Dropping into the Weekend

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Folks, it’s been awesome getting back on the slopes with ya.  It’s been even more awesome seeing some of the throwback gear that people had hidden in their closets.   The next step is more snow!  Here are some tips to get Mother Nature in a powdery mood.

  1. Brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand. Note: If you do a really sub-par brushing with your non-dominant hand, maybe finish up with the stronger hand.  Snow is important, but so is oral hygiene
  2. Put on your pajamas, both backwards and inside-out. Note: If you wear a full body fleece onesie, keep in mind that you might need a buddy to zip and unzip you.
  3. Flush ice cubes down the toilet.  Note: Make sure they’re small ice cubes and not the massive block ones that they use at cocktail lounges.  Those are bound to clog your toilet and no one wants that.
  4. Put a spoon under your pillow. Note: This is an especially efficient option if you like to spoon.  Or if you spontaneously make ice cream sundaes in the middle of the night.

Anyway, these are light suggestions, not requirements…but maybe give ’em a go.  In the meantime, are you wondering what’s going on this weekend?  Have no fear, I am here (with the events calendar for the weekend).

Smith is Givin Back 50th Anniversary Party
Location: The Pink Garter Theater
Time:  Thursday, 5pm-10pm, Admission is free
Information:  Smith is showing two short films on Thursday night, one at 5:30 for all ages and one at 8:30 for the 21+ crowd. Music, raffle and giveaways start right after!
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  Anytime I can (potentially) get free stuff while simultaneously grooving with my pals…IM THERE.  Imagine yourself cutting a rug while rocking a new pair of Smith I/Os.  The mental picture is rad.

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Wyoming Whiskey Bartender Shootout
Location: The Rose
Time: Friday, 7:30 pm, Admission is free
Information: Wyoming Whiskey hosts the state’s best and brightest bartenders for a winner-take-all cocktail recipe competition.
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  I didn’t enter this bar-tending competition because I’m just *too* good and my participation would dampen the spirit of healthy competition.  But you should definitely go and check out what these folks can do behind the bar. I’ve heard it’s outrageously cool and entertaining.

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Jackson Hole Moose Hockey vs Denver
Location: Snow King Ice Arena
Time: Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, $10 admission at the door
Information: Come cheer on these local heroes as they try to hold their undefeated season!
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again.  I. LOVE. MOOSE. HOCKEY. GAMES.  That’s all I need to say.

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100 Years of Frank Sinatra
Location: The Pink Garter Theater
Time: Saturday, 7 pm Doors Open, 8 pm Show Starts, tickets at bigcitybroadway.org
Information: General Admission seating only. Celebrating Frank’s life through music and stories with long-time friend and road manager Tony O.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: If you want to do this evening right, I would suggest going out for an Italian meal with a large crew of your most trusted confidants, share some nice red wine and tell stories about the good ole days.  THEN, you stroll over to 100 Years of Frank and end the night with some serious croonin.  Everyone has an inner New Yorker or Italian–You just have to tap in.

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John Wayne’s World at The Tavern
Location: The Tavern in downtown Jackson
Time: Saturday, Band takes the stage at 10:30 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 focus is on heavy groove accompanied by tasteful improvisation.
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  Did I just read that correctly? Heavy groove accompanied by tasteful improvisation?  If their music is as good as their copy-writer, this is bound to be a stellar show.  And honestly, The Tavern rarely disappoints on a Saturday night.

That’s all for now, folks!  Stay tuned for next week’s updates!

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Dropping into the SEASON

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Skiers and Riders, it’s time to kick off another season of “Dropping into the Weekend” blog posts, where I tell you about all of the coolest events to attend and how to maximize your fun once you get there.  If you’re questioning whether I’m cool and/or fun, touche.

Anyway–Seeing that this weekend is both Thanksgiving and Opening Day, I figured I’d help you drop into the season with a full events lowdown.  Thank you and you’re welcome.

