POWDER CHASIN’ BACK TO JACKSON

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Howdy! Jax N’ Lance here to tell you a tale about Powder Chasing to the very best place on earth here at JHMR! Last year, we were weekly bloggers for the resort. To see our shred stories from last year click here. This year the tide has changed a bit. With our new business Stoked Roasters + Coffeehouse jamming away in Hood River, OR., we have been watching the weather report like hawks for the perfect moment to powder chase. And then, one day this report came up…

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Within an hour, the Jeep Trailhawk was packed to the rim and we headed on a 12 hour overnight drive to Jackson. See our powder tale here as we experienced JHMR with face shots and through the eyes of a tourist vs local…

Here is our tale… Once we moved away from Jackson last year, I began my lifelong dream of opening a coffee roaster / tasting room. Stoked Roasters + Coffeehouse is now in it’s 8th month of business and let me tell you it is SO fun and the coffee is epic, yet the time commitment is legendary. I have a lot of pride for small business owners and their endurance to commit day in and day out to making dreams come true. I tell myself often that it is a lucky thing that we provide premium fresh roasted coffee for adventure seekers and business owners like me to keep on keepin’ on.

So, we loaded up the car, and added in some of that Stoke and hit the road.

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Due to this business launch, our powder chasing journey lead to a new experience at JHMR. We were stoked to experience the mountain through the eyes of a tourist. As we drove, the first item on the list was where to stay. We wanted to mix and match to be able to share different options for powder chasers so the first night we chose with a smaller budget in mind, but necessary amenities such as a hot tub to relax after long powder days ahead. We were lucky to score a room at The Jackson Hole Lodge. It is a beautiful spot right within town and next to two of our favorite morning spots for great coffee at Jackson Hole Roasters and food at Pearl Street Bagels. It was a win win in every regard. Amazing guest services, HUGE hot tub for the evening,  brand new renovations, and really cozy rooms. And ready for this? It was only $89 a night! Killer deal for the powder chaser.

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Then like many we realized the items we forgot! Whoops. So we headed to JH sports to load up on ski socks and check out DREAMY powder stix!

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Stocked up on missing items, and wish lists for new ones, it was time to get out there and visit all of our favorite spots. With any huge storm there often can be delays, and so we took full advantage and visited our buddies at The Village Cafe. I mean why not apres before the ski and then apres right?!

_B0A2107We enjoyed a couple cold ones while running into all of our old friends. It was quickly just like old times and we were in pure bliss. And all of the sudden the lift status started turning green and we were out the door snagging our buddy Erica Engle from Jackson Hole Mountain Guides and Dave Villemure to join us until last bell. And so the fun began! BOOYA! POW POW!

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PA-POW!_B0A3125We lived up every second until the lifts closed enjoying every second more than ever before. From there we decided to explore the other side of the spectrum of a powder chaser to give folks options and we moved on over to the Snow King Hotel for the second night. It was a hoot to say the least watching us load up a cart for only a three day visit full to the rim. You would think we were staying for a month!

IMG_6991The Snow King Lodge was another awesome choice. For around $150 a night you can experience the resort lifestyle. EPIC breakfast and dinner, wonderful amenities and another HUGE hot tub that makes you feel like you just entered the primo disco. I mean who wouldn’t want to hop in there. Its the apres after the apres after that apres party. _B0A6341
Day two and three came quickly and we were STOKED to hit up the slopes. An inversion in town made you quickly skurry high up to a beautiful Bluebird Powder Day. Man the tram ride never gets old. Every moment in line feeling the stoke is so worth the 4k foot ride. And we can’t help spend a moment reminiscing on the day were said our I-DO’s up top and as always the delight of fresh snow on your lips and sips of fresh roasted Stoked coffee to keep us fueled. IMG_7200-2 IMG_7089 _B0A6392Ski’s on and the party continued…

_B0A6337 _B0A7499 _B0A6473   _B0A2193We lived it up. Every second. Every moment enjoying each turn in bliss. You definitely have a whole different appreciation for the mountain and everything it has to offer when time is limited and your trip is 3 days vs 6 months. You just keep on shredding and keep asking your legs to hang on because it is just that fun. We hit almost every run that we loved so much the last three years as residents. A very special last run was dedicated to Ella Koudele as Lance spent a moment shredding down Granny Chutes in memory of his grandma that peacefully passed away on New Years Day at the ripe age of 105.5 years old. She was a rock star with so much love and passion for everything and everyone around her. She is a daily reminder to appreciate every moment, and live your life smiling from ear to ear.

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Thank you Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for your presence in our lives and for the incredible hospitality. Our time is always honored by all of these local favorites that we managed to squeeze in during our visit. Boy, we got around! If you are chasing pow check out those favorites at JH Sports, Jackson Hole Lodge, Snow King Resort, Snake River Brewery, Calico Restaurant, The Village Cafe, Jackson Hole Treehouse, Jackson Hole Roasters, Pearl Street Bagels, Spirit, Wilson Backcountry Sports, The Aspens Market, Elevated Grounds Coffeehouse, JHMG, Local, Cafe Boheme, and The General Store.

And for those powder chasing like us. Keep JHMR on your radar for your next spontaneous adventure. It is worth every turn! We LOVE you JHMR! Can’t wait to powder chase our way back here and hope to be back next season as a local again!

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STORY BY JAX, PHOTOS BY LANCE

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