resort lowers pass price to $1,195

By Jim Stanford on July 19, 2011

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Jackson Hole will be open for shredding from Nov. 26 to April 8.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has lowered the cost of its full-season Grand Pass to $1,195, down from $1,255 last year. The resort also has extended its season and will be open from Thanksgiving weekend to Easter, a total of 135 days.

Resort President Jerry Blann held a press conference today in Teton Village to announce the reduced price, which follows a 25 percent cut last year. Pass prices had been as high as $1,670, when purchased in August, before the recession.

Blann also discussed $4.5 million the resort is investing on mountain amenities, including installation of the Marmot lift that will connect South Pass Traverse (near the bottom of Thunder chair) to the top of the Bridger Gondola.

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Village concert series starts July 17

By Jim Stanford on June 13, 2011

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Music news to provide some cheer on yet another soggy afternoon:

Still hot: Wanda Jackson's collaboration with Jack White has added to her legend.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort again has teamed with Teton Village businesses to host a second season of Concerts on the Commons. The free series will be on Sunday afternoons beginning July 17. Rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson is among the headliners.

Jackie Greene will spend a little more time on the mountain. The guitarist, singer and former Grateful Dead apprentice will return to perform at Targhee Fest on July 16.

Music on Main kicks off its free Thursday night concert series on June 30. Volunteer for a host of perks, including a Targhee ski pass upgrade and chance to win a cruiser bike. A $40 donation nets quick entry and beverages for the entire season.

Also, What’s Good Here? Productions has finalized its summer calendar.

More details and other news after the jump.

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shook it all winter long

By Jim Stanford on April 6, 2011

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By any metric, the winter of 2010-11 in Jackson Hole was a knockout. And the celebration that erupted Sunday at the base of the slopes befitted such a season.

Narrowly edging the Star Wars cast, mullet guy and old granddad for MVP of the Last Tram party were the ladies toting the beer Dong Bong.

Many thanks to JHMR for hosting the party, DJs Vert-One and Cut la Whut for the tunes, Tony B. for the editing help, and all the freaky revelers for being themselves in uninhibited glory. Someday, I hope we all find jobs again.

(Video possibly NSFW)

gapers, apes and spring chickens (April 16, 2010)
a peaceful party for closing day (April 7, 2009)
the Village goes off (April 8, 2008)


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Mountain Fest: the lowdown

By Jim Stanford on March 25, 2011

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Athletes and music fans are gearing up for a festive weekend, starting Saturday morning with the Pole Pedal Powder. There are a lot of events to keep track of, so here’s a summary:

  • PPP starts at 8 a.m. P-P-Participants must pick up bibs between 4 and 5:45 p.m. and attend pre-race meeting today, which begins at 6 in the events tent at JHMR. No word yet on how deep the alpine course will be.
  • Music Under the Tram: The Foundation plays New Orleans-style funk and rock from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday.
  • Rotating Superstructure plays an opening set on the main stage, in the front parking lot, starting at approximately 5:15 p.m. The indie pop-rockers, who grew up in Jackson, return from Portland.
  • Katchafire, the Maori reggae band from New Zealand, performs a free concert from 6:30 to 8:45. That leaves plenty of time for tailgating! Let’s hope the band got good directions this time. Fireworks to follow.
  • The Deadlocks take the festivities Furthur at the Mangy Moose, starting around 9:15. $10 at the door, or $8 in advance online. We’re giving away a pair of free tickets — in the comments below, say you’re in, and the winner will be chosen by random drawing at 3 p.m. Saturday.

As if that isn’t exhausting enough, the festival continues Sunday.

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Teton Thai is back — at village

By Rachel Stevens on January 31, 2011

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The new digs beside the Ranch Lot at Teton Village.

For town dwellers, there was almost unanimous heartbreak when Teton Thai decided last year to move to Teton Village.

We’ve traded our hop, skip and a jump away hole-in-the-wall for an après refuge. After making my first visit to the new location (and a second one just days later) I must admit, it is not a bad trade.

But beware of impostors.

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