Winter is upon us in Jackson Hole. We’ve just had our first series of storms that produced significant snowfall and are on track with average snow depth after a long Indian summer. The snow that has been falling is dense, with a high water content, making it a wonderful base snowpack on the upper mountain. Combine that with cold nights and snowmaking, and we are looking great for our 50th anniversary season opening. To celebrate, we are having lots of exciting events and offers throughout the season including $6 lift tickets November 27 and the opening of the Teton Lift December 19.
Check out the photos below from today and this weekend in Jackson Hole.
Sublette lift looking ready for the season.
Northern Lights on a cold night. Gros Ventre river.
Cody Peak. Rendezvous Bowl.
The Grand Teton.
Kick off the 2015-2016 season in style on Flashback Friday! Join us Friday, November 27th ONLY, enjoy $6 lift access – the same price of a Jackson Hole lift ticket in 1965!
One of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s co-founders, Alex Morley passed away at his home in Bend, OR last weekend. He was 96 years old. JHMR has been fortunate to have stayed in touch with Alex and his family over the years, and he has been involved with the resort well after he sold his share of the company. He visited Jackson in 2008 for the opening of the new Aerial Tram, and stayed connected this fall with the excitement around the 50th Anniversary.
Alex with his son Bruce Morley during a visit summer 2013
Alex was born in Cheyenne to Scottish immigrant parents; he earned a degree in civil engineering from Colorado A&M University before becoming an Air Force paratrooper pilot. After the war, Morley married, and settled back in Cheyenne, and started a construction business, but in his heart, (in his own words), “wanted to be a ski bum.”
Alex Morley and Paul McCollister in Teton Village
Following that ski bum dream, in 1961 Morley moved his family to Jackson Hole. He bought land and built a house on Antelope Flats, near the Moose entrance to Grand Teton National Park. Paul McCollister, a recently retired advertising executive, lived about one mile from Morley. The two men then started exploring the Tetons in hopes of finding a location to development a ski area. Alex said, from his home, “I looked across the valley and thought, ‘some of those mountains are better than Snow King by 10 times!’”. “I first thought about putting the ski resort on Buck,” Morley added, “but we realized pretty quickly that was a bad idea. It was too tough, and it was inside the park.”
The men turned their attention to Rendezvous Mountain, just outside the park’s southern boundary.
And then for three winters, the men packed out a test slope on Après Vous Mountain.
Alex Morley showing his 50th pride.
When you look back at the vision that Paul and Alex had, it was bold, really bold — to take a mountain like this in the middle of nowhere and develop it as a major resort,” said JHMR president Jerry Blann. “No one today would do that. No one today could do that.” JHMR opened in 1965. “Building [Jackson Hole], I had the greatest time. I loved every minute of it,” Morley said.
Quotes sourced from Jackson Hole News and Guide article – published Tuesday, Nov 3rd, 2015.
Well folks, it may not feel like winter down in the valley, but up in the peaks of the Teton Range, there’s no arguing that the snow has arrived. Since October 29, snow has been falling consistently, with 22 inches of snow blanketing the upper reaches of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Here are some pictures taken at the top yesterday morning:
There’s a lot more snow in the forecast, which is good because there’s some serious fun to be had at the end of the month. Oh you hadn’t heard? No worries, here’s the 411, the info, the knowledge:
November 26th: Opening Day of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s 50th Anniversary Season. The snow up top will be fresh and untouched, waiting for your first Instagrams of the season.
November 27th: FLASHBACK FRIDAY. Lift tickets will be $6, the original ticket price when JHMR opened in 1965. Costumes from all the decades are encouraged, and will make for a fun throwback vibe. That’s not all, there will be $6 rentals and waxes at JH Sports, Teton Village Sports and Hoback Sports, plus free ski and snowboard lessons (one hour clinics available, sign up at the base that day for a time). All of the lift ticket proceeds will go to four local non-profits that exemplify the core values of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. What will you do when you’re done shredding in your sweet throwback threads?? Live music at the base of the gondola and $6 food and drink specials from Teton Village restaurants such as Nick Wilson’s, the Mangy Moose, The Handle Bar and the Spur will be going all day long. WHAT. A. DAY. IT. WILL. BE.
