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We Are the Champions...

We Are the Champions...

There is nothing quite like being deemed the very best at something. Today’s children may get trophy’s for participation, but in my youth the only trophies displayed in the glass case outside the Principal's office were the ones that said your team were Victors! There was an honor that came from fellow students when you walked down the hallways with a “State Champion” patch on your letterman’s jacket. Unfortunately, the glory of high school is not to be repeated for most of us. Only a select few have the skills and natural born talent to rise through the collegiate and professional ranks. Alas, the joy of being able to flaunt that your school, or perhaps even you, are better than everyone else often stays behind with your letterman’s jacket and your SAT scores as you continue on in your “grown up” life.

Once in a while, however, the gods shine down upon us grown-ups, and we are able to relive the glory usually constrained to spirit assemblies, pregame pep rallies and tailgates. For the people of Jackson, both young and old, that time is now. Our mountain, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR,) has been deemed the “Number One Overall Ski Resort in North America for 2014” by Ski Magazine.  From the top of our lungs, at the top of the tram we channel our inner State Champion Swimmer and shout: “WE’RE NUMBER ONE! WE’RE NUMBER ONE!”

In 26 years that Ski Magazine has been conducting their annual survey JHMR has surprisingly only been in the top ten once before, last year 2013, when they were ranked #6 overall resort. What makes this award even more impressive is who it comes from. This is not a bunch of people in an office who can be wooed with gifts of free gear or ski vacations for their families by the ski resorts, in order to be “voted” number one. This is an annual READER’S choice award. Tens of thousands of individuals rank the resorts in 20 different categories from snow to service, terrain to grooming, challenge to character (these last two, the most important in my mind, JHMR ranked #1.) Locally we knew it was just a matter of time before the rest of the winter sports community discovered just how incredible our mountain truly is.

A quote from one of the voting readers captures JHMR and the Town of Jackson quite well, “There's no place quite like JH: there's a rowdy, go for it vibe here that I have experienced nowhere else and people dedicated to the mountain lifestyle and all that that means.” In Jackson, the mountains are our church, the weather is our god, and we never, ever work on an epic powder day.  What better way for JHMR to show its love and appreciation to such a culture then by skiing together. November 29th, 2013 has been deemed FREE SKI DAY by JHMR. Lettermen jackets make way for ski jackets as we all head to the mountain we love this season. Jerry Blann, the president of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort offers his thanks to the loyal visitors who have enjoyed the mountain over the years, and guarantees that the award is loved; it will not change the approach of the mountain. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort was and will continue to be “independent, spirited, friendly and always customer focused.” With direct flights from 12 cities, we hope to see you out on the mountain this year, then you to will understand why we are so proud to say…

“We are the champions.

We are the champions.

No time for losers

'Cause we are the champions”


0 comments    |    Posted by Marisa on Oct 14, 2013 at 12:21 PM
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    WINTER FUN IN JACKSON HOLE 2012 may be drawing to a close, but 2013 is bringing many winter activities to indulge in during your next trip to Jackson Hole. Aside from all the fun there is to be had on a day to day basis, including but definitely not limited to: skiing the mountain resorts, snowmobiling through the national forests, wildlife watching in the national parks, snowshoeing with a park ranger, indulging your artistic side at the National Museum of Wildlife Art and our various local galleries, sleighing through the Elk Refuge, snow tubing down Snow King Mountain, cheering on the Jackson Hole Moose Hockey team, and even paragliding when the winds are just right. Jackson is also chalk full of local events that are sure to be a hoot. Below is a list of many big events, for your planning pleasure:

January 5

7:00am to 3:00pm: USSMA Ski Mountaineering National Championships at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

January 8

7:00pm: Backcountry Film Festival, all ages show, at The Pink Garter.

January 10

7:00pm: Chicago s legendary sketch comedy theatre, The Second City: Laughing Matters will feature some of the best sketches, songs, and improvisations from The Second City s fifty two year history. The Second City is truly a Chicago landmark and a national treasure. at the Center for the Arts.