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Thanksgiving and Opening Day Events

Location:  Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Teton Village, Wyoming
Time:  Opening Bell at 9 am.
Information: Pack your shreddiest attitude. And maybe a pocket snack.  It’s finally time to reopen the slopes and with a storm expected to roll through this week, it’s bound to be a fun day for all. Once you’ve worked up an appetite from copious laps, head over to Nick Wilson’s, The General Store, Cafe 6’311, The Spur or The Handle Bar for the first of many apres sessions in Teton Village.

THE INSIDE SCOOP:  It’s time to rip up the slopes on Opening Day so that you earn your turkey dinner.  But let’s be honest, we’ve all been diligent at the gym for the last 2 months in preparation for the season *cough cough, choke* so we don’t need to worry about earning it too much.

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Flashback Friday 

Location: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Teton Village, Wyoming
Time: Friday, November 27th, 2015
Information: This Friday  ONLY, enjoy $6 lift access – the same price of a Jackson Hole lift ticket in 1965! All proceeds from this day will be donated to charity. In addition, Jackson Hole Sports and Teton Village Sports will offer $6 ski/snowboard rentals and waxes.  The $6 deals will continue into apres at Nick Wilson’s, The Handle Bar, Terra Cafe, The Spur and The Mangy Moose.

THE INSIDE SCOOP:  You guys.  This is a big day for a lot of reasons.  First, the $6 lift ticket price is a dream come true.  Second, $6 rentals, waxes and apres deals make the day even sweeter for those who head out to Teton Village.  The best part?  Throwback attire is highly encouraged and I have no doubt that all of you will *bring it* in a way that would make me proud.  I’m looking for this get-up from my first day of skiing.  Don’t worry, I ditched that sour attitude back in the 90’s.

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Town Square Lighting

Location: Jackson Hole Town Square
Time: 5-7 pm
Information: Thousands of LED bulbs will be wrapped around the famous elk antler arches and strung around the stately trees. The lighting of the Town Square is a breathtaking moment as the bulbs sparkle to life. Children and families delight at the arrival of Santa Claus who enters with a team of sled dogs from Jackson Hole Iditarod.

THE INSIDE SCOOP:  Aside from spring daylight savings and my birthday (selfish, sorry), this is one of my favorite days of the year.  With one flip of a switch, downtown Jackson Hole becomes a wintery wonderland perfect for sipping hot chocolate, ice skating, holiday shopping, and perhaps even holding hands with your sweetie.  You’ll find me snapping pics and publishing artsy Instagrams.

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Warren Miller Premiere: Chasing Shadows

Location: The Pink Garter Theater
Time: Showings at 6 pm (all ages) and 9 pm (21+)

Information:  This event is a fundraiser to help rebuild Nepal after the earthquake last spring.  Proceeds will go to the dZi Foundation. Tickets are $10 for kids, $12 for adults online at www.pinkgartertheatre.com   Tickets at the door are $12 and $15. After party hosted by AVALON7 featuring DJ Whipple at the Rose immediately following the film.

THE INSIDE SCOOP: This will be another fantastic film to get you amped for the winter season, but an extra feature sets it apart. 3 words.  Ugly.  Sweater.  Competition.  After the 9 pm showing, the best/worst looking sweater could win some lift tickets to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.  And endless bragging rights.

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LIVE Music at The Silver Dollar Showroom

Location: Silver Dollar Bar in The Wort Hotel
Time: Friday and Saturday from 7:30 – 11 pm
Information: Free music from Rock Creek for a 21+ crowd.

THE INSIDE SCOOP:  The Silver Dollar Bar is one of my favorite places to listen to live music and dance with dapper cowboys (sidenote: you are not required to dance with said cowboys to listen to the music).  If you need a Friday night plan, perhaps you should attend the Town Square lighting, catch a showing of “Chasing Shadows” and then round out the night at The Wort.   No pressure, but it’s a great suggestion.

