Corbet’s Couloir Is Open and Skiers are Going Huge

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Anyone who has ever edged his or her tips into the gaping maw of the entrance to Corbet’s Couloir has participated in the dream. There is simply nothing like it in North American skiing. Steep, rocky and wild, Corbet’s Couloir is where skiers go to prove their mettle (or more often, to retreat in fear).

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Andrew Whiteford, Hadley Hammer, Forrest Jillson and Bryce Newcomb contemplate their options on opening day at Corbet’s Couloir.

The run is named after Barry Corbet, a mountaineer who in 1960 spotted a narrow crease of snow, shaped like an upside-down funnel, high up on the mountain now known as Jackson Hole. He said, “Someday someone will ski that.” 20160121_ES_corbets couloir (10 of 191)-2
Ski Patroller, Sparky, puts the finishing touches on the rope line.

Today, after five feet of snow in the last week, the Jackson Hole Ski Patrol opened Corbet’s Couloir. Jackson Hole athletes and Teton Gravity Research converged on Corbet’s and put on quite the show.
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Forrest Jillson takes it deep into the Couloir. Going…
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Going…
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Gone…

Next up Hadley Hammer, filming with Teton Gravity Research, lined up and took arguably the biggest air by a female ever into Corbet’s.

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Go girl.  

Hadley Hammer shows us what getting shot out of a cannon looks like.

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Bryce Newcomb takes the high left line.
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The view from below with Andrew Whiteford jumping in with style.

Corbet’s Couloir is one of the most visible lines at Jackson Hole, with the tram passing by every 10 minutes and plenty of spectators gather to watch skiers/riders drop in. While Corbet’s is intimidating from the top, the view from below shows the great snow that usually awaits skiers once they have tackled the plunge into the Couloir.
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Powder awaits those willing to take the plunge.

Watch the history of Corbet’s Couloir and see old and new test their skill.

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Dropping into the Weekend

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Attitudes have definitely shifted over the past week in Teton Valley.  People are whistling, have a little more pep in their step, and are smiling.  The reason is clear–snow has thickly blanketed the mountains day after day, making for an outlandishly good time on the slopes.  If you haven’t made it out to JHMR in the last few days, I would strongly encourage using one of those emergency PTO days to give yourself some medical shredding.  Good for the mind, great for the soul.

Moods don’t have to plummet when the lifts close at the end of the day this weekend.  There are tons of events and music this weekend, so collect some fluffy turns, grab your friends, and enjoy all of the fun that Jackson Hole has to offer.  Have fun everyone!

Backcountry Adventures Film
Location: Pink Garter Theater, Downtown Jackson
Time: Friday night
Information: Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm, Free admission
THE INSIDE SCOOP: MOVIE NIGHT!!! Grab your popcorn and put on some cozy pajamas that are appropriate in the public.  I’ve heard through the metaphorical grapevine (can’t find a real grapevine for the life of me) that this is going to be a great flick, so I’m willing to put my reputation on the line and say you should go.

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Lounge on Fire at The Mangy Moose
Location: The Mangy Moose in Teton Village
Time: Friday and Saturday from 9 pm to 12 am, $5 at the door
Information: Lounge on Fire’s sound can best be described as steel cut, blackened and peppered, rock-hopped hip-dipped cock-eyed funk-trunked flat-on-your-back pants-off-dance-off machine.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: I’m not sure if I can do any better than the information above, so I’ll just touch on the important words.  Steal cut.  Blackened.  Peppered.  Pants off. Dance off.  Cool?  See you there.

Sneaky Pete & The Secret Weapons
Location: The Silver Dollar Showroom in The Wort Hotel
Time: Friday and Saturday night from 7:30-11 pm
Information:Bluegrass/Americana music. Free admission.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: As a fan of all things sneaky and *most* people named Pete, it should be no surprise that I like Sneaky Pete & The Secret Weapons 100% of the time.  I will definitely be there one, maybe two nights, so if you want to hang out with me and ask about my week in Women’s Elevate Camp, STOP ON BY!!!!

