Longtime Jackson Hole skier, celebrated ski mountaineer and Teton Village resident Kit DesLauriers was recently honored by National Geographic and named one of 10 Adventurers of the Year. The illustrious group of athletes keeping company with DesLauriers, are recognized as ‘outstanding’ individuals “who made our year in adventure with remarkable achievements in exploration, adventure sports, conservation and humanitarianism,” according to editors.
Jackson has historically been a breeding ground for talent. From Crystal Wright and Jess McMillan dominating the big mountain scene to Travis Rice and Cam Fitzpatrick testing the talent limits of the snowboard community…there are an incredible amount of athletes raised in the Tetons. These athletes are often found traveling the globe, but every professional winter athlete still finds time to come home to Jackson. One of these special talents-Resi Stiegler-will be coming home this week on a break from the World Cup circuit (which she finished an impressive 11th and 16th in Aspen and Levi). Her homecoming will involve a fundraiser this Saturday for her racing season. I quickly caught up with Resi between her travels to get the low down on her season and favorite Jackson spots!
How’s the year going?
So far so good. I am excited the season has begun. Its kinda started off with a bang. This season we have World Championships and you need to qualify for them so I need to get as many points as possible to get my ranking up. I’ve raced the first two World Cups and I am doing really well and I feel strong. I worked hard this summer with [local gym] Mountain Athlete and I feel solid on my skis which gives me good confidence!
What’s your favorite run at Jackson Hole?
I have to say when they groom the Grand I am just in heaven first tracks down that baby on GS skis… feels so good. I love any part of the mountain on a powder day- there are so many secret spots!
What’s your favorite village apres spot?
I really enjoy the the Spur for nachos and margaritas…. and Stieglers down the village road for the best winter appetizers at the Copper bar!
Gates or Powder ?
I love them equally which is hard to understand I’m sure. Powder is what I grew up skiing and loving and that’s where my passion came from but I love the challenge and the focus of racing and improving my turn.
Favorite people to ride with?
My uncle Peter, cousin Elise and best friend skiing since childhood Hadley Hammer (editors note, I didn’t bribe her with gluten free cookies to say that!) and Andrew Byron and my favorite pose of snowboarders Mark Carter and Willie McMillon. I have been skiing with these lovers since I was little so its for sure what makes getting home and getting out on my favorite mountain are some of the best days out of the year!!!!!!
Tip for visitors coming to Jackson Mountain Resort ?
TGIF everyone! It’s finally the weekend and the tram is open! We expect to see you all on the mountain showing us your stuff, but do you have any other plans when you’re not slope-side? If you don’t have plans, this is what’s happening in Jackson this weekend. Have fun and be safe!
- Race for Resi Fundraiser Kickoff
- Race Registration: JH Mountain Resort Base Area
- Time: 9-12 am
- Price: $25 for Month Long Race Participation
- Challenge yourself, Meet Resi and Support her World Championship Dreams!
- Info: http://www.worldcupdreams.org/
- “Pimp My Ride” Happy Hour Class at Revolution Indoor Cycling
- Time: Friday at 5:30 pm
- Price: $5
- Location: Movie Works Plaza • 870 South Highway 89
- Smith Optics Locals Appreciation Party
- Band: 40 oz to Freedom: Sublime Tribute Ban\
- Time: Friday at 9 pm
- Location: Pink Garter Theatre
- Tickets: $12 available here
- Jackson Hole Moose Hockey Game (vs.Denver)
- Time: Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm
- Tickets: $9 for adults, $5 for kids, 50% off with Grand Pass!
- Location: Snow King Ice Arena
- 2 for 1 Dinner Specials! Check out Dishing JH for local restaurants participating in off season deals and treat yourself
- Eugene Ballet and Dancers Workshop presents The Nutcracker
- Location: Center for the Arts (tickets available at the Box Office)
- Time: Friday at 7:30
- Live Music at the Mangy Moose with Poster Signing w/ Resi Steigler
- Band: Mandatory Air
- Time: Saturday at 3:30
With over 100 inches of snow blanketing the Tetons, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) will open 100% of the mountain with the Aerial Tram and Sublette chairlifts opening on Friday, December 5th, accessing 4,139 vertical and 2,500 acres of terrain.
