Spring Break!

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Mondays are awesome here. Seriously. As I drank my coffee listening to the steady thunder of those avalanche cannons, it was like Mother Nature reminding me that the best skiing is just around the corner with Spring Break!

March arrives in Jackson Hole, Spring Break looms.

Photo of the Day! We love Mondays, especially when the sky is full of snowy promise.

Bluebirds are back.
From now until the season ends, it’s bluebird days with warmer temps and quite often, the most snowfall of the year. Spring Break at Jackson Hole feels a bit more relaxed than January and February breaks. If the nippy cold of January had you skiing like you were being chased by wolves just to stay warm, the blue sunny skies and forgiving temps of March invite you to have that second glass of wine at lunch and linger on the patio at the Rendezvous Lodge.

This is how we ladies lunch over Spring Break.

This is how we ladies lunch over Spring Break.

Here’s the insider’s scoop on Spring Break in Jackson Hole.
Now is the time to book an awesome family trip that promises great snow and lots of fun for everyone, all at a sweet deal. Your waiting, procrastination, snow-stalking – whatever, it’s paid off. Jackson Hole Resort Lodging‘s (JHRL) Kids Ski Free promotion continues without blackout dates. Guests of JHRL enjoy a 10% discount on lodging and with each paying adult, a kid skis free.

Kids Ski Free! Parents Ski Happy.

Kids Ski Free! Parents Ski Happy.

My friend Julie let me know of a few of her favorite properties at JHRL that still have availability through close of season. Some great values here, though I especially adore the Mackers Cabin. It’s thoroughly charming and rustic, an authentic log cabin home but spacious and filled with light.

Macker's Cabin, a picture perfect log cabin.

Macker’s Cabin, a picture perfect log cabin.

Spring Break at JHMR offers something for everyone in the family, even non-skiers.
One of my favorite things about JHMR is that there is so much to do off-snow and after the lifts close. The Travel Channel recently highlighted Jackson Hole as one of its top Ski Towns for Foodies, and JHMR Executive Chef Wes Hamilton had a lot to do with bringing Jackson out of its burgers and beer cave.

Chef Wes Hamilton knows Spring Break best

His Chef Table dinners at Couloir are truly a once-in-a-lifetime treat, but as Wes oversees all food service at JHMR, his passion for locally grown, seasonally-driven cuisine can be tasted all over the Village. Even the chicken tenders at Nick Wilson’s are all-natural and house-made.

March, in particular, is jam-packed with live music (31+ bands in 31 days!) and events.
We’re calling it March Rad-ness, which says it all, even to a mom.  A local favorite is Music Under the Tram – Saturday afternoon free outdoor concerts with great local and visiting bands.

Spring sun in Teton Village with the Tram

Outdoor tables at Nick Wilsons are prime seating for sunny après-ski beers while watching your kids play on the wish-I-were-a-kid-again Snow Palace. March culminates with Rendezvous, a four-day music fest held all over Jackson Hole. Zac Brown Band headlines this year with an outdoor concert at Teton Village.

The JH Rendezvous caps off an epic Spring Break

Kids of all ages love the outdoor concerts – they’re fun and raucous, but totally safe and contained (one can get only so rowdy within a National Park). At the end of a good dinner and a one more drink while listening to your new favorite band, gather up your kids and your squeeze, and get cozy at your JHRL home away from home.Family fun for all ages

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Dropping into the Weekend

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Excellent news, folks.  Mother Nature is expected to deliver 5 inches of fresh powder on Saturday, just in time for your last weekend in February.  Get a solid stretch in on Friday night, load up on carbs and then dream about how lovely it will be to float down the mountain on untracked snow.  AND DON’T FORGET TO SET YOUR ALARM!  By the end of your ski day, you will have earned a fun night on the town–here are your options!

Apres Ski and Art
Location: Diehl Gallery in Downtown Jackson
Time: Friday at 5 pm
Information: Stop in after a day on the slopes or on your way to or from dinner in town for fine art and fine wine. Ski attire welcome.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: It’s important for all of to get a little culture in our lives.  Often, a dosage of culture requires that you get dressed up, but in this case, you can wear your ski gear!  In conclusion, don’t miss this opportunity to DRESS DOWN and CULTURE UP.