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USAA Wes Barron Speed Series
Location: Teton Lift and Apres Vous
Time: Friday through Sunday
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.
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  I won’t be racing in this speed series, but other people will be.  So while I can’t encourage you to come watch me, there will be other people you can cheer on.  Despite the saying that we always want more, leave your cowbells at home.

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Rob Garza Live
Location: The Pink Garter Theater, Downtown Jackson
Time: Saturday, Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:30 pm, $20 admission
Information:Founding member of international music group Thievery Corporation, Rob Garza’s career includes decades-worth of accolades as a pioneer of a flourishing electronic music movement.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: I’m still trying to master how to dance to electronic music, so don’t be surprised if you find me in the corner trying out some new moves and seeing if they work.

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2016 Backcountry Basecamp presented by Goretex
Location: Teton Village
Time: Saturday and Sunday, all day schedule
Information: At the Jackson Hole BASECAMP stop, Backcountry Magazine staff will showcase the newest equipment, including skis, skins, splitboards, beacons, shovels, probes and airbag packs, all in a yurt-based setting. Also, Arc’teryx will be on hand all weekend showing off their technical outerwear and packs. AIARE educators will conduct demos and classes each day, and Jackson Hole Guides will take visitors on complimentary backcountry tours with an emphasis on safety education. On Saturday at 5 p.m., BASECAMP hosts a huge party and huger raffle at the Alpenhof Lodge with proceeds benefitting Teton County Search and Rescue.  For more schedule information, click here.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: Make sure that you take a closer look at the schedule, but the weekend is packed with cool opportunities to learn more about the latest and greatest in backcountry equipment.  There’s a big ol’ party at the end to celebrate all of the discussion and learning.  Don’t you wish that happened every time you learned something?!

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Down Under the Tram: Australia Day Celebration
Location: JHMR Events Tent, Teton Village
Time: Tuesday, January 26th from 4-6 pm
Information: Free beer, while it lasts. Aussie tunes and great giveaways too!
THE INSIDE SCOOP: AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE, OI OI OI!  If you’re not Australian, just pretend you are.  It’ll be good practice for St. Patrick’s Day if you’re not actually Irish.

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Storm Dispatch: Jackson Hole’s January Cycle

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January began inching along with all the powder chasers wondering where to go. Early last week a series of storms began to brew in the pacific and the results of those storms left us all in a frenzy. Here at the powder capital of the West, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, we’ve received an astonishing 5 feet in less than a week’s time. It started slow with snow totals building, and on January 17th we were given a late holiday present of 17 inches in 24 hours. Needless to say the skiing and riding has been top notch since the cycle has continued, and as the locals like to put it, “We’re in the flow”. Here are some of the moments from this epic January cycle thus far.

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JH Ambassador Tommy Moe leaves his signature on January 19th.

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Dave Johnson opens up the fun on the Headwall during a short moment of blue on January 19th.

January has provided the goods and its not too late for everyone to enjoy. Until the end of January, we are running our Golden Ticket Promotion offering 50% off lift tickets to season pass-holders worldwide, just bring your season pass and a photo ID to our ticket windows to redeem.

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Jeff Leger finds a deeper dimension in the Hobacks on January 17th.

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Tigger Knecht finds himself in the moment we all dream of on January 19th.

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Tigger Knecht comes up for air this morning, January 20th.

Taking advantage of the Golden Ticket Promotion? Or just keen on a visit to find out about this ‘Cowboy Powder’ for yourself? We’ve got you covered, from great lodging specials to $300 off air credits, its a deal with experience that can’t be surpassed. Come celebrate our 50th year!

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Justin Dersham finds himself in the goods this morning, January 20th.

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Tigger Knecht does the disappearing act on the morning of January 20th.

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Bryce Newcomb enjoying a bit of blower on January 19th.

