300 inches and movin’ on up!

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UPDATE: 2/20/2016 – This morning we awoke to the magic number of 300 inches with two more inches falling overnight. Following yesterdays powder fiesta and with two more inches falling overnight, now is as good of a time as ever to join in the fun here in Teton Village. Our powder weekend trend continues today and tomorrow! C’mon out and enjoy Mother Natures gift and all 300 inches turn by turn.

After a brief stint of high pressure and warm beautiful days in Jackson Hole, Mother Nature has changed the course and winter has reared it’s head once again. Last weeks storm cycle brought hopes of storm skiing and powder parties, those hopes seemed unfulfilled even with almost a foot of fresh falling on the upper mountain. However, it appears we’ve gotten ourselves back in the flow, starting this morning, Thursday the 18th, with a wintry day in Teton Village filled with blowing snow and high winds. Our mountain is receiving a refresh as I type these words. Prepare yourselves for the days to come, as Friday through the weekend could provide powder turns and high fives a plenty. Below you’ll find moments from the storm.

Moisture is moisture folks, no doubt about it. Get out and find the goods, if you’re not looking, you’re not trying! Shred on.


Andrew Whiteford finds his happy place on February 19th.



Workers clear snow drifts from Corbet’s Cabin on February 18th.



AJ Puccia finds the goods on the front end of the storm, February 18th.

With continuing expectations of snowfall and the possibility of beautiful spring weather upcoming in March, there is not a better time to make your pilgrimage to Jackson Hole. Our little Wyoming town knows a party, and with March Radness kicking off in just under two weeks, the time is now to book your vacation and save on lodging and airfare, or both.

The culmination of March Radness will take place March 17-20, as we welcome back our Rendezvous Fest for our 4th edition. This year will be a special one, as our biggest act to date, the Zac Brown Band, will take the stage the evening of March 19th. All other acts are FREE, besides the Zac Brown Band & Chris Robinson Brotherhood on Saturday. General admission tickets are running low and we’ve just opened another VIP option, so get them while you can! Additionally, we recently added Uncle Kracker to the mix, as he will take center stage under the tram as the finale for the weekend and as part of our Music Under the Tram series, which is FREE! For more information regarding Rendezvous Fest, from performers to times to places, click HERE.


‘Swift, silent, sleek’ with Andrew Whiteford on February 19th.



AJ Puccia enjoying Laramie Bowls finest offerings on February 19th.

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Dropping into the Weekend

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In case you missed it, a STORM arrived today in full force.  If you were casually walking around with a large kite or open parachute, the wind might have carried you to Kansas by now, but if not, you just know that there’s a lot of powder on the way.  Lay out your gear, pack up your equipment, prepare a snack and visualize the gorgeous, fluffy turns you’ll be taking come Friday morning.

When lifts close at the end of the day, I’m sure you’ll want to do something fun with your pals.  Have no fear, Shellie is here with your weekend lineup of events.

DJ Simotaneous at The Mangy Moose
Location: The Mangy Moose in Teton Village
Time: Friday at 9 pm, $5 at the door
Information: Whatever you like – Hip Hop, Rap, Reggae, Dancehall, Dub, Soul, R&B – DJ Simotaneous will surely get the party started!
THE INSIDE SCOOP: It’s going to dump (snow) on Thursday night, so Friday will be a nice little ski day for ya.  When things start to slow down around 4 pm, I highly suggest that you mosey over to The Mangy Moose and order a spicy margarita and hangout until DJ Simotaneous hits the stage at 9 pm.  If that doesn’t sound like the best day ever, it’s time to reevaluate.
dj simo

Friday Night DJ with Nathan Hudson
Location: The Pink Garter Theater in Downtown Jackson
Time: Friday at 10 pm
Information: This event is 21 and over.
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  This bar is in downtown Jackson AND above a pizza restaurant, which is a match made in Friday night heaven.  How would I handle this scenario? Excellent question.  I’d grab a slice of pepperoni, dip it in a little ranch dressing and then make my way upstairs to dance off the cheese/carb combo. Strategy, my friends….strategy.