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Moose Hockey vs Cleveland
Location: Snow King Ice Arena
Time: Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 pm
Information: $10 admission
THE INSIDE SCOOP: When I say MOOSE, you say HOCKEY. MOOSE! (hockey) MOOSE! (hockey) There are only two Moose Hockey weekends left this season, so I highly suggest that you take this opportunity to enjoy *sports* over a cold brew.  I’ll be there Friday or Saturday, so you have 50/50 odds of chatting about this season of The Bachelor with me.

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Children’s Theater: Mary Poppins
Location: Center Stage at The Center for the Arts
Time: Friday at 1 pm and 6 pm, Saturday at 1 pm and Saturday at 6 pm
Information:  Tickets: Adult/Seniors: $22 (+$2 Vendini processing fee); Students: $12 (+$2 Vendini processing fee).
THE INSIDE SCOOP: I used to perform in childrens’ musicals in Jackson, so I feel the need to promote this production.  There is so much talent in this little valley, and I can guarantee that you’ll walk out of the Center for the Arts with a fuller heart.  And maybe even a cockney accent if everyone truly commits to the Mary Poppins character.

Friday Night DJ with EPS
Location: The Pink Garter Theater in Downtown Jackson
Time: Friday at 10 pm
Information: This is a free, 21+ event.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: Sometimes you just gotta DANCE.  Carbo load, do some stretches and show this town your MOVES.  Or don’t.  But it’s probably more fun to just get out there and express yo’self.

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Quenby and the West of Wayland Band – Country/Americana
Location: The Silver Dollar Bar in The Wort Hotel
Time:  Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 pm
Information: Free admission, Country Americana Folk
THE INSIDE SCOOP: Music at The Wort is one of my favorite things to do in Jackson.  There are a lot of activities in Jackson this weekend, and The Wort is great because admission is free and you can just pop in as you please.  You could get some chips n’ dip, then swing dance n’ dip and then move onto your next activity.

USASA Slopestyle and Halfpipe Competition
Location: Teton Village
Time: Saturday and Sunday at 10 pm
Information: Jackson Hole welcomes the Big Mountain West division of USASA for a ski and snowboard slopestyle and halfpipe comp at JHMR.
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  Time to get rad in the halfpipe, y’all.  I won’t be participating in this competition (shocking, I know) but I think it would be pretty cool to watch talented folks show the halfpipe who’s boss.

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Jameson Music Series presents John Wayne’s World
Location: The Pink Garter Theater in Downtown Jackson
Time: Saturday at 10:30 pm
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THE INSIDE SCOOP: Whiskey drink specials and good tunes.  I don’t really think I need to say much more, other than this: There’s pizza downstairs, so treat yourself to what I call the “Triple Threat”- Cheesy pizza, a whiskey ginger and crazy cool dance moves.

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Crazy Tom’s 10th Annual Ultra Formal Oscar Party
Location: The Tavern in Downtown Jackson
Time: Sunday at 5 pm
Information: Please join us for the classiest/sexiest/hottest Oscar party 10 years running!
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  Word on the street is that there will be drink specials and a live DJ during commercials. Formal attire is recommended AND…if you look sharp enough…you could win the grand prize for best dressed male or female (depending on if you’re a male or a female).  Also, GOOOO DiCaprio!

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Welp, that’s all folks.  Have a fun and safe weekend!

 

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Tram Jam rocks to Nourish the Soul of Skiing

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Howdy folks,

JaxnLance here, well 1/2 of the combo this week. Jax my better half is out running a 155 mile self supported race through the jungles of Sri Lanka the next 7 days. A demanding ultra marathon with snakes, scorpions and leeches. She’s a bit of a glutton for punishment and no doubt she’s having a blast.  She is attempting to be the first woman to complete (and win) the Racing the Planet race series that hosts  stops in The Atacama Desert, Gobi Desert, Sahara Desert and Antarctica. The Sri Lanka jungle race being the first.  You can follow her progress and updates here.

