Bringing in the New Year in Wintery Jackson Hole

Tomorrow is New Years Eve and the mountains feel like they’re preparing us for a new year. The crisp clear skies and new snow have left a fresh blanket of white, and we’re all feeling ready for 2015 to bring us fresh ideas, powder, and overall wonderment.  new-years-jackson-hole-fireworks-1

Jackson Hole offers some great options for celebrations on New Years Eve, and partaking in them is a guaranteed great way to end the year, and start off another!  Here are a few options that will appeal to the party goers as well as the ‘in bed by 9′ types.

Jackson Hole in Teton Village has a torch light parade followed by fireworks, which starts at 6pm.  This is not to be missed by the kiddos, and starts early enough so even the little ones can catch the firework magic. *Editor’s Note: The torchlight parade and fireworks will run as scheduled, but the Kid’s “Glow Worm Parade” has been canceled.

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If you’re feeling like a party, check out the Gondi Gala at Couloir Restaurant at the top of the Gondola, starting at 9pm, offering the valley’s most prestigious and beautiful view.  Couloir is notably the best party every December 31st: there is world class star gazing, a moon lit gondola ride, great music, great wine and drinks and all the ambiance and fun a great party needs.

Snow King also offers fireworks and glow torch parade, for those of you staying closer to town. The festivities start at 6:15 in town, you can find out more details here.

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If you’re interested in fine dining your way into 2015, there are a few great restaurants that are worth checking out.  If you’re late to the game and can’t find any reservations, ask these restaurants about sitting at the bar as a lot of area restaurants have open bar seats that are just as great (I do recommend getting in early if you want a seat).  Local on the town square has a great burger and a lot of delicious game meat options.  Rendezvous Bistro is a Jackson classic, and is always a great choice for revelry and delicious food.  Hayden’s Post in Snow King Resort is one of the valley’s newer restaurants and is offering a prix fix menu of $60/person with awesome indoor viewing of snow kings torch light parade and fireworks.  The fireplace, food, and decor are all spot on for a great night.  The Snake River Grill has the incredible food and a small bar– if you’re lucky enough to score a seat, you won’t be disappointed. Il Villagio Osteria is a fabulous Italian restaurant in Teton Village that offers the best of both worlds, fireworks and then delicious food and wine.  Finally, The Rose is a bar/restaurant in town that has the most talented bar tenders in town, and offers delicious food.  Even more ideal, the valley’s best music venue is next door where a Michael Jackson tribute band will be rocking into the night.

Check out Jackson’s Foodie mag, Dishing, for all the details on the best restaurants in town.

However you celebrate the end of 2014, and the beginning of 2015, I hope you find just the thing to bring 2015 in the most beautiful of ways.

Happy New Year!

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Deepcember Delivers Again | 12/29 Snow Update

It’s been a White Christmas and beyond in Jackson Hole with 66″ falling since December 14th, and only one day without measurable snowfall in that period. The past 48 hours have graced us with 12″ on the upper mountain and 19″ at mid-mountain, with many claiming yesterday as the best powder skiing in years.

Tigger Knecht digs in:
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Dropping into the Weekend

TGIF everyone! It’s the weekend and the powder is plentiful!  I’m sure that everyone is excited to tear it up with friends and family, but what are you doing for the rest of the weekend? If you don’t have plans, this is what’s happening in Jackson. Have fun and be safe!

  • Kids’ Night Out at Teton Village!
    • Location: Kids Ranch
    • Time: Friday, December 26th and Saturday, December 27th 6-9pm
    • Information:  Reservations required 307-739-2788, Open to kids ages 4-18
  • Stargazing
    • Location: TBA, Teton Village
    • Time: Friday, December 26th, 6:00pm-7:00pm
    • Information: Call 733-5898 for more information.
  • Live Music at The Rose
    • Band: Wyatt Lowe
    • Time: Saturday, December 27th at 9 pm
    • Location: The Rose in Downtown Jackson
  • An Otter Body Experience: Travis Rice, Jeremy Jones, Steve Jones, and Zahan Billimoria
    • Time: Sunday, December 28th, Doors open at 4pm, Show starts at 5pm
    • Cost: $10, all proceeds go to Protect Our Winters (POW)
    • Location:  Walk Festival Hall, Teton Village
  • Don Rambadt Gallery Reception
    • Time: Saturday, December 27th, 5-8pm
    • Location: Astoria Fine Art, 35 E. Deloney Ave Jackson, WY
    • Artist Information:  http://www.astoriafineart.com/artist/176/Don-Rambadt
  • Addicted to Life–US Film Premiere
    • Location: Center for the Arts
    • Time: Saturday, December 27th at 5:30 and 8 pm
    • Cost: $17
  • WyoBass Performance
    • Location: Town Square Tavern
    • Time: Saturday December 27th at 10 pm
    • Cost: Free

And…Lots of Skiing!!

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10 steps to having the best ski vacation ever!

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10 steps to guarantee your best ski vacation yet.

