Dropping into the 50th

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It’s one of those weekends that you just don’t want to miss at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.   Why?  Let’s see if you pass this 50th themed pop quiz!

Why is this year important at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort?
a. Because I’ll finally master my 360 spread eagle sass-meister twist
b. The Jackson Hole Mountain is celebrating its 50th Anniversary season with a new lift, new restaurant, special events, and plenty of powder.
c. The spicy pizza is still on the Nick Wilson’s menu
d. All of the above

If you chose D. All of the above, you are a genius mastermind and are now invited to an amazing lineup of 50th events this weekend in Teton Village (sidenote: if you answered incorrectly, I forgive you and you’re also invited to the amazing lineup of events).

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Here’s the full schedule for Saturday. We’re looking forward to seeing you there as we celebrate 50 years of Jackson Hole!

Teton Lift Opening and “First Chair” Ceremony
Location: Base Terminal of the new Teton Lift
Time: Saturday at 9:30 am, Gondola or Teewinot/AV load at 9:00 am
Information: Please join owners, staff and athletes for this special historical moment and enjoy music from Chanman, a few small treats and of course a ride on the new lift.
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  This lift has come to life over the last 6 months and it’s so cool that we all get to try the finished product this weekend.  If you didn’t get to see the video documenting how it was made, be sure to check it out!

JHMR Athlete Signing with Travis Rice
Location: Hole in the Wall in the Bridger Center
Time: Saturday at 4:00-5:00 pm
Information: Travis Rice will be signing his 50th Anniversary Libtech boards at Hole in the Wall in the Bridger Center.
Only a few 50th Anniversary T.Rice Snowboards left.   If you want to buy one, click here! Mark Carter, Bryan Iguchi, and the 50th board designer Mikey Franco will be there as well.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: Jackson Hole is proud to have some of the best snowboarders in the world representing our resort.  Head up to Hole in the wall around 4 for a signing and meet n greet.  It’ll get you all stoked for the World Snowboard Day group ride on Sunday!

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The “Big Bang” Celebration with 50th Movie screening and fireworks show
Location: Base of the Bridger Gondola
Time: Saturday 5:00-6:00 pm
Information: This is a do-not-miss event! Bring your kids to experience the arrival of Santa on a new “secret” 50th anniversary sleigh at 5pm sharp, treats for kids and the first on-snow public showing of the 50th Born to Be Wild movie, followed by a one of a kind fireworks show.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: SANTA IS COMING!  SANTA IS REALLY REALLY COMING!!  There will be cookies, hot chocolate, good attitudes, good speeches, good movies, and fireworks set to music from the last 5 decades?  Rumor has it that Loveshack by the B52’s will be a part of the music lineup, so if you’re looking for me I’ll be the one dancing like a maniac.

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World Snowboard Day Ride with JHMR Athlete Rob Kingwill
Location: Base of the Bridger Gondola
Time: Sunday at 10 am
Information: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is proud to sponsor free clinics, offer reduced rental rates, so you can rip it up all day on December 20th. Instructors from our Mountain Sports School will be offering free snowboard clinics during the morning and afternoon, so come on out and get sideways!  Free snowboard clinics for variant abilities from 10-11:30, 11:45-1:15, 1:30-3.  50% off snowboard rentals at JHS and TVS with mention of “World Snowboard Day.”
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  This is your chance to ride with the very best and meet some new people in the process.  Head over to the gondola at 10 am and maybe yell “cowabunga” when you’re in the Stash Park.  No pressure, but definitely one of my strongest suggestions.

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By the way, if you’re still scrambling to find last minute gifts for family and friends, we’re here to help you out:  Check out the extensive collection of limited 50th Anniversary gear, which will surely bring a smile to anyone’s face. Click here to take a look! Have the best weekend everyone! Thanks for celebrating our 50th birthday with us!

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Tram and NEW Teton Lift| Over 100″ in Jackson Hole!

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Recent snow has kicked the season into full steam in Jackson Hole, with over 100″ already falling this winter. The past 7 days have seen over two feet of snow and more is in the forecast this weekend. With all of the snow in Jackson Hole, we are now open top-to-bottom including the Aerial Tram and NEW Teton Lift.