This week I thought I’d introduce you to the TRAM JAM. These familiar characters have been stationed at the bottom of the Gondola (or Tram) every Saturday at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for the last 22 years, jamming out roots rock reggae beats and keeping the stoke high for shred necks young and old.  _B0A5326

 

Rain or shine, powder or piste, above or below zero temps these guys play no matter what. It’s all about sharing stoke and smiles, keeping it positive and entertaining the crowd with legendary ski bum music to get your ski boots stomping. _B0A5342
The group originally started back in 1993 as a duo and stationed themselves on the Tram Dock (hence their name). Things at the time were getting little tense in the tram line, people on a powder day were throwing skis left in line off the dock while their owners were getting warm in Nick Wilsons. It was quite common for folks to get in line up to 2 hours before the tram opened on a deep powder day and well, leaving your gear in line without you wasn’t really kosher to do technically. If you were in line you were in line, and truth be told that rule still holds true today (so don’t drop your gear and go).

Anyways as said things were abit tense then and that’s when the Tram Jam came in, they were there to entertain and keep the peace.  Often times Tram Jam founders Bradly Parker and Peter “Chanman”Chandler wouldn’t even get a lick of sleep the night before as they played Friday nights 10-2am.  Start time at the Tram Dock was early (7am) and well, sometimes the party just kept going. _B0A5319
Front man Chanman came to the Tetons back in 1978 from Sugarloaf Maine. His love of the ski bum lifestyle runs thick through his lyrics, as does elements of the divine and the mystic. I suppose you could call him the resident snow shaman.

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Chanman holds a Masters degree from the Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge. There was a time when he considered becoming a traditional minister. The Tetons however to him were the only church he wanted to have, and he considers the skier bar patrons his congregation.  His music is the only preaching he wants to do. By the way he just released a solo CD titled SOLO- and it’s really good, Check it out.

I asked a few of the guys why they do it. Why keep playing year after year, “Because we just keep getting better!” John Kidwell,  trombone player laughed.

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Contributing to the growth and lives of so many Teton skiers seemed to be the common thread among them all. That and family too. Chanman eloquently added that the guys are more than friends, “Each one is family.  Friends come and go, you stick through thick and thin with family. “_B0A5358
Lord knows it’s not easy playing out there either. Negative 20 degrees (the coldest yet for them was this holiday season) makes things pretty challenging. Powell Miller the trumpet player often uses a hair dryer to thaw out his valves when they freeze.

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Jeff on guitar showed me some pretty nasty fingertips- the result of having frozen bits of skin rip off. Jeff also has had his guitar run over by a snowmobile.

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Surprisingly drummer Andy Peterson has had few problems with weather on his drum kit… soggy drumsticks and clangy cymbals were about it. It doesn’t seem like anything could deter his stoke to play._B0A5302
Fortunately local ski clothing company STIO is a big supporter of the group and decks them out head to toe in bomber product to keep the good vibes flowing no matter what mother nature throws at them.
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Be sure to check out the guys every Saturday and give them a hoot and a hi5, and if you are feeling generous buy them a round of beer. TRAM JAM is ski bum living history hard at work. They indeed are the soul center of the Teton ski culture personified in song and music. We are indeed in their debt for keeping the music flowing and snow gods happy. Thanks TRAM JAM for keeping the peace.

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Words and Photography by Lance

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300 inches and movin’ on up!

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UPDATE: 2/20/2016 – This morning we awoke to the magic number of 300 inches with two more inches falling overnight. Following yesterdays powder fiesta and with two more inches falling overnight, now is as good of a time as ever to join in the fun here in Teton Village. Our powder weekend trend continues today and tomorrow! C’mon out and enjoy Mother Natures gift and all 300 inches turn by turn.

After a brief stint of high pressure and warm beautiful days in Jackson Hole, Mother Nature has changed the course and winter has reared it’s head once again. Last weeks storm cycle brought hopes of storm skiing and powder parties, those hopes seemed unfulfilled even with almost a foot of fresh falling on the upper mountain. However, it appears we’ve gotten ourselves back in the flow, starting this morning, Thursday the 18th, with a wintry day in Teton Village filled with blowing snow and high winds. Our mountain is receiving a refresh as I type these words. Prepare yourselves for the days to come, as Friday through the weekend could provide powder turns and high fives a plenty. Below you’ll find moments from the storm.

