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2013-2014 Winter Fun! PART TWO!

Along with the epic skiing and riding at the Number One Ski Resort in North America, there is SO much to do here in Jackson Hole that we had to break it up into two blog entries! If your trip to Snow King Hotel or Grand View Lodge has you arriving prior to February 15th, be sure to check out part one of our Winter Fun blog. If you have any questions, please do not hesistate to contact our concierge team directly, they are always happy to help create your perfect adventure. 
 

Reoccurring Events:

•    Mondays:
6:00pm to 9:00pm. Hootenanny at Dornans in Moose. Local Musicians take the stage to perform for those dining and drinking at Dornans. Every Monday December 2nd through March 31st.
 
•    Tuesdays:
6:00pm to 10:00pm. Acoustic Open Mic Jam Night at Hayden’s Post. Every Tuesday from January 7 to March 25. At Hayden’s Post, inside Snow King Hotel. 
 
•    Wednesdays:
7:00pm to 10:00pm. BINGO! All Proceeds go towards scholarships for local high school seniors. Every Wednesday through April. At the Elks Lodge.
 
6:00pm to 10:00pm. Board Game Night.  Come dine, drink, and play your favorite board games with your friends. Every Wednesday from January 8 to March 26. At Hayden’s Post, inside Snow King Hotel.
 
•    Thursdays:
9:00pm to 11:00pm. BINGO night at Snow King. Every Thursday from January 9 to March 27. At Hayden’s Post, inside Snow King Hotel.
 
•    Fridays:
5:30pm to 7:30pm. Hayden’s Post Après. Live Music and Ski Specials from December 27 to March 28. At Hayden’s Post, inside Snow King Hotel.
 
•    Saturdays: 
9:00pm to 11:00pm Live Music in Hayden’s Post. Every Saturday from December 21 to March 29. At Hayden’s Post, inside Snow King Hotel.
 

WINTER EVENTS:

February 15
10:00am to 2:00pm Moose Chase Nordic Marathon. The Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club is proud to present the 22nd Annual Moose Chase Nordic ski race at the Trail Creek Nordic Center.  This is the premier Nordic race includes a 30k (that skis like a 50k), a 15k, 5k, 3k and a free 1k.   Athletes can skate or classic ski the course. At the Trail Creek Nordic Center in Wilson.
 
February 15 to 18
All Day. Wild West Classic Elite FIS Series GS/2SL. Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club was founded in 1938 and is Jackson's oldest non to profit. Annually serving over 400 young athletes. At Snow King Mountain.
 
February 21
3:30pm – 6:30 pm. Pica’s Margarita Cup. Jackson's adult racing league in team scoring format with Pica's as the title sponsor!  Teams consist of up to 6 people (4 score points each race).  There are weekly raffle prizes, Pica’s Tacos & bar at every race. All proceeds benefit the JHSC Alpine Race Team. At Snow King Mountain.
 
February 21 to 22
7:30pm to 9:00pm Jackson Hole Moose Hockey vs. Boston.  The Jackson Hole Moose Hockey team is a nonprofit organization that competes in the Senior A Division of the U.S.A. Hockey Association. The competition level is full to check hockey with no holds barred action. All games feature live music from some of Jackson’s most talented local musicians as well as food, snacks and your favorite adult beverages. At Snow King Sports & Events Center.
 
February 22
All Day. Club Series #4, GS. The Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard “Club Series” is a time to honored annual competition that features challenging courses and draws over 150 competitors of all ages, from throughout the region. At Snow King Mountain.
 
12:00pm to 3:00pm. Mary’s Nipple Challenge for Breast Cancer. See how many laps off the Dream Catcher chairlift they can complete in 3 hrs and the last valid lap must be started by 3 pm at the beginning of the boot pack. All funds raised will be donated to the St. John’s Medical Center Oncology Fund and earmarked for breast cancer patients. At Grand Targhee Resort. 
 
February 28 – March 1
7:30pm to 9:00pm Jackson Hole Moose Hockey vs. Cleveland.  The Jackson Hole Moose Hockey team is a nonprofit organization that competes in the Senior A Division of the U.S.A. Hockey Association. The competition level is full to check hockey with no holds barred action. All games feature live music from some of Jackson’s most talented local musicians as well as food, snacks and your favorite adult beverages. At Snow King Sports & Events Center.
 
