Jackson Hole Celebrates Earth Day

It’s Earth Day, an important day recognized worldwide, and a day when environmental actions and preservation are brought to the forefront of conversations and celebrations.  Operating in the greater Yellowstone Eco System, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) takes their environmental commitment seriously, so this year we are particularly happy to share news that JHMR achieved and exceeded the environmental goals and initiatives set five years ago.

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Jacksonhole.com has been nominated for the “Internet’s Highest Honor”

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They say you will always remember the truly amazing moments in your life – the birth of a child, your first tram ride, your first powder day – these are good examples.  At Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, we recently received exciting news that will stick with us like a fond memory of dropping into Corbet’s for the first time. We are proud to announce that the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences has nominated the new jacksonhole.com for a Webby Award.

We were humbled to be nominated as one of the five best corporate communication websites by the I.A.D.A.S.  Our goal for the new site was not to win awards, however. Our goal was to create a user-friendly site that provides our guests with all the information they need to connect with our brand, find real-time mountain updates, news and conditions reports. We also built jacksonhole.com as a one-stop resource for trip planning and booking. The only recognition we hoped for when designing a new site is overhearing a satisfied user talking about the site in the tram or on a chair lift.

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But since we are in the running, let’s take a look at what this nomination means. As The New York Times once wrote, the Webby’s represent “The Internet’s Highest Honor.”  Voted on by the members of the I.A.D.A.S. (whose members include the likes of David Bowie, Kevin Spacey, Vint Cerf, Arianna Huffington and Harvey Weinstein), the Webby Awards seek to reward excellence on the internet.  Jacksonhole.com has been nominated as one of 5 websites in the Best Corporate Communications Website category.  This enters jacksonhole.com into the running for the Webby Award, as well as the People’s Voice Award for this category.  Naturally, we are honored to be considered at all, but with your help, we hope to do well in the People’s Voice voting.  This would signify that the work we put into designing the new site has paid off, as we went to great lengths to design the site with our guest’s needs in mind.

We encourage anyone who has used our site and found the information to be useful and the photo, video and blog content entertaining to vote for jacksonhole.com.  Voting concludes on 4/23/15 so don’t delay!  

Thank you for your support, feedback and continued use of jacksonhole.com.  We continue to strive to deliver the best digital experience for our loyal guests and fans.

Tater goes Skiing

It’s Tater’s second week in Jackson Hole and while he still looks like a tiny puppy he is growing up fast. Last week, Tater played in snow for the first time. This week, Sir Tater Tot of the Tetons was introduced to skiing.
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Teaching a puppy to be a rescue dog is a lot of work. Tater’s owner and JHMR Ski Patroller, Bob, is excited about the challenge.
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Puppies are notoriously curious and ready to adapt. Before all the snow melts, Bob wanted to familiarize Tater with skis and all of the equipment. Here he is checking out skins for the first time.
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Bob and Tater have already established an amazing bond. At just nine weeks old, Tater is practically potty trained and loyally follows Bob everywhere.
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Here is Tater’s game face. Distinguished, serious and ready to serve.
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After an hour on Teton Pass, Tater is worn out and it’s back to the Jeep for a little food and a nap. For more Tater photo updates follow @jacksonhole on Instagram where he is often featured.
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Meet Tater, our Newest Puppy in Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole has a new puppy, and he is a potential candidate training as a avalanche rescue dog for the Jackson Hole Ski Patrol. Tater is an 8-week-old Golden Retriever that just showed up in Jackson two days ago. His full name is, Sir Tater Tot of the Tetons. Here he is experiencing snow for the first time.
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Becoming a certified avalanche dog takes years of training and the right dog. Tater definitely has a disposition to learn, plus who wouldn’t want to be found by something this cute?
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Tater’s owner, Bob, is a veteran ski patrolled, and Bob is learning along with Tater to become an avalanche dog handler. Tater’s mom was 50 pounds and dad weighed in at 60 pounds. It’s advantageous for an avalanche dog to not be too large in stature for many reasons. Here Bob demonstrates one of the ways to transport an avalanche dog while skiing.