Moisture is moisture folks, no doubt about it. Get out and find the goods, if you’re not looking, you’re not trying! Shred on.

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Andrew Whiteford finds his happy place on February 19th.

 

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Workers clear snow drifts from Corbet’s Cabin on February 18th.

 

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AJ Puccia finds the goods on the front end of the storm, February 18th.

With continuing expectations of snowfall and the possibility of beautiful spring weather upcoming in March, there is not a better time to make your pilgrimage to Jackson Hole. Our little Wyoming town knows a party, and with March Radness kicking off in just under two weeks, the time is now to book your vacation and save on lodging and airfare, or both.

The culmination of March Radness will take place March 17-20, as we welcome back our Rendezvous Fest for our 4th edition. This year will be a special one, as our biggest act to date, the Zac Brown Band, will take the stage the evening of March 19th. All other acts are FREE, besides the Zac Brown Band & Chris Robinson Brotherhood on Saturday. General admission tickets are running low and we’ve just opened another VIP option, so get them while you can! Additionally, we recently added Uncle Kracker to the mix, as he will take center stage under the tram as the finale for the weekend and as part of our Music Under the Tram series, which is FREE! For more information regarding Rendezvous Fest, from performers to times to places, click HERE.

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‘Swift, silent, sleek’ with Andrew Whiteford on February 19th.

 

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AJ Puccia enjoying Laramie Bowls finest offerings on February 19th.

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Dropping into the Weekend

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In case you missed it, a STORM arrived today in full force.  If you were casually walking around with a large kite or open parachute, the wind might have carried you to Kansas by now, but if not, you just know that there’s a lot of powder on the way.  Lay out your gear, pack up your equipment, prepare a snack and visualize the gorgeous, fluffy turns you’ll be taking come Friday morning.

When lifts close at the end of the day, I’m sure you’ll want to do something fun with your pals.  Have no fear, Shellie is here with your weekend lineup of events.

DJ Simotaneous at The Mangy Moose
Location: The Mangy Moose in Teton Village
Time: Friday at 9 pm, $5 at the door
Information: Whatever you like – Hip Hop, Rap, Reggae, Dancehall, Dub, Soul, R&B – DJ Simotaneous will surely get the party started!
THE INSIDE SCOOP: It’s going to dump (snow) on Thursday night, so Friday will be a nice little ski day for ya.  When things start to slow down around 4 pm, I highly suggest that you mosey over to The Mangy Moose and order a spicy margarita and hangout until DJ Simotaneous hits the stage at 9 pm.  If that doesn’t sound like the best day ever, it’s time to reevaluate.
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Friday Night DJ with Nathan Hudson
Location: The Pink Garter Theater in Downtown Jackson
Time: Friday at 10 pm
Information: This event is 21 and over.
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  This bar is in downtown Jackson AND above a pizza restaurant, which is a match made in Friday night heaven.  How would I handle this scenario? Excellent question.  I’d grab a slice of pepperoni, dip it in a little ranch dressing and then make my way upstairs to dance off the cheese/carb combo. Strategy, my friends….strategy.

The Mustache Militia
Location: The Tavern in Downtown Jackson
Time: Friday at 10 pm
Information:Gonna be a rowdy night a some Southern rock for ya. Free show!
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  The mustaches are aplenty when you’re rocking with this duo.  Their tunes are smooth, and their mustache game is smoother.  Plus, it’s downtown and free, which sweetens the deal even more.  10 points if you rock a mustache to the concert. Said points are not redeemable.

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The Greenneck Daredevils at The Mangy Moose
Location: The Mangy Moose in Teton Village
Time: Saturday night at 9 pm
Information:  After their first gig the Greennecks knew they were on to something, Each member of the band brings unique style to the table. The Greenneck Daredevils will blow your socks off!
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  Their bio says that the music will blow your socks off, so plan ahead and wear two pairs of socks so that you don’t end up chilly once the first pair drifts away in the wind.

