Freeride World Tour Dispatch: Fieberbrunn Austria

post by Hadley Hammer

The Freeride World Tour has been plagued yet again with poor snow conditions this year. And while it’s been difficult finding stable venues that are not littered with rocks, we have lucked out with amazing freeskiing.

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Photo: Garret Altmann enjoying Austria

I arrived to Austria after Chamonix with a group of American riders four days before the competition. We were met with a few new meters of snow upon our arrival. The first day skiing was one of the more special days on the slopes I’ve ever had. Due to the  storm, we were relegated to skiing the tree-ed slope under the gondola as you could not see the end of your ski tips anywhere else. We skied the same pitch from 9-4pm, our tracks refiling with every run. We refueled with apfel strudel, espresso, and the biggest grins I’ve seen on a ski day. Skiing off-piste is not as common in Austria, and we had our zone completely to ourselves that day. There was no pressure to go faster or slower, just to enjoy the feeling of gliding through “ze powdah”.

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Photo: My run in Fieberbrunn :PC credit Freeride World Tour / D. Carlier

With the sense of complete rejuvenation, I was ready to really attack the competition. We had a long morning of weather delays (riding the gondola in the dark at 6:30am, and not starting the competition till 11:30am), but the face was filled with powder and the sun came out of nowhere.

The mountains in Europe are prodigious. While we waited at the top of the venue, I couldn’t help but look around and become inspired by my surroundings.  Feeling lucky to even be a competitor on the tour, I dropped in with a new feeling of focus and happiness.

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Navigating through powder, rocks, and a ton of tree shrubs, I came out of the technical section feeling happy to be on my feet and having fun…so much fun that I decided to pop off a bottom feature. For a second I landed, and then quickly tomahawked, losing my ski.

Once again I found myself in last place. It’s not the most ideal place to be, but as Jess Baker once told me- you can’t let competitions affect the way you think of yourself as a skier. They are just one run, one day.

We are now in Andorra and it’s all or nothing for this next competition. I have faith that it will all come together…and if not, that’s okay too. It’s been an awesome trip to Europe either way.

What Mountain Athletes Are Made Of

Post by: Forrest and Casey Jillson

For my sister Casey and I, being a part of the Mountain Athlete freeski team is a huge privilege, and commitment. We are doing everything we can to give ourselves every opportunity to achieve our on-mountain goals, including podiums on the Freeride World Tour, movie segments, photo opportunities, and overall exposure in the ever competitive world of skiing.  
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Mountain Athlete is a gym based here in Jackson run by Coach Rob Shaul. It is a lot like Crossfit but different in the way it trains certain athletes in a way specific to their sport, making programming directly transferable to the mountain. At Mountain Athlete we train as a team and we are all very goal oriented, taking a serious and disciplined approach to achieving success in skiing. Training the way we do at Mountain Athlete is not the only route taken when skiers decide they want to make skiing a career but, if you want to have a drastic course correction, and you are transitioning from being a good recreational skier to someone who wants to take their skiing to the next level, and be recognized for it, it’s one that that must be taken.
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The best professional athletes from all major sports take their off season training very seriously, the same goes for competitive skiing. The time you spend on snow when you are skiing seems like the best time to progress, but training during the summer is an equally good way to grow in the sport and keep the ball rolling after ski season has ended. Off season training is a way to maintain the progression by continuing to become stronger, faster, more durable and become as fit and prepared as possible on the first day of ski season rather than using the first few weeks of skiing to get into “skiing shape”.

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At Mountain Athlete we spend the summers building a solid base and working every muscle in the body as well as the mind, gaining more and more momentum as the summer progresses. During our preparation for the ski season in the gym we roll into a more sport specific training cycle where we train eccentric leg strength and leg lactate tolerance, instead of focusing on work capacity and conditioning, and all around fitness, we spend more time hammering the legs, and the core muscles. This grueling 12 week cycle builds what Coach Shaul calls, the mountain chassis – a very stable frame for the us skiers to use while pushing our skiing to the limit. Isolating and working these muscle groups the way that we do makes us the most prepared as we can possibly be for the upcoming winter full of big mountain competitions, tram laps and as many mountaineering trips and summits as possible.