You could always call in sick to take advantage of the great skiing and riding, but in the meantime you can browse these recent photos to get you fired up to ski Jackson Hole.

Sublette opened up on Wednesday and the skiing was great. Bryce Newcomb sinks his teeth into a deep turn in the Wally World area.
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We’re happy to be back to snow, but this deep turn in the sun yesterday didn’t disappoint:
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Fresh snow and the tram is a winning combination. The Tram is now open!
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This new video should get you excited for tram riding season:

One more shot in case you didn’t get that conditions are great in Jackson Hole!
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If you’re looking to book a trip to Jackson Hole, there are some great deals to be had. Delta Airlines is currently holding an airline sale for Jackson Hole and there is also a special where you can Save $200 or $300 off of flights (per person!). These are great ways to get yourself out to Jackson Hole and enjoy all of the snow. Don’t forget to check out all of our best specials and packages here: http://www.jacksonhole.com/lodging/lodging-packages.html

We’ll see you out in the snow!
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Handcrafted Snowboards with Franco Snowshapes | Jackson Hole 50th Anniversary Special Edition

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For some snowboarding is a hobby. For a local Jackson Hole snowboard icon like Mikey Franco it’s a way of life. In the last thirty years Mikey has traveled the globe on a snowboard, teaching and guiding across the peaks of Jackson Hole to Japan. His JHMR career began during the winter of 1990/91 as one of the resorts original snowboard instructors. Nowadays if Mikey’s not guiding at JHMR you’ll find him in his shop shaping snowboards. Since 2010 Franco Snowshapes has been handcrafting custom snowboards influenced by the terrain and conditions that the mountains around Jackson Hole offer up. The shapes are timeless, built with passion and made to last.

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“In the lab” with Mikey, designing shapes as beautiful to look at as they are fun to ride.

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Mikey’s always had an appetite for snowboard design, but it was a trip to Japan that truly set him on his current path. He was consulting for Burton Snowboards at one of their global Learn to Ride (LTR) events when he met Taro Tomai, founder and shaper of legendary Gentemstick Snowboards. Inspired by their surf-like style, curves and craftsmanship, he decided he wanted to design a shape with his own twist. With the help of longtime friends Mike Parris and Mot Gatehouse of Jackson-based Igneous Skis, he built his first board. Soon thereafter he began experimenting with different shapes and sizes. Franco Snowshapes was born.

With years of experience under his belt teaching, guiding and riding around Jackson Hole, he understood the ingredients that make for a ripping snowboard. From tip to tail, camber to sidecut, and flex to float, each board is artfully crafted to bring out the best in those that stand on it. Simply put, his shapes are soulful representations of the terrain throughout the valley and his desire to surf down them. Not to mention, he spends hours-on-end handcrafting every board to its precise specs before they walk out the shop door.

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This season Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and to aid in the celebration Franco Snowshapes is releasing a limited edition Anniversary Series. Each of the five boards feature a unique shape, topsheet and materials built for riding the terrain of Jackson Hole. In addition, you’ll find Mikey’s signature and the iconic Jackson Hole 50th Anniversary logo engrained on each board. With Mikey helping shape the history of snowboarding in Jackson Hole throughout the years, it’s only fitting to have him build a series of snowboards as unique and entrancing as the mountain itself.

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You can buy the 50th Anniversary Series at Hole in the Wall Snowboard Shop which is located at the Bridger Center in Teton Village, right upstairs at JH Sports. For more information on Franco Snowshapes and their handcrafted snowboards visit http://www.francosnowshapes.com/.

    The Anniversary Lineup

The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort 50th Anniversary Line designed by Mikey is a representation of JHMR’s snowboard culture, history of riding and a product of the Jackson Hole terrain. The mountain played a large role in shaping his life in snowboarding and this lineup is an ode to the resort he loves calling home. Boards include 160 cm and 150 cm locally sourced beetle-kill Whitebark Pine Swallowtails, a ‘47 Pintail, ‘56 Big Nose Pintail and a ‘58 Squaretail. Only one of each limited edition 50th anniversary boards exists.

