By Jim Stanford on February 5, 2012
Seeking to attract racers from around the country, the Jackson Hole Ski Club has doubled the top prize for Town Downhill and raised the overall purse to $5,000.
The winner of the men’s pro division will receive $2,000 and the runner-up $1,000. The top five men and three women will win cash awards. Even the winner of the Fat and Baggy division will take home a pair of Igneous skis.
The 30th annual running of the Mini-Hahnenkamm, as the race is known, will be March 17 and 18. The ski club has arranged lodging deals for under $100 with Snow King Resort and The Lexington.
The increased purse has been made possible by a fresh injection of lodging tax funds. The club also is trying to make the event better for spectators with a Jumbotron that will show entire runs; the screen would remain on site for the following week’s World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb.
To register for the downhill, click here. The deadline is March 16.
This video by Wink Inc. captures the speed and excitement of the race. However, there is one inaccuracy: The powder skiing is not really that great on Teton Pass. Racers looking for fresh tracks before or after the downhill should head to Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, where all the powder is.
Update 2/13: The club will not be able to afford a Jumbotron this year, but will continue to pursue one in the future.