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$200 Air Credits

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Powder 8 Local Qualifier: Lineup, Look Back and Results

Sarah Felton & Brigid Horigan: All Girl and Grand National-Bound with 7th Place
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This is What Second Place Looks Like: Jeff Leger & Tanner Flannagan Powder 8'ing in Pretty-Much-Perfect Synch

This is What Second Place Looks Like: Jeff Leger & Tanner Flannagan Powder 8’ing in Pretty-Much-Perfect Synch

After laying dormant for 15 years, a most-beloved ski tradition, The Powder 8, made its triumphant return to the Tetons yesterday on a stormy Jackson Hole morning. Christened with a foot of  fresh snow from the past couple days,  44 skiers combining to form 22 teams, headed for the hills via an 8:24 am tram bound for Bernie’s Bowl. Despite the weather backup location move from the intended Cody Bowl to Bernies, the eventful day proved a grand old time had by all.

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JHSC Skier Team Kristan Waddle and Jenny Allen Wait to Start While The Rest of the Powder 8 Teams Watch Above Bernie’s

In  a swift, sprinted, snowy and somewhat socked-in hour and half, the skiers and event organizers realized the continued legacy of a classic on-hill Powder 8 competition in true Jackson Hole form.  The locals-only pre-qualifier event to February’s final TheGrand National Powder 8, was loaded with technically sound and stylish skiers making for one fine day in the 50th year of JHMR.

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Some Stick to the Rules & Nail It (Skiers Ethan Valenstein (f) & Sam Sehnert (b)

Others Do Not & Still Look Good

Others Do Not & Still Look Good (Skier Paul Velte)

The in-bounds venue, another regular Powder 8 comp host site throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s, saw an impressive lineup of 22 teams ski with ease, grace, and plenty of steeze. Certainly synch is the name of the game as per Powder 8 standards, but the Jackson Hole locs, in some cases- went above-and-beyond (per tradition) in the ‘matchy-match’ sense. Enthusiastic spectators and judges saw one pieces, jean jackets and jet suits galore.

Sarah Felton & Brigid Horigan: All Girl and Grand National-Bound with 7th Place

Teams young and old, co-ed, all female, and all- twin (for reals) strutted their stuff one-by-one before the careful eye of selected judges well versed in the art of 8. Skiers representing The Jackson Hole Ski Club and St. Lawrence University Ski Team Alums to a duo  representing Powder Magazine and the prerequisite Jackson Hole Air Force (hello Captail Benny Wilson and ‘Dave the Wave’!!) lined up atop their lottery-designated lane and skied their hearts out to the tune of 20-plus turns much to their own visible delight.

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Who’s Who? Powder Magazine’s Local Editor-In-JH-Resident Matt Hansen (f) and Ski Bum Phantom Powder Mag Favorite Wingman John Verdon (b) Skiing Blower… Naturally

Powder 8 proved the best of days at JHMR. All were inspired and excited by the throwback and consequently threw down a healthy and fun competition. Thanks to Jackson Hole Ski Patrol for the inspiration and bringing the safety – All personnel who touched the P8 from Lifts to Race Crew to Judges. And of course the Powder 8 Locals for bringing this special version of ski spirit dating from ’71 back into this 50th season for all to watch and share in the fun.

Powder 8 2016 Local Qualifier

Powder 8 2016 Local Qualifier | January 16, 2016 | Bernie’s Bowl | JHMR

Congratulations to everyone, especially the top 7 teams – all of whom are going on to the Grand National Powder 8 next month. These top-finishers will go head-to-head with invited teams from around the Rocky Mountains in the Grand National representing the best of what Jackson Hole has to offer. Long live the Powder 8 and see you February 6 in Cody Bowl!

