Piste Mountain Bistro’s Elevated Flavors

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Piste Mountain Bistro has been the source of a lot of buzz in Teton Village.  Every guest who’s ventured up the gondola for a meal at Piste has had something good to say about the mouthwatering cuisine, stylish decor, and unparalleled views.

As a member of the marketing team at JHMR, I know all of the hard facts about Piste. I know their hours, phone number, menu items, decor inspiration, general manager, and more. Piste has evolved over the past year into a beautiful addition to the Rendezvous Lodge, and I knew I had to get up there and experience it in all of it’s finished glory. Yesterday, I finally got my chance!

Walking into the space, I immediately felt like I was on a quintessential ski vacation, which is a rare feeling as a Jackson Hole local. The entry is lined with decorative skis and the seats are leather with buffalo hide accents-all very “Wyoming.” The interior is comfortable yet chic, and surrounded by windows that overlook the greater Teton Valley. You may wonder why the windows matter if you’re dining at night–Well, the views of the valley floor are gorgeous on a clear night, but the real showstopper is when the snow cats groom the mountain right next to the restaurant windows!  This has been a favorite among diners, especially for the kids.

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My friend Phil and I wanted to order everything on the menu, so in an effort to save our stomachs, we had our server bring her favorite dishes to the table.  It was a risk that we are so glad we took.  The first thing we tried was the Lamb and Quinoa Meatballs, which quite honestly blew me away.  The yogurt sauce really brought all of the flavors together and I can confidently say that I will order these meatballs again in the very near future.


Next up was the Crispy Salad.  Until yesterday, I was convinced that I don’t like kale, but this salad absolutely *kaled* my distaste.  The crispy greens are complemented by the butternut squash puree and some sweet sugared grapefruit.  I can see (and taste) why our server loves this salad. It looks as colorful as it tastes!


Just as we were finishing the last morsels on our salad plate, the Spicy Wild Prawns made their way to our table.   The flavor had the perfect amount of kick, and to be perfectly honest, had Phil and I fighting over the last one (don’t worry, we split the prawn in perfect halves).


The food was amazing, but I can’t gloss over the drinks we had.  I’ve never been the type to order specialty cocktails, but in the spirit of fully trusting our knowledgeable server, I tried whatever she thought was best!  Once again, her choices won over my taste buds.  Check out these delicious (and stunning) cocktails:


Piste’s Specialty Negroni



The “Marta” Bloody Mary with gin

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The face of a happy girl with a Spicy Margarita

As I’m sure you can imagine, our stomachs were happily full, but we knew we had to make room for the grand finale: the Skillet Baked Seasonal Pie.  Yesterday’s seasonal pie was pumpkin, but it was so much more than that. The skillet came out with a healthy scoop of vanilla ice cream that slowly melted its way into every nook and cranny of the skillet.  Just like all of the dishes that Phil and I shared, the pie was great for a small group of happy skiers.


One of the perks of our early dinner was getting to see the sunset.  The valley was socked in with fog all day, but just as our plates were cleared, the sunset peeked through the clouds.  I couldn’t resisted going outside to take in all of the beauty that this town has to offer.

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All in all, my experience at Piste was more than I anticipated.  I expected good food, but their carefully crafted interpretations of classic flavor pairings had me speechless.  And it’s worth mentioning that the majority of the ingredients come from a 250 mile radius to ensure that you’re tasting the fresh and natural flavors of the west. The food at Piste can only be matched by the amazing mountain views surrounding the restaurant.

If you want a dining experience that will literally elevate your Jackson Hole experience, Piste Mountain Bistro should be your next stop.  Take a closer look at the menu here, and be sure to make a reservation via opentable.

In the upcoming weeks, Piste Mountain Bistro will offer 2 for 1 beers and shared plates at the bar from 5:30-6:30 Thursday through Saturday.  I’m already dreaming about my next meal at Piste, so maybe I’ll see you there!

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Meet Josie and the Jackson Hole Avalanche Dogs

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January is the National Ski Area Association Safety Month.  This is a time for resorts to remind skiers and riders of the hazards and risks that are associated with our sport, so for the month of January we’ll be posting weekly with different educational blogs that are relevant to skiers and riders.