The Mustache Militia
Location: The Tavern in Downtown Jackson
Time: Friday at 10 pm
Information:Gonna be a rowdy night a some Southern rock for ya. Free show!
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  The mustaches are aplenty when you’re rocking with this duo.  Their tunes are smooth, and their mustache game is smoother.  Plus, it’s downtown and free, which sweetens the deal even more.  10 points if you rock a mustache to the concert. Said points are not redeemable.

mustache militia

The Greenneck Daredevils at The Mangy Moose
Location: The Mangy Moose in Teton Village
Time: Saturday night at 9 pm
Information:  After their first gig the Greennecks knew they were on to something, Each member of the band brings unique style to the table. The Greenneck Daredevils will blow your socks off!
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  Their bio says that the music will blow your socks off, so plan ahead and wear two pairs of socks so that you don’t end up chilly once the first pair drifts away in the wind.


Location: The Tavern in Downtown Jackson
Time: Saturday at 10:30 pm
Information: Mixin up all the beats you love. Gonna be a dance partay!
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  This guy knows his way around jazzy beats.  Go see Elliot, aka DJ ERA, whip up some fresh sounds that are bound to get you dancing with the large group of friends that you inevitably have.


Party with a Purpose: A Global Village Benefit
Location: The Wort Hotel
Time: Saturday night at 6 pm
Information: Colombian-themed food and drink specials, live music by the Maw Band and a raffle to benefit the local Global Village team ahead of their April service trip to Colombia.
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  Why not round out the weekend with some philanthropy?  Parties at the Wort are always a good time, especially when you know that your good time is helping out a good cause. It’s the most efficient and helpful version of partying!


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Dick’s Ditch 2016

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The Ditch is back! Who’s ready for some giant banked slalom? In this 50th anniversary year, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has been bringing back some older, traditional events and historic competitions but the latest upcoming comp needs no reinvigorating. Instead, it is has and shall remain an ever-current classic – that is The Dicks Ditch Classic- giant banked slalom of the 2016 vintage. Registration is up-and-running, so let the good times roll!


For a taste of the Ditch, cue 50th throwback video circa 2010. Six years ago – featuring self described ‘ski dork’ and JHMR Athlete Andrew Whiteford along with local speed fiend- and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Athlete Max Hammer as they both…yes…drop the hammer in just seconds.

The Dick’s Ditch Classic, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s premier ski and snowboard freeride/race event, winds over manmade and natural terrain in Amphitheater Bowl. It’s a banked slalom, with a thigh-burning course like no other, big prize money for pros, bragging rights and belt buckles for amateur classes.

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10 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Jackson Hole

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Valentine’s Day can evoke a variety of emotions, depending on who you are.  Some people are cutting out paper hearts and sprinkling glitter wherever it will stick….and some are planning their best all-black outfit.  I think that we can find a happy medium, especially if you’re spending the weekend in Jackson Hole.  There are a ton of events and fun ways to celebrate the day, both in Teton Village and downtown Jackson, and this list aims to point you in the best direction. If this blog post is sending shivers down your spine because you forgot that Sunday is the Hallmark day of love, fear not–I have a few ideas that will make your special someone very happy, and could also get you on the Jackson Hole slopes (for cheap).

 1.  Live Music

Jackson Hole always offers a wide range of live music and this weekend is no exception.  If you’re looking for romance, nothing is better than dancing with your sweetie at The Wort Hotel in downtown Jackson.  Want something more laid back?  The Mangy Moose is the perfect place to listen to music without overdoing the “lovey-dovey” gesture.  Here’s a day by day live music guide:

Friday: The Infamous Stringdusters at the Pink Garter,  George Kilby Jr at The Mangy Moose, Moonshine Mountain Band at the Silver Dollar Showroom

Saturday: Jameson Music Series at The Pink Garter, The Mustache Militia at The TavernGeorge Kilby Jr at The Mangy MooseMoonshine Mountain Band at the Silver Dollar Showroom

Sunday: DJ Golden B at Nick Wilson’s in Teton VillageUncle Stackhouse at The Tavern, Stagecoach Band

Live music at the Pink Garter is a great way to enjoy any weekend in Jackson Hole.