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Something new this year is the collaboration of Mountain Athlete and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort forming a big mountain oriented freeski team Coached by Rob Delauriers. Rob will be focusing on the technical side of skiing and all the little things we can do to profoundly improve our skiing. Rob has been featured in eight Warren Miller movies starting way back when most of the team he’s coaching were still in diapers. He is one of the most aesthetic skiers we have ever seen making him by far the best candidate for the job. In a matter of two weeks of training twice a week, he has done an amazing job of breaking down each of our individual styles and habits on skis and shining light on both the things that we are very good at, as well as the things that we need to work on.
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Casey and I have been on skis since we were two years old, so being able to break through the habits that we have formed and subtly give our technique the tweak that it needs has shown to give us more confidence in steep terrain, making it possible to ski faster, more fluidity and with more finesse. Robs ability to not only demonstrate what it is he is trying to teach, but to also verbally convey it to us in a way that is very easy to absorb and understand is something that I find very valuable.

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Being able to live and train in this amazing town and to be on the elite team of skiers at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is something that we find ourselves laughing at in disbelief on a daily basis. We feel so fortunate to call this place home and to be able to chase our dreams with other outstanding athletes who also appreciate the opportunities that we are being presented with here in Jackson Hole.
Editor’s Note: Forrest and Casey’s first competition of the season will be this weekend at the Subaru Freeride Series in Snowbird.   For results and other event updates, check here over the course of the weekend.

Dropping into the Weekend

Just in case you’ve been watching a Law and Order Marathon with the blinds down for the last 3 days, you should know that it has snowed SO INCREDIBLY MUCH!  Can you say 31″ storm total?! The powder is deep and ready to be shredded.  When the lifts close and it’s time to relax, here’s a list of what’s going on in the valley.  Have fun and be safe!

Apres and DJ VerT-OnE  Presented by Bud Light

  • Location: Nick Wilson’s Cowboy Café
  • Time: Sunday, February 8th from 4-6pm.
  • Information: $1 off Bud and Bud Light, Great Prizes and Giveaways
  • The Inside Scoop: You can literally glide right into a party at the end of the ski day.   Why wouldn’t you drop in to see what the prizes and giveaways are all about?  Plus, the Spicy Pizza slice is something that makes my mouth water instantly . 

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Live Music at The Mangy Moose

  • Location: The Mangy Moose Saloon in Teton Village
  • Time: Saturday, February 7th from 4-6 pm
  • Information: John Wayne’s World is Jackson’s only instrumental jazz-funk ensemble featuring five of the busiest and most talented musicians in the region.
  • The Inside Scoop: The Mangy Moose is notorious for it’s rocking parties and lively après sessions.  Order some nachos and some beverages and enjoy a band that occasionally comes to The Village to blow our minds.

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  • Location: Snow King Arena
  • Time: Friday, February 6th and Saturday, February 7th at 7 pm
  • Information: Moose vs. Philadelphia.  Tickets are $9, $5 with JHMR Season Pass
  • The Inside Scoop: This is where the action IS on the weekend in Jackson.  The Moose Team is a talented group of athletes who might throw in a lively show (read: small fight) every now and then.  Plus, live music between every period makes it fun for adults and kids alike. Just make sure you bring your pass for a discount and maybe some gloves.

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Laff Staff Improv Performance

  • Location: Center for the Arts’ Black Box Theater
  • Time: Friday, February 6th and Saturday, February 7th from 8-10 pm
  • Information:  Tickets are $10 at the Center for the Arts Box Office
  • The Inside Scoop: Though our local community may be small in numbers, the comedic talent is NOT lacking.   This show is bound to be a hoot, but best to leave the kids with a babysitter.

Family Valentine-Making Party

  • Location: Teton County Library
  • Time: Saturday, February 7th from 10-11:30 am
  • Information: Make valentines for family and friends.
  • The Inside Scoop: Tis the season to make Valentines!  If you bring the love, Teton County Library will bring the supplies.  <3

Madame X Gala: The Snow Ball Fundraiser

  • Location: Center for the Arts
  • Time: Saturday, February 7th from 6-10 pm
  • Information: Benefit for Off Square Theatre Company with dinner dancing and a murder mystery. RSVP to info@offsquare.org
  • The Inside Scoop: It’s time to get dressed up and hit the TOWN for a Clue-like murder mystery party.  I’ll be there….unless I get to be the mystery murder victim.  Dun, dun, dun…….

HAVE FUN THIS WEEKEND FROM YOUR FRIENDLY JHMR AMBASSADORS!

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265″ and Counting!

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With a storm total of 26″ and more snow on the way this week, February is off to a DEEP start. We have received 265” for the season with a snow depth of 95”.

Cooper Kahlenberg sinks into the fresh on Gannett this morning:
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If you haven’t already, make plans to get to Jackson Hole for some of the best snow conditions in North America!