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Everyone knows that ski towns run at about 1/100th of the pace of your average city. Truth is, when you’re coming here from a city, it can be hard to adjust to the slower pace, and in general it can be hard to decompress after the build up of the holiday season.  What makes Jackson such a great destination for a ski vacation goes beyond skiing, and encompasses so many other beautiful ways to enjoy winter and the mountains. So, here’s my best guide to making this ski trip the most smooth, joyful, stress-free, and full of the stuff that your favorite vacations are made of. Some advice is for those who are willing to pay for less stress, and some advice has nothing to do with money, and everything to do with getting to the right state of mind. So, here goes.

1.  Jackson Hole has wonderfully clean, mountainous, smooth air. When you arrive, spend 2 minutes, seriously… 2 WHOLE minutes taking deep breaths. Focus on nothing but your breath. I know, it seems impossible, but, trust me, this is the beginning of your best vacation, these deep breaths will ground you in your new place. Invite your kids or your spouse to join you, if it’s night time, stand under the stars with your warm jackets, hats, and mittens on, and look at the stars or the mountains, and simply breathe. Let the toxins go out, and the clean mountain air come in.

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2. If you’re planning on making your own food, and are staying in a condo or a house with a kitchen, pay for someone to get your groceries for you. Let’s face it, we all sort of despise fighting our way through the grocery store after fighting our way through the airports, taxis, hotels, etc. Leave this one to the services who know where everything is, and want, literally want to go to the grocery store and get it for you. They can get exactly the groceries (and alcohol) you want, you fill out all of your forms online, and the cost is 20% of your total bill plus a $40 delivery charge. It’s not cheap, but $ versus time spent not dealing with busy grocery stores is what vacation is all about.  Find out more here: www.Mountainsofgroceries.com

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3.  When you look at the views, and think, oh how lovely and beautiful, take a minute longer and find something more, find a detail that you simply are entranced by. A cloud, a valley, a cliff, anything that catches your eye and is a small detail of the big picture. Something detailed will stay in your memory and your mind much longer than the big picture that’s quickly glazed over and unapproachable. If you ask anyone who lives in Jackson what they look at every day, they might say the mountains, or they might say a specific mountain is their favorite view everyday, and that would be a manifestation of this ideal.

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4.  Drink water. Drink water on the plane, drink water when you get here, drink water before bed, drink water when you wake up. Drink so much water that you literally feel it coursing through your veins. Flight travel is very dehydrating, altitude is dehydrating, dry winter air is dehydrating, and so is skiing, drinking, eating, everything you are doing is sucking water out. Our water source is from the very top of the snake river watershed, and is as clean and lovely as earths water can possibly be. Dehydration often manifests in fatigue, so drinking water will ultimately help you with the energy you need to have a great vacation. (Also, if you’re feeling queasy, sick, nauseous, light headed, you might have acute altitude sickness, and you should probably… drink water!)
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5.  Find something to take home with you that is not necessarily a material object. For example, a recipe, a funny video, a favorite ski run, a great picture, a good laugh, a lifestyle change you adapted to. Take that something home and let it be a part of you when you get back home, essentially it already is, but once we’re back to our usual surroundings we often forget the experiences that made us deeply happy only a few days ago. Take your something, and bring it home with you and use it. Below is a picture from one of my favorite winter walks I’ve ever had.  It was years ago, but the picture reminds me of how beautiful it was.

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6.  Hire a babysitter. Jacksonholebabysitting.com or jacksonholenannies.com or Extra Hands are all services that I have used, and are beyond trust worthy. If your looking for day time help, the kids ranch at the resort offers day care, and ski school. This ski school is not your run of the mill mountain ski school, your kids will leave totally stoked on skiing, and life in general. Seriously, the ski school in Jackson is world class, the instructors are happy, skilled with kids, and is not to be missed. Forget trying to teach your kids to ski and dodging people on the lower mountain, leave that to the pros, and go enjoy hitting the tram or the upper mountain. Details can be found here: http://www.jacksonhole.com/mountain-sports-school/children-lessons.html

DSC_01497.  Set a day of spontaneity. It can be so easy to plan every day and every moment with fun activities, or maybe you’re not a planner but end up filling all of your time with skiing and eating and drinking and all those other exceeding fun things. But wouldn’t it be lovely to set a day where you haven’t planned anything, and everyone has fun doing… something they’ve never done before! Here are some examples of ‘spontaneous’ things that could be lifetime memories, a quiet morning leading to a walk in Grand Teton National Park, a delicious lunch at a previously unknown café in town, (I recommend Lotus Café), sled dogging up to granite hot springs, taking a nap and watching the fireplace for an afternoon with Christmas movies in the background, driving around with your kids looking for wildlife, taking a sleigh ride along the Snake River, and so many more undiscovered opportunities await your adventurous family!

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8.  If you’re renting skis, let them come to you! Ski rentals these days are all about convenience, Jackson Hole offers some great rental equipment, how about a rental van coming to your house with all your gear: http://www.jacksonhole.com/jh-mountain-direct.html. This isn’t a service that will make or break your budget, but it will make or break how your start your vacation. Don’t even bother with going into the shop, call a delivery service and make your family happy.