We like to keep it fun at JHMR and our Ski Patrol has created a series of ten collectible safety cards that have outlined the Skier Code.  Each card features photos of our great avalanche dogs demonstrating the different skier code reminders.  Make sure to pick up the cards from the Guest Service Center or from a Mountain Host while you are visiting!

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Over the course of the ski season we will follow around these fury little workers to demonstrate what they do, and showcase their different personalities and handlers.  Last week, we spent some time with this pretty lady.


Meet Josie Wales, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Avalanche Rescue Dog.


Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) began using canines for avalanche search and rescue circa 1986, and since their employment have been an invaluable part of the rescue team.  On any given day there are 3-4 dogs working, stationed strategically around the mountain for quick access to avalanche-prone terrain.  They work primarily at the ski resort, but travel to incidents in the backcountry.

In April of 1992, an avalanche occurred in the backcountry near JHMR, burying a skier under four feet of snow.  Rescuers searched, unsuccessfully, for an hour before avalanche rescue dogs were brought to the scene via helicopter.  The dogs located the skier, still alive, in ten minutes.  This was one of the first successful rescues by avalanche dogs in North America.

Jackson Hole Ski Patroller Chris Brindisi is Josie’s owner and handler.  The dog and handler work as a team to conduct a search of the avalanche site and locate victims.

Chris chose a german shepherd as his avalanche dog because of their strong work ethic, desire to please, and methodical temperament.  He likes the way they work, and, “they have more of an off-switch than other breeds”.

In any scenario, whether a burial simulation or an actual avalanche, the rescue dogs give it their all. Says Chris, ”They want to take ownership of the search.”

Josie’s stoic demeanor during down-time quickly changes when it’s time to work.  She can sense a training session before it’s spoken aloud by her handler…and when it’s time to go to work, she is game-on.


In the rare case of an avalanche inside ski area boundaries (where skiers and boarders don’t normally wear avalanche beacons) the avalanche dog is the best chance of a swift recovery.  The odds of surviving an avalanche is about 90% at 15 minutes, then declines to 30% after 35 minutes.  Prospects of rescuing a live person diminish quickly thereafter.  In a situation where every minute counts, the dogs’ exceptional sense of smell and extensive training can be the difference between life and death.

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Dropping into the Weekend

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We’re a week into the New Year and I have to be honest–2016 feels RIGHT.  We’ve all had a week to recover from our various parties and celebrations, and it’s inevitably time to think about what’s going to happen tomorrow when the clock strikes 5ish.

Well, just like 2015, I’ll be your faithful 2016 events coordinator, giving you the facts and special inside scoop so that you never feel like you have nothing to do when you’re wrapping up a day of shredding.  Here’s the weekend scoop:

Moose Hockey vs Boston
Location: Snow King Arena
Time: Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 pm
Information: Cheer on the Jackson Hole Moose as they take on the Boston Beans
THE INSIDE SCOOP: You may have noticed that the Moose are playing the “Boston Beans.”  I made up this team name but I really think I’m onto something. I’m a big ol’ Moose Hockey fan, so I will definitely be there with 200 of my closest friends.  And yes, you can be a part of that friend group.


Teka Brock Band at The Mangy Moose
Location: The Mangy Moose in Teton Village
Time: Friday at 8 pm, $5 at the door
Information: Always extremely popular at the Mangy Moose – Teka Brock and her band deliver great music with influences from the likes of: The Judds, Allison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Kasey Chambers, Dolly Parton, Robert Earl Keen, Coles Whalen, Jewel, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: The influences listed above lead me to believe that this band will ROCK.  And how often can you see an awesome band for just $5?!  Here’s how you should/could handle the day.  Meander into The Moose around 5, have some nachos and a beverage, and just relax until it’s time to boogie.


Mustache Militia at The Silver Dollar Bar
Location: The Silver Dollar Bar in The Wort Hotel
Time: Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 pm
Information: Men in Mustaches who serenade.
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  These guys make me want to grow a mustache (side note: I’ve tried and I can’t).  I’ve seen The Mustache Militia play before and they deliver a very nice vibe that aims to please.  Get there early and grab a table so that you can relax, dance, eat, drink or whatever else strikes your fancy.