March 1 to 2
10:00am to 4:00pm. Jackson Town Downhill: Mini Hahnenkamm. The heart to throbbing Mini to Hahnenkamm course on Snow King with divisions for Pro, Recreation, Telemark, Junior, Fat and Baggy and Snowboard. The event is the Club's way of recognizing that skiing  to  and ski racing  to  is truly a lifetime sport. Jackson Hole is one of the last places in the country to organize and support a non to sanctioned downhill race. This community favorite draws over 200 competitors and 500 spectators. At Snow King Mountain. 
 
March 7
3:30pm – 6:30 pm. Pica’s Margarita Cup. Jackson's adult racing league in team scoring format with Pica's as the title sponsor!  Teams consist of up to 6 people (4 score points each race).  There are weekly raffle prizes, Pica’s Tacos & bar at every race. All proceeds benefit the JHSC Alpine Race Team. At Snow King Mountain.
 
March 7 to 8
7:30pm to 9:00pm Jackson Hole Moose Hockey vs. Washington Hockey Source.  The Jackson Hole Moose Hockey team is a nonprofit organization that competes in the Senior A Division of the U.S.A. Hockey Association. The competition level is full to check hockey with no holds barred action. All games feature live music from some of Jackson’s most talented local musicians as well as food, snacks and your favorite adult beverages. At Snow King Sports & Events Center.
 
March 8 to 10 
All Day. Jackson Hole Youth Hockey: Mite Tournament. At Snow King Sports and Events Center.
 
March 9
All Day. Club Series #5, Parents vs. Kids Dual SL. The Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard “Club Series” is a time to honored annual competition that features challenging courses and draws over 150 competitors of all ages, from throughout the region. At Snow King Mountain.
 
All Day. Club Series #6, Flamingo Cup GS. The Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard “Club Series” is a time to honored annual competition that features challenging courses and draws over 150 competitors of all ages, from throughout the region. At White Pine.
 
March 19
7:00 to 11:00pm The Met: Live Massenet's Werther. Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of Massenet's sublime adaptation of Goethe's revolutionary and tragic romance, opposite Sophie Koch as Charlotte. The new production is directed and designed by Richard Eyre and Rob Howell, the same team that created the Met's recent hit staging of Carmen. Rising young maestro Alain Altinoglu conducts. At the Center for the Arts. 
 
March 19 to 23
All Day. Western Region U16 Championships. Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club was founded in 1938 and is Jackson's oldest non to profit. Annually serving over 400 young athletes. At Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
 
March 20
8:00pm. Martin Sexton. Critically acclaimed Sexton is a musician’s musician and prolific recording artist. His songs are intricate and spirited covering the American musical landscape distilling soul, gospel, R&B, country and blues. His performances are dynamic and bursting with depth and have earned him a devoted following among fans, peers and critics alike. People claim that Sexton?s songs inspire them to make a change, go cross to country, and follow their hearts; to see a crowd at a Martin Sexton concert is to witness a cross to section of America. At the Pink Garter Theater. 
 
March 20 – 23
39th Annual World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb. All events take place at Snow King Mountain, unless otherwise noted. All spectators are encouraged to ride the START Bus to avoid parking congestion. Free parking is available in the town parking garage. Buses will be marked with banners on each side.
Thursday, March 20 
•    8:00 to 9:00 am Registration for pre to registered SemiPro, Women's, RMSHA Juniors, Amateurs, Non to Pro Masters at the base of Snow King Mountain
•    9:00 am    Mandatory drivers meeting in the Pit Area
•    9:30 am    Racing begins  to  Non to Pro Masters, Amateurs, Semi to Pro, RMSHA Juniors, Women's
•    12:00 pm Sign up for Dash for Cash to  to first 40 Pro and Semi to Pro Riders only
•    2:00 pm    Pro Only Dash for Cash side by side $50.00 entry to  to winner takes half and Snow Devils take the other half to give to the charity of their choice. Winner will receive one free entry into the class of their choice at this year's event. Tentative to  to time and snow conditions permitting. 
•    6:00 to 9:00pm Mandatory Registration for all Pro Racers. At the Virginian Convention Center. 
Friday, March 21
•    7:15am    Mandatory drivers meeting in the Pit Area
•    8:00am    All Stock and Improved Stock Classes Qualifying All Semi to Pro Classes, Women's, Amateurs and Non to Pro Masters Finals All RMSHA Juniors will final to the first catwalk
Saturday, March 22
•    7:15am    Mandatory drivers meeting in the Pit Area
•    8:00am    All Mod Classes Qualifying
•    4:00pm    120 Shootout  to  $10 entry fee. Tentative.
•    7:00pm    Octane Addictions Freestyle Demo. At the Rodeo Arena at the Fairgrounds
Sunday, March 23 
•    7:15am    Mandatory drivers meeting in the Pit Area
•    8:00am    Finals and "King of the Mountain" runs
•    Awards Ceremony (Ceremony will begin approximately 60 to 90 minutes after finals and King Runs are completed at Snow King Mountain.) At the Virginian Lodge
 