It’s been an amazing start to the year in Jackson Hole. Skiers and snowboarders have been all smiles and it’s no surprise as the snow has been incredible. Today, December 1st, we hit 100” for the season! On Thursday we opened with Teewinot, Apres Vous and Casper. This Saturday the Bridger Gondola, Marmot and Thunder opened greeting riders to copious amounts of powder. On Sunday, the skies cleared with 6” of fresh and the lower faces opening.
The terrain off Thunder is open including Tower 3, Paint Brush, Toilet Bowl and the Mushroom Chutes.
Enjoy our latest video showcasing the beauty of the changing of the seasons in Jackson Hole. Now who’s ready to hit the slopes for opening day?!
Nothing says Happy Thanksgiving in Jackson Hole like the sweet sound of lifts running and skiers turning through fresh Teton snow. For the second year in a row, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is kicking off the holidays and ushering in another powder-filled winter by opening it’s hills for locals and visitors to play in over 91″ inches (and counting) of groomed and off-piste terrain from Apres Vous to Casper. And then some…read on!
Come check out this hot new brand at Teton Village Sports on Friday from 2pm to 5pm–Free gift with every purchase!
The mountain is looking incredible right now and we are on target for a very memorable early season. The mountain has already seen 71″ of snow on the season and the numbers will continue to get bigger with a Winter Storm Warning in effect for the mountains of Jackson Hole through 5AM Wednesday morning.
Around October, the chatter begins. “Did you hear it’s going to be an off the chart snow year?” “According to Chris Farley, El Nino means powder” “Check the Farmer’s Almanac-it’s going to be so good.” Whether you’re at the Whole Grocer, Persephone Coffee Shop, or even pumping gas, you’re bound to hear someone predicting the upcoming snowfall.
I thought I’d ask my fellow teammates and Jackson Hole Ambassadors what their predictions were for this upcoming season. Most look to the wildlife for signs, while others resort to toys popularized in the 90’s. All of the athletes noted that a good day on the slopes was more dependent on how much fun they were having with friends and family than the conditions themselves. Read below to see what they had to say, and keep in mind that none of the athletes are certified in weather prediction.
Fuzzy caterpillars are how I predict the upcoming season. I know it sounds crazy, but all of mother nature’s animals have a better sense of what is to come. I spend a lot time outside in the summer and fall and couldn’t help notice how bundled up the caterpillars were this year. All I know is that they are preparing for winter with some of the fuzziest coats I have ever seen!
I predict this season will be as fun as we decide to make it!
My main indicators are the color of the Woolly Bugger caterpillars- are they all black? Then it’s going to snow for sure. I look at the number of Sandhill cranes migrating through the valley- did I just see 50 of them fly in a perfect circle? That means it’s going to snow A LOT. Even that double rainbow I saw last month- What does it mean?!? I think it means it is going to be a good winter… I take all these things into account, add a little bit of that feeling I get vibrating through my bones this time of year when the first flakes begin to fall, and somehow I know that this is going to be the best winter yet!
I just ask the animals what they think. The horses have started their winter coats early, so I’m guessing it will be a cold snowy one.
My magic 8 ball says snow.
There are a lot of ways people come up with predictions for the upcoming winter season. I’m constantly seeing graphs and weather maps popping up on my Facebook and Instagram feed. States covered in color blobs with little words like “dry, and windy” or “wet and warmer than normal” These scientists, or meteorologists, spend lots of time figuring these out, and I’m not saying they’re inaccurate, but… I believe that a great season is dictated more by riding with good friends and fun vibes. Having a big snow year would help too.