February Lodging Specials and Packages.

The first two days of the storm brought 6 and 6 inches respectively. Can you spot the Tram behind all of this SNOW?

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Don’t worry, our team is digging out Corbet’s Cabin. You can still get a World Famous Waffle before you shred fresh powder in Rendezvous Bowl!

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Even the bus stop is a winter wonderland.
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After a total of 26″ of fresh, Corbet’s Couloir is soft. Bryce Newcomb sends it off the nose.
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Tigger Knecht punts it and stomps.
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The skiing and riding was unbelievable today. Tim Swartz takes full advantage and gets buried.
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The snow totals are looking very good for Jackson Hole this year.
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Right now you can save on flights with $200 air credits available. Also, check out Kids Ski Free and bring out the entire family. Happy winter from Jackson Hole.
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Freeride World Tour Dispatch: Chamonix

While it was difficult to leave Jackson with it’s solid snow base and posse of riders, waking up amongst the Alps reminded me of why I love competing on the Freeride World Tour.

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Photo: Fresh powder in Austria.

I arrived in Chamonix to compete on the first stop of the Freeride World Tour this past week. I’m always blown away by the mountains here -rising like giants out of the valley floor. The area is incredibly vast, and it seems like there is a chair, gondola, or tram going up every peak. With a great group of competitors in town, shredding around the resorts for a few days was a great way to get rid of our jet lag.

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Photo: George Rodney warming up for the tour with a massive backflip.

I felt pretty good after skiing such good snow in Jackson and was excited to see where my new limits would be. It turned out, for a variety of reasons, that pushing the limits would not be the name of the game this time. My run was far from what I wanted it to be. BUT, a few days later I had the best ski day of my year in Austria and was quickly reminded that there is more to the FWT than just competing.

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Photo: Female Skiers draw bibs in downtown Chamonix.

We are now in Fieberbrunn, Austria. The snow hasn’t stopped since we arrived. Mulled wine and apfel strudel are served for apres, and the powder has blanketed the mountains with some much needed snow. The competition is slated for Saturday, and I’m ready to fly!

 

 

 

 

Dropping into the (Super Bowl!!) Weekend

You guys!  The weekend is almost here and it’s STACKED with fun activities and important sports championships.  Make sure you get outside, enjoy the slopes, and then get a group together for fun weekend times.   Here’s a look at some of the top events happening in Jackson–Have fun and be safe!

  • IFSA Jackson Hole Junior Freeride Open
    • Time: Saturday, January 31st and Sunday, February 1st
    • Location: Toilet Bowl, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Teton Village
    • Information:  The JH Junior Freeride Open is open to skiers and snowboarders ages 12-18. It’s a 2-day event, and the first day is a qualifier for Day 2.

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  • Spanish Language Classic Cross Country Ski Workshop for Adults
    • Time: Saturday, January 31st from 10-12 pm
    • Location: Wilson Centennial Trail Groomed Ski Track @ Stilson
    • Information: For more details, registration and rental information, click here.  $17 admission

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  • After School KidzArt
    • Time: Friday, January 30th from 3:30-5:15
    • Location: The Art Association
    • Information: Art Workshop for grades K-2.
  • Stargazing
    • Time: Friday, January 30th from 7-9pm
    • Location: Center for the Arts
    • Information: Look through the giant Dobsonian Telescope.
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  • Birding for Beginners
    • Time: Saturday, January 31st from 9:30-11:30 am
    • Location: Jackson Hole and Great Yellowstone Visitor Center
    • Information: Indoor presentation followed by field session at the National Elk Refuge. 201-5400.
  • Kraut Workshop
    • Time: Saturday, January 31st from 4-6 pm
    • Location: Healthy Being Juicery
    • Information: Make fermented sauerkraut, $10 admission
  • SUPER BOWL XLIX
    • Time: Sunday, February 1st from 3-10 pm
    • Location:  Nick Wilson’s Café in Teton Village! If you’ll be in town, here  is a variety of awesome options.
    • Information:  In case you haven’t heard, the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks are playing to win.  Who will walk away with a shiny new ring?  Only time and football will tell.

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Australia Day in Jackson Hole | 2015

Jackson Hole enjoys many visitors from Australia each year, with a large percentage of Aussies coming in January in line with their holiday schedules. Australia Day is celebrated annually on January 26th and to get in on the fun, we decided to celebrate Australia Day with our Aussie friends yesterday at Nick Wilson’s.