2.  A Delicious Meal

There are two restaurants at the top of the Bridger Gondola that will provide a uniquely romantic evening that you’ll never forget.  If you’re looking for casual-yet-sophisticated fare, Piste Mountain Bistro is the spot for you.  Known for it’s delicious cocktails and savory shared plates, Piste has a romantic ambiance and views overlooking the Teton Valley at night.  Occasionally, a groomer will drive by, giving you a behind the scenes look at Jackson Hole after the closing bell–How many people see that during their dinner?!

If a white tablecloth affair is what you desire, Couloir Restaurant is the perfect choice.  Before you even sit down for dinner, staff will set you up with a warm blanket and hot chocolate for the ride up to 9, 095 feet. Couloir serves a seasonal prix-fixe dinner menu, featuring American cuisine with Rocky Mountain roots-add the outstanding views and you have a truly unforgettable experience.

Reservations are recommended for both locations.  Click here to book a table.

Enjoy time at Piste Mountain Bistro with a loved one.

3.  Something Cozy to Wear

It can get chilly up in the mountains and it’s important to find gear to combat the cold in style.  Located at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Teton Village Sports is known for fashionable winter apparel that will make any lady squeal with happiness.  A personal favorite is the Astis Dias mittens, but are plenty of options outside of the mitten category.

Treat yourself in one of Teton Village's many shopping locations.

4.  A New Toy

For many, Jackson Hole is a dream vacation that leaves them counting down the days until they can return.  Why not buy your sweetie a souvenir that keeps them dreaming of powder in between vacations?  For the 50th Anniversary Season of Jackson Hole, Libtech, Burton, Rossignol, Smith, Dakine and other well-known brands made limited edition 50th products to commemorate this amazing milestone.  Head to Jackson Hole Sports at the top of the Bridger Center and they’ll steer in your the right direction.  Give these items as a gift and you’ll get a big ole smile.

Jackson Hole 50th Anniversary Logo Gear available now

5.  Pure Relaxation

Jackson Hole is action-packed, but sometimes it’s nice to slowwwww down.  One of the best spots to relax in Teton Village is at The Chill Spa in Hotel Terra, where you can pick a treatment off the menu or go for something more customized.  Either way, you’ll feel fresh and zen.

Enjoy a day at the Chill Spa in Jackson Hole

6.  A Cold Beer and Good Company

Some people think that Valentine’s Day isn’t fun if you’re single, but in Jackson Hole we find the opposite to be true.  This Saturday, the Jackson Hole Babe Force is hosting it’s annual GALentine’s Day Ski-venger Hunt, where women of all ages and ski abilities come together to have some fun on the slopes and celebrate being a female in the mountains!  The festivities start at 1:30 at the base of the Bridger Gondola.  If you don’t know anyone going, just go alone and make some new friends!  You can even ditch your guy (briefly) for some GALentine’s shenanigans.  The ladies will meet for Apres at the Alpenhof at the end of the day.

Galentine's Day only comes once a year, don't miss this opportunity for a waffle at Corbet's Cabin!

7.  A Fun Adventure

Fat Biking is the new winter craze in Jackson Hole and a fun excuse to explore beyond the slopes of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.  Stop by Hoback Sports in downtown Jackson and their knowledgeable staff will get you set up with all of the necessary rental gear.  Not sure where to go once you have your rental?  Not to worry, the Hoback folks can help you plan your adventure as well.

Try Fat Biking around Cache Creek, rentals available at Hoback Sports

8.  Philanthropic Experience

This weekend, the Jackson Hole Shrine Club is hosting the 45th Annual Cutter Races south of downtown Jackson Hole.  This is a great opportunity to partake in a locals’ favorite event that raises money  for the Salt Lake City Shriners Hospital for Children AND see something that you probably haven’t seen before.  Trust me, it’s a blast.

Cutter Races are fast paced and exhilarating, a great way to spend the weekend.

9.  New Skills

Whether you’re new to the slopes or somewhat of an expert, sometimes it’s fun to brush up on your technique.  The Mountain Sports School at Jackson Hole has a variety of lessons, camps and clinics that will cater to all abilities and at the pace you prefer. Plus, the instructors are known to be fun, highly knowledgeable and great at making local recommendations.

Take a private lesson at JHMR with a loved one! Learn new skills and turn over a new leaf.