’60 (MEN’S) + ‘50 (WOMEN’S) WHITEBARK PINE SWALLOWTAIL $2,499
These Swallowtail boards were shaped not only for a surfy riding experience in powder but also to allow effortless carving on hardpack. The boards are made with eco-friendly bio-resins, basalt fiber and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort sourced beetle-killed Whitebark Pine. Both boards feature an engraved GPS location telling where the Whitebark Pine tree was harvested, as well as the resort’s 50th anniversary logo.

‘47 (WOMEN’S) PINTAIL $1,699
Born from the fast and tight Jackson Hole Dick’s Ditch Banked Slalom, this ‘47 Women’s Pintail was made to take charge, straight-line and stomp. The long running length combined with just the right amount of taper gives the board consistent edge to snow contact. It’s made with triaxial fiberglass, carbon stringers and a camphorwood topsheet.

‘56 (MEN’S) BIG NOSE PINTAIL $1,299
Mikey dubbed this board the Quiver Killer because this board simply does it all. It’s great in powder, on groomers, and everything in between. It likes to go fast and will have you jumping for joy like a kid in a candy store in all conditions and on any terrain. It’s built with a CVG maple core, triax fiberglass and finished with a translucent gloss black topsheet. The board is as functional as it is stylish – the top sheet features the 50th Anniversary logo and is see through to the core in proper lighting.

‘58 (MEN’S) SQUARE TAIL $1,299
At first glance this board is a showstopper. With the large nose its shape makes it a dynamic carving board that excels in mid-deep powder days. Riders that like to lay it down on perfect corduroy will feel at home on this board. It’s crafted with a CVG maple core, triax glass and a translucent gloss black topsheet featuring the 50th Anniversary logo.

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160 Men’s Whitebark Pine Swallowtail, 158 Men’s Square Tail, 156 Men’s Big Nose Pintail, 147 Women’s Pintail, 150 Women’s Whitebark Pine Swallowtail
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A look at Mikey, hard at work in the shop:
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Delta Airfare Sale to JAC

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It’s dumping here and if you have haven’t already booked, it’s time to plan that January Powder trip to Jackson Hole. To make it even easier our friends at Delta have just announced a January Airfare Sale* to Jackson Hole (in addition to our $200 air credit program**) with reduced pricing from most major city hubs including Boston, Atlanta, New York, Burbank, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Seattle and Los Angeles. In addition to some screaming air deals, January is our Golden Ticket month in Jackson Hole. If you have a winter season pass to any ski resort in the world you can ski here for 50% less than our daily ticket rate. That’s right! Just show your pass to receive 50% off lift ticket rates Jan 11-31, 2016.
Golden Ticket Details

  • * Air fare sale is valid for travel period 1-7-16 to 2-11-16. Tickets require purchase at least 7 days prior to departure, but must be purchased no later than January 7th, 2016. Roundtrip purchase required. A portion of travel for some itineraries may be on the Delta Connection® carriers:  Compass Airlines, Endeavor Air, Inc., ExpressJet Airlines, Inc., GoJet Airlines, Shuttle America, and SkyWest; Delta Shuttle® carriers: Shuttle America and Compass Airlines. Terms, restrictions, and bag fees apply.
  • ** Save $200 Per Person January 4 – February 11, 2016, February 16 – April 3, 2016

Fly roundtrip to Jackson Hole from anywhere in North America and receive up to $200 flight credit per person when you book a minimum 6 night package that includes airfare, lodging and activities. Call 888-838-6606 to learn more or make a reservation. Minimum 6 Night Package.  Book by: January 25, 2016

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Additional baggage fees from airline may apply.

 

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84 inches with more on the way!

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Well folks, it snowed 6 inches in the last 24 hours and it looks like the stormy weather will continue into next week. If you’ve been dreaming about fresh powder, it’s time to get out here and test the 84 inches of light and fluffy snow that has accumulated on the mountain.

