Resi to compete in Olympic GS and slalom

By Jim Stanford on February 17, 2014

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(Updated with results and slalom start time, after jump)

Stiegler will race in two events in Sochi.

Resi Stiegler of Jackson Hole has been selected to ski in the Olympic giant slalom Tuesday.

Stiegler will be one of four U.S. women to compete in GS. She already had been slated to race in the slalom on Friday.

The giant slalom will begin at 10:30 p.m. MST tonight; organizers have moved up the race because the forecast is calling for snow and rain later in the afternoon. The runs are slated for 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sochi time Tuesday.

NBCOlympics.com will stream the race live, but cable subscribers in Jackson will not be able to watch because Charter Communications has failed to provide an authentication code for its mountain states customers. (Try here for live streaming via European broadcasts.)

NBC will televise the women’s giant slalom in prime time, part of a medley of coverage that starts at 6 p.m. MST Tuesday.

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doc prescribes cure for Charter Internet ills

By Jim Stanford on February 16, 2014

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Earlier this week my Internet service was bogging so badly that it felt like dial-up, or worse. Unable to get any work done, and tired of waiting on hold, I posted a complaint on Charter Communications’ Facebook page. While the company did nothing, a friend happened to spot the post and offered a solution.

For anyone not in our circles still having trouble with Charter (née Optimum, née Bresnan) Internet, the problem is with the company’s domain name servers, or DNS. I’ll let the friend explain:

These are servers that translate (or “resolve”) a domain name like google.com into an Internet address like 123.456.789.123. It is like a phone book for the Internet. Charter/Optimum/Bresnan has used their own DNS servers for years. Something went badly wrong with their recent changeover to Charter and those servers are not working well. When you go to a website like nbc.com, you may actually need to “resolve” more than a hundred domain names in order to display that page. Every ad, every video, every link on the page may use a different domain name. A properly functioning DNS server can do that in milliseconds. But Charter’s DNS servers were taking a LONG time (up to 20-30 seconds) to resolve the domain names.

Here is the prescription (for Mac users): Go to System Preferences > Network > Advanced > DNS > click + and type 8.8.8.8 or 8.8.4.4 into the window. Those are Google’s servers. If using a wireless network, you also can change these settings on your router (Airport Utility for Mac users).

For those not wanting to use Google, other options are 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220 from Open DNS.

Many thanks to Jim Little Jr. for his assistance. By spreading the word so widely, it was like the St. John’s Hospital physician had inoculated half of Jackson from a measles outbreak.

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cold not a record; PPP nordic leg on

By Jim Stanford on March 25, 2013

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Temperature at the airport.

Today’s chilly morning, with a temperature of -8 degrees at Jackson Hole Airport, made for lots of annoying “I’m glad I’m on spring break” Facebook posts, but it was not a record, according to meteorologist Jim Woodmencey.

The record for March 25 in Jackson is -27 degrees, set in 1965, he said.

The meteorologist noted colder temperatures in Bondurant (-18) and at Yellowstone Lake (-19) this morning. The lows may have been even a few degrees colder before dawn, he said.

The recent blast of winter has ensured that there will be a nordic leg for the 38th annual Pole Pedal Paddle on Saturday. The Jackson Hole Ski Club will set a course at the base of the mountain by the Teewinot and/or Eagle’s Rest lifts.

Today is the deadline to register for the PPP without paying an additional $15 registration fee. Sign up to participate individually or with a team here.

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Selko honored for ski photography

By Jim Stanford on December 12, 2012

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Selko, right, poses with some gaper while covering the 2006 Torino Olympics.

Although the news has been shared widely since last week’s announcement, let me add my congratulations to photographer Jonathan Selkowitz for being named the International Ski Federation’s Journalist of the Year.

The award recognizes journalists for their career contributions to the sport. For 20 years, Selkowitz has poured an astounding amount of passion into covering ski racing, which is far from lucrative and, aside from Olympic years, receives little attention.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jonathan at two Olympics and other skiing events. No one works harder on and off the slopes, as the story below attests. He also is one of the more thoughtful humans on the planet.

In winning the award, presented jointly by the FIS and U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, Selko joins a select group that includes longtime TV announcers Bob Beattie and Tim Ryan and the late USSA correspondent Paul Robbins.

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downhill, pond skimming set for Snow King

By Jim Stanford on March 16, 2012

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Grizzly bears may be emerging from hibernation with the recent warm spell.

The spring-like weather that has pushed temperatures into the 50s this week has been welcome, aside from the rain and softening of the course on Snow King Mountain.

The Jackson Hole Ski Club has been preparing the slope for the 30th annual Town Downhill, aka the Mini-Hahnenkamm. Training runs Saturday may be a little soft, but the forecast is calling for colder weather and snow for Sunday’s racing.

“We’re doing everything we can to get it ready, and now we’re just hoping it freezes,” club director Carrie Boynton said.

The downhill is the centerpiece of a festive St. Patrick’s weekend at the King, with pond skimming on Saturday and the rock band Lazy Eyes performing Sunday. The rapid melt-off should make for excellent conditions for pond skimming. DJs Cut la Whut and Jeff Moran will spin tunes as skiers and riders — no doubt donning kelly green attire — point down the lower slope and try to skim across the water.

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