It’s been a sweet start to the season, eh? With 13 feet and counting and the first bluebird days since we moved here in early December, we are STOKED! With that said, we must interrupt our usual blog posts right off the bat to showcase all of the snow that fell and all of the fun that we are witnessing out there from visitors and locals alike this Holiday season. So we present Koudele Photography in his love of shooting JH POW and let the photos celebrate the Holiday magic of #JH50! Enjoy!
Temperature inversions in Jackson Hole are a weather phenomenon that all skiers and riders should be aware of. On winter days with temperature inversions in Jackson Hole, temperatures on the upper mountain can be 30-40 degrees warmer than at the valley floor. Read on to make sure you’re in the know on temperature inversions, which are perfect days to “Go Up to Warm Up” as MountainWeather.com meteorologist Jim Woodmencey says.
On cold winter days when valley temperatures hover around 0 degrees or below, you should always check the upper elevation temperatures as they can be as much as 30-40 degrees higher during an inversion than at the bottom of the mountain. Forecasts on sites like mountainweather.com are helpful in preparing ahead, while checking jacksonhole.com and JH Tapped should be part of your daily ski routine to check live temperatures before you leave the door. Make sure to check the differences in temperature at various elevations to see if there is an inversion and how strong it is.
What should you do when you see that there is a temperature inversion? Easy, go skiing! Stay up at the higher elevations to enjoy the relatively balmy temps. If you are known to suffer from “FOMO” don’t be the skier that takes the day off thinking it’s too cold, only to see your friends come back in the afternoon with smiles on their faces and fresh goggle tans.
Temperature inversions are often (but not always) characterized by valley fog and beautiful sunshine above the inversion at the upper elevations. Local skiers/riders have come to call this view above the clouds the “Sea of Dreams.” Those who are in the know relish the beauty of these days and it’s almost impossible to take a bad photograph.
Without getting too in-depth on the science behind temperature inversions, you can expect to find them in Jackson Hole when we have clear skies and high pressure overhead. According to Woodmencey, “A temperature inversion is when the air in the valley is colder than the air above it.” While typically temperatures get colder as you go up in elevation, an inversion is just the opposite with temperatures increasing as you go up in elevation. According to Woodmencey, “strong inversions might see a temperature difference between the base of the mountain and 10,000 feet of 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure you check the temperature forecast for both the valley and the mountains on mountainweather.com to know if it’s a good day to ‘Go Up to Warm Up’.”
See you at the top!
STOKED TO BE BACK…That’s an understatement!
Howdy Folks! It is Jax n’ Lance here and we are back in Jackson! For those meeting us for the first time, we are two adventure seekers that spend our Summer’s nestled in Hood River, OR and are stoked to spend our 4th for me and 7th for Lance winter season shredding in the mighty Tetons. Here is a snapshot of our other posts…
We are entrepreneurs (Koudele Photography, MARiASH MARKETiNG, and Stoked Roasters+Coffeehouse), adventure partners, husband and wife, and best friends who have a passion for skiing and living life to its fullest. We believe that if you dream it, you can do it. We are excited to share many tales this season of a slew of characters over the past 50 years that have made Jackson Hole Mountain Resort the special place that it is today. We will also continue to share our tales of skipping out on the traditional lifestyle of corporate America, starting three businesses and finding a way to experience the magic of the Tetons every day while keeping all of our businesses afloat.
Jax in the guided side country, Rock Springs
On that note, there are those times that business takes a weighted precedence on the home front and we must skip a winter here in Jackson. Boy was that hard! For the first time in 19 years for Lance, he spent a winter home with the intent to storm chase. It was grey, rainy, gloomy and windy- not en epic winter for that in the Pac NW but enough about that experience eh! It made us appreciate being back here in the Tetons that much more. With that said, we thought we would share a little bit on our journey in the past 1.5 years to jump to where we are today.
In the absence of Jackson, our travels for work and pleasure took us to Kauai, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Greenland, Canada, Chile and both coasts across the United States. We both get a great deal of fulfillment out of meeting all of the different people in this World and are feel lucky to dip into their way of life.
Powderbird Greenland, 2015 in SermersuutAirport travel through to Powderbird Greenland, Kangerlussuaq Jax in Powderbird Greenland, SermersuutAtacama Desert, Chile near Vulcan Licancabur
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! If any of you wished for snow last week, I hope you’re smiling right now. It’s been quite the week here in Teton Village, with over 12 feet of snow and more on the way. I’ll see you all on the slopes tomorrow to ski with Santa Claus on Teewinot, but when the day is over, what’s your evening plan? Don’t have one? Not to worry, here’s a stacked list of all of the festivities this weekend. Merry Christmas everyone!
Interdenominational Holiday Service
Location: Hotel Terra Ballroom
Time: Thursday, Christmas Eve at 5 pm
Information: Join us for an interdenominational Holiday Service on Christmas Eve in the Hotel Terra ballroom. Service will last from 5pm-6:30pm. Stay tuned for more details.
