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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Resi 2nd in World Cup slalom

By Jim Stanford on March 4, 2012

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In a remarkable turnaround, U.S. Ski Team racer Resi Stiegler of Jackson Hole placed second today in a World Cup slalom in Ofterschwang, Germany.

The podium finish was the first of her career in the World Cup and comes after a string of injuries caused her to miss most of the 2008-10 seasons.

“This is a huge breakthrough and I worked really hard for this,” Stiegler said. “Results are difficult to get even if you are skiing really fast. I almost don’t have words for how I feel.”

Stiegler finished only five-hundredths of a second behind winner Erin Mielzynski of Canada in the two-run race, held on a slushy course. Marlies Schild of Austria was third, locking up the World Cup slalom title.

Since returning from her injuries, Stiegler had been unable to achieve consistent results and considered retiring from the team. “This year was a crazy year,” she said. “Never in my life did I ever want to just throw it in, and I’ve had that feeling so many times this season. I think in the end I knew I worked so hard coming back from so many things I was just determined.”

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$5,000 purse for Town Downhill

By Jim Stanford on February 5, 2012

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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.

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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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Stiegler leads U.S. women at Worlds

By Jim Stanford on February 19, 2011

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Stiegler posted her best result of the season.

Resi Stiegler took another step toward returning to form today, placing 19th in slalom to lead the U.S. women at the Word Championships in Garmisch, Germany.

Finishing both runs was an accomplishment for the 25-year-old U.S. Ski Team racer from Jackson Hole, who missed most of the last three seasons with injuries. She was about 3.7 seconds behind gold medalist Marlies Schild of Austria.

“As hard as I am on myself, I have to be really happy,” Stiegler told Ski Racing magazine. “My goal wasn’t to make World Championships, it was just to finish the season. … This is just a really good step for starting out next season.”

This was Stiegler’s fifth World Championships, which are held every other year. Her best finish was in 2005, when she took sixth in slalom in Bormio, Italy.

She has placed 19th three times, which according to Ski Racing is one place better than her father, Pepi, earned in his lone World Championships in 1962 at Chamonix, France. He won three Olympic medals.

Stiegler got a thrill Friday when Ted Ligety won the gold medal in giant slalom. “It was really a treat to be able to be around the whole team with some really good happy energy!” she wrote on her blog. “Way to go USA!”

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