March 29
7:00am to 2:00pm. Pole, Pedal, Paddle. a tradition in Jackson Hole, held this year on the 2nd to last Saturday of skiing at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The four to event race, where contestants compete either individually or in teams, consists of an alpine ski leg, a cross to country ski leg, a bicycle leg, and a boating leg. The Pole Pedal Paddle is a fundraising event for the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club, a non to profit organization dedicated to providing affordable Alpine, Freeride, Nordic and Snowboard programs to Jackson youth. Around the Area. 
 
April 6
All Day. Closing Day at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
 
April 11
7:00pm to 10:00pm The Met: Live Puccini's La Bohème. Puccini’s moving story of young love is the most performed opera in Met history—and with good reason. Anita Hartig stars as the frail Mimì in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with Vittorio Grigolo as her passionate lover, Rodolfo. At the Center for the Arts. 
 
April 12
10:00am. 14th Annual Cardboard Box Derby. A closing weekend tradition, this spectator to friendly competition celebrates the results of tape, glue, paint and cardboard. Your cardboard vehicle may be simple or complex with up to 4 adult (or 6 under 18 yrs of age) pilots to maneuver down the ski hill. Remember the more creative your craft the better your chances for winning. At Grand Targhee Resort. 
 
April 20
All Day. Closing Day at Grand Targhee. Join us for the final day of operations on the mountain with musical guests playing you into the spring. Enjoy Dreamcatcher & Shoshone from 9am to 4pm with Apres at the Trap Bar & Grill. At Grand Targhee Resort. 
 
See you out there!

Plan your Spring Break Ski Trip to Jackson, WY

Spend Spring Break 2012 at Jackson, Wyoming's Snow King Resort

Jackson Hole Spring Break Most colleges and universities take spring break in March, with the big weeks being March 5-23, 2012. Why go south and laze around on a beach when you can spend your spring break skiing or snowboarding some of the nation's best ski areas in Jackson Hole, Wyoming? Snow King Resort's Ski All 3 package makes it affordable to get luxury lodging and the opportunity to ski at the area's famous ski resorts. Skiing and snowboarding are healthy, alternative ways to spend your spring break. Downhill skiing and snowboarding burn about 400 calories per hour, give your legs a great workout and even have cardiovascular benefits. Read more about the benefits. And, well, it's just super fun!

Why Jackson?

Cowboy powder. Sick skiing. Friendly folks. Grand views. Clean mountain air. Fabulous night life. Excellent DJ scene. Real-live cowboys. There are too many good reasons that Jackson Hole (JH) is the perfect place for college students to spend spring break.
"I did the ski bum thing in Jackson Hole, slinging drinks by night at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar to finance billion-dollar-view skiing by day, and I lived through the nightlife and the c-c-cold days in cultured cowboy-ville to tell you Jackson is the best of the best ski towns around. And they welcome college students--believe it." -- Kathleen Crislip

Take advantage of the Snow King "Ski All 3 Package"

Snow King resort's Ski All 3 package is unique in Jackson Hole. It's like having an interchangeable lift ticket! This package allows you to choose, on a daily basis, which of Jackson Hole's three ski areas you would like to visit. Choose between Snow King Ski Resort, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee Resort. Package includes Lodging at Snow King Resort, lift tickets at your chosen ski resort, daily breakfast buffet at the Atrium restaurant, skier shuttle to JHMR and Grand Targhee, and transfers between Jackson Hole Airport and Snow King Resort. Prices start at $257 per person per stay based on double occupancy in a standard hotel room staying for three nights and skiing two days.