All photos: Amy Jimmerson

Place  Lane #   Team  Total 
1 10  Halsey Hewson & Chris Denny  194
2 20  Jeff Leger & Tanner Flannagan 187
3 19  AJ Puccia & Brendan Levine 184
4 17  Ethan Valenstein & Sam Sehnert 183
5 21  Bart Flynn & George Flynn 177
6 13  Capt. Benny Wilson & Dave the Wave 170
7 22  Brigid Horigan & Sarah Felton 169
8 3  Kristan Waddle & Jenny Allen 160
9 16  Paul Velte & Jeb Stuart  159
10 12  Rick Hunt & Jon Hunt  147
11 18  Shannon Owens & Christian Cisco  136
12 9  Cassandra Lee & Patrick Brennan 126
13 0  Drew Kneeland & Kyle MacDowell, JHSP                    118
14 8  Zach Simon &Mike MacDonald 116
15 5  Prudence Daniels & Sofie Danforth 115
16 4  Rob DesLauriers & Kit DesLauriers 113
17 14  Ana Rode & Lori Roux 111
18 11  Bill Allen &Morgan Carrig  94
19 2  Wes Lucas & Steve Zelikovitz 93
20 7  Eric Jacobson & Dave Blatt  90
21 15  John Verdon &Matt Hansen  86
22 1  John Grant & Lisa Grant  64
23 6  Rachel Levitz & Lauren Roux 0
P.S. STAY TUNED: Fans can continue to tune-in to The Ledge on the morning snow phone line -meanwhile he and Tanner will be training for Feb 6th.

P.S. STAY TUNED: Fans can continue to tune-in to ‘The Ledge’ on the morning snow phone line -meanwhile he will be training for the Feb 6th showdown.

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Little details make the biggest vacations

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2016 certainly started with a snap and pow.

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After a postcard-fluffy white Christmas, New Year’s week was so cold I had to fib a little to our out-of-town friends about why I wasn’t on the hill everyday: “I will ski when the mountain is not so crowded with tourists like yourself.” My cousin Nick saw right through this when he had one of those heavenly rides through the Hobacks the morning of New Year’s Eve, miraculously never seeing another person top to bottom. He was blown away by the breadth and depth of Jackson Hole. You can take the Tram up with 100 new friends, and a few turns later into Rendezvous Bowl, you feel like you own the mountain.

Not near Kids Ranch, literally in the same building. Take the elevator to drop off.

Not near Kids Ranch, literally in the same building. Take the elevator to drop off.

As I mentioned in my last post about Kids Ski Free!, I was totally agog at the condo I saw at Cody House in the Kids Ranch building, so my friend Julie at Jackson Hole Resort Lodging invited us to stay a night. Before we moved to Jackson, I used to be one of those moms who’d burn more calories hauling my four children and their gear than actually skiing (mostly owing to the fact that I’m in terrible physical condition). This unit, like many of JHRL’s ski in-ski out properties, made me want to stand out on the balcony with a steaming hot cup of coffee waiting for a friend to ski by and recognize me. In fact, this unit being in the Kids Ranch building and directly adjacent to the Bridger Gondola, we could wave to my husband waiting in line for first gondi while we had an early morning soak in the hot tub.

Natasha pondering the Gondi.

Natasha pondering the Gondi.

Alex Sr. was fired up for the hotly anticipated Teton Lift, at the top of the gondola. Here’s an insider’s look courtesy of Teton Gravity Research. Totally gangster, as my son Alex might say.

Our stay began as I opened the fridge up to this:

Did we need anything else?

Did we need anything else?

 

Just kidding. Actually the fridge was kitted out like this for our one night stay thanks to Ashley Watson at Mountains of Groceries.

A little more realistic.

A little more realistic.

Ashley is the proud owner of this wonderful local company that can set up your JHRL unit with a personalized grocery run, arrange private chefs for in-home dinners, and even set up Christmas trees and Valentine’s Day flowers! They can also tidy up your cupboard at the end of your stay and see that leftovers are donated to local food banks. Having your fridge, cupboards, and wine rack fully stocked when you arrive feels like you’ve just been gifted another day of vacation.

Our unit was so conveniently located right in the Village. The kids loved running to the General Store (about a hundred feet away) for milkshakes. Even though we were ridiculously close Jackson Hole Sports, Julie insisted we try out JH Mountain Direct (JHDirect). JHDirect, a service of Jackson Hole Sports, offers more than just ski deliveries. They run a true concierge-level service for skiers and snowboarders. You book the service online, which means you’re already enjoying a 20% discount. Some friendly, helpful soul like General Manager Larry Hartenstein will follow up with a phone call: “What kind of skier are you? Have you skied here before? You planning on skiing all day?” He’ll know how conditions have been and where you might be headed during lessons. Then, he sends over a couple of these cuties:

Patrick and Dan from JHDirect.