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Mr. Whipple at The Rose
Location: The Rose in Downtown Jackson
Time: Friday at 10 pm, Free admission
Information:  Smooth beats by DJ Mr. Whipple will add that extra something to your evening.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: See below.  Do you see that kitten tee?  If that’s not an indicator of good DJ skills, I don’t know what is. Mr Whipple’s show is free, so head over with a big group and be the start to the dance party.  There’s no prize for starting the party, but I’m sure there are plenty of bragging rights.

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One Leaf Clover at The Tavern
Location: The Tavern in Downtown Jackson
Time: Saturday at 10:30 pm
Information: What is Mountain Boogie Rock? It is equal parts country and funk, rock and reggae, music and mountains. It is original songs inspired by life in the Rockies. Known for their high energy shows and playing until the cows come home, O.L.C. is both a testament to and a celebration of mountain life and culture. One Leaf Clover has opened for Rusted Root, Langhorne Slim, Adam Lambert, and Chuck Mead.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: These guys wrote in their bio that they’re known for playing until the cows come home…and I’ve heard rumors that cows RARELY go home.  So, eat a high protein dinner, caffeinate, put on your dance pants and head over to the show.

TGR Premiere: The Sammy C Project
Location: Pink Garter Theater in Downtown Jackson
Time: Saturday night, Early showing at 6:30 pm, 21+ showing at 8:30 pm
Information: Tickets are $10, available at the door and online.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: You down with Sammy C? YEAH YOU KNOW ME. I’m going to this premiere because it includes several things that I like.  Good movies.  Good friends.  Good shredding.  And a dance party immediately following.  Tickets are only $10, so head to the show.  Maybe I’ll save you a seat!


Have a great weekend everyone!


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Wild Bill – A Jackson Hole Ski Legend, and soul shredder, that will make your soul sing in his presence

Wild Bill in his playground. At almost 64 years old this was the beginning of a 11 hour tour.
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Hey there folks. Jax n’ Lance here to showcase our first of many Jackson Hole legends for the #jh50

He is a Jackson Hole Legend and hero that has more soul, grit and ski talent than any of us know. You will find Bill at the resort daily, and to have the honor of his presence is flat out a special moment you will treasure for a lifetime. Low and behold as you are in the tram line, you might just run upon him … Tall, slender and sporting his sponsor Arcteryx in a full orange kit from head to toe. His long hair and smooth demeanor will either have you intimidated to say hi or want to jump right in and learn more about him. The second you say hello, you are in for an adventure…

We were lucky to meet Bill and his crew; Jason Stiegelmeyer and Ben Janus to enjoy a cup of coffee at The General Store and adventure on at the beginning of their guided tour.


Bill would describe himself these days as a guy that tips between Wild and Child Bill in a fine balance that sets him dancing among the Tetons whether it be skiing, hiking, running or cave adventures.

Bill was born in Pennsylvania and throughout his life found a way out west and trailed his young passion and love for skiing that started when he was seven. He spent time getting lost hitchhiking to all of the favorite ski gems across the west. Bill spent time living in a hut in Alta and enjoying his first 100 ski day winter there, traveling on to Whistler and many other stops along the way. And then there was this one week vacation in Jackson and his life forever changed. In 1979, Bill made the official move to call Jackson his home.


Now lets be clear, Bill isn’t just some skier. Bill is the humble guy in the tram line that has favorite lines that send chills down most of our spines such as Monster Bonus, Shady Lady and S&S. In fact, if you are ever around on Feb 18th, you might get lucky and see Bill take his annual Birthday run off into S&S. And his favorite line of all time is Cosmiques Couloir in Chamonix. I urge you to look it up. A high risk run, many risking ALL to enter, and he is here to tell the tale run after run. His favorite mountain in the Tetons: Mt. Moran.


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Tapping into the Nordic Side

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Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is notorious for downhill skiing, but one of its best hidden gems is the cross country terrain weaving throughout the greater Teton Valley.  Personally, downhill skiing can be hard on my knees, so occasionally I like to give them a break and try a different outdoor activity.

If you’ve never tried cross country skiing (also called Nordic), fear not!  Nordic Ambassadors are out at the Stilson Track every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-2pm offering free (yes, free) cross country technique and skills.  They’re great teachers and eager to help anyone who shows up with gear.  Gearless?  Skinny Skis offers $10 off cross-country rentals if you mention that you’re going to ski with Don and Gwenn, your friendly Nordic ambassadors (see their smiling faces below).


