Come one, come all! Starting this Friday night, JH Sports, Teton Village Sports, and Hoback Sports will be sponsoring the first of 4 chainless bike races on Teewinot in Teton Village.
Free registration is from 3:30-5:30pm on the day of each event. There will be many prizes and the Tin Can Cantina will be having taco and margarita specials as usual for Friday Night Bikes. We look forward to seeing you there! See details in the poster below.
With six weeks of training under my belt, I asked JHMR athlete Griffin Post to take a high alpine excursion from the Aerial Tram into Cody Bowl. Spending time in this mountain environment made for a great setting to consider what type of focus it takes to be an athlete. We enjoyed the easy run down to the Cody saddle, then put it in gear as we navigated the rocky and steep terrain that is so famously skied in the winter time.
Throughout the adventure with the beautiful peak as the backdrop Post and I chatted about skiing, training, failing and finding zen in running.
AC: You’ve had a very successful career as a pro skier– what keeps you focused each season?
GTP: I think the same thing drives me as a lot of other athletes: the idea performing better than I did the season before. Unfortunately, the type of skiing I do isn’t as easily objectively measured as other sports, such as running. That is, there’s not a clear end-of-year performance measurement that a lot of other sports have. To stay focused, I try to concentrate on what I did well the season before and what areas I’d like to improve on. This way, I’m constantly trying to improve against myself, which keeps things interesting and keeps me focused (just in case the whole jumping off cliffs thing doesn’t).
AC: Earlier this summer you created your own mountain marathon and didn’t finish – are you still determined to complete a big run this summer? (Note: For more details on Griffin’s run and a funny read, click here)
GTP: Yes, definitely. I bit off more than I could chew when I attempted a 26 mile traverse of Idaho’s Smoky Mountains, but I think it was more a matter of underestimating the terrain rather than the mileage. I have some plans around the Tetons for later this summer, but more than anything I want to redeem myself in the Smoky Mountains. While failing at something is always frustrating in the moment, in the long run it always serves as a really good motivator.
AC: Why do you run?
I was definitely the guy in high school that despised running. We’d have to do a 2-mile assessment at the beginning of each soccer season and it was by far my most dreaded day of practice all season. Now, I find it oddly meditative. For me it’s a great way to disconnect from everything that’s going on, even if it’s just for an hour or so. Also, with the amount that I travel, running is sometimes the only reliable exercise I can get. I’m yet to travel to a place where you can’t run.
Watch Daniel Tisi and Andrew Whiteford lap each other down the Jackson Hole Bike Park!
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has been hard at work with Gravity Logic mapping, designing and building the best mountain-bike destination in the Tetons. Options abound for every level including novice trails for the uninitiated as well as eye-opening advanced trails and jump tracks. Sail over tabletops, flow around corners and then catch the Teewinot lift for a 5-minute ride back to the top.
It’s never been easier to get to Jackson Hole from Australia! With new non-stop flights on American Airlines (Qantas partner) from Los Angeles to Jackson Hole, there are now six different one-stop routes from Australia to Jackson Hole for Winter 2015-16. The flight map below outlines one-stop options from Sydney and Melbourne.
Jackson Hole Airport is the only commercially operated airport located within a national park (Grand Teton) in the U.S. The airport is centrally located in the Jackson Hole valley and it is not uncommon to see moose, bison and elk on the drive from the airport.
When you land you are just a 15 minute drive or shuttle into the town of Jackson or 35 minutes to Teton Village and the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Note the fact that you can see Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in the background of the image. When you land in Jackson Hole you see the mountain from the window of the plane and as soon as you step off the flight. Get a window seat!
*Note that there are also plenty of 2-stop options from Australia or non-stop options from other U.S. cities. 13 major U.S. cities fly non-stop into Jackson Hole, so it is easy to include Jackson Hole on a multi-destination trip to the U.S. as well. Find more information on flying into Jackson Hole here.
It’s been unseasonably warm in Jackson Hole the last few weeks, but that hasn’t stopped the trail running. The heat adds another element to my training program, but with my handy watch, and weekly run schedule – I’m still determined to hit the trails, so much so, I am evening considering entering the Rendezvous Hill Climb race in early August. With the race as a goal – I hit the Wildflower trail on my lunch break. It was a hot run, and in order to keep my focus, I think about what is keeping me motivated this summer. And it’s a few things:
Sharing this running story with friends, and being accountable every week with this blog.