Patrick and Dan from JHDirect. Two jolly men in red suits with sacks of treats!

Dan Gully and Parker Warren showed up like a couple of Santa’s with six pairs of brand new, high performance skis, and a selection of boots.

Sweet. Brand new Rossi’s.

The kids, sleepy-eyed and shuffling in their pajamas, were wide-awake at the sight of the first-class gear and then in utter disbelief that Dan and Parker could boot-fit them in the living room.

Nikita and Mary being fitted for boots in their jammies! True luxury in my book. They would be so irritated if they knew I posted bedhead pics.

Nikita and Mary being fitted for boots in their jammies! True luxury in my book. They would be so irritated if they knew I posted bedhead pics.

JH Mountain Direct can also bring your lift tickets, Mountain Sports School vouchers, and even tell you exactly where to meet your instructor. They are also super nice and know the mountain inside and out. These are the big and little details at JHRL that make you feel like you’re on vacation the very minute you arrive.

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Inches to Feet, This Storm is Producing!

A fresh coating of white made for great snowboarding and skiing.
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The return of the powder!  We’ve had some great bluebird inversion days recently, but just as you start itching for some cold smoke, mother nature produced! As of 2:00pm 1/14/16, we’ve received 11″ of new snow since midnight. And there’s only more to come. So come out to Teton Village and enjoy the snow!

Forecast: Jim “Woody” Woodmencey is calling for up to 21 additional inches through Monday. Check out his current forecast at www.mountainweather.com
NOAA’s forecast is looking pretty spiffy too!

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The winter storm of January 14, 2016 has arrived! Workers shovel the deck at Corbet’s Cabin.

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A sign of some strong wind and snow.

DJ pushing overhead plumes of cold smoke on every turn down Bivouac!

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Some happy faces riding up Sublette ready for some more action.

The 60" upper mountain base with 11" of fresh is riding nicely!

The 60″ upper mountain base with 11″ of fresh is riding nicely!

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Be careful out there! A simple fall could lead to something more serious. Ski in pairs and keep an eye on your buddies!

Just released today, this video highlights the importance of safety in bounds and in the backcountry. Be safe out there!

Chris getting deep mid afternoon off the new Teton Lift.

Chris getting deep mid afternoon off the new Teton Lift.

Teton Lift bliss.

Teton Lift bliss.

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Nadine charging the pow off of Sublette.

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Dropping into the Weekend

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On Wednesday morning, I got on the Gondola right at 9 am, eager to get first tracks on the fresh corduroy sprawling across the mountain.  Much to my happy surprise, the sun was shining on the upper mountain and I found myself giggling with happiness as I cruised down the pristine slopes.  I thought that was the best morning of the season until today.

The snow really fell last night and left an unbelievable coat of fluffy powder for me (ok…everyone) to enjoy.  Wednesday’s “giggles” turned into full on squeals of joy as I made my way down Rendezvous Bowl.  The point of this personal story is: GET OUT THERE THE SNOW IS UNBELIEVABLE AND YOU’LL GIGGLE AND SMILE SO MUCH!*

*sorry for yelling.

Anyway, here’s what’s going on this weekend!  Have fun and be safe!
SAFETY WEEKEND CELEBRATION WITH TCSAR
Location: Teton Village, Wyoming
Time: Friday, Saturday, Sunday.  No fees or admission.
Information:  Join Teton County Search and Rescue and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in honor of Safety Month at the top of the Bridger Gondola.
FRIDAY: 
from 9am-1pm, TCSAR will an exclusive look at the TCSAR helicopter they use, parked on top of the Bridger Gondola. In addition, there will avalanche dog demonstrations, information being handed out, and volunteers answering questions.
SATURDAY: 
The ‘Safety Posse’ will be on the hill handing out goodies and prizes to skiers/riders practicing safety on the slopes.
SUNDAY:
There will be another helicopter showing from our friends at Air Medical Heli, from 11am – 2pm.
THE INSIDE SCOOP:
 This is such a fun opportunity for shredders of all ages to learn at JHMR.  It’s rare that you can get some up close and personal time with ski patrol, avy dogs, and helicopters, so I wouldn’t miss this chance!  On top of that, it’s so important to be an educated skier or rider, seeing that you can only control Mother Nature so much.  That said, do your best to look uphill, ski in control, and be an ambassador of the mountain!