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DJ E.R.A
Location: The Tavern in Downtown Jackson
Time: Saturday at 10:30 pm
Information: Mixin up all the beats you love. Gonna be a dance partay!
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  This guy knows his way around jazzy beats.  Go see Elliot, aka DJ ERA, whip up some fresh sounds that are bound to get you dancing with the large group of friends that you inevitably have.

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Party with a Purpose: A Global Village Benefit
Location: The Wort Hotel
Time: Saturday night at 6 pm
Information: Colombian-themed food and drink specials, live music by the Maw Band and a raffle to benefit the local Global Village team ahead of their April service trip to Colombia.
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  Why not round out the weekend with some philanthropy?  Parties at the Wort are always a good time, especially when you know that your good time is helping out a good cause. It’s the most efficient and helpful version of partying!

 

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Dick’s Ditch 2016

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The Ditch is back! Who’s ready for some giant banked slalom? In this 50th anniversary year, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has been bringing back some older, traditional events and historic competitions but the latest upcoming comp needs no reinvigorating. Instead, it is has and shall remain an ever-current classic – that is The Dicks Ditch Classic- giant banked slalom of the 2016 vintage. Registration is up-and-running, so let the good times roll!

LEARN MORE :: REGISTER HERE :: HAVE FUN :: STAY SAFE

For a taste of the Ditch, cue 50th throwback video circa 2010. Six years ago – featuring self described ‘ski dork’ and JHMR Athlete Andrew Whiteford along with local speed fiend- and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Athlete Max Hammer as they both…yes…drop the hammer in just seconds.

The Dick’s Ditch Classic, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s premier ski and snowboard freeride/race event, winds over manmade and natural terrain in Amphitheater Bowl. It’s a banked slalom, with a thigh-burning course like no other, big prize money for pros, bragging rights and belt buckles for amateur classes.

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10 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Jackson Hole

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Valentine’s Day can evoke a variety of emotions, depending on who you are.  Some people are cutting out paper hearts and sprinkling glitter wherever it will stick….and some are planning their best all-black outfit.  I think that we can find a happy medium, especially if you’re spending the weekend in Jackson Hole.  There are a ton of events and fun ways to celebrate the day, both in Teton Village and downtown Jackson, and this list aims to point you in the best direction. If this blog post is sending shivers down your spine because you forgot that Sunday is the Hallmark day of love, fear not–I have a few ideas that will make your special someone very happy, and could also get you on the Jackson Hole slopes (for cheap).

 1.  Live Music

Jackson Hole always offers a wide range of live music and this weekend is no exception.  If you’re looking for romance, nothing is better than dancing with your sweetie at The Wort Hotel in downtown Jackson.  Want something more laid back?  The Mangy Moose is the perfect place to listen to music without overdoing the “lovey-dovey” gesture.  Here’s a day by day live music guide:

Friday: The Infamous Stringdusters at the Pink Garter,  George Kilby Jr at The Mangy Moose, Moonshine Mountain Band at the Silver Dollar Showroom

Saturday: Jameson Music Series at The Pink Garter, The Mustache Militia at The TavernGeorge Kilby Jr at The Mangy MooseMoonshine Mountain Band at the Silver Dollar Showroom

Sunday: DJ Golden B at Nick Wilson’s in Teton VillageUncle Stackhouse at The Tavern, Stagecoach Band

Live music at the Pink Garter is a great way to enjoy any weekend in Jackson Hole.

2.  A Delicious Meal

There are two restaurants at the top of the Bridger Gondola that will provide a uniquely romantic evening that you’ll never forget.  If you’re looking for casual-yet-sophisticated fare, Piste Mountain Bistro is the spot for you.  Known for it’s delicious cocktails and savory shared plates, Piste has a romantic ambiance and views overlooking the Teton Valley at night.  Occasionally, a groomer will drive by, giving you a behind the scenes look at Jackson Hole after the closing bell–How many people see that during their dinner?!

