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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natural fireworks for the Fourth

By Jim Stanford on July 5, 2012

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Sunset last night in Grand Teton National Park.

Better than the rockets’ red glare.


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banishing the darkness as 2012 dawns

By Jim Stanford on January 4, 2012

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Warding off evil spirits.

The New Year’s Eve torchlight parade on Snow King has become a must tradition, part pagan solstice celebration, part night-skiing derby and part community rally.

2011 wound down with a carefully choreographed, if a little slow, procession of lights on Snow King, capped by a fireworks display. A familiar face was back to help lead the festivities: former Ski Area Manager Jim Sullivan.

With White Pine near Pinedale closed, Sullivan has returned as an instructor to the King’s ski school, where he began his career in 1973 under the tutelage of Bill Briggs. Sullivan is applying many of the precepts Briggs taught him as he guides clients, including a blind skier last week.

The torchlight parade on the King dates to the 1940s or ’50s, Sullivan says.

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$3 shuttles available for New Year’s

By Jim Stanford on December 29, 2011

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Thanks to the JH Late Night Transportation Crusade, New Year’s Eve merrymakers can get a safe, cheap ride home in something other than a police cruiser.

Shuttles will be provided between 12:30 and 3 a.m. connecting Teton Village, the West Bank and town. The town drop-off locations are Albertsons, Town Square and St. John’s Medical Center. Pick-up points on the West Bank are the Mangy Moose, Q Roadhouse and Stagecoach Bar.

Shuttles will run about every 20 minutes. Tickets are for sale in advance at the Town Square Tavern liquor store, Mangy Moose market and The Liquor Store, next to Albertsons.

So go ahead, have that extra extra glass of champagne and kiss the girls at midnight, assuming you can find any.

Aaron Davis has a rundown of all the New Year’s music around Jackson Hole.

Kudos to the organizers behind the transportation campaign. Between their efforts and the recent appointment of April Hankey to the START board, hopefully the community can come up with better bus service at night.

Last week, I met a group of West Bank friends at the ‘Coach to commemorate a special occasion. Because I caught a ride to the bar, I resigned myself to taking a cab home, if needed. After not finding anyone else driving to town, I took the cab — and had to pay $20 for a ride to the Square, which is freaking ridiculous.


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