Ski the "King": Snow King Ski Hill

Snow King Ski Resort, Jackson Hole, Wyoming Lodging The town hill has a variety of ski and snowboard terrain, including one run, Upper Exhibition, rumored to be the steepest in-bounds run on the continent. Snow King is the only area resort open for night skiing (Tuesday through Saturday until 8 p.m.) and it's 2 for 1 on Tuesdays. If you're not a skier or snowboarder, check out the Snow Tubing on the Snow King hill. Read a review of Snow King. If you're lucky enough to be on spring break March 11-13, you can check out the Town Hill Ski Race that takes place annually at Snow King. Watch racers from kids to former Olympians duke it out on the steep slope.
Snow King offers a little bit of everything without being crowded." --Bill Briggs, founder of Snow King s Great American Ski School and the first person to ski the Grand Teton (in 1971).

Nightlife around the Town Square:

Ride "Big Red" to the top of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR)

VC ShotSki If you're an expert skier or snowboarder, you can consider riding the newish, 100-person tram, aka "Big Red," to the summit at 10,450 ft. of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. This will give you a 4000+ vertical ft. drop down some of the nation's gnarliest terrain. If you're a novice skier, stick with the right side of the mountain or mid-mountain runs. Take the gondola up to find challenging blue runs and/or a nice spot to have lunch overlooking the Jackson Hole Valley. If your spring break happens on April 1st you can take part in all the fun that is "Gaper Fool's Day." It's no joke, people dress up in costume to go skiing. Watch out for giant bunnys skiing double black diamonds, a plethora of 80's ski clothing and moves, colored wigs, and way too many old school one-piece suits. Too much fun.

Obligatory Apres:

  1. Start at the Village Cafe, or what locals call "the VC", for a slice of pizza and maybe a pass at the shot ski. Take it easy, though, because the high altitude increases alcohol's effects.
  2. Walk due south to the world-famous Mangy Moose Saloon for some truffle fries and maybe some live entertainment. Remember, dancing in ski boots is something everyone should do at least once a lifetime!
  3. Rinse and repeat.

Have a Taste of the "Best Powder on Earth" at Grand Targhee Resort

Fresh Powder at Grand Targhee Take the Snow King shuttle over the hill to Grand Targhee Resort, which is a more "Colorado-esque" resort situated on the western slope of the Tetons in Alta, Wyoming, accessible only through Teton Valley. It receives a ton of light powder snow (more than 500 inches annually) and its lack of lift lines creates an uncrowded skier and snowboarder paradise. Get going early and plan on spending the whole day over there.

Post-Powder Play:

  1. Ski up to the Trap Bar and Grille for après and music.
  2. Head down the hill to Wildlife Brewing in Victor, ID for awesome beer and pizza.
  3. Once you get back over the Teton Pass, stop in Wilson at the Stagecoach. Get some free popcorn and shoot some pool at this "locals" bar. If it's Thursday, that means Disco Night: Dress up and boogie down. If it's Sunday night, that means "Church" or when the Stagecoach Band plays cowboy music and people enthusiastically western swing dance.
Check out more Jackson Hole activities and reviews from Unofficial Networks here.

What to Pack

Jackson Hole is the land of extremes. One minute it could be 30 degrees and the next 30 below. Plan and pack accordingly. Here are some suggestions of what to bring along. Don't worry if you forget something, Jackson has plenty of shopping to be had from super-swanky boutiques to equipped outdoor stores to the always-fun thrift shop, Browse n' Buy. If you don't have ski stuff, there are plenty of rental options.

Pack Properly:

  • Warm hat, ski gloves and ski socks
  • Water-resistant ski or snowboard jacket
  • Insulating layer, such as a down sweater or Polartec jacket
  • Mid-weight, synthetic or wool base layer
  • Ski or snowboard boots
  • Skis or snowboard
  • Ski poles
  • Ski helmet
  • Goggles
  • Snow boots
  • Casual clothing for going out
  • Sunscreen