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As a puppy Bob and Tater are working on creating a strong bond. In two days, Tater already comes to Bob’s call. He’s especially zealous and comes running.
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He can even corner on his first day on snow.
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Almost there.
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Good boy!
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Check back to jacksonhole.com for updates on Tater growing up in Jackson Hole.

 

Behind the Cameras: The True Story of Biff Huckneck and Todd McSpraffy

Brad and Angelina. Bert and Ernie. George W and Dick Cheney.  The Narwhal and Beluga Whale.  All important pairs, but recent viral cameos have made it clear that 2015’s most relevant duo is Biff Huckneck and Todd McScpraffy.  Who am I talking about? Haven’t you heard? Legendary ski reporters Biff and Todd are taking the media landscape by storm and only leave laughter and (oddly) glitter in their wake. We’ve seen their reporting capabilities in Corbet’s Couloir and most recently The Wiggle, but how did they get here?  Where have they been? Where are they going?  I did some investigative work to better understand the enigmas that are Biff Huckneck and Todd McSpraffy.  Hold on to your hats folks, this ride could get bumpy.

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Let’s start with Biff.  Some know him as legendary skier, epic POV filmer, and JHMR Athlete, Andrew Whiteford.  I want to dig deeper than that.  Let’s talk about his inner-reporter Biff Huckneck, who was born inside a literal gondola in the literal Swiss Alps.  Biff started skiing at the age of 2 and showed star-potential from the start, holding a pole with a Go-Pro in one hand and a microphone in the other. Some of you are thinking–Shellie, there’s no way he had a Go-Pro back then.  Au contraire my friends, which is French for “You’re wrong, Dude.”  Biff was always ahead of his time.

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Biff attended high school in Tokyo, where he learned the art of origami and perfectly groomed facial hair.  Upon graduating Summa Cum Laude, Biff attended The Pratt School of Design in New York–This is where the magic starts.  Biff hauled his Ralph Lauren sheet set up the stairs to his new dorm room, opened up the door, and laid eyes upon his new roommate and future career partner, Todd McSpraffy (insert sparks and click play below to enhance this story).

Let’s take a moment to talk about Todd.  Many know him as fearless skier, fashion guru and art expert Patrick Kelley.  But that’s just the beginning of who he truly is.  Todd McSpraffy was born in the Alaskan wilderness, where he was raised by a sophisticated wolf pack that taught him the art of well-timed humor, ice sculpting, and a well-executed Daffy.  From a young age, Todd knew that he was different from the rest of the pack, as he preferred filet mignon to raw elk and always wore his best suit for après-ski.   At the age of 18, Todd decided to challenge himself and interned at Chanel in Paris while he applied to fashion schools.  On the weekends, he sampled a variety of ski resorts until the fated day he received his acceptance letter to the Pratt School of Design.

Again, queue sparks and “Africa” by Toto.

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Biff and Todd were friends from the start and both earned degrees from The Pratt School of Design, followed by a Masters of Journalism at Columbia.  However, something was missing and they weren’t sure how to fix it.  Until one day, they were drinking chilled Zimas by a ski jump at Suicide Six Ski Resort and fellow onlookers didn’t understand any of the action.  Luckily, both Biff and Todd had microphones and started commentating and fraternizing with the skiers, which resulted in a fanbase that grew exponentially.  Soon after, their presence was requested at all sorts of ski events due to their thorough understanding of the sport, unparalleled humor, and elevated fashion sense.  Finally, they had found their calling.

Most recently, Todd and Biff have signed on as the head commentators for the Winter Olympics, World Championships, and X-Games, but have been freelancing for the past 6 months at small family reunions in Miami.  This year, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort managed to negotiate a huge contract for an undisclosed amount (lift tickets, Bud Light and an occasional piece of Hawaiian pizza–They have yet to find an official fashion sponsor) with Biff and Todd, which means that The Corbet’s Couloir and The Wiggle videos are just the beginning of their journalistic endeavors in Jackson.   Thank you Biff and Todd for all that you do.
Check out B and T’s video journalism below

 

 

 

Jackson Hole 50th Anniversary : Events & Artwork Announced

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.