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JH SNOWBOARDER MAGAZINE PARTY FEATURING BLACKALICIOUS & PHUTUREPRIMITIVE
Location: The Pink Garter Theater in Downtown Jackson
Time: Friday, Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm 
Information: Tickets available online from $20.00 – $45.00. 21+ only
THE INSIDE SCOOP: Folks have been *buzzing* about this party, which is a strong indicator that it’s going to be worth the ticket.  I don’t really think that I have enough street cred to comment farther.  Which probably means I should go.

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POWDER 8’S LOCALS’ QUALIFIER
Location: Cody Bowl, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Time: Saturday at 10:30 am
Information: JHMR is bringing back the historic competition to the Powder 8 face of Cody Bowl, for our Grand Reunion Weekend. The nationally recognized event, which ran from 1975 until 2001, will be an invitational team contest with over $10,000 in cash and prizes. There will be a local qualifier for Jackson Hole teams on Saturday, January 16th with the finals being on Saturday, February 6th.
THE INSIDE SCOOP:
It’s been a couple of decades since the Powder 8’s have been held in Teton Village, and it’s going to be so fun to see which local teams qualify for the finals this weekend.  The competitors are local legends, so stay tuned to find out which 2 teams make it!

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TETON ADAPTIVE APRES SOIREE FUNDRAISER
Location: Hotel Terra Ballroom in Teton Village
Time: Saturday at 3:30 pm
Information: Join Teton Adaptive Sports for an Apres Soiree on January 16th, 2016, in the Hotel Terra Ballroom. This fundraiser will raise money to benefit Teton Adaptive Sports, an entity doing big things around Jackson Hole. Food and drinks will be available and kids and families of all ages are welcome.
THE INSIDE SCOOP:
 It’s truly unbelievable what Teton Adaptive Sports does to make sure that everyone can have a mountain experience.  If you’ve never seen their equipment, I’d highly recommend going to their live demo on Saturday morning on Teewinot.  If you’re blown away (you will be), you can head to this Apres Soiree and support their worthy cause.

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DJ SIMOTANEOUS AT THE MANGY MOOSE
Location: The Mangy Moose in Teton Village
Time: Saturday at 9 pm
Information: Whatever you like – Hip Hop, Rap, Reggae, Dancehall, Dub, Soul, R&B – DJ Simotaneous will surely get the party started! Show starts at 9pm.
THE INSIDE SCOOP:
Any DJ that promises dance, hip-hop and rap is a hero in my book.  Saturday is a huge day in Teton Village so there won’t be a shortage of activities to keep you busy until the DJ starts at 9 pm.  And…it’s free.

JAMESON MUSIC SERIES PRESENTS JOHN WAYNE’S WORLD
Location: The Pink Garter Theater in Downtown Jackson
Time: Saturday night at 10:30, free admission
Information: Jameson Drink Specials!
THE INSIDE SCOOP: This evening will be a perfect combination of good music and whiskey.  What’s not to love?  Grab a friend, say you’ll cover the cost of the tickets (hehe they’re free), and you’ll have a good ole time.

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Backcountry Safety Weekend

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Its Backcountry Safety Weekend here at JHMR, and this Friday and Sunday Teton County Search and Rescue and Classic Air Medical are bringing their helicopters and staff to the top of the Bridger Gondola.

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January is the National Ski Areas Association Safety Month, and we are pleased to announce three days of event promoting safety over this MLK weekend.