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If you’re into snow, and would like to know Jackson Hole Mountain Resort secret family recipe, check out this sweet video documenting a day in the life of a snow maker.

Check in every Thursday for your “Dropping into the Weekend” updates for the rest of the 50th Anniversary winter season. See you out there!  

 

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Kids Ski Free!

Good morning, snow!
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As Amy wrote earlier this week, winter has arrived in Jackson Hole! For us locals, that means scrambling to get snow tires and preparing for ski season. Opening weekend is now a week away, and as usual, I’m totally unprepared, which is ridiculous. We literally wake up to see the Tetons every morning. It’s like God reminding me with these glorious snow-capped mountain views: “Get your act together, woman. The cousins are coming in January and you still haven’t found them a place to stay. And the kids have outgrown everything from last year, even their mittens.”

Winter means house guests, which makes for long après ski evenings and reminders that we are ever so lucky to live in a place that most people consider a dream just to visit. We live a little south of town, so I investigated a few rental homes with Jackson Hole Resort Lodging (JHRL) for friends and family who want to stay closer to the mountain and have a full-service vacation.

This was photographed last Sunday at my house. NOT! But, you can have all this delivered to your JHRL rental before you arrive.

This was photographed last Sunday at my house. NOT! But, you can have all this delivered to your JHRL rental before you arrive.

Hospitality at our house includes excellent wines, cute children, and a puppy. We’re really not up for competing with personalized grocery deliveries and on-demand ski rentals, especially not this year with JHRL’s Kids Ski Free promotion. Kids literally ski for free when staying at a JHRL property. That frees up precious vacation dollars for a new Bogner jacket from Teton Village Sports (TVS).

I had painful bouts of house envy while touring these rental properties. Also, I feel totally deceived that I never knew there are beautiful condo units directly above Kids Ranch available to rent through JHRL.

You could be home by now. Seriously! Watch your kiddos pizza+french fry over to Teewinot while never leaving your coffee and hot tub.

You could be home by now. Seriously! Watch your kiddos pizza+french fry over to Teewinot while never leaving your coffee and hot tub.

For the ten years we vacationed here as a family before moving to Jackson, Kids Ranch was our children’s second home. I fondly remember the morning junk show to get their snow clothes on, the gear in the car, park outside Kids Ranch, haul their skis and poles. Repeat at 4pm, right? It was all worth it for the awesome instructors and knowing the kids were learning to ski one of the greatest ski mountains in the world. However, now that I know that Alex could have been doing all that while I drank coffee, waving bye-bye from my bedroom window, I feel a little cheated. That’s the one I will recommend to our friends from New York. He loves to ski, she hates getting their kids ready for ski school. Actually, that sounds like us.

I toured a few more properties, and earmarked Granite Ridge Cabin #12 for another set of friends.

"Kids, ski home after your lesson," said Luckiest Mom Ever.

“Kids, ski home after your lesson,” said the Luckiest Mom Ever.

This is one of those stunning stone and timber homes at the edge of Lower Teewinot that you ski by and curse the people blissfully enjoying their après ski beers and hot cocoa out on the balconies.

Love that universal sigh-moan of bliss-relief when first entering a hot tub.

Love that universal sigh-moan of bliss-relief when first entering a hot tub.

They probably ended their day on the mountain with a soak in the hot tub, some champagne, took the Bridger Gondola up for a beautiful elk tenderloin dinner at Couloir, finished up with a drink (or two) and a really good band at the Mangy Moose, then walked back to the cabin. It all sounds like the perfect set up for a girls’ trip. More on that in December.

Helmet, goggles, skis, poles, boots, HUGE SMILES.

Helmet, goggles, skis, poles, boots, HUGE SMILES.