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Bridger Gondola and Marmot chairlift are scheduled to open tomorrow morning, which will open up a lot more terrain (and untracked powder). It looks like Saturday will see some light flurries and then Sunday will bring another storm to the mountains, so be sure to schedule your weekend around all of this snow potential!

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Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Athletes Jess McMillan, Crystal Wright and Rob Kingwill went out on a group shred and have some awesome photos to prove it. If this doesn’t get you psyched to join in on the fun, I dont know what will!

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Want to get to Jackson?  Now’s the time- If you book  round trip flights to Jackson Hole from anywhere in North America, you can receive up to $300 flight credit per person when you book a minimum 4 night package that includes airfare, lodging and activities.

Call 888-838-6606 to learn more or make a reservation.  Get out here!

For other events this weekend, be sure to check out Dropping into the Weekend for the latest happenings around town.

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Dropping into the Weekend

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As I write this, I’m looking out the window and watching snow dump with a mighty fury…and I. don’t. hate. it.  I had my first “floating through powder” run this morning and I think it’s safe to say that with the Bridger Gondola and Marmot opening on Saturday, this weekend is going to rule in Teton Village.  Here’s whats going on this weekend when you’re not carving fresh tracks out on the hill and snapchatting the evidence.

Jackson’s Got Talent: Fundraiser for Nepal
Location: Hotel Terra Ballroom in Teton Village
Time: Friday at 6 pm
Information: Come out for a night of TALENT as locals do there best to impress us! This is a talent fundraiser for rebuilding homes destroyed in April’s Nepal earthquake. Tickets from $75.00 – $150.00.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: We are privileged to live in an incredible valley with many resources within our reach.  If you have no plans after you ski all day on Friday, consider attending this fundraiser.  It’s for a great cause and I’m pretty sure that you can write off charitable donations on your taxes if you keep the receipt…

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Corb Lund at The Pink Garter
Location: The Pink Garter Theater in Downtown Jackson
Time: Friday at 10 pm, Tickets available here.
Information: Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 11:59 pm)
THE INSIDE SCOOP: Live music with your cronies??? Best night ever!  There’s a 74% chance I’ll be at this show after I make dinner with my roommates.

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Holiday Artist Bazaar
Location: Snow King Arena
Time: Saturday from 9-4, Free admission
Information: Art from local artists for sale.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: I’ve always wanted to text my friends “Wanna get bizarre at the bazaar?!” and this seems to be my chance.  Just hope that you’re that lucky pal who gets the text.

Locals Appreciation Holiday Party and Ugly Sweater Contest
Location: The Silver Dollar Showroom in The Wort Hotel
Time: Saturday from 730-11pm, Free admission
Information: Raffle for a season pass to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: If you’re a local and like to feel appreciated AND have an ugly sweater that doesn’t get enough attention–THIS IS THE PARTY FOR YOU! The Silver Dollar always throws a good party and it’s a great last chance to get a Grand Pass to access the copious powder that’s falling right now in Teton Village.

Live Funk Music at The Rose
Location: The Rose in Downtown Jackson
Time: Saturday at 10 pm
Information: Free to the public, Must be 21+ to enter.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: This is very similar to my comment about the Bazaar, BUTTT I’ve had a longtime wish to text a friend “Let’s get funky!” and have it actually relate to a funk concert.  My punny bucket list is seeing some serious progress this weekend, so feel free to throw me a high five if you see me at any/all of these events.

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Artist Reception: Mike Tierney
Location: Daly Projects at 130 S. Jackson Street
Time: Tuesday, Dec 15th from 5:30-7:30 pm
Information: Mike Tierney, the artist of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s official 50th art, will be showcasing his work next week at Daly Projects.  He’s someone to be celebrated, so be sure to stop by!
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  I’ve had the honor of seeing a selection of Mike Tierney’s work and he’s truly a modern artist.  His work with spray paint and stencils and unlike anything I’ve ever seen, so I’ll definitely be making the time to attend this event.  If you need some culture if your life, this is your time!

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Have a great weekend everyone and enjoy all of this SNOW!

 

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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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