The past couple of mornings I have noticed the classic Sound of Music tune, My Favorite Things has been playing in my head as I walk out to my car to drive into work. Especially this verse:
As a born and raised Seattleite there were a few things that stereotypically announced the coming winter to me: the first of those is fairly continuous rainfall and no sight of the sun, second would have been the additional layer of sweaters and knee high boots to my wardrobe, and the third and most Seattle of all was the debut of Starbucks Christmas cups and Gingerbread Lattes, you see them EVERYWHERE in the Seattle area. Here in Jackson my three things have varied throughout the years but generally have included the unearthing of my snowboarding gear and additional under layers of the merino wool persuasion, the hunt for the perfect gloves to keep my fingers unfrozen as I go about daily tasks, and the countdown to opening day (currently: 21 days, 22 hours, 58 minutes and 3 seconds!)
My snowboarding gear has been unearthed, merino layers taken up real estate in my closet and my perfect gloves were received for a Christmas gift last year- Kinco Leather, waxed and branded with the Wyoming Cowboy. (You too can have a pair of your own, as these gloves are custom branded by a local here in town, and sold at the Jackson Hole Resort Stores.) Winter in Jackson Hole is definitely a completely different experience from my wet youth in the Pacific Northwest. It may be a few degrees cooler here, but it is not the bone chilling wet cold, and I can certainly do without the months of sunless days and drizzle that Seattle winters always brought. There is however something to be said for the joy a Starbucks Christmas Cup can bring to your morning routine...
To be clear, I am not one to say that old Howard Schultz has created the perfectly roasted bean, in all honesty there are many other local coffee shops that I generally frequent, and would guide you to should you ask, perhaps because I am still very bitter over the loss of my beloved SuperSonics. However, should you ask our team here at Snow King where the Starbucks is, we can now guide you to a bonafide location just a few blocks away on Town Square. Starbucks has come to Jackson! Now I have a lovely combination of my Seattle and Jackson winters...
The snow has begun to consistently fall in Jackson, though the accumulation hasn’t been enormous, the temperatures have been perfection for creating that one thing all of us adore- powder. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort already reporting 55” of snowfall on the mountain, and they have begun snow making efforts throughout the resort. Storm fronts are rolling in one after the other causing the entire town to gear up for what we hope will be a year of epic snowfall and incredible riding, in the shadow of our glorious Tetons! If you have yet to plan your adventure to Jackson we are standing by to help you with all your adventure needs. It is going to be one of those years and you certainly don’t want to miss out!
Our winter packages are already being booked, so take a look and see which one works best for you and your family, you and your ski buddies, or maybe just you depending on how you like to spend your time in the mountains. Click to learn more about our Ski and Winter Adventure Packages. Or give us a call 800.522.5464 and we will happily walk you through all the options and help you find your best fit, maybe even give you a couple more local tips and tricks, like where to get the best RPK3 and what exactly that is.
See you out there this winter, I'll be the one with a face full of powder singing " and these are a few of my favorite things..."
Our trick or treaters may have to wear their snow boots as they canvas the town with over a foot of snow and climbing that has fallen in town since Tuesday, but these festivities and fun are sure to keep their spirits high even if their feet are cold.
For the littlest witches and wizards:
Totally Toddler Halloween Party. Teton County Recreation Center invites all those 5 and under to join them for a Spookatacular time of Halloween games, crafts, and snack. $2.50 per person, children under 2 years of age are free.
Toddler Time, Story Time, and a Halloween Parade. Teton County Library invites you and your toddlers to join them for song, finger puppet, flannel board fun, followed by 4-6 stories with a Halloween theme, and concluding with a costume parade around the library for treats!10:00am to 12:00pm.
Fun for all ages:
Trick or Treating on Town Square. The shops around Town Square will be handing out tricks and treats from 3:00 to 5:30 today, bring your little ghosts and goblins and enjoy this festive fun! A costume contest will take place at 4:30pm
Harvest Party. Teton County Library will host a free Harvest Party from 3:30 to 5:30pm. There will be seasonal crafts, music, laser lights, and harvest themed refreshment available, costumes are encouraged, but not required.
Trick or Treating at River Rock. Bring the kiddos to the assisted living center in Rafter J, the residents enjoy seeing all the costumes and the children will get to add to their candy stash without having to manuveur through the snow! 6:00pm until the candy is gone.
Thriller Workshop. Kate Kosharek will be teaching the choreography from Michael Jackson’s classic music video “Thiller” with a rumored ‘Flash mob” of zombies on the Town Square after class. This will take place in Dancer’s Workshop Studio One, at the Center for the Arts. The cost is $20.00 for a drop in, or $10.00 with a class punch card.
The Haunted Maze hosts Circus of the Undead at Amaze’n Jackson Hole from 7:00pm until 10:30pm, a child-friendly version of the maze will be open from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. The cost is $10.00 per soul at 45 East Snow King, just down the street from the Hotel.
For the older Warlocks and Sorcerers:
Dia De Los Muertos. The Rose and The Pink Garter Theater, along with Vert-One and Richie Beats are throwing at 21 and over Costume Party from 9:00pm to 2:00pm. Halloween drink specials will be available, there is no cover.
All Hallow’s Funk Fest with Sneak Pete & The Secret Weapons. Join Sneaky Pete on All Hallow's Eve for a night of freaky dancing, crazy costumes, and the weirdness that only happens this one night a year.Join in the baccanalian debauchery and spread the good word about Halloween Night! $5.00 cover, 21 and over.
From all of us here in Jackson, we hope you have a spooky and safe Halloween, we look forward to seeing you here this winter, enjoy this little teaser photo from the top of the Tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort taken on Tuesday:
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”