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Christmas skiing was good in the Tetons, maybe better than anywhere else in the west. Christmas Eve marked the end of the biggest storm of the year – almost three feet of snow in 4 days. I spent Christmas day ripping around the resort with Alyosha – my 8 year old, and his dream team of ski buddies: Daniel & Jackson Tisi and a crew of other JH high school kids.

If you think there are no friends on powder days, you’ve never skied with this crew. 16 inches of snow and bluebird skies and the hardest charging high school kids on the hill seemed as happy to hang with an 8 year old as they were to ski for themselves. I love that about Jackson – people love to ride hard – but the partnership and the camaraderie of being in the mountains together is what makes an ordinary day, truly amazing.

With Christmas behind me, it was time for me to get to work, guiding in the Tetons for Exum Mountain Guides.

Daniel Tisi boosting a straight air under the tramline on Christmas eve. Read more »

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It’s a winter wonderland in Jackson Hole. Over 2.5 feet of snow have fallen in the last few days to create a Christmas paradise for skiers and riders. Below are photos from Christmas Eve. Santa came early this year. Photos from JHMR and Cody Downard Photography with Jackson Hole athletes Cam Fitzpatrick, Jess McMillan and Hadley Hammer.

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Jax n’ Lance here! First things first, a very Happy Holidays to all!

As the Holiday season comes to a hustle, our work does too. We are busy wrapping up projects for the end of year, and beginning new ones. A few have asked how living a dream full of shredding 126 days a year is possible while keeping a job.  With that said, we thought it would be fun to serve up a sneak peak into the fine dance we do with work and play. When it comes to the winter season, our schedules shift to allow for pow turns to take their place among the planning.  This is not an easy feat and a majority of the social elements besides those occurring on the mountain, take a back seat for the most part. Yet with anything in life, there are sacrifices, yet all to make the priorities take place. And in the end, it is well worth it.

A typical day in the winter goes something like this: Read more »

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For 2013 a new project began on the lot next to the tram. Yet to be named, this residential and commercial building is scheduled to open Winter 2015. (the resorts 50th year). So as the construction fences were erected the opportunity for public art became apparent. With a round of meetings between the owners, architects, construction management (ZCMI), Teton Village leaders and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, we got the thumbs up to hire local artist Ben Roth (a popular Jackson Hole Artist known for many local and Rocky Mountain installations) to turn a 100 foot long by 8 feet high, green pedestrian walkway into a fun, thoughtful, visually pleasing piece (all within a week). He delivered on every level. We hope visitors enjoy the piece all winter long.  Here is how Ben describes this short time line project coming to life.

Full Moon Aspens – The mural needed to happen quickly and in cold conditions. My collaborator, Mike Parris, and I got lucky on the first day of work with above 30 degree temperatures. We got the entire 130 ft. wall painted black and then went off site to figure out the composition of the forest and the best technique for painting the trees. We set up several sample boards and experimented with varying width paint rollers and different degrees of opacity. I also spent time with a fine brush and India ink determining the shapes of trunks and numbers of knots and eyes.

The second day on site we just drew the 91 trees with big pieces of chalk taped to painting poles. It was an enjoyable and meditative process. I felt like I was training with Mr. Miyagi, “Chalk line up. Chalk line down.” The weather was deteriorating and we had a feeling we were going to have to build a shelter to paint the trees. Once that was in place we wouldn’t be able to step back from the piece to consider the composition. After the trees were drawn, however, we would just have to fill in the lines.

Day three began with fort building. Mike’s five years of Architecture school came in handy. He designed us a sweet half tunnel using ten 20 foot flexible PVC pipes, a hundred feet of plastic and some zip-ties. We anchored one end of the pvc in the snow on the roof of the walkway, flexed it and then stuck the other end in the ground. The plastic will be re-used next summer on a greenhouse and the PVC will carry the irrigation. Our shelter covered half the wall so we got about 60 feet painted.

The last day we recruited some friends to help move the shelter and then we fired off the rest of the trees. We both enjoyed listening to the quotes of passers-by and their enthusiasm toward the finished work. There’s a lot of good stoke out at Teton Village. We ended the day singing songs in the Boom Boom Room. So Fun! – Ben Roth

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Words: Pat Sullivan Bootfitter/CPED@ Jackson Hole Sports

As we all know, picking out that right ski boot can be quite the task. In addition, finding the right bootfitter you can trust offers its own set of challenges. Letting go of your old ski boots is like giving up your old favorite slippers. You don’t want to do it, but there always comes a point!
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Editor’s Note: As an Exum guide, Zahan guides athletes and crew for local production company Teton Gravity Research. As part of this process, Z helps instruct the crew in an annual workshop designed to maximize safety while the crew is skiing/riding in remote backcountry terrain.

I’m just returning from the 2013 International Pro Riders Workshop (IPRW) – a 3 day high level mountain safety conference for the elite TGR athlete team. This collection of some of the greatest big mountain and freestyle skiers and riders in the world gather every year to take their mountain sense to a new level. I was honored to be invited as a guest instructor this year to focus on technical rope system for high angle skiing, and avalanche safety. I taught alongside a crop of Alaskan Heli guides, led by Kent Scheler, as well as Lead Denali Ranger: David Weber.

There is so much that can be said about this amazing crew of athletes, guides and production staff – but what stands out the most after spending three days with them is what a tight show they run. While it may look like chaos from outside, the TGR crew is obsessive about safety and calculation of risk – and that is what IPRW is all about.

The Alaskan guides and some of the athletes testing the breaking strength of snow anchors
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Words: JH Athlete Crystal Wright

There is no doubt that Jackson Hole’s female athletes can ski with the best of the boys, but it doesn’t mean they always want to. Growing up in Jackson I was inspired by the camaraderie of the infamous Jackson Hole Air Force – skiing’s biggest underground fraternity, it’s members being described as always “in pursuit of the elusive goal of perfect skiing.”  In recent years there has been a noticeable influx of lady rippers onto Jackson’s previously male-dominated slopes,  and I joined up with a few of my skier-girl friends to establish the Jackson Hole Babe Force (JHBF). As founders of the Babe Force we are hoping to gather the female skiers and snowboarders of Jackson Hole together in an effort to provide support for all generations of women in the ski world, regardless of ability and experience level.
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