Want to take your technique to the next level?  Consider our Classic and Skate lesson series taught by Rob Murphy at Stilson Track. There are 3 sessions of 2 weekly classes for beginners and intermediate skiers. They are during lunch hour, 12-1 or 1-2. Registration is through Teton County Parks and Recreation.  And I’ll be honest, it’s a screaming deal for just $30 a session and it’s a great way to meet people with common interests!

If you’re interested in learning more, click here for details!



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Jackson Hole Powder 8 Local Qualifier | Calling All Style Cats! Coming to a Cody Bowl Near You

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Wait, What Year is It? Back By Popular Demand from 1975-2000, The Return of the Powder 8

Wait, What Year is It? Back By Popular Demand from 1975-2000, The Return of the Powder 8

Calling All You Style Cats Out There | Strut Your Stuff in Cody Bowl
Saturday, January 16, 2016 | 10:30 am | Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Backcountry
WHO: YOU! A Teton County Wyoming Idaho Local… And a partner Been working on that Jackson Hole turn since ’78? Time to tune-up and take it to Cody for some friendly competition (for a big kitty) coming from 21 other local teams. 
WHAT: POWDER 8 Returns Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is bringing back a historic competition to the Powder 8 face of Cody Bowl.  
WHEN: SAT 1.16.16–Local Qualifier for the GoPro Grand National Powder 8’s – winning teams will go on to compete in the big kahuna to be held later-winter on February 6, 2016. 
WHY: HISTORY Bringing back a beloved tradition for a continued installment of properly celebrating JHMR’s 50th anniversary. After 1.16.16 Powder 8 Local Qualifier Competition on the Powder 8 Face of Cody Bowl, local victors challenge invited regional teams to the Grand National Powder 8 Grand Reunion Weekend Friday, February 5 – Sunday, February 7, 2016. 


  • Registration Dates: January 5-8, 2016. Ending at Noon on the 8th.
  • Registration Fee: $100 per team ($50 pp), payment via check, cash, PayPal upon secured spot. Teams triumphing to the final are not excluded from Grand National Fees.
  • Registration, Selection, Participation does not include a lift ticket- thanks for securing your own transit up and out to Cody Bowl.
  • Must be a local- you know what that means- don’t import your pal from AK to 8.

How to Register: Contact Kathryn Brackenridge
REGISTRATION: Kathryn Brackenridge | Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Events Manager | Kathryn.Brackenridge@jacksonhole.com | 307.739.2770

Registration Window & Questions: 

  • January 5-7, 2016
  • January 7 Deadline & Count if registered count exceeds 22 teams, organizers implement a draw picking 22 at random. Selected competitors announced and notified January 8.

Important Dates & Times: 

  • January 4-7, 2016 Registration
  • January 8, 2016 Selections Notified (Pending: If Need Be for Excess Entries)
  • Friday, January 15, 2016 5:00 pm Mandatory Competitors Meeting Covering  Backcountry Procedure Protocol, Draw Your Number/Lane Assignment in the  Events Tent
  • Competitor Tram: Must load 8:24 am Tram to Ski, Snooze/Lose Situation, No Exceptions
  • Start Time: 10:30 am Cody Bowl
  • 4:00 PM After-Party in the Gabe Room, No Prizes, Just Glory and a Past-Go to Grand Nationals

Requiring Each Competitor: Signed Liability Release, Carry Necessary Avy Gear, Beacon (minimum requirement for backcountry safety gear)
Big Picture, Nitty Gritty’s & FAQ:

  • Grand National | Grand Reunion $10,000 in Prize Money Sponsored by GoPro

$5,000 Winning Team
$3,000 Runners Up
$2,000 Thirds

  • Entry Fee: $200/team gets each team a two-day lift ticket valid for February 6 & 7, 2016 and additional 50% off tickets are available upon
  • Lodging Specials Are Available to Confirmed Competitors

Not-To-Be-Forgotten: THE RULES + Judging Criteria of Five Select Judges TBA
USA Powder 8 Championship Rules

Three components, 15 points each

  • Synchronized Skiing, two skiers ski in synch to form the figure of linked 8’s (not opposite synchronized)
  • Dynamic Skiing, both skiers use a blend of three ski performances (edging, twisting, bending) to maximize control, speed, shape, and synchronicity.
  • Roundness, symmetry, line of descent is a combination of three components. 
    • Roundness = round shaped turns.
    • Symmetry = turns from one side to the other are the same (left turns are the same as right turns).