As for the gear, luckily, my husband, Alex (his fraternity nickname was Gearhead), was on top of it. He took all four kids to see the crew at TVS. My three girls are still young enough for seasonal junior rentals, but I can’t show my face in the rentals shop. In 2014, I sheepishly returned a pair of skis from winter 2012 (so, so sorry, guys). This being our sixth year as full-time residents, we’ve gotten the routine down thanks to a lot of automation at the mountain, including at TVS and the season pass office. Alex Jr. browsed some powder skis and rocker skis. People in Jackson acquire a wide variety of skis. Eskimos have 50 different words for “snow”, and in Jackson Hole you can line your garage walls with just as many skis – rock skis for early season, powder skis, AT skis for skinning backcountry, rocker skis for I’m not sure what. Being your average skier, I do just fine with what I call “skis”. Powder days I like to rent demo’s at any number of rental shops in the Village or even mid-mountain.

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I finally grasped why they call it “powder surfing”!

Alex was annoyed with me because I had only vague memories of what I had left in our ski locker in April. I love my locker, love it like the 9th grade girl decorating her first high school locker. It’s next door to TVS, right by Wool & Whiskey. The lockers are tricked out with boot dryer vents, seamlessly accessed with your season pass, and there’s always a cozy fire to welcome you. Knowing we’d be renewing our locker lease, I just left my own gear in there and – surprise! – three other pairs of skis, a helmet, and some random gloves. Been totally prepared all along!

All set for first Tram!

Ready to go! Waffles await at the top of the Tram!

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November Retail Roundup!

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Tis the season to be outdoors and bundled up, so you better believe our stores are ready to outfit you if you’re missing any layers or gear. If you need a little bit of guidance, do not fret! We’ll give you the scoop on each store and what they have to offer.

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First up, is Jackson Hole Sports in the Bridger Center–Your one stop shop for Limited Edition 50th gear this anniversary season. This is the year to outfit yourself in some of these awesome items before they disappear from the shelves, so be sure to stop by and see the 50th gear from Smith, Burton, Rossignol, Dakine, Franco Snowshapes, and Lib Tech. JHS is also a proud retail of Fischer Vacuum Fit Boots, which can change a day on the slopes from good to great. If you need a top to bottom gear makeover, the shelves at Jackson Hole Sports are fully stocked with a wide selection of top ski and snowboard brands.

Jackson Hole Sports
307 739 2687
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm

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Next in line is Teton Village Sports, a shop that has been open at the base of the slopes since opening day of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort 50 years ago. Known for adding fashion to the function of ski gear, Teton Village Sports is the oldest ski shop in Wyoming and always carries the latest brands and gear. TVS will start its 50th Celebration on Opening Day, November 26th by gifting TVS swag with each purchase, so be sure to stop by!

Teton Village Sports
307 733 2181
Hours: 10 am -5 pm

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Hoback Sports is your in-town location for all things “snow.” Whether you’re a skier, rider, or fat biker, Hoback will get you dialed in for an awesome winter of adventure. The tune shop is now sporting a state-of-the-art Montana Challenge tuning machine, so be sure to stop by and get your skis or board spruced up before opening day next Thursday. This weekend, Hoback Sports will be having their annual pre-season sale with 15-60% off store-wide and 40% off closeout product. No shortage of deals there, so don’t miss it! The sale runs from Nov 20th-23rd.

Hoback Sports
307 733 5335
Hours: 10 am – 6 pm

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Fly High (and Cheap) with United to Jackson, WY

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We are happy to announce our friends at United Airlines have announced an air fare sale to Jackson for early season ski fanatics! Grab one of these deals available for travel between  December 1-25, 2015.  Published return fares* on united.com start from $410 from LAX and SFO and $510 from Newark and Boston. PLUS, you can combine these with our amazing $300 flight credit offer** from Jackson Hole Central Reservations and you got yourself a ski vacation at an amazing price! Round up a friend (or two), carve out a few days of “you time” and treat yourself to an early holiday gift. Bookings must be made by December 10, 2015.