If a white tablecloth affair is what you desire, Couloir Restaurant is the perfect choice.  Before you even sit down for dinner, staff will set you up with a warm blanket and hot chocolate for the ride up to 9, 095 feet. Couloir serves a seasonal prix-fixe dinner menu, featuring American cuisine with Rocky Mountain roots-add the outstanding views and you have a truly unforgettable experience.

Reservations are recommended for both locations.  Click here to book a table.

Enjoy time at Piste Mountain Bistro with a loved one.

3.  Something Cozy to Wear

It can get chilly up in the mountains and it’s important to find gear to combat the cold in style.  Located at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Teton Village Sports is known for fashionable winter apparel that will make any lady squeal with happiness.  A personal favorite is the Astis Dias mittens, but are plenty of options outside of the mitten category.

Treat yourself in one of Teton Village's many shopping locations.

4.  A New Toy

For many, Jackson Hole is a dream vacation that leaves them counting down the days until they can return.  Why not buy your sweetie a souvenir that keeps them dreaming of powder in between vacations?  For the 50th Anniversary Season of Jackson Hole, Libtech, Burton, Rossignol, Smith, Dakine and other well-known brands made limited edition 50th products to commemorate this amazing milestone.  Head to Jackson Hole Sports at the top of the Bridger Center and they’ll steer in your the right direction.  Give these items as a gift and you’ll get a big ole smile.

Jackson Hole 50th Anniversary Logo Gear available now

5.  Pure Relaxation

Jackson Hole is action-packed, but sometimes it’s nice to slowwwww down.  One of the best spots to relax in Teton Village is at The Chill Spa in Hotel Terra, where you can pick a treatment off the menu or go for something more customized.  Either way, you’ll feel fresh and zen.

Enjoy a day at the Chill Spa in Jackson Hole

6.  A Cold Beer and Good Company

Some people think that Valentine’s Day isn’t fun if you’re single, but in Jackson Hole we find the opposite to be true.  This Saturday, the Jackson Hole Babe Force is hosting it’s annual GALentine’s Day Ski-venger Hunt, where women of all ages and ski abilities come together to have some fun on the slopes and celebrate being a female in the mountains!  The festivities start at 1:30 at the base of the Bridger Gondola.  If you don’t know anyone going, just go alone and make some new friends!  You can even ditch your guy (briefly) for some GALentine’s shenanigans.  The ladies will meet for Apres at the Alpenhof at the end of the day.

Galentine's Day only comes once a year, don't miss this opportunity for a waffle at Corbet's Cabin!

7.  A Fun Adventure

Fat Biking is the new winter craze in Jackson Hole and a fun excuse to explore beyond the slopes of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.  Stop by Hoback Sports in downtown Jackson and their knowledgeable staff will get you set up with all of the necessary rental gear.  Not sure where to go once you have your rental?  Not to worry, the Hoback folks can help you plan your adventure as well.

Try Fat Biking around Cache Creek, rentals available at Hoback Sports

8.  Philanthropic Experience

This weekend, the Jackson Hole Shrine Club is hosting the 45th Annual Cutter Races south of downtown Jackson Hole.  This is a great opportunity to partake in a locals’ favorite event that raises money  for the Salt Lake City Shriners Hospital for Children AND see something that you probably haven’t seen before.  Trust me, it’s a blast.

Cutter Races are fast paced and exhilarating, a great way to spend the weekend.

9.  New Skills

Whether you’re new to the slopes or somewhat of an expert, sometimes it’s fun to brush up on your technique.  The Mountain Sports School at Jackson Hole has a variety of lessons, camps and clinics that will cater to all abilities and at the pace you prefer. Plus, the instructors are known to be fun, highly knowledgeable and great at making local recommendations.

Take a private lesson at JHMR with a loved one! Learn new skills and turn over a new leaf.

 10.  Something to Look Forward To

Some of you are reading this from a place that’s not Jackson Hole and you’re feeling a little bit defeated about all of the fun that you’re missing this weekend.  Not to worry.  Right now, Delta is offering a $200 flight credit per person when you book a minimum 4 night package that includes round trip airfare, lodging and activities.  Not sure when to visit?  You will blow your special someone’s mind if you surprise him/her with tickets to Jackson Hole’s 3rd Annual Rendezvous Festival featuring Zac Brown Band, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Nathanial Rateliff & The Night Sweats and more.  Seriously, minds will be blown.  $20 tickets are still available here, so purchase them before they’re gone!