ART:

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.”

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ENTERTAINMENT:

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:

http://www.jacksonhole.com/50th-anniversary.html

EATING:

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.

 

RENDEZVOUS:

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.

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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. 

http://www.jacksonhole.com/50th-anniversary.html

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100 Club

Congratulations to the Jackson Hole passholders who skied or are projected to ski 100 days of the ’14/’15 winter season!  Those who make it to 100 days are invited for a celebratory breakfast at Couloir at the top of the Gondola on Saturday, April 4th.  The gondola will load at 8:30 and all 100 clubbers are asked to bring their pass!

There will be an official list posted at the end of the season.  Stay tuned!

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Off Piste Market at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

There’s been a hip little new market at the top of the gondola at Jackson Hole this winter. In it’s first season of operation, the all-new Off-Piste Market presents a new approach to on-mountain dining rounding out the options for getting a snack or something more during a break from the slopes. The fresh, modern market packed with pick-up items presents culinary twists from house-made classics like turnovers to new takes on fueling up including curiosities like a Nosh Box.

Some menu items include Sicilian Style Pizza offering cheese, pecorino anyone? Herbavore- spinach for power and carnivore with mortadella, proscuitto and salumi of course.
While pizza is perhaps more standard ski fare, patrons may wonder- what the heck is a nosh box? Well according to the helpful and snazzy looking signage en marche, they are:
‘A savory assortment of flavors.
Each delicious on it’s own, but combined, a lunch worth writing home about. 
Seriously, get a pen. ‘
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Well, while pens are a little dated- this ultra-modern setup presents casual dining with a place to power up, not your pen necessarily, but certainly your smartphone. This is 2015 after all, so the resort is giving the skiers what they need. And what more could one want at 9, xxx feet? Maybe a big sister restaurant coming for the 50th anniversary winter of 2015-2016. For those who prefer to remain On Piste rather than off, there’s an option slated for next ski season. Piste Mountain Bistro will present a more causal atmosphere than big brother upstairs Couloir. Instead it will offer a cozy 120-seat bistro atmosphere and food to match for lunch and dinner, rather than a set menu (an experience in and of itself atop the building) for a more relaxed on-mountain dining experience.
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Black Crows Skis Take Jackson by Storm

post by Tristan Droppert

You may have seen a new flock of sleek and sexy sticks out on the hill and in the tram line these past few seasons–Hopefully you’ve had a chance to try out Teton Village Sports’ newest brand: black crow.
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Photo: Prudence Daniels on Navis Birdie

An independent brand from the heart of freeskiing in Chamonix, the creative mavericks at black crows have produced a comprehensive line of new skis dedicated to the pleasure of skiing. This refreshing  perspective on what it means to slide on snow and the performance of the skis has led to a boom of crows in Jackson. The epicenter of the infection has been Teton Village Sports, who boldly waves the flag as the first brick-and-mortar retailer for the crows in the USA.

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All wood construction and the preservation of at least a nip of traditional camber in all of their models speak to black crows’ authentic style. Not to be considered too traditional however, their lightweight core technologies are cutting edge and the shapes are borderline revolutionary  (many designed by freeride pioneer Julien Regnier of JJ fame).

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There is also a new team of crow ambassadors in the Hole, and despite low precipitation this year the boys and girls of the flock have been getting after it (check out this vid). The favorites of the squad have been the Atris 184 (108mm underfoot) and the Navis Birdie for the ladies (102mm underfoot). Check out TVS now for special offers on the Atris, a perfect one ski quiver for the playful nave or a double-rocker powder tool for those who like to keep their feet on the ground and link more than three turns in the bowl.  Deals start at 20% off!