January 12

7:30pm: Singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster, her latest album Let It Burn is nominated for "Best Blues Album" at the 2013 Grammy Awards, at the Center for the Arts.

January 17

7:00pm: Civil Twilight with special guest Michael Scalabrin. The three lifelong friends-brothers Steven and Andrew McKellar and Richard Wouters-who make up the Wind-up Records recording group Civil Twilight have been playing music together since they were teenagers growing up in South Africa. Emulating the rock music they heard coming out of Europe and America, from Oasis, U2 and Nirvana to The Verve, The Police, Muse and Radiohead, you can feel that foreign quality in Richard Wouters' somber drum beat, Steven's piano, and Andrew's edgy, The Edge-like guitars. At the Center for the Arts.

January 19

10:00am: 2nd Annual Grand Targhee Snow Bike Race, at Grand Targhee Resort.

8:00pm: The world famous Harlem Gospel Choir is America's premier gospel choir and has traveled the globe for 25 years, sharing its joy of faith and raising funds for children's charities. At the Center for the Performing Arts.

9:00pm: Tribal Seeds from San Diego, this award-winning reggae group have become known for their spiritually driven, refreshing rock vibe they have infused with the roots style of reggae music. At the Pink Garter Theater.

January 19 to 21

All day: Wes Barron Speed Series, hosted by the JH Ski Club and JHMR, the series is three SuperG races for U14 and U16 racers in the Intermountain Division of USSA, which will take place on Moran Run on Apres Vous. At Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

January 21

All Day: Free Entrance to Grand Teton National Park

January 25

6:30pm to 9:30pm: The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race. Founded in 1996 by Frank Teasley to make sled dog racing more accessible to the public. With an exciting Town Square start, fireworks and a free-to-the-public musher party in Jackson, the race kicks off its 2013 season on Jan 25th. Around Town Square.

January 23 to 30

7:00pm: Diavolo, the stunning visual and acrobatic dance company, begin performances at the Center for the Arts

January 31

9:00pm: Portland Cello Project, and Alialujah Choir at the Pink Garter Theater.

February 5

9:00pm: Iration Heatseakers. The islands of Hawaii are not only the biggest influence on Iration's sound they are home to all of its members, the band was born from a love of all types of music and a desire to create something new. Elements of Reggae, Rock, and Pop are mixed with keyboard/synth and melodic vocal lines to create something truly unique. These Hawaiian raised naturally talented musicians look forward to spreading their original sound, aloha spirit, and cutting edge surf culture as far as possible and will continue to make original music. At the Pink Garter Theater.

February 5 to 7

All Day: Special Olympics Wyoming athletes complete in various events at Snow King and Jackson Hole Mountain Resorts

February 10

7:00pm: The Geoffrey Keezer Trio, Geoffrey Keezer, Mike Pope, and Marvin 'Smitty' Smith to Jackson for the spectacular Jazz show you've all been waiting for. At the Center for the Arts


15-24 brings Winterfest!

Friday, February 15

5:00-9:00pm: Ice Skating on the Square at Town Square

6:00pm: Shriner s Club Calcutta at The Virginian

7:00pm: Moose Hockey vs. Hollywood Hammers at Snow King Center featuring Country Rock from Kole Moulton & Lonely Road.

8:00pm: Hot Tuna (former Jefferson Airplane) at Pink Garter Theater

Saturday, February 16

9:00am-4:00pm: JHSC Sean Nurse Memorial Ski Race at Snow King Mountain Resort

10:00am-2:00pm: JHSC Moose Chase Marathon at the Trail Creek Nordic Center

12:00pm: Cutter Races at South Park

3:00-9:00pm: Ice Skating on the Square at Town Square

7:00pm: Moose Hockey vs. Hollywood Hammers at Snow King Center with Country Rock from Kole Moulton & Lonely Road, at the Snow King Sports and Event Center