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On Friday, January 15th a TCSAR helicopter will be based atop the Bridger Gondola from 9AM – 1PM for an exciting experiential demo for the skiing public.  Search and Rescue volunteers, in addition to JHMR Ski Patrol, will be on hand to answer any questions, hand out information on backcountry safety and also perform beacon checks and avalanche dog drills.  On Saturday, January 16th the JHMR Safety Posse will be out on the slopes rewarding safe skiing behavior by passing out stickers, candy, and new collectable avalanche dog safety cards.  Sunday, January 17th the Classic Air Medical Helicopter will be stationed atop the Bridger Gondola for the public to check out from 11AM until 2PM. (All helicopter staging is weather dependent).

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In partnership with Teton County Search and Rescue this video about the Jackson Hole backcountry outlines some of the hazards and potential implications of backcountry usage.  Know before you go, and educate yourself!

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Captain Benny Wilson – The Founding Father of Jackson Hole Air Force

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Howdy Folks,

Jax N’ Lance here to tell a tale of the legendary Captain Benny Wilson. A skier with so much grace, sense of humor, talent, and positivity that you will want to hang out with him every day!

_C4A0449Upon meeting Benny, he will be the charming one in the top hat, scarf with skulls, epic tribal necklace, and smile from ear to ear. There is something familiar the legends that we have featured thus far (check Wild Bill here) and that is the never ending stoke to ski and live within the mountain culture day in and day out.

_C4A0361One of the first times I saw Benny was in 2013. He was sending it over some trees off of thunder bumps in a hot green outfit. The jump purposely placed in the path of the trees because as Benny claims “it is gaper day, and folks should get some major air.” And if not… end up in the trees.


Benny on gaper day in 2013

Benny on Gaper Day in 2013

As many know, Benny was the key part in founding the legendary Jackson Hole Air Force with the late Howie Henderson. The JH Air force is a group of avid skiers who embody the free skiing movement. Known as the “rope ducking, patrol-provoking alpine outlaws” they helped to revolutionize open boundaries at JHMR officially in 1998. Some may even call it skiing’s biggest underground ski/rebel fraternity. The group built their reputation on stealth and secrecy, often poaching info from patrol radios to live life to an epic extreme. Then chalking up the daily tales over beers  at the Bear Claw after. They always ensured a level of safety with their pack and avalanche gear and made safe choices… all looking out for one another within snow conditions and abilities.

_B0A1759It all started one day when they decided to make a movie that would feature Jackson Hole at it’s finest. That being steep, deep and full of big air. Benny came up with Jackson Hole Air Force. Spending 3 years in the marines, he quickly took his own spin on a marine slogan of swift, silent, deadly, and created the tagline Swift, Silent, Deep.

A free spirit at all times, Benny is a joy to ski with

A free spirit at all times, Benny is a joy to ski with

Today there have been roughly 300 patches given to those talented enough to be invited to join the Air Force. A high honor for any skier when the invitation comes their way. Benny has many fond memories as they skied around the resort from the thunder bumps, wall of voodoo, croakie point, to building massive airs and having bbq’s in caves. If you are lucky, you may see them hanging out at their latest hangout on the “bench” in the Hobacks.

One of Benny's favorite short steeps on the mountain

One of Benny’s favorite short steeps on the mountain

It is a fond memory for the early members of the JH Air force to think back to the Bear-Claw Café. And one for us to even enjoy today as the Gelande Quaffing competition has grown to a whole new level. One fine day when the crew was waiting for the mountain to open, the bar tender would send fresh beers sliding down to the customer that ordered it. One glass took an extra hyped glide and was on track to take air and create an epic catastrophe when out of nowhere it was caught and then pounded by the patron. Gelande Quaffing was born. From there it became a game of après ski competitions and served as epic entertainment for spectators. It subsided for some years but low and behold on Feb 24th, 2008 it returned bigger than ever when the Village Café hosted the Annual Gelande Quaffing World Championships. It is now known as one of the most awesome events of the season. There are training camps, training videos online and teams take it very seriously. Working year round on their skills throwing back flips, twists or jumps before they catch and pound the steins of PBR.