Line of Descent = path of linked 8’s should be straight down, not necessarily following the fall line.

OTHER: Potential Fine Print of Additional Info to be edited below: 
Over 15 teams from around the Rockies have been invited to come to Jackson to compete in this restored tradition on Saturday, February 6th during the heart of JHMR’s continued 50th anniversary celebrations, namely the Grand Reunion Weekend Friday, February 5 – Sunday, February 7, 2016.
The nationally recognized event, which ran from 1975 until 2001, will feature:

  • Invited Teams from Surrounding Resorts
  • Jackson Hole Ski Patrol (Limit One Team)
  • Mountain Sports School (JHMR MSS Limited One Team)
  • JHMR Sponsored Athletes (Limit One Team)
  • Local Qualifier Winners (TBD, 2nd, 3rd etc)

Taken together a total of 22 teams all gunning for over $10,000 in cash and prizes.
An annual competition, which took place for over two decades in the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (then closed) Backcountry, was first won by Pepi Stiegler and Peter Habeler, and a long tradition of participating and winning teams were fielded from some of the best resorts in the Rocky Mountain region, including Vail, Aspen, Whistler, Big Sky, Bridger Bowl, Snowbird and Sun Valley and more-hopefully if not all of which are sending teams.  Held outside of the ski area boundary, before the backcountry gates were open to the public, the event was nationally renowned for years, and winners were then sent to the World Championships held at Mike Wiegele’s heli ski operation.  With the opening of the backcountry gates in the winter 1999-2000 and the decreasing popularity of synchronized skiing, the resort stopped hosting the competition after 2001.  JHMR is proud to bring back this time-honored competition for the 50th anniversary celebrations. As tradition would have it teams will be judged on, synchronization, symmetry of the 8’s, and skiers style. Five judges will be announced.  

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Top Ten Instagram Photos of 2015 from Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole Instagram #1
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@jacksonhole’s Instagram account strives to showcase gorgeous photography every day. From skiing to incredible landscapes, we want to keep you up-to-date with what’s happening in Jackson Hole. Many of the photos we feature come from the top photographers in the valley, bringing you the very best of the area at any given time. Be sure to give @jacksonhole and the featured photographers a follow to see more stunning pics.

Without further adieu, here are the top 10 Instagram photos of 2015 from Jackson Hole (in order, 1 to 10):


Paradise found. An @amon_barker photo. #jacksonhole.

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#tbt to one of the most insane ski shots we’ve seen. From @amon_barker in #jacksonhole with a #teton backdrop. #JH50 A photo posted by Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (@jacksonhole) on


It’s been an incredible week in #Jacksonhole. Here’s one of our favorites captured by @apresvisuals.

A photo posted by Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (@jacksonhole) on


#Fall is in the air and geese are headed south. #sunrise in #jacksonhole A photo posted by Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (@jacksonhole) on


Maybe the coolest #teton pic we’ve ever seen. @soulcreature. #jacksonhole #lightning

A photo posted by Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (@jacksonhole) on


‘Tis the season for a Winter Storm Warning in #jacksonhole #jh50 #jhdreaming A photo posted by Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (@jacksonhole) on


Tonight in #tetonvillage. #jacksonhole #jhdreaming #jh50

A photo posted by Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (@jacksonhole) on


September snow and magical sunsets in #gtnp #jacksonhole #jhdreaming A photo posted by Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (@jacksonhole) on


Experiencing this is ________. Fill in the blank. A @bdurgan photo in #Jacksonhole.

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Get up high. It’s gorgeous out. #Jacksonhole A photo posted by Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (@jacksonhole) on


Give @jacksonhole a follow on Instagram for more.

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Dropping into the New Year

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Well gee whiz everyone, 2015 is coming to a close.  If you’re anything like me, you know that a New Year means little struggles like writing the date wrong for the next 1-3 months.  But it also allows fresh starts, new outlooks, and updated goals. Some of my goals include:

  1. Getting better at caramelizing onions.
  2. Maybe grow a little taller–5’8″ish
  3. Master the art of graceful deep powder skiing.
  4. Write better blog posts (that’s your queue– “Awww Shellie, your blog is perfect the way it is!”)