 10.  Something to Look Forward To

Some of you are reading this from a place that’s not Jackson Hole and you’re feeling a little bit defeated about all of the fun that you’re missing this weekend.  Not to worry.  Right now, Delta is offering a $200 flight credit per person when you book a minimum 4 night package that includes round trip airfare, lodging and activities.  Not sure when to visit?  You will blow your special someone’s mind if you surprise him/her with tickets to Jackson Hole’s 3rd Annual Rendezvous Festival featuring Zac Brown Band, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Nathanial Rateliff & The Night Sweats and more.  Seriously, minds will be blown.  $20 tickets are still available here, so purchase them before they’re gone!


JH Rendezvous 2016 will be a blast in Teton Village


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Jackson Hole’s Chief Waffle Architect At The Top Of The Tram

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Howdy folks,

Jax n’ Lance here for a special story on Butch Swintek. In our opinion, he is the waffle master up at Corbet’s Cabin at the top of the tram here in Jackson Hole.Enjoy a waffle atop Rendezvous Mountain, the most delicious snack in the village.

Butch has been rocking his waffle skills for us for 5 winters, and 4 summer seasons. It turns out that the summer season is the busiest with around 400 waffles served per day and hours extend from 9-5:30. In the winter, there are highs of 350 waffles per day. For a fun fact, 400 waffles equate to around 4 massive tubs of batter that is shuttled up from Nick Wilson’s.

Butch knows best, as Jackson Hole's chief waffle architect.

Butch would say that his favorite part of his job is to see how much fun people are having.

The waffles we love so much have been going strong up at Corbet’s Cabin since 2009 with the top seller being a topping of brown sugar butter. His favorite to make is the 50th Anniversary waffle featuring ham, cheese and a little brown sugar. His personal favorite to eat is brown sugar butter or Nutella with whipped creme.

The 'Pull-a-Hammy', our sweet and savory waffle option.

One of his favorite customers at Corbet’s Cabin is an 80-year-old that skis every day. She carries a bag of change to buy a cup of half coffee and half cocoa. Butch has a lot of local favorites that visit often. Many order a waffle with peanut butter, Nutella, bacon, and whipped cream.

For a little history on Butch, he was a policeman in the inner city of Minneapolis for a 28 years. He retired and headed for the mountains to ski and adventure daily.

Butch loves to ski. He has been skiing since 1960 (at the ripe age of 8 years old). He finds a way just about every day in the winter go for a few turns.

Turns out Butch the waffle architect enjoys making turns too!

His top 3 favorite ski runs to date at JHMR are:

+ The Rendezvous Bowl
+ Cirque on a good powder day
+ Hobacks on an un-tracked powder day

Butch currently lives in Victor, Idaho and also enjoys skiing in Targhee too. In the summer, he can be found hiking, fishing, and visiting his 2 sons (Brian and Phillip) and 4 grandsons.

We asked Butch what one of the coolest things he has seen up at Corbet’s Cabin. One of his favorite memories is of a day that a 95 year old woman celebrated her birthday up at the cabin and coincidentally a couple was sharing a waffle celebrating their new born baby. The newborn was scheduled to arrive the same day of her 95th Birthday, yet she came out a couple days early. It was an amazing sight of the cycle of life.

We asked Butch if he has ever burnt any waffles. He claims that ever since they upgraded their set of waffle irons, for the past 3 years the waffles have come out to perfection every time.

Butch puts the finishing touches on another magical creation.

When it comes to double or multiple orders for waffles, there is one name that immediately comes to mind of Greg Hill. Greg Hill is the man who skied 2 million vertical feet in a year. He celebrated the completion of his quest at JHMR. During that final day he came back four times to use waffles as his fuel to get through the day.

With 6 different kinds of waffle, there is something for everyone at Corbet's Cabin.

For those that want a gig serving waffles or working at Corbet’s Cabin, it comes with the requirement to ski expert terrain. Expect your interview to begin with the question: how good are you at skiing? James and Butch can recall many times that the tram closes and they are skiing in the white room to get down the bowl. One time in particular it was a whiteout vertigo with snow and 80mph winds. Hard core to say the least! Butch would claim that James is his favorite to work with, yet all of the ladies that work up at Corbet’s Cabin are RAD skiers and a pleasure to be around. James is on his 6th winter at Corbet’s. He loves to ski as much as Butch and in the summer spends his time landscaping.