 

JH Rendezvous 2016 will be a blast in Teton Village

 

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Jackson Hole’s Chief Waffle Architect At The Top Of The Tram

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Howdy folks,

Jax n’ Lance here for a special story on Butch Swintek. In our opinion, he is the waffle master up at Corbet’s Cabin at the top of the tram here in Jackson Hole.Enjoy a waffle atop Rendezvous Mountain, the most delicious snack in the village.

Butch has been rocking his waffle skills for us for 5 winters, and 4 summer seasons. It turns out that the summer season is the busiest with around 400 waffles served per day and hours extend from 9-5:30. In the winter, there are highs of 350 waffles per day. For a fun fact, 400 waffles equate to around 4 massive tubs of batter that is shuttled up from Nick Wilson’s.

Butch knows best, as Jackson Hole's chief waffle architect.

Butch would say that his favorite part of his job is to see how much fun people are having.

The waffles we love so much have been going strong up at Corbet’s Cabin since 2009 with the top seller being a topping of brown sugar butter. His favorite to make is the 50th Anniversary waffle featuring ham, cheese and a little brown sugar. His personal favorite to eat is brown sugar butter or Nutella with whipped creme.

The 'Pull-a-Hammy', our sweet and savory waffle option.

One of his favorite customers at Corbet’s Cabin is an 80-year-old that skis every day. She carries a bag of change to buy a cup of half coffee and half cocoa. Butch has a lot of local favorites that visit often. Many order a waffle with peanut butter, Nutella, bacon, and whipped cream.

For a little history on Butch, he was a policeman in the inner city of Minneapolis for a 28 years. He retired and headed for the mountains to ski and adventure daily.

Butch loves to ski. He has been skiing since 1960 (at the ripe age of 8 years old). He finds a way just about every day in the winter go for a few turns.

Turns out Butch the waffle architect enjoys making turns too!

His top 3 favorite ski runs to date at JHMR are:

+ The Rendezvous Bowl
+ Cirque on a good powder day
+ Hobacks on an un-tracked powder day

Butch currently lives in Victor, Idaho and also enjoys skiing in Targhee too. In the summer, he can be found hiking, fishing, and visiting his 2 sons (Brian and Phillip) and 4 grandsons.

We asked Butch what one of the coolest things he has seen up at Corbet’s Cabin. One of his favorite memories is of a day that a 95 year old woman celebrated her birthday up at the cabin and coincidentally a couple was sharing a waffle celebrating their new born baby. The newborn was scheduled to arrive the same day of her 95th Birthday, yet she came out a couple days early. It was an amazing sight of the cycle of life.

We asked Butch if he has ever burnt any waffles. He claims that ever since they upgraded their set of waffle irons, for the past 3 years the waffles have come out to perfection every time.

Butch puts the finishing touches on another magical creation.

When it comes to double or multiple orders for waffles, there is one name that immediately comes to mind of Greg Hill. Greg Hill is the man who skied 2 million vertical feet in a year. He celebrated the completion of his quest at JHMR. During that final day he came back four times to use waffles as his fuel to get through the day.

With 6 different kinds of waffle, there is something for everyone at Corbet's Cabin.

For those that want a gig serving waffles or working at Corbet’s Cabin, it comes with the requirement to ski expert terrain. Expect your interview to begin with the question: how good are you at skiing? James and Butch can recall many times that the tram closes and they are skiing in the white room to get down the bowl. One time in particular it was a whiteout vertigo with snow and 80mph winds. Hard core to say the least! Butch would claim that James is his favorite to work with, yet all of the ladies that work up at Corbet’s Cabin are RAD skiers and a pleasure to be around. James is on his 6th winter at Corbet’s. He loves to ski as much as Butch and in the summer spends his time landscaping.

