Snow is back! A fast moving storm started rolling in last night and has dropped 11″ (and counting) so far on the upper mountain with 5″ at the base. This storm precedes a favorable change in the weather for Jackson Hole, with more snow expected today and tonight, chance of snow later in the week and very cold temperatures in between. Those cold temperatures are the perfect opportunity for our snowmaking team to take advantage of an increase in snowmaking capacity.
This morning we were greeted by a switch to winter:
Is anyone else as fired up for ski season as we are? Check out our newest video and get yourself in winter mode:
If you missed the skier fashion show at the Warren Miller Premier last weekend, fear not, here’s a list of what’s cool, and why you’ve got to have it for this year. It’s nearly winter time, and the shops are filling up with some awesome new ski gear in anticipation for the season ahead. Not shockingly, bright colors are in, think hot pink and bright blues; navy and new school neutrals are looking sharp too. Jess McMillan sat down with me and gave me some great tips on what’s cool this year, and what everyone should be wearing or thinking about. So without further ado, here’s my take on what gear might get on my Christmas list, or get me through the next month of waiting for the skiing to commence!
This one goes out to all of the women out there. The women who don their helmets, jackets and ski boots, those who love the unending wintery blizzards, the ones who hear the call of the mountains in winter. There’s no age to the skier girl, she could be 85, she could be 3, but when her wild woman sings the mountain song, she must go. Skiing is her dance, it makes her feel free and unchained to pressures of the outside world, it is where she can run wild. (Below: Jess McMillan)
I’ll start this post by being completely honest—I had a long day on Wednesday and was feeling exceptionally tired when it was time to attend my first SHIFT JH event at the Center for the Arts. Upon walking in, I found a seat in the back of the auditorium and quietly waited for Auden Schendler’s Climate Change presentation to commence. I had no idea what to expect and definitely did not anticipate the dynamic trio that took the stage.
Christian Beckwith of the Venture Collective started off the night with a poetic description of his love for the Jackson Hole landscape. An avid skier and family man, Christian shared his memories of hiking amongst snow-laden trees and feeling so peaceful in the cathedral-like stillness of the winter forests. He also expressed concern that his 4 year old daughter won’t get to experience the same version of this natural bliss. Immediately, I realized that Climate Change may be scientific at its core, but it’s loaded with emotional significance. Despite the long day, I started to sit up straighter in my chair.
After Christian’s opening remarks, Jerry Blann, CEO of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort shared his perspective before introducing Auden Schendler, VP of Sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company. Blann recognizes that enacting sustainable practices as a revenue-driven business is a difficult, but crucial component of long-term success. Being a Jackson based company can make sustainability decisions even more logistically difficult due to geographical location. Much to my amazement, he said that Jackson feeds over 3 million people over the course of a year, and 96% of that food is imported. 96 percent!? That fact had my undivided attention.
Then, Auden Schendler took the stage. The SHIFT program called his presentation a “talk”; I would call it an awe-inspiring performance. His use of history, philosophy, personal anecdotes and science had the entire audience absolutely captivated and, at times, rolling with laughter.
According to Schendler, climate change is not a policy problem or a technology problem, it’s a people problem. To tackle the issue of global warming at large-scale, individual businesses need to take sustainable steps and act as mentors to other organizations. Instead of feeling paralyzed by the greater issue of global warming, they can turn inward and look for small ways to adjust company policy, and like anything, small steps will eventually lead to big progress.
Unfortunately, this blog post can’t capture the electricity that was in the air last night. Over the course of 90 minutes, I went from exhausted to exhilarated, and I am confident that every day of the SHIFT will have a similar effect. How refreshing to sit in a room and learn while surrounded by other smart, passionate, global-minded citizens.
Many thanks to Christian Beckwith, Jerry Blann, and Auden Schendler for a mind-enriching evening. Noteworthy upcoming events at SHIFT include the Mix’ed Media Masquerade Ball with Asher Jay and the foodie favorite, People’s Banquet. For more information on all upcoming shift events, please visit http://shiftjh.org/.
With the leaves changing and a dusting of snow on the upper reaches of the Tetons, fall is here, and with it a sense of seasonality that remind us of our connectedness to this beautiful and bountiful valley. This fall Chef Wes Hamilton, from Couloir Restaurant, along with our community is celebrating that connection through food.
This week Chef Wes with Chef Rodger Freedman from Fine Dining Restaurant Group head to the acclaimed James Beard House in New York City to present a meal entitled From the Range, which showcases the amazing tastes of our valley. A menu highlighted by locally grown beef, steelhead trout, elk, huckleberries, and various produce from Leaping Lizard, Wyomato and Full Circle farms thoughtfully represents the Jackson Hole culinary scene to the New York media and public.
Pictured above, Chef Wes Hamilton’s House-Smoked Idaho Bison Tenderloin
It’s only October 1st and the top of the mountain is covered in snow. We rode up the tram this morning and found blistery cold weather and the entire tram dock covered in rime. The workers had to shovel off the tram dock, a pathway to Corbet’s Cabin and the deck.
Come on out to the town square on Thursday evening and join St. John’s Medical Center’s oncology team, hospital and foundation staff, volunteers, survivors, and members of our community as they turn on pink lights around the square and help spread Breast Cancer awareness.
On Thursday, October 2, at 5:30 at the antler arch on the southwest corner of the town square, St. John’s Medical Center will recognize Breast Cancer Awareness month with a ceremony on the Jackson town square to “Light the Town Pink”. “We hope that the pink lights on the elk antler arch will serve to remind people throughout October that early detection saves lives,” said event emcee and hospital trustee Elizabeth Masek.
There’s snow on the mountains and Teton Village Sports is making room for all of the latest winter gear–but first, they need to clear out some of their summer inventory. Come out this Friday through Sunday for 40% off on all summer merchandise, with an additional 10% off for passholders. But wait, the deal get’s sweeter–All last season skis are 50% off and passholders get 10% off 2015 new winter gear. Wine and cheese will be served on Saturday from 2 until close, so come out to the village, check out the snow on the mountain, and take advantage of this awesome deal.
You’re invited! Winter is just around the corner here in Jackson Hole and we are getting ready for our big 50th Anniversary season! To kick off the celebrations with our New York friends, we are hosting a movie premiere of Jackson Hole – Born to Be Wild at the Wythe Hotel Screening Room & Bar on Thursday, October 1st from 7:00-11:00PM. In addition to the movie, enjoy an OPEN BAR, live music and chances to win great raffle prizes, including a trip to Jackson Hole. We hope to see you there!
Raffle prizes include:
JHMR 50th Anniversary Rossignol Skis, Smith 50th Anniversary Goggle, 50th Anniversary Dakine Pack, a TRIP TO Jackson Hole – Air, 4 nights lodging, lift tickets, and a day with Jess McMillan. Also great prizes from The North Face, Oakley, and Burton Snowboard. Raffle at 10pm must be present to win.
In anticipation of the movie, check out our 50th Anniversary Webisode series.