ski club streamlining PPP prep

By Jim Stanford on March 26, 2012

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Yahoo in transition.

Despite the spring melt-off, the nordic leg of the Pole Pedal Paddle appears to be intact heading into Saturday’s race.

Carrie Boynton, Jackson Hole Ski Club director, says organizers are making every effort to retain the cross-country 10-k at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

“There are a few holes, but otherwise it looks good,” Boynton said of the course.

So, too, does the weather forecast for the week, calling for a mix of sun and clouds and temperatures in the high 40s and low 50s — a far cry from the frigid and downright blizzard conditions competitors have endured in recent years. Roads are dry, and the flow of the Snake River is up slightly.

Today is the deadline to sign up for the 37th annual PPP without paying a $15 late fee. The club has mulled relaxing the late fees, but it helps organizers to know in advance how many participants to expect, Boynton said. Fun class registration is likely to be up this year, with reduced entry fees and Snake River Brewing Co. offering a $250 party to the team judged to have the most spirit.

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in memoriam: Steve Romeo and Chris Onufer

By Jim Stanford on March 11, 2012

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Steve Romeo and Chris Onufer after skiing Teepe Pillar on one of their first backcountry adventures in the Tetons, winter 1996-97. Steve was using alpine trekker bindings, while Chris wore leather tele boots. Photo by Reed Finlay.

A wave came crashing like a fist to the jaw
Delivered him wings, ‘Hey, look at me now’

~ Pearl Jam, Given to Fly

A public memorial service for ski mountaineers Steve Romeo and Chris Onufer will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the outdoor plaza at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. A reception will follow afterward at the Mangy Moose.

Romeo, 40, and Onufer, 42, died in an avalanche March 7 in Grand Teton National Park. They were ascending Ranger Peak when the slide occurred.

So much has been written about these two in recent days, and the loss so devastating, that it’s hard for me to add much. I had known both since we worked on the mountain at JHMR in the mid-1990s, me as a photographer and them running the lifts. When I started guiding whitewater on the Snake, Steve was a photographer in the canyon before joining the staff of Skinny Skis.

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Brew Pub sponsoring PPP fun class

By Jim Stanford on March 6, 2012

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Studio 55 will not be back to dominate the fun class this year, opening the door for other festive, creative types to capture the title and win free beer.

The spring-like weather in recent days has athletes already looking forward to the 37th annual Pole Pedal Paddle race on March 31.

Snake River Brewing Co. has stepped forward to put more fun into the fun class. The brewery is offering a $250 party at the pub to the winning fun class team, the costumed group judged to be having the most fun at the event. Second place gets a 15-gallon keg, and third place a 5-gallon barrel.

The Jackson Hole Ski Club also has lowered the entry fee for fun class to $80 per team. Looking to draw more p-p-participants from out of town, the club is offering a cash purse of $3,500, including $500 to the men’s and women’s racing class winners (individuals and teams).

Register before March 27 to avoid paying a $15 late fee, either online or at the ski club office in Snow King Center.

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lodging tax funds: winners and losers

By Jim Stanford on January 26, 2012

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Aaron Pruzan carves a fresh turn Tuesday, when the morning snow glittered like diamonds. Pruzan has done yeoman's work on the Travel and Tourism Board, but often is outvoted by those who favor conventional marketing.

The Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board has decided which community groups will receive lodging tax funds for promoting their events this year. The distribution is somewhat puzzling.

The chamber of commerce — well represented on the board — is the biggest recipient, netting $46,500 for Old West Days, Jackson Hole Marathon, Destination Wellness and WinterFest, the News&Guide reported.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort will receive the maximum $20,000 for its Mountain Fest, the centerpiece of which is a free concert March 31. The resort has not yet booked a band, but the additional funding gives promoters a stronger hand, said Andy Calder, who produces the event for the resort with Dom Gagliardi of Poppa Presents.

“Let’s shoot for the stars* here,” Calder said.

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Artlab seeks entries for Mountain Fest contest

By Jim Stanford on January 13, 2012

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Jackson Hole Mountain Fest will be March 30 to April 1, featuring free concerts, lodging deals and the PPP and Coombs Classic sporting events.

Teton Artlab is calling on local creative types to come up with a design for the 2012 Jackson Hole Mountain Festival poster.

The lab will work with the winning artist to make custom, screen-printed posters that music fans can take home to commemorate the event. Grand Targhee has sponsored similar contests in the past for its music festivals.

The seventh annual Mountain Fest will be March 30 to April 1. Besides the Pole Pedal Paddle and Marmot Coombs Classic, the centerpiece of the weekend is a free concert March 31 in front of the Teton Village clocktower. The lineup has not been set yet; past performers have included Michael Franti and Spearhead, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Ozomatli and Blues Traveler.

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