And ladies, Butch is single! He often hopes that riding the gondola smelling like waffles will entice a lady to want to go on a date =)

It's 'Happy Hour' all day at the top of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Writing by Jax | Photography by Lance

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Powder 8’s Grand Nationals Results

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February 6’s Powder 8’s Grand Nationals in Jackson Hole could not have been a cooler, current take on an old-school classic competition. A triumphant return of the historic event to Cody Bowl’s Powder 8 face was a perfect alignment of conditions, weather, qualified skiers and a whole lot of ski spirit.

Cutting to the chase, here are the results of the Grand National Powder 8’s, sponsored by GoPro.

2016 Powder 8's Grand National RESULTS


A GoPro Video from the perspective of Lynsey Dyer.


Photos from the day:

Jeff Annetts dressed to the T on his hike to the starting line.

Jeff Annetts dressed to the T on his hike to the starting line.

Twins? The wind-blown powder plumes, skiers' position, and 8's look identical.

Twins? The wind-blown powder plumes, skiers’ position, and 8’s look identical.

Gorgeous conditions in Cody Bowl for the Powder 8's Grand Nationals.

Gorgeous conditions in Cody Bowl.

Powder 8's in Cody Bowl were a huge success!

The 11th team is looking good!

Leave your mark, each team attempts to win over the crowd and judges.

A team leaves their mark on Powder 8’s Face.

The end of a good run at Powder 8's Grand Nationals in Cody Bowl.

The end of a good run.

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Local team Tanner Flanagan and Jeff Leger sculpting perfect 8’s.

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The weather cooperated and the visibility was great.

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Team Jackson Hole Ski Patrol Drew Kneeland and Kyle MacDowell making 8’s.

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Spectators watched from just outside Gate #2.

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Powder 8’s Face getting skied to the max.

Contestants and spectators watch the last few skiers.

Contestants and spectators watch the last few skiers.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort would like to say thank you to all that made this event possible. From the 22 teams competing, the ski patrol controlling the slope, JHMR’s race crew, the fans watching, and Nick Wilson’s after party, the event went off without a hitch.

The day was truly a great one in Jackson Hole history on this 50th Grand Reunion Weekend. RELIVE THE DREAM!

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The Grand National Powder 8’s Competition Returns to Jackson Hole

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What’s more beautiful than linking perfectly round powder turns down an untracked face of blower snow with your buddy?

Jeff Ledger and Tanner Flanagan practice for the 50th Anniversary Powder Eight competition on Cody Peak near Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Jeff Leger and Tanner Flanagan practice for the 50th Anniversary Powder Eight competition on Cody Peak near Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. A photo by Jay Goodrich.

After a 15-year hiatus, and in celebration of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s 50th Anniversary, the Powder 8’s competition returns with GoPro as the presenting sponsor and its biggest prize money yet. With $10k on the line for the winners and bragging rights to transcend skiing history, the event is one not to be missed.
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Powder 8’s Photo from Focus Productions

Competitors will be judged on synchronization, the symmetry of their 8’s and overall style as they leave their mark on Cody Bowl’s pristine face of powder. Jackson Hole’s Powder 8’s was first won by the legendary local Pepi Steigler and Peter Habeler.

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Follow the competition with live event updates on Periscope @Jackson Hole.

The competition will be on the Powder 8 face of Cody Bowl just outside the ski area boundary on Saturday, February 6th starting at 10:30am. We recommend viewing from Rendezvous Bowl or the top of the tram. People can also view from the bottom of the Power 8’s face but this is out of bounds and you need to know where you’re going, have a plan, avalanche training, and have your pack and avalanche safety gear ready. Just outside the ropes of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort lies dangerous, unmarked terrain features, please exercise extreme caution.
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Cliffs and hazards are not marked out of bounds and only the Powder 8’s face has been controlled for avalanche safety. Once you step outside the gates, you are doing so at your own risk.
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Who will take the prize this year? Could it be young guns, George and Bart Flynn, born just a minute apart? Or Jackson Hole Air Force veterans, a visiting team or dark horse competitors that gained entry through the qualifier? Come find out this weekend! And WATCH the preview of the Grand National Powder 8’s.

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