Over its nearly 50-year history, Jackson Hole in Teton Village has evolved from a one-horse, hulking, Wyoming outpost with a bad arse aerial tramway, to world-class adventure destination increasingly sought after by the most discerning travelers. But the presiding spirit throughout these five decades remains bold and wild, establishing the ideal, authentic playground for those who dare to live the ski dream. In a class all its own, this gem of a giant has loads of reasons to celebrate.
With the closing weekend of the 2014-2015 ski season approaching, JHMR will more officially roll out the big old birthday party spirit in anticipation of the winter of 2015-2016 – it’s 50th winter season.
While most of you know the Teton Lift is coming to a Crags area in December 2015, here’s a little glimpse of what’s on deck for our most exciting year yet.
Cody Peak’s big-line-bagging legend and local celebrated artist Mike Tierney has been selected as the chosen artist to represent the 5oth with his work “The Wildest Mountain Alive.”
More “Born To Be Wild” video installments will be dropping on YouTube via the continual collaboration between TGR and JHMR Producers. Together they will present on the Town Square for the “Born to be Wild” free premiere on September 24, 2015.
To keep up to date on our 50th webisode series and more information, visit our 50th Anniversary page:
Some of you may have sampled the gourmet goods at the all-new Off Piste Market – cheese boxes anyone? Well, for skiers looking to hunker down a little harder into a cozy banquette or perhaps belly up to a bar (besides Couloir), the Rendezvous lodge located at the top of the Bridger Gondola will be welcoming skier/riders/diners next winter as the brand new Piste Mountain Bistro.
On or off Piste? Take your Pick!
80s: ….well, 60s, 70s & 90s too:
Powder 8’s. Need we say more? The jewel of the crown of this jubilee will be taking place on Cody Peak February 5-7, 2016 for the Throwback Reunion weekend. Time to start practicing those. The old-schoolers will surely be coming out of the woodwork to style it.
Yep, it’ll be back and bigger than ever. March 17-19, 2016.
P.S. This cheeky cheat sheet was cribbed from the following more official press release below:
Jackson Hole 50th Anniversary: Announcing Events Line Up and Original Artwork by Mike Tierney
(March 31, 2015 – Teton Village, WY) Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) is pleased to announce an exciting line up of great events and original artwork to kick off the celebration of the 50th anniversary winter season (2015/2016). The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s 50th Anniversary celebration will focus on dynamic storytelling, inspiring an interactive and emotive experience for guests and fans of the brand throughout the fall and winter seasons. The celebration will focus on Jackson Hole’s boldness of spirit and in doing so highlight a 50-year journey that has remained true to its founding character: bold, authentic, with an independent spirit that to the present day sets it apart in the ski industry.
To create a visual centerpiece around the 50th celebration, an art committee made up of Resort employees, partnered with Jackson Hole Public Art (JHPA) to commission local artists to create an original work of art that would be the symbolic representation of the Jackson Hole spirit.
A creative brief was sent to six local artists, and “asked artists to encapsulate multiple aspects of the mission of the 50th anniversary and communicate the legacy of adventure, which continues to challenge those who come to explore and experience all the mountain has to offer,” stated Connie Kemmerer, Owner of JHMR and member of the 50thanniversary art committee. “Artists were asked to embrace the wild and rugged beauty of the terrain and celebrate the way of life and abounding recreational opportunities. They had to convey a sense of involvement, inspire courage and tenacity and show that success can be achieved if chances are taken and perseverance employed,” Kemmerer added.
It is with great honor that local artist Mike Tierney’s “The Wildest Mountain Alive” was picked as the winning piece of art.
In the artist’s own words, “I picked world-renowned Corbet’s and S+S couloirs with the Aerial Tram as they have been there as part of our mountain’s allure and heritage since day one. They are the guardians to the top of our mountain. They patiently wait, ready to receive all skiers and riders who dare to enter. How better to symbolize this than with the Bronc rider image we cherish so much here in Wyoming. It is a powerful symbol of “the wild spirit”, and yet it is so graceful. The way this shape laid right into these couloirs was perfect.” Tierney went on to comment about the iconic tram, “In the past 50 years this machine has seen it all, and it has loved bringing every last person to the top of this incredible mountain. So many people! Thanks Tram, so much love!”
Alongside the original art, the 50th Anniversary will also feature a line-up of festive events starting this fall. The Resort will hold its first event in the Town of Jackson on Thursday, September 24th with a free outdoor premier of the film “Born to be Wild.” Produced in collaboration with Teton Gravity Research (TGR), the film will showcase the colorful history of Jackson Hole’s people, terrain, and culture over the last 50 years. The first two Webisodes of the series have been released, and four more will drop this fall.
Throughout the 2015-16 winter season there will be exciting events for guests and locals to enjoy. The grand opening of the new Teton Lift is scheduled for December 19th along with a celebratory gala, fireworks, live music and more. The party continues when JHMR hosts a throwback reunion weekend, February 5th-7th. The famous Powder 8’s Contest will make a return, as well as reunions for past employees of the Resort. And to carry the celebration into the spring, the 3rd Annual Rendezvous Festival on March 17 -20, 2016 will be bigger and better than ever before.
“In developing our approach to the 50th Anniversary, our goal is to celebrate the wild and authentic experience that is unique to Jackson Hole. We also want to offer our guests and the Jackson Hole community opportunities to engage and share in the celebration,” stated Jerry Blann, President of JHMR. “Look for exciting new pass and lift ticket products, interactive digital contests, and more rolling out over the next few months,” Blann went on to note.
50th Anniversary Winter 2015-16
Over its nearly 50 year history Jackson Hole has evolved, but the spirit remains bold and wild, as the last true bastion for all those who dare to live this dream. JHMR was kick-started in the early 1960’s by the passionate dream of its founders, Paul McCollister and Alex Morley. From humble and rugged beginnings, this dream was fully realized decades later with the ingenuity of a family with historic ties to the Cowboy State. In their tenure of ownership since 1992, the Kemmerer family has invested greatly in the prosperity of Jackson Hole and the state of Wyoming. With vast improvements to operations, lifts and infrastructure, they have ushered JHMR into its present-day luster and world-wide iconic status as “The Big One.” Next winter, JHMR is celebrating that “Born to Be Wild” spirit all season long with events, a video web series produced by TGR, and ‘The Crags’ will undergo a transformation with the construction and December 2015 opening of the brand new Teton Lift. This new high-speed quad lift will carry skiers and riders 1,600 vertical feet to an area that has previously only been accessible via hiking.
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