The fancy watch – I love it now, it keeps me on track, and logs all the great mileage and elevation I’m covering.
Awareness that I am sticking to a program, and probably improving – even though I still feel slow.
The scenery – you can’t beat the Jackson Hole trail system.
They call their company the Jackson Hole Shooting Experience because it’s just that-an experience. This year, the JHMR Marketing Team was lucky enough to find out what makes the Shooting Experience more than just shooting guns at targets.
We all met at the shooting range on South Highway 89 and immediately signed safety waivers and outfitted ourselves with safety glasses and ear protection (i.e. we immediately looked like the “real deal”). The morning started off with some initial safety guidelines, the most important rule being that your gun should always be pointed in the direction of the range.
Once safety was discussed and understood, we rotated between four different shooting stations and tried a variety of different guns. IT WAS AWESOME and not just because we were shooting really powerful guns. I think the reason why they call it an “experience” is because of how your time is spent at the range. You learn about guns and become more comfortable with them. You challenge yourself with various targets and styles of shooting. You finesse your form. And ultimately you gain an incredible feeling of accomplishment when you finally hear the “ping” of your bullet hitting the target.
The reason why all of these things are able to happen is because the staff is professional, patient, knowledgeable, funny and generally enjoyable to be around. Three hours flew by, and we walked away with some truly enriching memories.
Thank you to the JH Shooting Experience for such a wonderful day of team bonding.
This week I had the good fortune to run and train with my friend Jess McMillan. Jess is one of Jackson Hole’s pro-skiers, Pilates instructor and overall super mountain athlete. She has been a great support this summer as I’ve been stepping up my running program with Eric Orton. We hit the trails and also spent time in her Pilates studio to chat about what it takes to be an athlete.
AC: In Eric Orton’s book he talks a lot of awareness. What does that mean to you as an athlete and Pilates instructor?(more…)
Yesterday, something really exciting happened. Riley Frances, Ilka and I had loose plans to climb the Wildflower Trail and then enjoy drinks on The Deck at the top. That was the plan until I found out that two of my favorite local kids were taking a trip to Teton Village to check out the Grand Adventure Park! The Grand Adventure Girls quickly decided that we should take Ash and Scarlett to the bungee trampolines to see how high they could jump–Ash said he could probably jump to the top of Teewinot, so we thought we’d check out his skills!
Ash and Scarlett were no strangers to the Grand Adventure Park, so it was funny to watch them go through the Bungee Trampoline line. Ash immediately assumed his “harness stance” (see below) and then patiently waited for his turn. Like a true gentleman, he let his older sister bounce first.
Scarlett’s happy energy was contagious. Hearing her squeal and scream while she bounced into the air brought smiles to every face within 50 feet. She didn’t want to flip, but she gave out copious smiles.
Then it was time for Ash to leave the bench and try his best to get higher than Teewinot. He took off his shoes and told the trampoline attendant he wanted to go super duper high–and boy oh boy, did he! There was a slight moment of panic on Ash’s face when he shot high into the air, but then he quickly let out some hearty giggles.
Ash decided he was the highest jumper that Jackson Hole Mountain Resort had every seen, and I’m pretty sure I agree! It was sunny and very warm, so after taking turns on the trampoline, we decided to walk down to Nick Wilson’s to cool off.
Once we got to Nick’s it was very clear that food was not the priority–Instead, we all decided to color on the kids’ menus and hydrate a little bit. After a few games of Tic Tac Toe and some extra shenanigans by me, we decided to share some chicken tenders, quesadillas, and orange slices. I even walked away with some art by Scarlett, which is now above my desk in the Olympic Sports Plaza.
As I’m sure you can see, trying out the bungee trampoline with Ash and Scarlett made my day. If you know any kids that love to have fun, be sure to make your way to The Grand Adventure Park and see if you can break Ash’s Top-of-Teewinot bounce record.
Stay tuned for next week with the Grand Adventure Girls!
Teton Village is buzzing with energy now that the summer season has started, and there are a slew of fun activities to do with the special dad, grandfather or uncle in your life. So pack up the car and spend the day in Teton Village this Father’s Day!
Here are five FREE activities that dad will totally dig:
1. Ride the Tram – Fathers ride for free this Sunday, June 21st. Don’t miss the delicious waffles at the top, as they make great fuel before a hike or paraglide ride for a thrill-seeking adventure.