Sunday, February 17

9:00am-4:00pm: JHSC Sean Nurse Memorial Ski Race at Snow King Mountain Resort

12:00pm: Cutter Races at South Park

3:00-9:00pm: Ice Skating on the Square at Town Square

President s Day, Monday, February 18

9:00am-4:00pm: JHSC Sean Nurse Memorial Ski Race at Snow King Mountain Resort

2:00pm: Softball Tournament at Powderhorn Park

5:00pm: Snow Bike Race at Snow King Mountain Resort

Wednesday, February 20

All Day: Snow Sculpting Begins at Town Square

4:00pm: Rail Jam at Snow King Mountain Resort

5:00pm-8:00pm: JHSC Wednesday Night Lights

7:00pm Delta Rae, think Mumford & Sons meets Fleetwood Mac -- an Alt-Pop band with four lead singers whose music incorporates all aspects of Americana. At the Center for the Arts.

Thursday, February 21

9:00am-4:00pm: JHSC Wild West Classic Elite FIS Series Ski Race at Snow King Mountain Resort

5:00pm : Gallery Walk at Various Galleries

Friday, February 22

9:00am-4:00pm: JHSC Wild West Classic Elite FIS Series Ski Race at Snow King Mountain Resort

5:30pm: Mason Club s Wine Tasting at Center for the Arts

5:00-9:00pm: Ice Skating on the Square at Town Square

9:00pm The Infamous Stringdusters Ski Tour. They sound like no one else, combining virtuosic chops on five traditional bluegrass instruments, with an ethos of pushing the genre forward. The Stringdusters' live show takes improvised string band music to new places, combining musicianship and songwriting with experimental performance and contagious energy flowing between the band and crowd. At the Pink Garter Theater.

Saturday, February 23

9:00am-4:00pm: JHSC Wild West Classic Elite FIS Series Ski Race at Snow King Mountain Resort

9:00am-4:00pm: JHSC Club Series Ski Race at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

12:00pm: Snow Sculpture Judging at Town Square

12:30pm: Skijoring at South Park

2:30pm : K-9 KegPull at Teton County Fairgrounds

3:00-9:00pm: Ice Skating on the Square at Town Square

4:00pm : Dodgeball on Ice at Teton County Fairgrounds

5:00pm : Calcutta for Ski Jouring at Elks Club

7:00pm: Moose Hockey vs. the Boston Prospector at Snow King Center with Jackson s favorite 80 s hair band 86.

8:00pm : 49er Ball at The Virginian

Sunday, February 24

9:00am-4:00pm: JHSC Wild West Classic Elite FIS Series Ski Race at Snow King Mountain Resort

12:30pm: Skijouring at South Park

Sunday, February 25

7:00pm Mickey Hart Band- Mickey Hart is best known for his nearly three decades as an integral part of an extraordinary expedition into the soul and spirit of music, disguised as the rock and roll band the Grateful Dead. At the Center for the Arts.

March 1 to 3 & 8 to 10

9:00am to 3:00pm: The Dick's Ditch Classic, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's premier ski and snowboard freeride/race event, winds over manmade and natural terrain in Amphitheater Bowl. It's a banked slalom, with a thigh-burning course like no other, big prize money for pros, bragging rights and belt buckles for amateur classes. New this year Dick's Ditch will span two weekends, one for skiers and one for snowboarders, both with qualifiers on Saturday and winner-takes-all Sundays. Round one will be March 1-3, Round two will be March 8-10, 2013. At Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

March 2

All day: Grand Targhee Adaptive Sports Fun Race, at Grand Targhee Mountain Resort. All funds raised from the 4th Annual Teton Adaptive Sports Fun Race will go to scholarships for adaptive lessons, to support the School Programs as well as for equipment purchases. At Grand Targhee Resort.

3:30pm -5:30pm Music Under the Tram: Salem, at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

March 3

8:30pm Leftover Salmon. Their latest album, Aquatic Hitchhiker produced by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin is Leftover Salmon's first record in eight years and first ever of all original material. "Steve [Berlin] understood where this album needed to go and how we all needed to work together as a band to make it happen" explains Emmitt. Set for release on May 22, the recording process solidified the new Salmon, cauterizing old wounds and allowing fresh ideas to grow over past scars. At the Pink Garter Theater.