For all of the snow lovers out there- Check out this snowman I made at the base terminal of the new Teton Lift. The high-speed quad lift is looking really slick and now has a 6″ snowman named “Nelson” keeping it company until the official opening on December 19th. With that, I’ll leave you to your #JHDreaming and this cool video (with helicopters!!) about how the Teton Lift was constructed.
Our amazing Indian Summer has finally come to an end. We have snow in the high country, temperature highs of 40s in the valley and upper 20s in the mountains. It’s quite possible the snow is here to stay.
The snowmakers have fired up the guns this week as temperatures dropped into the low 20s. The snowmakers work 5 days a week with 12 hour shifts and can pump a total of 4000 gallons per minute in the right conditions. With one month to go until opening day, Jackson Hole is going to be covered in white soon.
Snow guns firing on Apres Vous at sunrise.
Here is the view from the top of the NEW Teton Lift, which opens December 19th. Who’s ready for lift service pow laps in this expanded terrain?
Cowboy pow anyone?
Big Red at its finest – in snow.
The tram dock with a fresh white coating.
23 degrees and snow up top. Winter is upon us!
Snow King in the town of Jackson with a fresh dusting.
Jackson Hole invites our Canadian friends to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort with Canadian Dollars at Par. Your Canadian dollars equal US dollars in a package including lift tickets and lodging at par in Jackson Hole.
On top of all that, receive a $200 or $300 air credit per person on qualifying packages. This is the deal you have been waiting for to experience Jackson Hole’s legendary skiing and riding. Call (888)838-6602 to book.
Snow has started to appear on the mountain tops which means one very exciting thing – the 50th Anniversary winter season is approaching! Jackson Hole Sports, Teton Village Sports and Hoback Sports are ready for winter and fully stocked with skis and snowboards for this year’s Kids’ Seasonal Lease Program. Rates and details are in the poster above–Feel free to call the stores for more information!
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary season, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is calling all waffle fans to design the next Corbet’s Cabin waffle at the top of the Tram!
Simply decorate any waffle with your signature ingredients, upload a photo of the creation with its official name, list its toppings and tag it with #JHwaffle. The winning waffle will be added to the 50th menu for everyone to experience plus win $100 in waffles! #JHWaffle
What is the most important piece of gear in your ski kit? You could argue that it is the skis. Sure, the shape, the profile, the stiffness, all of those things are important. You might argue that the bindings are a difference maker; they are the interface between the skis and the boots, after all. My money, however, is on the boots.
Not only are they crucial for performance, they can make or break a day on the hill if they don’t fit properly. Boots are the essential component for feel, agility and confidence on the mountain. That being said, there are many variables that must be considered. Set aside looks and the question of what will match your outfit best for one second and consider all the factors involved in whether or not a ski boot will help improve your turns throughout the season. Then ask yourself if those boots that have been sitting in your garage collecting dust and possible housing a mouse are the answer to your skiing problems. If you are ready for a new pair, or if you want to give those boots another shot, then we say now is the perfect time to evict the mouse and go see your friendly, local boot fitter at Jackson Hole Sports. With luck they may be able to dial in your current boot. If not, they can give you the perfect brand and model suggestions based on your foot size and shape. The advantage to doing this now is that the bulk of the new winter product is in house and on display, so you will have more options to choose from. So get out to Jackson Hole Sports and check out all the new boots for the fast approaching winter season. Right now, they are offering $50 off a DFP footbed with the purchase of a new winter ’15/’16 ski boot. Just one more reason to head to Jackson Hole Sports and get ready for the 50th Anniversary winter season!
Calling all winter enthusiasts: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is coming to a Ski & Snowboard Show near you! Join in the fun and come see us at our booth for special details on our 50th Anniversary winter season, special travel deals and chances to win a trip to Jackson Hole and many other prizes!
In addition to signing up to win the Golden Ticket Giveaway (trip giveaway), you can also get a Golden Ticket Scratch Off and scratch for your chance to win one of 7,500 prizes including exclusive 50th Anniversary skis, snowboard, merchandise, multi- and single-day lift tickets and more. Full details below!