Gelande Quaffing World Championships 2013

Gelande Quaffing World Championships 2013

Gelande Quaffing competition: 2013

Gelande Quaffing competition: 2013 _B0A1778

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Piste Mountain Bistro’s Elevated Flavors

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Piste Mountain Bistro has been the source of a lot of buzz in Teton Village.  Every guest who’s ventured up the gondola for a meal at Piste has had something good to say about the mouthwatering cuisine, stylish decor, and unparalleled views.

As a member of the marketing team at JHMR, I know all of the hard facts about Piste. I know their hours, phone number, menu items, decor inspiration, general manager, and more. Piste has evolved over the past year into a beautiful addition to the Rendezvous Lodge, and I knew I had to get up there and experience it in all of it’s finished glory. Yesterday, I finally got my chance!

Walking into the space, I immediately felt like I was on a quintessential ski vacation, which is a rare feeling as a Jackson Hole local. The entry is lined with decorative skis and the seats are leather with buffalo hide accents-all very “Wyoming.” The interior is comfortable yet chic, and surrounded by windows that overlook the greater Teton Valley. You may wonder why the windows matter if you’re dining at night–Well, the views of the valley floor are gorgeous on a clear night, but the real showstopper is when the snow cats groom the mountain right next to the restaurant windows!  This has been a favorite among diners, especially for the kids.

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My friend Phil and I wanted to order everything on the menu, so in an effort to save our stomachs, we had our server bring her favorite dishes to the table.  It was a risk that we are so glad we took.  The first thing we tried was the Lamb and Quinoa Meatballs, which quite honestly blew me away.  The yogurt sauce really brought all of the flavors together and I can confidently say that I will order these meatballs again in the very near future.

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Next up was the Crispy Salad.  Until yesterday, I was convinced that I don’t like kale, but this salad absolutely *kaled* my distaste.  The crispy greens are complemented by the butternut squash puree and some sweet sugared grapefruit.  I can see (and taste) why our server loves this salad. It looks as colorful as it tastes!

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Just as we were finishing the last morsels on our salad plate, the Spicy Wild Prawns made their way to our table.   The flavor had the perfect amount of kick, and to be perfectly honest, had Phil and I fighting over the last one (don’t worry, we split the prawn in perfect halves).

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The food was amazing, but I can’t gloss over the drinks we had.  I’ve never been the type to order specialty cocktails, but in the spirit of fully trusting our knowledgeable server, I tried whatever she thought was best!  Once again, her choices won over my taste buds.  Check out these delicious (and stunning) cocktails:

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Piste’s Specialty Negroni

 

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The “Marta” Bloody Mary with gin

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The face of a happy girl with a Spicy Margarita

As I’m sure you can imagine, our stomachs were happily full, but we knew we had to make room for the grand finale: the Skillet Baked Seasonal Pie.  Yesterday’s seasonal pie was pumpkin, but it was so much more than that. The skillet came out with a healthy scoop of vanilla ice cream that slowly melted its way into every nook and cranny of the skillet.  Just like all of the dishes that Phil and I shared, the pie was great for a small group of happy skiers.

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One of the perks of our early dinner was getting to see the sunset.  The valley was socked in with fog all day, but just as our plates were cleared, the sunset peeked through the clouds.  I couldn’t resisted going outside to take in all of the beauty that this town has to offer.

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All in all, my experience at Piste was more than I anticipated.  I expected good food, but their carefully crafted interpretations of classic flavor pairings had me speechless.  And it’s worth mentioning that the majority of the ingredients come from a 250 mile radius to ensure that you’re tasting the fresh and natural flavors of the west. The food at Piste can only be matched by the amazing mountain views surrounding the restaurant.

If you want a dining experience that will literally elevate your Jackson Hole experience, Piste Mountain Bistro should be your next stop.  Take a closer look at the menu here, and be sure to make a reservation via opentable.

In the upcoming weeks, Piste Mountain Bistro will offer 2 for 1 beers and shared plates at the bar from 5:30-6:30 Thursday through Saturday.  I’m already dreaming about my next meal at Piste, so maybe I’ll see you there!

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