It seems like just yesterday that we were enjoying winter tram laps this past winter. Now that late May has arrived and (some) snow has melted, its time to ring in the summer season with the re-opening of the Aerial Tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. As your “ticket to the top” the Tram cruises 4,139 vertical feet above the valley floor to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain.
Welcome to Summer 2014! Jackson Hole Sports wants to welcome all of our guests to another amazing summer here in Teton Village. Jackson Hole Sports opened last weekend and we are so proud to have the valley’s largest selection of lifestyle clothing, bike rentals, and disc golf discs. With apparel from Marmot, Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear, Victorinox, Dylan, Lole, Arcteryx, Aventura, Teva, Sunuk, Olukai, Eider, Nau, Horny Toad, Quicksilver, Oakley, and Pistil; Jackson Hole Sports offers clothing and accessories to fit every niche.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has invested a great deal of time, resources and money into being as green as possible and our veggie oil trucks are one of the coolest displays of that commitment. We caught up with Vehicle Maintenance Manager Steve Parker to learn a little bit more about the Veggie Oil trucks.
There are currently 3 veggie oil trucks in our fleet, including the oldest truck which has gone over 25,000 miles on veggie oil alone. 25,000 miles of driving represents a significant amount of fuel savings, and according to Steve it drives like a dream.
With over 500″ of snow, the winter of 2013/14 was a year to remember. Looking back on our season, here are the top 10 Facebook posts from the winter. It’s pretty clear that everyone “likes” powder.
It’s that time of year again- snow is melting and trails are starting to dry out around the valley. With just a little bit of dry singletrack but lots more to come, now is the time to get your bike in for a tune and beat the rush that begins when it gets really warm out. We caught up with Brendon Newton, an experienced bike mechanic at Hoback Sports.
Do I need my suspension worked on every year?
“Rebuilding your suspension on a mountain bike is important not only to extend the life of the suspension but also to keep it feeling good. There’s a small amount of lube in there and there’s rubber based seals that wear out or dry rot. Most manufacturers are going to recommend that you have your suspension serviced at a minimum of once per year. There are a number of products that we recommend service on as much as once per month, maybe a couple of times per summer to keep those items lubed, running well and really working to their maximum potential. That’s something that people tend to underestimate.”
Editor’s Note: The Jackson Hole Eco Fair will be happening on Saturday, May 10th from 12-5pm at the base of Snow King Mountain (on the baseball field) in the Town of Jackson. We will be there displaying our veggie oil trucks and there will be many other exhibitors, including Hole Food Rescue, which is profiled below by founder Alison Dunford. Check out more information on the Eco Fair and we’ll see you there on Saturday!
Words: Alison Dunford
As I replay the first time I jumped into a dumpster looking for food, my heart still races remembering the uncertainty I felt. I was a quizzical 20 year old challenging social norms, attempting to find myself as well as a “freegan” meal I suppose. Standing in that dark alley of my local health-food store, I had little foresight into what the word waste would come to mean to my personal and professional trajectory.
Come check out some live music with the Maw Band on Saturday evening in Jackson Hole. The proceeds benefit the Community Resource Center, whose goal is to raise funds for those who have lost wages and housing due to the Budge Drive landslide. While things are looking good on Budge Drive now with businesses like Sidewinder’s already back open, most insurance doesn’t cover losses dude to landslides and this fundraiser is to help out affected residents.
A slow moving landslide in the town of Jackson has recently made national headlines, but fortunately has only affected a small area of town (150 yards wide). Conditions are improving and the plan is to re-open the affected road soon. The most important thing to know is that Jackson Hole is open for business and visitors. Here is the official release:
Jackson Hole is featured in the May issue of BIKE Magazine with 15 pages of writing and photos that feature the greater Jackson Hole mountain bike scene. From the Jackson Hole Bike Park and Cache Creek Trails to the riding on Teton Pass and at Grand Targhee, the article captures the essence of the local riding. Author Kim Cross was a cross-country mountain biker looking to step into the world of downhill and she dove head first into the valley’s trail network. Beyond just riding the trails and learning about the downhill aspect of the sport, Kim delved into the history of downhill trails in the valley by covering the Teton Freedom Riders, the group responsible for the bulk of the trail system on Teton Pass.
The Jackson Hole Bike Park also landed itself on the cover of the magazine, and the cover and all photos were shot by local photographer, Jay Goodrich. Jay’s images immerse you in the culture of mountain biking, from the trailhead to the apres-ride beers and all of the great action in between. Because the images had us beside ourselves with excitement for biking season, we decided to sit down with Jay and ask him a few questions about what it was like to shoot the images featured in the article (not to mention the hundreds of other publish-worthy shots that were part of the process).
Pictured: May 2014 Cover of BIKE Magazine. Rider: Kyle Dowman Cover Photographer: Jay Goodrich
The inner loop of Grand Teton National Park has been plowed but is closed to vehicle traffic until May 1st, creating a perfect opportunity for some vehicle-free road biking, strolling or other non-motorized traffic to enjoy the sights. There couldn’t be a better time to dust off the bike and soak up some incredible views and look for wildlife.
We went out for an after-work cruise a few nights ago, enjoying some of the late light afforded by the longer days of spring. The Bradley-Taggart trailhead is a great place to park as the vehicle closure gate is adjacent to the parking lot.