skimming o’ the pond Sunday

By Jim Stanford on March 16, 2013

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For a second straight year, Snow King’s annual Pond Skimming Party falls on St. Patrick’s Day. And while the recent spring weather would have been ideal, perhaps even filling the pool, the snowstorm predicted for Sunday will only heighten the stakes for skimmers.

Festivities run from noon to 4 p.m., with music, food and sudsy beverages. Last year organizers poured green beer, and there has been talk of coloring the pool. Check out the resort’s Facebook page for photos and more details.

For those looking to celebrate their Irish heritage off the slopes, tonight Center for the Arts hosts the acclaimed Celtic band Lúnasa. Tickets start at $15.

And over in Teton Valley, Fitzgerald’s Bicycles throws its 10th annual St. Patrick’s party at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Wildwood Room. Snake River Brewery has made a special batch of Irish stout, and The Flannel Attractions will perform.

This video is from the 2010 pond skim. To all the hardy participants, Sláinte!

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Cutting to the chase

By Jim Stanford on February 17, 2013

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Presidents’ Day weekend has brought crowds, sunshine and a host of festivities to Jackson Hole. After a couple of spectacular days on the slopes, a snow squall is sprinkling dust on crust, making today ideal for kicking back at the track.

The Shrine Club’s Cutter Races at Melody Ranch are one of the biggest parties of the winter. Day two of the 42nd annual running of the chariots is about to get underway. Gates open to tailgaters at 11 a.m., and the horses run at 12:30.

David Stubbs made this video from the races in 2011, when the Shriners raised nearly $50,000 for the children’s hospital in Salt Lake City.

For a complete list of WinterFest activities, click here.

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Snow King seeks zip line approval

By Jim Stanford on January 22, 2013

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Today the Jackson Town Council will consider a request by operators of the Snow King Ski Area to build a zip line on town land at the bottom of the mountain.

Snow King first floated the idea last May, and the reaction (here and here) has been less than enthusiastic.

This clip, apparently a promotional video made by the manufacturer, illustrates how the zip line would operate. Snow King has provided little information about the design, other than a diagram showing the proposed location.

The zip line would be 700 feet long, constructed east of the Cougar chairlift and west of the ice rink. The top and bottom stations would be on two parcels of land owned by the Town of Jackson. Snow King owns the parcel in between.

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a good reason not to see Django Unchained

By Jim Stanford on January 11, 2013

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Quentin Tarantino’s latest film has been getting plenty of hype locally, owing to some scenes being shot here last winter when a snowy backdrop was needed.

In the wake of the Newtown massacre, a British interviewer had the nerve to ask Tarantino yesterday about the abundance of graphic violence in his films. Skip to 2:40 in the video for Tarantino’s petulant reaction.

I’ve always had a problem with the director’s glamorization of violence, and skipped most of his work since Reservoir Dogs. In the interview he says he already has addressed the question, but in fact he has said very little. I know because after recently watching Inglorious Basterds on video, I did Google “Tarantino use of violence” to try to understand where he is coming from.

Last winter, during the Django shoot, he had an assistant call ahead to a Jackson restaurant to request a particular cut of steak. Watching him freak out in this clip, it’s easy to see why. If a news interview is a “commercial” for his movie, we’re all here to serve his whims, while he has no responsibility to anyone.

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weekend roundup: photos, skis and scariness

By Jim Stanford on October 26, 2012

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Milky Way behind Owachomo Bridge, Utah, by Jim Richardson.

Kicking off a busy weekend, the National Museum of Wildlife Art celebrates today the opening of the exhibit Greatest Photographs of the American West.

Viewers got a peek at the collection of National Geographic images during the Photography at the Summit workshop earlier this month. From cowboys to canyons, the exhibit covers the people, landscapes and wildlife of the West in exquisite color and composition. There are several images from Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, along with one of Jimmy Chin’s climbing photos.

Cover shot by Bill Allard. A book of the photos is available for $30.

The museum is hosting a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today and interactive tour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Longtime Geographic lensman Bill Allard will discuss his work at 6:30 p.m. today. The exhibit hangs through April 28.

Before sunrise Saturday, sportsters will be lining up outside the Heritage Arena on Snow King Avenue for the Jackson Hole Ski Club’s annual Ski Swap. Early birds will be allowed in at 7:30 a.m., followed by the general public at 8:15. Elevated Grounds will be selling coffee and the Pica’s truck will serve breakfast burritos. Bring your reusable mug. Proceeds will benefit the ski club’s youth programs.

KMTN opens the Halloween festivities with its always-scary Halloween Bash on Saturday. The party starts at 10 p.m. in the Snow King ballroom with music by ’80s cover band 86. Rock and roll all night for $15, with proceeds benefiting Children’s Learning Center. More freak fests will follow on Oct. 31.

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