorite memories of the season: Christmas Day enjoying bluebird deep powder, Stephen’s birthday that came with a present of a 17 inch powder day. The family also loves to spend time at the Casper Lodge.
Why 100? Like so many say, why not? They love to ski together and as a family. The 100 club is a way for them to reach out and have fun skiing together. It is their version of enjoying a sporting event together.

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Andrew Jared Case
Days at end of season: 130 Seasons on 100 club: 3
Favorite season memory: Oh there are too many! Being out of bounds with friends is a key one.
Why 100? Why not. I mean what else would I do?! This has been the best winter. Thanks to ski patrol, the employees and to Connie for making it all possible.

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Matt O’Donnell
Days at end of season: 105 Seasons on 100 club: Since the first year it was around. The first year there were only 12 or so folks that made it.
Favorite season memory:  This breakfast
Why 100? I just love to ski. And I love chair lifts.

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Becky Eidemiller
Days at end of season: 103 Seasons on 100 club: 2
Favorite season memory: Powder days!
Why 100? Since quitting my job 2 years ago, I now have lots of time to ski, so there is no excuse.

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Jason Strong
Days at end of season: 122 (and only due to an injury taking him out the first 8 days of the season) Seasons on 100 club: 10
Favorite season memory: The January storm that was a big one bringing 5 feet in one week!
Why 100 club? I love to ski every day! I mean why not.
A special dedication: This season was dedicated to Bully Burke who passed away this last summer season. He was a part of ski school and other jobs and a big part of the community. Jason skied with his pass around his neck every day this season. On powder days and when skiing big lines, he dedicated them to him and skied on his skis. Jason also started a Bully Burke stoke shack in secret location.

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Alex Linden Levy
Days at end of season: 111 Seasons on 100 club: 1
Favorite season memory: It was my 1st time in granite canyon and it was enjoyed with my great friends. It was such a blast!
Why 100? I love to ski every day. I would go crazy if I couldn’t ski every day!

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Tony Niro
Days at end of season: 102. It was 100th on Gaper Day – which is also his birthday! Seasons on 100 club: 8
Favorite season memory: It was an honest winter. I love the Teton lift, and was actually on the first public chair! And a Green river boot pack.
Why 100? Because it’s there! Green river boot pack.

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Skelly Bengimine
Days at end of season: 108 Seasons on 100 club: 7
Favorite season memory: I can’t think past yesterday skiing with a flag as Bruce Springsteen!
Why 100?- The stoke to get on the 100 club all started when I was living and everyone else made the club except me. That didn’t ever happen again.

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Laurence Ayres
Days at end of season: 130 Seasons on 100 club: 3
Favorite season memory: There were a lot of good runs with a favorite being a solo run down south hoback.
Why 100? I have goal oriented behavior and couldn’t help but make it along with my 3rd perfect season.

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Dawn Reid
Days at end of season: 103 Seasons on 100 club: 3
Favorite season memory: It was my first time in granite canyon.
Why 100? For the patch! They are all displayed at my house.

Brian Reid
Days at end of season: 105 Seasons on 100 club: 2
Favorite season memory: 17 inches on this one Saturday. Or some equal to that. There were really good powder days and some surprise ones too.
Why 100? I just love to ski and naturally, it just happens.

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Edith Asorow
Days at end of season: 108 Seasons on 100 club: 2
Favorite season memory: It was a magical season. The mountain gods kept throwing us snow. It was such a great mixup of snow and conditions and I loved it.
Why 100? I just ski almost every day and it just happens. Some years I have been barely there with 99. I am also proud to achieve the 2 million vertical feet club twice when they used to do that.

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Peter and Marlene Lang
Days at end of season: 116 for Peter (85 years young!), 114 for Marlene Seasons on 100 club: over 8 years!
Favorite season memories: Marlene saw a snowshoe hare in the trees off rendezvous trail. Peter- It is hard to say as there were so many awesome days. Skiing with my wife is my favorite. Our favorite ski day is always employee ski day. Our favorite run depends on the snow conditions. We also learned a good tip with the tram line and follow this principle: If the tram line is really long we skip it so that we can ski more vs waiting in line. If it is a nice day and the line is short when it should be long, we skip it because that must mean the conditions are bad. We learned that the hard way.  We also love looking for wildlife on the way to the village. This year one of our favorite moments is the eagle that roams around the road right before the entrance to Teton Village.
Why 100? Because we can. As long as we can ski, we are going to go for it. It is a really great accomplishment, especially at our age. We place all of our patches on our dresser at home. When the week day passes went away, we bought the full passes and went for it. Eagle going to village.

Congrats to all of the 100 club members in JH50. Here is the list of potentials as of March 31st at 10am with only 3 days left to try! See you next year!

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And of course, cheers to another season celebrating the finish all over the mountain, including great music,  finding sushi rolls being prepared! It was a stellar 50th season! Thanks to all that made it so special!

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Photos and writing by Jax Koudele

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