Anyway, you  get the point.  New Year, New You.  HOWEVER, you still have a full day to live your best 2015 life!  If you’re not sure what you’re going to do during your final hours of 2015, FEAR NOT! for I have a stacked list of NYE activities.  Let’s dive right in and weigh all of the options:

SIDENOTE:  If you’re a parent and are currently thinking, “Shellie, I would feel guilty painting the town red and leaving my kids with nothing fun to do,” I have a solution!

KIDS’ NIGHT OUT!!! On Kids Night Out, the Kids Ranch offers evening activities for children ages 4-18 in a supervised environment. Activities include a pizza party, indoor and outdoor games, movies and sledding. Please call 307-739-2788 for required reservations. Please note that the Glow Worm Parade has been cancelled due to frigid temperatures!

Great, now we can get to all of the fun adult activities!

Torchlight Parade and Fireworks
Location:  Base of Teewinot in Teton Village
Time: Thursday, NYE at 6:00 pm
Information:  JHMR employees treat you to a traditional torchlight parade on Apres-Vous followed by a celebratory fireworks show. Parade starts at 6pm, fireworks to follow.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: Anything involving torches in a parade form is cool. Yes, you can quote me on that.  So if you’re looking for a “cool vibe” tonight, make your way to the base of Teewinot around 6.  Maybe get a spiked hot beverage to warm yourself, seeing that it’s slightly chilly in the valley right now.


New Years Eve: One Ton Pig Featuring Tony Furtado
Location:  The Mangy Moose in Teton Village
Time:  Thursday, NYE from 8:30 until 2016
Information: Tickets are $20 and are available at the Mangy Moose Market and Cellars, or online at: One Ton Pig/Tony Furtado Tickets
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  If you’re into “fun” and other things of that nature, The Mangy Moose is a great place to countdown to midnight.  If you’re self-conscious about counting down, there will be hundreds of other people who can guide you down the numbers.

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Sneaky Pete & The Secret Weapons
Location: Town Square Tavern in Downtown Jackson
Time: Thursday, NYE at 10:00 pm
Information: Not a better way to ring in the New Year than with Jackson’s favorite funk outfit. Getcha tickets early, as this will SELL OUT.
THE INSIDE SCOOP:  Look at the photo below.  Do you see those outfits?  On point, on fleek, on fashion, whatever you want to call it–They have clearly nailed it.  Just like they do at any place they play.  Sneaky Pete and TSW will have you boppin and dancing all night long, which is a great way to start a new year.  The last time I saw them play, they did a nice little Star Wars medley, so you better believe that they always have some fun little tricks under their fashionable sleeves.


New Year’s Eve Party with Major Zephyr and Ben Winship
Location: Silver Dollar Showroom at The Wort Hotel
Time: Thursday, NYE at 7:30 pm
Information:Free event, 21+ only.  More information here.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: If you like to swing dance (or just watch other people swing dance), I would highly recommend attending this NYE party.  It’s conveniently located in the historic downtown Wort Hotel, which adds a certain amount of “street cred” to your name as you make your way into 2016.  If you already have enough street cred, that’s debatable because you can never have too much street cred.  You can quote me on that.


Those are the big events tonight, folks.  Remember, have fun, be safe, make good decisions.  And here’s a list of the top 10 taxi companies in Jackson Hole!

See you next year!

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POWDER POST – Celebrating JH POW for #JH50’s Holiday Snow

chris pew pillow fight... selkirks british collumbia.
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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!

Rob deep in a pow stash

Rob deep in a pow stash

Unknown skier getting a soul shred

Unknown skier getting a soul shred

Jackson Hole skier Blaine Gallivan shredding some pow near the Teton Lift

Jackson Hole skier Blaine Gallivan shredding some pow near the Teton Lift

John Pew leads a signature line

John Pew leads a signature line


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Temperature Inversions in Jackson Hole | “Go Up to Warm Up”

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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’.”

The below diagram says it all. Don’t miss out on beautiful days on the mountain when it’s cold in the valley!

See you at the top!

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