**$300 flight credit per person when you book a minimum 4 night package that includes airfare, lodging and lift ticket with Jackson Hole Central Reservations. Call 888-838-6606 to learn more or make a reservation. Minimum 4 Night Package. Book by: December 10, 2015 

* Tickets | Tickets must be purchased at least 7 days prior to departure, but no later than December 10, 2015. Roundtrip purchase may be required. Travel Period | Travel may not begin until December 1, 2015 and must be completed by December 25, 2015. Fare Validity |  Fares are valid in the Economy (Coach) cabin on United/United Express carriers Minimum Stay | A two-night or Saturday-night minimum stay may be required. Miscellaneous | Fares, fees, rules, and offers are subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply. Seats are capacity controlled and may not be available on all flights or days.

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Sublette lift looking ready for the season.

Sublette lift looking ready for the season.

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Deal Season at Teton Village Sports

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Jackson Hole Mountain Resort opens in less than two weeks, which means there’s still time to prep for the season! Teton Village Sports is ready for winter and still boasts great deals for skiers and riders who need last minute gear and accessories.

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Last season helmets and Hestra women’s gloves are 40-50% off and a selection of men’s base layers are half off as well. Need to outfit your little ones? The Kids Seasonal Lease Program is still in full swing and offers a great value for the season. Click here for more information.

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Last, but not least–The tune shop is open and ready to spruce up your skis or board before opening day. Be sure to get tuned up soon so that you can be first in the lift line on Thanksgiving Day, November 26th.

Teton Village Sports
307 733 2181
www.tetonvillagesports.com

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44″ and Counting!

Morning in Grand Teton National Park.
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Winter is upon us in Jackson Hole.  We’ve just had our first series of storms that produced significant snowfall and are on track with average snow depth after a long Indian summer.  The snow that has been falling is dense, with a high water content, making it a wonderful base snowpack on the upper mountain.  Combine that with cold nights and snowmaking, and we are looking great for our 50th anniversary season opening.  To celebrate, we are having lots of exciting events and offers throughout the season including $6 lift tickets November 27 and the opening of the Teton Lift December 19.

Check out the photos below from today and this weekend in Jackson Hole.

Sublette lift looking ready for the season.

Sublette lift looking ready for the season.

Northern Lights on a cold night. Gros Ventre river.

Northern Lights on a cold night. Gros Ventre river.

Cody Peak. Rendezvous Bowl.

Cody Peak. Rendezvous Bowl.

The Grand Teton.

The Grand Teton.

 

Kick off the 2015-2016 season in style on Flashback Friday!  Join us Friday, November 27th ONLY, enjoy $6 lift access – the same price of a Jackson Hole lift ticket in 1965!  

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Remembering Alex Morley

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One of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s co-founders, Alex Morley passed away at his home in Bend, OR last weekend. He was 96 years old. JHMR has been fortunate to have stayed in touch with Alex and his family over the years, and he has been involved with the resort well after he sold his share of the company. He visited Jackson in 2008 for the opening of the new Aerial Tram, and stayed connected this fall with the excitement around the 50th Anniversary.

Alex with his son Bruce Morley during a visit summer 2013

Alex with his son Bruce Morley during a visit summer 2013

Alex was born in Cheyenne to Scottish immigrant parents; he earned a degree in civil engineering from Colorado A&M University before becoming an Air Force paratrooper pilot. After the war, Morley married, and settled back in Cheyenne, and started a construction business, but in his heart, (in his own words), “wanted to be a ski bum.”