And ladies, Butch is single! He often hopes that riding the gondola smelling like waffles will entice a lady to want to go on a date =)

It's 'Happy Hour' all day at the top of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Writing by Jax | Photography by Lance

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Powder 8’s Grand Nationals Results

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February 6’s Powder 8’s Grand Nationals in Jackson Hole could not have been a cooler, current take on an old-school classic competition. A triumphant return of the historic event to Cody Bowl’s Powder 8 face was a perfect alignment of conditions, weather, qualified skiers and a whole lot of ski spirit.

Cutting to the chase, here are the results of the Grand National Powder 8’s, sponsored by GoPro.

2016 Powder 8's Grand National RESULTS

A GoPro Video from the perspective of Lynsey Dyer.

Photos from the day:

Jeff Annetts dressed to the T on his hike to the starting line.

Jeff Annetts dressed to the T on his hike to the starting line.

Twins? The wind-blown powder plumes, skiers' position, and 8's look identical.

Twins? The wind-blown powder plumes, skiers’ position, and 8’s look identical.

Gorgeous conditions in Cody Bowl for the Powder 8's Grand Nationals.

Gorgeous conditions in Cody Bowl.

Powder 8's in Cody Bowl were a huge success!

The 11th team is looking good!

Leave your mark, each team attempts to win over the crowd and judges.

A team leaves their mark on Powder 8’s Face.

The end of a good run at Powder 8's Grand Nationals in Cody Bowl.

The end of a good run.


Local team Tanner Flanagan and Jeff Leger sculpting perfect 8’s.


The weather cooperated and the visibility was great.


Team Jackson Hole Ski Patrol Drew Kneeland and Kyle MacDowell making 8’s.


Spectators watched from just outside Gate #2.


Powder 8’s Face getting skied to the max.

Contestants and spectators watch the last few skiers.

Contestants and spectators watch the last few skiers.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort would like to say thank you to all that made this event possible. From the 22 teams competing, the ski patrol controlling the slope, JHMR’s race crew, the fans watching, and Nick Wilson’s after party, the event went off without a hitch.

The day was truly a great one in Jackson Hole history on this 50th Grand Reunion Weekend. RELIVE THE DREAM!

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The Grand National Powder 8’s Competition Returns to Jackson Hole

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What’s more beautiful than linking perfectly round powder turns down an untracked face of blower snow with your buddy?

Jeff Ledger and Tanner Flanagan practice for the 50th Anniversary Powder Eight competition on Cody Peak near Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Jeff Leger and Tanner Flanagan practice for the 50th Anniversary Powder Eight competition on Cody Peak near Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. A photo by Jay Goodrich.

After a 15-year hiatus, and in celebration of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s 50th Anniversary, the Powder 8’s competition returns with GoPro as the presenting sponsor and its biggest prize money yet. With $10k on the line for the winners and bragging rights to transcend skiing history, the event is one not to be missed.
Focus Production 8s
Powder 8’s Photo from Focus Productions

Competitors will be judged on synchronization, the symmetry of their 8’s and overall style as they leave their mark on Cody Bowl’s pristine face of powder. Jackson Hole’s Powder 8’s was first won by the legendary local Pepi Steigler and Peter Habeler.

Cody Peak
Follow the competition with live event updates on Periscope @Jackson Hole.

The competition will be on the Powder 8 face of Cody Bowl just outside the ski area boundary on Saturday, February 6th starting at 10:30am. We recommend viewing from Rendezvous Bowl or the top of the tram. People can also view from the bottom of the Power 8’s face but this is out of bounds and you need to know where you’re going, have a plan, avalanche training, and have your pack and avalanche safety gear ready. Just outside the ropes of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort lies dangerous, unmarked terrain features, please exercise extreme caution.
Backcountry Gate
Cliffs and hazards are not marked out of bounds and only the Powder 8’s face has been controlled for avalanche safety. Once you step outside the gates, you are doing so at your own risk.
Who will take the prize this year? Could it be young guns, George and Bart Flynn, born just a minute apart? Or Jackson Hole Air Force veterans, a visiting team or dark horse competitors that gained entry through the qualifier? Come find out this weekend! And WATCH the preview of the Grand National Powder 8’s.