Catholic Mass at The Four Seasons
Location: Four Seasons Resort
Time: Thursday, Christmas Eve at 6:30 pm
Information: Join the Four Seasons Resort as they offer a Catholic Mass on Christmas Eve. Mass begins at 6:30 PM.
Christmas Country Dance Party with Three Rivers Rock ‘n’ Country
Location: The Silver Dollar Showroom in The Wort Hotel
Time: Thursday, Christmas Eve at 7:30 pm
Information: Contact Silver Dollar Bar by phone at 307-732-3939 for more information.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: The Silver Dollar knows how to throw a festive event, and there’s no better time to get into the spirit than on Christmas Eve. Come out and two step your way into Christmas Day.
Skiing with Santa!
Location: Teewinot and Bridger Gondola base area
Time: Friday, Christmas Morning, 10am-12pm
Information: After your usual Christmas morning festivities, we would like to invite families of all ages to come out and take a few runs with Santa! He’ll be around the Teewinot and Bridger Gondola area, spinning the lifts and making turns with the kids, so look to catch him between 10am-12pm!
THE INSIDE SCOOP: Oh, you didn’t know that Santa can shred? Catch him on Teewinot (if you can) and maybe you’ll get to ride the chairlift with this famous man!
Stargazing at Hotel Terra
Location: The Albright Room in Hotel Terra
Time: Sunday, December 27th from 6-7 pm
Information:Our exceptionally dark skies make Wyoming one of the best places for stargazing and astronomy events. Spend an evening navigating the constellations, planets and other stellar features while hearing the fascinating descriptions behind each object. This activity is perfect for groups, families, or anyone interested in experiencing and learning about the night sky. Meet in Albright Room of Hotel Terra.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: The winter night sky is Wyoming is one of my favorite things. It’s fun to just look on your own, but even more fun to see the sky with the help of an expert. If you’re wondering what stars you’re going to see–It’s not going to be Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. But you might see the Big Dipper!
Christmas with the Papa Chan Trio
Location: The Silver Dollar Showroom in The Wort Hotel
Time: Friday, Christmas Day at 7:30 pm
Information: Spend your Christmas with the Papa Chan Trio featuring Johnny C Note (upright bass) and Jason Fritz (saxophones). Christmas classics, jazz standards, and good cheer to all.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: These guys are a great time and will keep everyone in a good mood after a long day of gifts and shredding. If you’re hungry, The Silver Dollar makes a mean quesadilla…
Rhythmic Circus: Feet Don’t Fail Me Now
Location: Center for the Arts-Town of Jackson
Time: Monday, December 28th at 7 pm
Information: $53-$69 (+ $2 Vendini processing fee). Home grown hoofers from Minneapolis hit the road with a trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes and a big brass band, ready to burst onto the stage with FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW!. “Heatbox” the human beatbox, joins the swingin’ seven-piece funk band to accompany each tap, shuffle, and stomp with a clang, riff and refrain. It’s easy to see why the this troupe was a 2012 winner of the Edinburgh Festival “Spirit of the Fringe” Award.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: Though I haven’t seen these guys perform, I have seen The Blue Man Group and it was awesome. I know that’s the worst comparison ever, but I’m just getting a feeling that it would be the same vibe.
Film Premiere of “Don’t Crack Under Pressure”
Location: Center for the Arts, Town of Jackson
Time: Tuesday, December 29th at 7 pm
Information: Skiers, snowboarders, wingsuit pilots, surfers all have one thing in common: the desire to reach the goals they set for themselves, sometimes at the price of waiting months for various weather criteria to converge, and all this in a time when nature is becoming more and more chaotic. $18 (plus $2 Vendini fee)
THE INSIDE SCOOP: It’s always fascinating to see all of the thought and preparation that goes into taking on Mother Nature. Jackson Hole is home to a lot of the most extreme skiers and snowboarders in the world, and this film provides a glimpse into their experiences.
Have a great time out there and be safe everyone! MERRY MERRY!
If you’re looking to get 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 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
Now back to the goods:
Piste Mountain Bistro officially opened its doors, yesterday!
Check out our newest restaurant at the top of the Bridger Gondola. It’s open daily 11:30-3:00 for lunch. Throughout the Christmas holiday, dinner is starting nightly at 5:00. Make reservations on Open Table here.
Rendezvous Fest 2016
And one last thing: we just booked the Chris Robinson Brotherhood to open for the Zac Brown Band at our annual Rendezvous Festival March 17-20, 2016. You won’t want to miss this one! Get your tickets for Saturday night’s show here. Thursday, Friday, and Sunday concerts are FREE to attend.
Finally, Jackson Hole is welcoming all skiers and snowboarders who own a 2015/16 winter resort season pass ANYWHERE in the world to come to The Big One and receive 50% off lift tickets. Travel to Jackson between Jan 11 – 31, 2016, show your season pass from any ski resort and receive a discounted lift ticket based on the valid in-resort, single day rate. Ski as many days as you like at 50% off the daily ticket rate during this time.
See you on the hill this winter!
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).
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
This new video should get you excited for tram riding season:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Additional baggage fees from airline may apply.
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.
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!
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!
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.