Alex Morley and Paul McCollister in Teton Village

Alex Morley and Paul McCollister in Teton Village

Following that ski bum dream, in 1961 Morley moved his family to Jackson Hole. He bought land and built a house on Antelope Flats, near the Moose entrance to Grand Teton National Park. Paul McCollister, a recently retired advertising executive, lived about one mile from Morley. The two men then started exploring the Tetons in hopes of finding a location to development a ski area. Alex said, from his home, “I looked across the valley and thought, ‘some of those mountains are better than Snow King by 10 times!’”. “I first thought about putting the ski resort on Buck,” Morley added, “but we realized pretty quickly that was a bad idea. It was too tough, and it was inside the park.”
The men turned their attention to Rendezvous Mountain, just outside the park’s southern boundary.
And then for three winters, the men packed out a test slope on Après Vous Mountain.

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Alex Morley showing his 50th pride.

When you look back at the vision that Paul and Alex had, it was bold, really bold — to take a mountain like this in the middle of nowhere and develop it as a major resort,” said JHMR president Jerry Blann. “No one today would do that. No one today could do that.” JHMR opened in 1965. “Building [Jackson Hole], I had the greatest time. I loved every minute of it,” Morley said.
Quotes sourced from Jackson Hole News and Guide article – published Tuesday, Nov 3rd, 2015.

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22 Inches and Counting

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Well folks, it may not feel like winter down in the valley, but up in the peaks of the Teton Range, there’s no arguing that the snow has arrived. Since October 29, snow has been falling consistently, with 22 inches of snow blanketing the upper reaches of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.   Here are some pictures taken at the top yesterday morning:

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There’s a lot more snow in the forecast, which is good because there’s some serious fun to be had at the end of the month.  Oh you hadn’t heard?  No worries, here’s the 411, the info, the knowledge:

November 26th:  Opening Day of  Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s 50th Anniversary Season.  The snow up top will be fresh and untouched, waiting for your first  Instagrams of the season.

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November 27th: FLASHBACK FRIDAY.  Lift tickets will be $6, the original ticket price when JHMR opened in 1965.  Costumes from all the decades are encouraged, and will make for a fun throwback vibe. That’s not all, there will be $6 rentals and waxes at JH Sports, Teton Village Sports and Hoback Sports, plus free ski and snowboard lessons (one hour clinics available, sign up at the base that day for a time).  All of the lift ticket proceeds will go to four local non-profits that exemplify the core values of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. What will you do when you’re done shredding in your sweet throwback threads?? Live music at the base of the gondola and $6 food and drink specials from Teton Village restaurants such as Nick Wilson’s, the Mangy Moose, The Handle Bar and the Spur will be going all day long.   WHAT. A. DAY. IT. WILL. BE.

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For all of the snow lovers out there- Check out this snowman I made at the base terminal of the new Teton Lift.  The high-speed quad lift is looking really slick and now has a 6″ snowman named “Nelson” keeping it company until the official opening on December 19th.  With that, I’ll leave you to your #JHDreaming and this cool video (with helicopters!!) about how the Teton Lift was constructed.

 

 

 

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Winter is upon us in Jackson Hole

The tram is getting ready for the 50th season!  Tram workers performing routine maintenance to make sure Big Red runs smoothly.
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Our amazing Indian Summer has finally come to an end. We have snow in the high country, temperature highs of 40s in the valley and upper 20s in the mountains. It’s quite possible the snow is here to stay.

The snowmakers have fired up the guns this week as temperatures dropped into the low 20s. The snowmakers work 5 days a week with 12 hour shifts and can pump a total of 4000 gallons per minute in the right conditions. With one month to go until opening day, Jackson Hole is going to be covered in white soon.

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Snow guns firing on Apres Vous at sunrise.

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Here is the view from the top of the NEW Teton Lift, which opens December 19th. Who’s ready for lift service pow laps in this expanded terrain?

Cowboy pow anyone?

Cowboy pow anyone?

Big Red at its finest - in snow.

Big Red at its finest – in snow.

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The tram dock with a fresh white coating.

23 degrees and snow up top. Winter is upon us!

23 degrees and snow up top. Winter is upon us!

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Snow King in the town of Jackson with a fresh dusting.

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Tetons and snow!

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