March 10

10:00am to 4:00pm: The Jackson Town Downhill featuring the heart-throbbing Mini-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 - and ski racing - is truly a lifetime sport. At Snow King Mountain Resort.

March 16

7:00am-3:00pm: Caroline Classic (GS) Skiers of all ages are welcome to compete! At Snow King Mountain Resort.

3:30pm -5:30pm Music Under the Tram: 86, at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

March 21 to 24

All Day: World Championship Snowmobile HillClimb, the four day event draws over 10,000 fans and more than 300 snowmobile hill climb racers from all over the US and Canada to the valley, for one of the largest non-profit charity snowmobile events in the United States. Thursday Races begin at 9am and run to 6pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday Races will starting at 8am and go through 6pm. At Snow King Mountain Resort.

March 21

7:00pm: Who s Bad, a power-packed tribute to Michael Jackson that has ignited crowds on every continent and can only be described as a jaw-dropping, musical must-see. As the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band, and the only one to predate his untimely passing. At the Center for the Arts.

March 23

3:30pm -5:30pm Music Under the Tram: Mandatory Air, at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

March 25

7:00pm: Donavon Frankenreiter, a protégé of Jack Johnson, the two learned guitar together and hanging out between surfing trips to the beach. Jack Johnson released Frankenreiter s solo album under his label, Brushfire Records in 2004. At the Center for the Arts.

March 30

3:30pm -5:30pm Music Under the Tram: Lazy Eyes, at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

5:00pm: Mountain Festival Concert, acts still to be announced, at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

All day: The 38th Annual Pole, Paddle, Peddle. The four-event race, where contestants compete either individually or in teams, consists of an alpine ski leg, a cross-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-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable Alpine, Freeride, Nordic and Snowboard programs to Jackson youth. 

March 30 to April 2

All Day: The 7th annual Jackson Hole Mountain Festival, 2013! An incredible event that delivers shameless outdoor fun over a weekend of skiing and snowboarding events, live music and spring sunshine at the base of the Tetons! A FREE concert at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and so much more.

April 20

All Day: The Grand Targhee Resort 11th Annual Spring Cardboard Box Derby. Watch as cardboard artists and mechanics turn little more than cardboard, paper, tape, glue, and string into the most creative sculptures that you can think of like dragons, race cars, UFO's, and other themes.

Should any of these events, or even the activities listed above tickle your fancy, please contact our concierge team or 307-734-2076 and they will provide you with more in-depth information, reserve space for you and your family, and at times even be able to secure a discounted rates! We look forward to sharing all that Jackson Hole has to offer, with you during your next visit!

King Tubes Snow Tubing Park OPENS!

The King Tubes Snowtubing park is OPEN! Thanks to a lot of hard work and dedication the tube park opened Sunday, December 18th for the season just in time for the Holiday rush. Snow Tubing is a no-skill-required Winter sport. Our rope tow hauls you and your tube up the hill so there s really very little effort involved, just FUN as you fly down the groomed track. It s a speed oriented ride, go down by yourself or link tubes with your friends and all ride down together then take the rope tow back up and do it again! King Tubes is open on weekends from 11am-7pm and Tuesday through Friday from 2pm-7pm. There will be special hours for the Holiday Week check the hotline for details (307) 734-3194. If you need more information please visit Snow King Mountain's King Tube page

You need to be at least 42 tall and if you are under 18 years old you ll need a parent or legal guardian present to sign your release.  

Rates are $20 for a 1-hour adult session, $5 for each additional hour and Kids are $15 for a 1-hour session, $5 for every additional hour. King Tubes is easy to find at the western-most base of Snow King Mountain Ski Area, the corner of Snow King Avenue & Cache Street just 6 blocks off the Town Square. You ll know you re there when you hear the noise of laughter (and SCREAMING!). Come give it a try you ll be back for more!
King Tubes opens for 11/12 Season full view of the tube park Opening day at King Tubes the end of your ride

*Please note rates were last updated 1/11/2016 and may have changed. 

0 comments    |    Posted by Dana on Dec 18, 2011 at 11:57 PM
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