The official Jackson Hole Australia Day sticker, with the traditional JH bronco being replaced by a Kangaroo:
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Waffle Taste Test

While the rest of you skiers are foolishly out skiing powder, these kids are spending their time more wisely, getting jacked on hot chocolate and waffles in Corbet’s Cabin at the top of Jackson Hole.  Skiing with kids is all about the reward, and these 3 kids are not only crushing it, but they are showing the rest of us how it’s done.

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Meet Laik:

2.5 years old, total rascal, and descendants of a strong line of Finn’s who will eat just about anything but greatly prefer sweets.  I asked Laik a few questions to get to know him better, (he’s my son, but he’s two so you never really know what you’re going to get).

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Laik’s Favorites 

Favorite Thing to do:  Play

Favorite Color: Green

Favorite Waffle: Nutella

Dream Job: A Monster Truck

Favorite Ski Run: Jumps

Waffle Eating Technique: Fast

 

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Meet Millie:

Total babe, and total snow queen.  This chick lives in Carmel, CA but could not love snow more, her official quote of the week was, “If the sun comes out will the snow melt?” (It was precisely 20 degrees below zero at that moment…  “No dear, this snow might never melt”.DSC_1421

Millie’s Favorites

Favorite thing to do:  Ski

Favorite Color: Pink and Purple Polka Dots

Favorite Waffle: Strawberry Jelly

Dream Job: Kindergarden Teacher

Favorite Ski Run: The Animal Trails

Waffle Eating Technique: With lots of conversation, “This strawberry jelly waffle is just soooo good!”

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 Meet Oliver:

This kid is the definition of California Cool.  He exudes a calm nature, but secretly lurks with some incredible smarts behind that cunning smile.  He’s 2.5 and is every bit of man that you are.

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Ollie’s Favorites

Favorite Thing to do: Fly

Favorite Color: Chocolate

Favorite Waffle: Chocolate

Dream Job: Superman

Favorite Ski Run: The driveway

Waffle Eating Technique: Careful Mustache Bites

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Riding the tram is not only the coolest 10 minute ride you or your kids will ever experience, but the reward at the top is a day maker.  This experience might be just the ticket that turns winter into a joy ride!

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“What’s that?! You don’t think you or your kids would like nutella waffles on top of a mountain?”

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Dropping into the Weekend

TGIF skiers and snowboarders!  Here’s a list of what’s happening in Jackson this weekend. Have fun and be safe!

  • USAA Wes Barron Speed Series
    • Location: Après Vous at Teton Village
    • Time: Friday, January 23rd to Sunday, January 25th
    • Information: Jackson Hole welcomes USSA racers and their families from around the Intermountain Region for the annual Wes Barron Speed Series of Super G races. Click here for more details.

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  • 4th Annual Global Fat Bike Summit
    • Location: Various events at Hoback Sports, Snow King and more
    • Time: Friday January 23rd to Sunday, January 25th
    • Information: Hundreds of Fat Bike enthusiasts will gather at the Snow King Resort Jan. 24/25 at the 4th Annual Global Fat Bike Festival. Immediately recognizable by their huge 5” low pressure fat tires, Fat Bikes are the fastest growing segment of the bicycle industry as winter outdoor enthusiasts realize how easy and maneuverable Fat Bikes are to ride. Hoback Sports, located in downtown Jackson, has been an early adopter of the sport and will be hosting events throughout the weekend.  Click here for details.

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News Years Resolution – Lifetime Skier becomes Snowboarder

Happy New Year!

It’s hard to figure out what to do for a new years resolution.  Eat better?  Workout more?  Those are more like my everyday resolutions…

This year I went further, searched harder and am about to feel more pain.

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Snowboarding!

Yes, after a lifetime of skiing I have started snowboarding.

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Even I question myself on this one.  Skiing comes naturally to me after growing up doing it.  But something (or someone…thanks Tom!) kept pushing me to get into it.  I had tried snowboarding 14 or 15 years ago but I was terrible and switched back to skiing immediately.

This time it’s going to be different.  I have gone 4 times in the last couple weeks and put up my ski boots up for sale today.  This snowboarding stuff just got real…a resolution that is here to stay.

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Snowboarding is so different than skiing, its such a different feeling when you are carving down the mountain; at least the small part of the mountain I have gone down so far. :)   If you are looking for something different to try this year I recommend switching it up on the slopes…push yourself to learn something new.

For me it’s like falling in love with the mountain all over again…even today I have a itching to get back on the slopes as soon as possible.

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Let it snow,

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