Bob Comey has been predicting the avalanche hazard for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and the surrounding Teton and Greys River Ranges, as well as for the Togwotee Pass area to the Northeast of Jackson Hole. Few have had as much experience with the snow, terrain, and avalanches conditions that return to Jackson Hole every winter than Bob has, and on November 24th, Bob joined us for a few hours in the Teton Gravity Research Forums to answer the prying questions of backcountry skiers and snowboarders.
Bob covered the gamut, from everything from the most common mistakes made by backcountry travelers to the future of snow science to the kind of bacon to have on hand for rescue dogs. Check out the recap of his Ask Me Anything session below:
What type of bacon would you recommend that in-bounds skiers carry so they can be located by rescue dogs in the event of an avalanche? -Below Zero
Any type of bacon will work.
Can you give us a good argument why the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center doesn’t use the Storm Snow problem as one of their common forecasting problems and every other avalanche center that uses the problems does so? Don’t you think you’re missing a crucial segment along the continuum from loose snow to deep persistent slabs? -homemadesalsa
We are excited to announce that 19 year old, Justin Mayers, has been added to the Jackson Hole athlete team. We have a very elite team with names like Travis Rice, Bryan Iguchi and Lynsey Dyer representing Jackson Hole. Justin is a great ambassador, very friendly and absolutely rips. He spins and flips off features with ease and has a very playful style. Growing up in Jackson Hole he obviously has a solid big mountain background.
We can’t wait to work with Justin and watch his career grow. Photo by Ryan Sheets
Longtime Jackson Hole skier, celebrated ski mountaineer and Teton Village resident Kit DesLauriers was recently honored by National Geographic and named one of 10 Adventurers of the Year. The illustrious group of athletes keeping company with DesLauriers, are recognized as ‘outstanding’ individuals “who made our year in adventure with remarkable achievements in exploration, adventure sports, conservation and humanitarianism,” according to editors.
Jackson has historically been a breeding ground for talent. From Crystal Wright and Jess McMillan dominating the big mountain scene to Travis Rice and Cam Fitzpatrick testing the talent limits of the snowboard community…there are an incredible amount of athletes raised in the Tetons. These athletes are often found traveling the globe, but every professional winter athlete still finds time to come home to Jackson. One of these special talents-Resi Stiegler-will be coming home this week on a break from the World Cup circuit (which she finished an impressive 11th and 16th in Aspen and Levi). Her homecoming will involve a fundraiser this Saturday for her racing season. I quickly caught up with Resi between her travels to get the low down on her season and favorite Jackson spots!
How’s the year going?
So far so good. I am excited the season has begun. Its kinda started off with a bang. This season we have World Championships and you need to qualify for them so I need to get as many points as possible to get my ranking up. I’ve raced the first two World Cups and I am doing really well and I feel strong. I worked hard this summer with [local gym] Mountain Athlete and I feel solid on my skis which gives me good confidence!
What’s your favorite run at Jackson Hole?
I have to say when they groom the Grand I am just in heaven first tracks down that baby on GS skis… feels so good. I love any part of the mountain on a powder day- there are so many secret spots!
What’s your favorite village apres spot?
I really enjoy the the Spur for nachos and margaritas…. and Stieglers down the village road for the best winter appetizers at the Copper bar!
Gates or Powder ?
I love them equally which is hard to understand I’m sure. Powder is what I grew up skiing and loving and that’s where my passion came from but I love the challenge and the focus of racing and improving my turn.
Favorite people to ride with?
My uncle Peter, cousin Elise and best friend skiing since childhood Hadley Hammer (editors note, I didn’t bribe her with gluten free cookies to say that!) and Andrew Byron and my favorite pose of snowboarders Mark Carter and Willie McMillon. I have been skiing with these lovers since I was little so its for sure what makes getting home and getting out on my favorite mountain are some of the best days out of the year!!!!!!
Tip for visitors coming to Jackson Mountain Resort ?
TGIF everyone! It’s finally the weekend and the tram is open! We expect to see you all on the mountain showing us your stuff, but do you have any other plans when you’re not slope-side? If you don’t have plans, this is what’s happening in Jackson this weekend. Have fun and be safe!
- Race for Resi Fundraiser Kickoff
- Race Registration: JH Mountain Resort Base Area
- Time: 9-12 am
- Price: $25 for Month Long Race Participation
- Challenge yourself, Meet Resi and Support her World Championship Dreams!
- Info: http://www.worldcupdreams.org/
- “Pimp My Ride” Happy Hour Class at Revolution Indoor Cycling
- Time: Friday at 5:30 pm
- Price: $5
- Location: Movie Works Plaza • 870 South Highway 89
- Smith Optics Locals Appreciation Party
- Band: 40 oz to Freedom: Sublime Tribute Ban\
- Time: Friday at 9 pm
- Location: Pink Garter Theatre
- Tickets: $12 available here
- Jackson Hole Moose Hockey Game (vs.Denver)
- Time: Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm
- Tickets: $9 for adults, $5 for kids, 50% off with Grand Pass!
- Location: Snow King Ice Arena
- 2 for 1 Dinner Specials! Check out Dishing JH for local restaurants participating in off season deals and treat yourself
- Eugene Ballet and Dancers Workshop presents The Nutcracker
- Location: Center for the Arts (tickets available at the Box Office)
- Time: Friday at 7:30
- Live Music at the Mangy Moose with Poster Signing w/ Resi Steigler
- Band: Mandatory Air
- Time: Saturday at 3:30
With over 100 inches of snow blanketing the Tetons, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) will open 100% of the mountain with the Aerial Tram and Sublette chairlifts opening on Friday, December 5th, accessing 4,139 vertical and 2,500 acres of terrain.
It’s been an amazing start to the year in Jackson Hole. Skiers and snowboarders have been all smiles and it’s no surprise as the snow has been incredible. Today, December 1st, we hit 100” for the season! On Thursday we opened with Teewinot, Apres Vous and Casper. This Saturday the Bridger Gondola, Marmot and Thunder opened greeting riders to copious amounts of powder. On Sunday, the skies cleared with 6” of fresh and the lower faces opening.
The terrain off Thunder is open including Tower 3, Paint Brush, Toilet Bowl and the Mushroom Chutes.
Enjoy our latest video showcasing the beauty of the changing of the seasons in Jackson Hole. Now who’s ready to hit the slopes for opening day?!
Nothing says Happy Thanksgiving in Jackson Hole like the sweet sound of lifts running and skiers turning through fresh Teton snow. For the second year in a row, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is kicking off the holidays and ushering in another powder-filled winter by opening it’s hills for locals and visitors to play in over 91″ inches (and counting) of groomed and off-piste terrain from Apres Vous to Casper. And then some…read on!
Come check out this hot new brand at Teton Village Sports on Friday from 2pm to 5pm–Free gift with every purchase!