Celebrating New Years in Jackson Hole

Over 9″ of fresh snow have fallen over the past two days in Jackson Hole, bringing us to over 13 feet on the season.  Since the Jackson Hole valley lives and breathes snow, we couldn’t be happier about our New Years gift.  Between the Torchlight Parade, Fireworks and deep powder skiing, Jackson Hole is starting off 2014 in a big way!

Jeff Brines starts the year off right, sinking his teeth into some deep snow underneath the Sublette chair.

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The Town Square Is Great Until Late

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Don’t worry about finding enough time in your busy vacation schedule to visit the town square. Many of the shops and restaurants are open late so you can enjoy all the outdoor activities that Jackson Hole has to offer and still have time to explore all the shops, galleries and restaurants that make Jackson such a lively place. So go ahead, ski until the last bell, take a dogsled to granite hot springs or spend a little more time on that snow machine, because the town square will be jumping well past sundown. Of course it is always best to call ahead to make sure that a specific business is open. Click here for a list of businesses that have committed to staying open until at least 8pm Thursday through Saturday from January 3rd 2014 until March 28th 2014.

Z | Christmas: Teton Style

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.

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A Christmas Gift – Over Two Fresh Feet in Jackson Hole

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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A Fine Dance Of Work And Play

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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.

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Deck the Walls

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

See more of Ben’s work by visiting http://www.benrothdesign.com