Words: Rick Wilson, 20-year JH Sports Veteran and Repair Shop Manager
Well here we are at the time of the season when we can safely shelve the rock skis and bust out this season’s new sticks. But before you do you should know that brand new skis do not come from the factory ready to ski. They look pretty and shiny, but the factory tune usually leaves a bit to be desired.
Wow…the snow just keeps on coming down!
With snow on our mind we have been out skiing and exploring like crazy…a foot of snow is like a shot of caffeine in Jackson.
When i came to the Tetons 10 years ago, I roamed the mountains freely, working a little on the side, but unencumbered and without kids – my schedule was my own. I used to think that a hard day of skiing involved long days in the backcountry. Then I had kids, and I learned – backcountry days are a joke compared to the exhausting task of teaching your own kids to ski! Still Kim and I managed to instill a love of skiing into the kids, and skiing became a family affair with our clan. I make my life as a skier and a guide, so it was natural for me to want to pass on the experience of being in the mountains in that way to my children.
There’s a little romance and enchantment associated with winter in my book. The winter here embodies this sense of togetherness and small adventures that make winter so fun. The cozy nights by a fireplace, the red rosy cheeks, sleigh rides, snow falling, and moonlight on a white night. The romance of winter is quite possibly endless, but more than that, in Jackson, it’s contagious.
It’s no secret that summer in Jackson is Mecca for couples to be betrothed. The limitless beautiful views and a quaint town make a lovely place to get married. But, I would like to highlight what I think is the most romantic thing of all… mountains in the winter.
Great storm we just went through!!! We have received 46” inches of new snow since this cycle started. Our base depth is now 81” on top and 59” at mid, with total snowfall at 18 feet (216”) for the season. The skiing and riding have been great. This is what it looked like this week in Jackson Hole.
With a ton of snow and wind, patrol had to dig out Corbet’s Cabin.
SNOW STATS the past 72 hours as of Monday night have been something like this:
TODAY 10 ‘’
On January 16th, 2014 the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is hosting an Eco Night at Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village. The events will start at Nick Wilson’s Cowboy Café at 4pm with a selection of $3 Snake River beers for happy hour. All profits from the beer sales will be donated to Hole Food Rescue, a local non-profit started by a Nick Wilson’s employee. Doors to Walk Festival Hall open at 5:30 pm and an unprecedented number of local non-profits will be on hand with information prior to the movie screening of Chasing Ice. Head over to Walk Festival Hall at 5:30 to check out exhibits from local organizations. At 6:45 there will be a screening of “Chasing Ice” a 2012 documentary film about the efforts of environmental photographer James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey to publicize the effects of climate change. We hope you will join us for this exciting and educational evening.
Après-ski (n. /aep. rei’ski:/)
- Social events or activities that are concerned with or designed for use after skiing.
- A time to get sauced after a hard day of skiing or riding.
- Going out, having drinks, dancing, and generally socializing after skiing. Popular where skiers often stop at bars on their last run of the day while still wearing all of your ski gear.
Whatever your definition might be, it is a special nugget in the day to settle at one of your favorite bars/restaurants and take it all in. For us, we have a few local spots that we always gravitate towards to see our friends and share the stoke of the ski day.
So for those visiting and that want to be in the know, and for those that are new in town, we thought we would take you on an après ski tour in Teton Village to our favorite spots (aka where the locals tend to go) and tell you a few secrets.
Happy New Year!
Are you looking for things to do in Jackson while you visit…look no further for winter fun!
Yeap, you guessed it. Big Horn Sheep.
Nestled just outside of the town square, you can drive down a dirt road onto the National Elk Refuge and see these guys most days during the winter season! (more…)
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.