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9.  If you have a fireplace at your condo/home light it up. There’s something seriously meditative and calming about a fire that the modern family forgets all about. If you don’t have a fireplace, try meditating for 15 minutes and keeping your mind clear of all thoughts. Meditation is quickly gaining popularity as an important and quick way of feeling happy and calm. Vacation is the perfect time to try meditation or sit fireside for as long as possible!

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10.  Jackson Hole is undoubtably a very special place.  Those who have visited know this, and those who live here honor this.  As a visitor, I recommend that you search for that special feeling in this place too, sometimes it will find you, but sometimes you have to open yourself up to understanding a place, how it’s mountains, rivers, people, animals all fit together in one rather harmonious valley.

Welcome, and Enjoy.

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December Gets Deeper

The snow continues to fall in Jackson Hole, with 16″ in the last 48 hours and snow still falling as we speak. The forecast calls for a brief clear tomorrow before a significant storm develops on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. With this storm in the forecast and 149″ already for this season, Jackson Hole is a sure bet for a White Christmas.

This morning was a memorable one in Jackson Hole. Jackson Hole athlete Cam Fitzpatrick finds himself in the white room:
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One Night Only! An Otter Body Experience with Jeremy Jones, Travis Rice, Zahan Billimoria, and Steve Jones

Otter-Body-Poster.smallThis holiday season just got a bit more special with a unique evening in Teton Village featuring Travis Rice, Jeremy Jones, Zahan Billimoria, and Steve Jones , who will be taking an in-depth look at the film Jeremy Jones’ Higher. This exclusive one-night event hosted by Asymbol, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Teton Gravity Research brings together these men, who represent some of the most prominent and successful snowboarders, guide, and filmaker in the world. The evening will focus on the descent of The Grand Teton’s Otter Body route using video footage and photography from the film. If you don’t know what Otter Body looks like, check out this photo by Chris Bezamat.

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Travis shared his excitement for Sunday’s collaboration, saying “It’s an honor to spend an evening with Jeremy, Steve, and Zahan talking about making the film Higher and specifically what it took to ride the Grand with pow conditions. I’m looking forward to sharing the stories of this epic adventure with everyone in attendance.” Throughout the evening, Travis will moderate a discussion with Jeremy, Steve and Zahan followed by an audience Q&A session.

We are thrilled to be hosting An Otter Body Experience later this month,” stated Anna Cole, Communications Manager at JHMR. “Having  Jeremy Jones, Travis Rice, Steve Jones and Zahan Billimoria together, and using the mountains they all love, the Tetons, as the discussion point will create an inspiring evening for all.  Having the athlete, guide and filmmakers’ perspectives on a legendary descent will be sure to create a dynamic conversation.”

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at JH Sports and Jackson Treehouse. Seating is limited, so pre-purchasing tickets is encouraged. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Protect Our Winters (POW), the environmental non-profit of which Jones is a founding member. Doors to Walk Festival Hall open at 4pm, with the event starting at 5pm.

 

A White Christmas in Jackson Hole

The snow is still coming down hard here at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. With over 140”of snow this season and over 2’ falling this week conditions are spectacular. We found Corbet’s Cabin buried in snow when we got to the top of the tram. Corbets Cabin
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Dropping Into the Weekend

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TGIF everyone! It’s finally the weekend and Mother Nature seems to be cooperating–hello snow!! We know that you plan to hit the slopes for some good-ole fashioned downhill fun, but what are you doing for the rest of the weekend? If you don’t have plans, this is what’s happening in Jackson. Have fun and be safe!

  • Santa’s Arrival and Christmas Tree Lighting!
    • Location: Village Commons in Teton Village
    • Time: Saturday, December 20th 4:15-5:30pm
  • Ornament Making with the JH Art Association
    • Location: Teton Room, Teton Mountain Lodge
    • Time: Sunday, December 21st, 4:30-6pm
  • Jackson Hole Moose Hockey Game (vs. Sun Valley Suns)
    • Time: Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm
    • Tickets: $9 for adults, $5 for kids, 50% off with Grand Pass!
    • Location: Snow King Ice Arena
  • Jazz night with Pam Drews Phillips, Bill Plummer, and Mike Calabrese at The Granary
    • Location: The Granary
    • Time: Friday, December 19th at 7 pm
    • Cost: Free
  • Stargazing
    • Location: Center for the Arts
    • Time: Friday, December 19 at 7 pm
    • Cost: Free
  • WyoBass Performance
    • Location: Town Square Tavern
    • Time: Saturday December 20th at 10 pm
    • Cost: Free

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2014 Holiday Round-up!

*Editor’s Note: The New Years Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks will go on as scheduled, but the Kid’s “Glow Worm Parade” that precedes these has been canceled.

Happy Holidays Everyone!  We’re excited to announce this year’s line-up of activities and celebrations in the weeks to come.  We hope to see you and yours around The Village for some (or all) of these festivities, all of which are listed below.

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