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Jackson Hole-based photographer Cody Downard lets us in on some pro-tips on one of the most important aspects of photography: composition.

Words: Cody Downard

-Photography is about being in the right place at the right time. Nothing is more frustrating than getting back to your computer to realize the photos of the beautiful sunrise you just witnessed don’t look very good.
-One of the most important aspects of photography is composition. If your image is full of distractions, your subject quickly fades away in the confusion. If your subject is placed in the wrong spot, the quality of the scene is greatly diminished.
-There are many other factors involved in photo composition, below are just a few to get you started.
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Ryan Sheets - Jackson Hole - Sheets Studios - Skier Justin Mayers - Winter


Winter of 2014 is going to go down as a winter I will never forget!

Joanna and I met new friends, explored places we only dreamed of, skied more days than we ever had in one season…with aspirations to get even more days in next year!

It certainly didn’t hurt that we were welcomed to Jackson Hole by record amounts of snow and a mild winter that made just about everything you did outdoors enjoyable.

As with any great season…it’s time to reflect on our memories and get ready to make new ones.

Spring is here and with that comes a world of opportunity to explore new adventures!
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Jax N Lance here to show a very special sneak peak at the ultimate regulars on the mountain here at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. But before we dive deep into that category can we take a moment to talk about what an epic season just wrapped up for JHMR? Here are a few stats we learned and beyond.

TOTAL SEASON SNOWFALL: 500 inches! 4th greatest snowfall in resort history

TOTAL GUEST COUNT: Approx 550k compared to an approx 500k the yerar before

TOTAL 2014 100 Club members: 138!!

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2013/14 was a blur of season in Jackson Hole (although they all are) and we decided to take a look back at some of the more memorable days of the season.

The snow started falling in earnest in late October. This photo is from tram worker Mark Hannon who captured an absolutely gorgeous sunrise at the top of the tram on October 29th:
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Just like that the season is wrapping up in just 4 days. When we look back the memories once again are epic. From getting married at the top of Rendezvous Peak to many powder days, we are once again grateful for our season here. With only a couple blog posts left in the season there is one that we couldn’t live without. This very post is to give our gratitude to JH SKI PATROL. They are the legends and heroes of the mountain and we want to pay our respects. It is because of them that we slay away each day in safe conditions. Below is an intimate peek into their world where we were honored to check out their homes on the mountain and even meet a few. So here we go…

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They say that if March comes in like a lion that it goes out like a lamb. Here in Jackson Hole, both ends of the month achieved Lion status with big storms that contributed to the 4th snowiest March on record in the resort’s 48 year history. With this coming right after the 2nd snowiest February on record, there are some seriously huge snow depths out there right now- the Rendezvous Bowl plot is currently sitting at 140″ inches of settled snow depth.

Bob Comey of the Jackson Hole Ski Patrol and Avalanche Lab compiled some numbers for us and the number four kept coming up: 4th wettest March on record, 4th most snowfall for March on the upper mountain and the Rendezvous Bowl plot base depth at the end of the month of 146″ was the 4th deepest in history. Join us in taking a look back at yet another month full of powder skiing in Jackson Hole.

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The best time of the year to get great deals on ski gear is at the end of ski season, and both JH Sports and Teton Village Sports are stepping up to the plate with some great late season deals. Here’s a quick summary of what you should be looking for:

- All skis are 40% Off*
- *Excluding Rossignol Squad and Super 7′s at JH Sports, and excluding Rossignol Squad, Soul and Super 7′s at Teton Village Sports
- Most winter items are 40% OFF*
- *Exceptions are ski boots, goggles and sunglasses. Sunglasses are 20% Off.


Come on by to JH Sports and Teton Village Sports and take advantage of some great late season deals!

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With one of the deepest snowpacks in Jackson Hole history, snow currently falling and 3 nights of free live music, the first annual Jackson Hole Rendezvous is sure to be one for the books. Thursday through Saturday night is loaded with incredible live music: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe on Thursday, Blues Traveler on Friday and Michael Franti & Spearhead on Saturday.

The Jackson Hole Rendezvous fun isn’t limited to just live music at night. Music Under the Tram will be rocking from 3-5 PM on Friday/Saturday/Sunday afternoons, ramping up the hype for the main stage concerts and following great days of skiing/riding on a snowpack that is over 120″ deep.
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Are you going to make the 100 Day Club this season?

The list below is as of end of day on April 2nd. Those on this list still have a chance to hit the 100 day mark for the 13/14 season at JHMR. 100 day club members will be invited to breakfast at Couloir on top of the gondola on Saturday, April 5th at 8:30 AM. Read more »