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Dropping into the Weekend

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Skiers and Riders, Broncos fans and Panthers Enthusiasts.  Welcome to another glorious weekend in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  The snow is fluffy and the events are plentiful, making for a perfect time to rip and recreate with your good friends.  Let’s dive into the good stuff.   Don’t worry, I’ll give you my personal “inside scoop” every. single. time

JHMR Grand Reunion Weekend
Location: Teton Village, Wyoming
Time: Friday, February 5th to Sunday, February 7th
Information:  In celebration of 50 years, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is hosting “The Grand Reunion,” a first annual staff reunion in Teton Village. Weekend includes department après fun, ski racing, department photos and a throwback band at the Moose.. JHMR is extending 50% off lift tickets for the weekend and will bring back the Powder 8’s for some throwback competition.
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  JHMR staffers are often described as a small family, and this weekend you will feel the familial love.  Former JHMR employees from all over will gather to enjoy a weekend full of throwback-esque events, all in an effort to relive the Jackson Hole dream. If you’ve never worked for JHMR, you still can!!! Check out our employee listings.

grand reunion weekend

John Wayne’s World at The Mangy Moose
Location: The Mangy Moose, Teton Village
Time: Friday at 9 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. JWW’s sound can be likened to that of The Meters, Booker T. and The MGs, The New Mastersounds and Medeski, Martin and Wood.
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  Let’s get funky folks.  There’s no better crew to guide us into the weekend than John Wayne’s World, so grab a seat, a spicy marg, and a spicy friend and kick it OFF.  John Wayne is the drummer, and I think it would be fun to start a John Wayne chant at the concert. But we should probably practice.  So–WHEN I SAY JOHN, YOU SAY WAYNE. JOHN (WAYNE!), JOHN (WAYNE!)  Good work everyone.  With a little more training….we could be the best…


Grand National Powder 8’s
Location: Powder 8 Face of Cody Bowl
Time: Saturday at 10:30 am, weathering permitting
Information: Over 15 teams from around the Rockies have been invited to come to Jackson to compete in this restored tradition on Saturday, February 6th during the heart of JHMR’s continued 50th anniversary celebrations, namely the Grand Reunion Weekend.  We recommend viewing from Rendezvous Bowl or the top of the tram. People can also view from the bottom of the Power 8’s face but this is out of bounds and you need to know where you’re going, have a plan, avalanche training, and have your pack and avalanche safety gear ready. Just outside the ropes of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort lies dangerous, unmarked terrain features, please exercise extreme caution.Backcountry equipment encouraged.
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  If you’re a fan of elegance, athleticism, and powder, Saturday’s Powder 8’s will be your dream competition.  Teams of 2 will do their best to make perfect figure 8’s in perfect sync in perfect powder. Who will win?  You’ll have to head up to the top of the tram, grab a warm waffle and spectate like you’ve never spectated before! If you want to hang with me, I’ll be the one spectatin’ from the Tram with 4 waffles and a huge cup of coffee.  67% chance that I share.

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

Jeff Leger & Tanner Flannagan Powder 8’ing in Pretty-Much-Perfect Sync

Location: Snake River Ranch, Across the street from Teton Village
Time: Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7 at 1:00 pm
Information: For the first time, the annual skijoring competition hosted by the local charitable organization, the Jackson Hole Shrine Club, is being hosted on the Snake River Ranch, just outside of Teton Village. The team competition with horse and rider pulling a skier through a course that combines jumps, gates and spear rings is a test accuracy and speed. It’s a fun spectator sport, so come out and place bets on your favorite team. *No parking at Snake River Ranch, shuttle service will be provided.
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  Skijoring is one a kind.  Here’s my Saturday/Sunday suggestion.  Get to the slopes early and get lots of laps in by the time the clock strikes noon.  Then head across the road to support the Shriners and see skijoring up close and personal.  I’ve never seen it before, so you better believe that I’ll be in the front row cheering for my favorite horse/skier team.

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86 at The Mangy Moose
Location: The Mangy Moose in Teton Village
Time: Saturday at 9 pm, $10 Tickets
Information: 86 specializes in Hair Metal, just the way you like to rock it! Guns and Roses, Bon Jovi, Skid Row, Journey, Kiss, AC/DC, and the like. In your face!
THE INSIDE SCOOP: This band literally rocks.  I saw them last year and experienced a perfect mixture of face-melting guitar licks, laughter and wild dancing.  If you want to have fun on Saturday night, I HIGHLY recommend buying your $10 ticket ahead of time and wearing your party pants.


Bob Marley Birthday Celebration:
Location: The Pink Garter Theater, Downtown Jackson
Time: Saturday at 10 pm, Free admission
Information: Reggae band and DJ to celebrate the birthday of Bob Marley
THE INSIDE SCOOP: Some people like Bob Marley and other people like birthdays, and SOME people like Bob Marley AND birthdays, which makes this party one of the most ideal scenarios EVER.  Get on it and get groovy.  If you want to.  No pressure.

bob marley

The 50th Superbowl
Location:  Wherever you can cheer the loudest.
Time: Sunday at 4:30 pm MT
Information: Denver Broncos vs Carolina Panthers
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  Ok folks, I want to cover all of my bases here.  If you’re going to watch the Super Bowl (to watch the Broncos win) there are lots of places where you can watch: The Spur, The Mangy Moose, Nick Wilsons, The Handle Bar, or any bar in downtown Jackson.  If you’re going to watch the Puppy Bowl, I would recommend finding a viewing location that is open to occasionally changing the channel to Animal Planet.  No puppy haters allowed (do those exist?)


See you out on the slopes folks!!

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Running for Ski Fitness

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I love to ski, and for those of you read my blog this summer, my other favorite past time these days is running.  So this winter I enlisted Eric Orton, the Born to Run Coach to hit the trails and chat about winter running! Yup – the trails we love in summer, are also a great place to train when not shredding the ski slopes.

With summer run camp dates set (July 28-30,2016) and the Rendezvous Hill Climb confirmed for August 6th, I’m running and skiing this winter to stay strong.


AC: How is running for ski fitness different than training for a race?

EO: Most races are endurance in nature, using a lot of slower twitch muscle fibers, where as skiing recruits more fast twitch fibers.  And since you already have great endurance from the summer run season, you do not have to focus as much on long runs or be as concerned with creating too much fatigue as we do during the racing season.  So therefore, we can do more quality throughout the week and reduce the amount of running we are doing.  In short, doing less, but adding more intensity.  (Assuming the runner is coming from a summer/fall’s worth of run training).  We would not want to keep this high intensity training for too long, but should be used as a ski conditioning period and as the ski season gets in full swing, this intensity is cut back so you are fresh for your skiing.



AC: How important is cross training?

EO: I think what is most important for specific ski cross training is to add in a lot of varied running at different speeds and interval lengths.  A great window to work in would be anywhere from very short sprints of 8-20 seconds to 1-3 min steady intervals at about 90% effort.  And it can be fun to also get a little creative and add in other exercises DURING a run.  For example, doing one legged squats and working on eccentric/concentric exercises like box jumps or running/jumping up and down stairs (plyometrics) can be highly effective to help combat ski fatigue and soreness, while improving muscle/strength endurance.


AC: If I hike or skin in the backcountry does that count in place of a run day? 

EO: Absolutely.  This can be used as your endurance day and shorter fast/harder runs opposite endurance activities to specifically hit the fast twitch muscles of downhill alpine skiing. And touring/skinning/hiking is a great change of pace from the long runs during other parts of the year.

AC: With the days being so short sometimes I have to hit the gym/ treadmill – any advice for running on a treadmill? 

EO: The treadmill can be great training and a good way to run inclines/hills when that is not possible outside on snow.  I think the key is to be creative and think of a very structured workout before you jump on the treadmill.  This very structured workout will help you stay focused, which makes the time go really fast.  So doing lots of short intervals at a variety of speeds and inclines.  A great one would be to do 1-3 min intervals at an incline and then do 1-2 min fast intervals with little incline to finish.  I would avoid running steady for long periods of time.

AC:  Running Camp dates have been set for July 2016 – what advice do you have for me to keep strong, healthy and focused through the winter season? 

EO: I think the number one things is always about having a goal.  It is easy to get out the door for a run on a nice day or when it works easy into our schedules, but a goal really helps on the days you just don’t want to go out.  And it is these days that are important for consistency.  Good health, strength and good running really requires consistency and frequency – having a goal is so important to help with this.



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Dropping into the Weekend

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Good energy is swirling around the Teton Valley.  How do I know this?  Because I’m a bit of a wizard…and also because the weather forecast is beyond stellar.  It’s going to snow A LOT, so start visualizing your fluffy turns and practice high-fiving your friends so that you don’t miss hands at the chairlift (so embarrassing).

Let’s plan what you’re going to do when your feet aren’t strapped into skis or a board.  It’s the last weekend of the Golden Ticket Promotion, which means you still have time to take advantage of 50% off lift tickets with a season pass from any ski resort.  This also means that you should call all of your friends and have a rowdy (yet safe) weekend.  Just a friendly suggestion.

A-Mac DZ at The Mangy Moose
Location: The Mangy Moose in Teton Village
Time: Friday and Saturday at 9 pm
Information: $5 at the door. Straight out of Denver, Colorado, A-Mac DZ has defined the art of fusing acoustic rock with reggae and hip-hop.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: Reggae infused acoustic rock.  Watermelon infused Spicy Marg.  Fun infused Friday. Plans made in Mangy Moose infusion heaven.

Moose Hockey vs Chicago
Location: Snow King Ice Arena
Time: Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm
Information: $10 at the door
THE INSIDE SCOOP: Contrary to popular belief, the hockey players are humans, not moose (meese?) on ice skates. Disappointing, but the honest truth.  If you regularly read my blog, you know that I get FIRED UP about Moose Games, so I will be there sporting 50-100 shades of team spirit.


Pica’s Margarita Cup
Location: Snow King Resort
Time: Friday Night under the Lights
Information: The Margarita Cup features snow, speed, and fun! The adult ski racing series is held on Friday nights under the lights at Snow King Mountain.
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  I don’t ski race, but it’s super fun to watch.  Prepare yourself a thermos full of something delicious and check out the speedsters gracefully rocketing down Snow King.

margarita cup

Richiebeats at The Pink Garter
Location: The Pink Garter Theater in Downtown Jackson
Time: Friday at 10 pm
Information: This is a free event for 21+.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: I’ve never seen Richiebeats perform, but I really enjoy saying “Richiebeats.”  There’s nothing better than a free event at The Pink Garter, especially when there are so many fun things that you could do leading up to the concert (eating dinner counts as a fun thing to do, especially if you’re eating pizza).

Ice Skating on the Town Square
Location: Downtown Jackson
Time: Saturday 12pm-9 pm
Information: Friends and families are invited to gather in Jackson Hole’s picturesque Town Square to enjoy the outdoor skating rink.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: Ice skating on the square? Helllooooo romance.  If you don’t have anyone to go with, consider treating yourself to a romantic skate night for one.  Maybe you’ll make friends!


Jameson Music Series presents John Wayne’s World
Location: The Pink Garter Theater in Downtown Jackson
Time: Saturday at 10:30 pm
Information: This is a free event for 21+.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: I know that there are a lot of whiskey enthusiasts in Jackson, so this is a great fit.  Drink specials. Good music.  Responsible decision making.  Alright Saturday night!


Special Olympics Wyoming Winter Games
Location: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Apres Vous
Time: February 3rd and 4th
Information: JHMR is proud to host the Special Olympics Wyoming Winter Games, welcoming Wyoming’s athletes and their families. Opening ceremonies will be at the JH High School On Feb 2. Alpine Events will be on Teewinot, Werner Run, and Antelope Flats on Feb. 3-4.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: This is one of the most inspiring events that JHMR hosts annually.  Don’t be fooled by the word Special, these athletes take their games as seriously as anybody else. If you want to see competition at its finest form, the Games are looking for volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include race timing, scoring, awards presentation, and much more. Join us for some great camaraderie and stunning athletic competition. Contact Carolyn Burke, the Winter Games Volunteer Coordinator, for specific locations and times: burke@wyom.net


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