Jackson Hole Mountain Resort announces headliner for first rendezvous

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is excited to announce nationally acclaimed artist, Michael Franti and Spearhead, as the headlining act for the 1st Annual Jackson Hole Rendezvous.

The Jackson Hole Rendezvous is a three-day spring lifestyle and music festival taking place from March 27-30, 2014. The multi-day event kicks off Thursday, March 27th with a free concert in the town of Jackson at the Snow King Arena, featuring Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.

The free live music then heads to Teton Village on Friday night with reggae legends Steel Pulse hitting the stage, followed by a fireworks display. Then on Saturday March 29th, Michael Franti and Spearhead will rock the concert area in Teton Village before the night closes with another massive fireworks display.
Jackson Hole Rendezvous is a gathering of mountain and music lovers from around the country, here to celebrate another spectacular winter and the arrival of spring.

Under the bright skies of the warm spring sun, Jackson Hole Rendezvous will be headlined by Michael Franti and will also include a range of other events such as the Pole, Peddle, Paddle,  The Marmot Coombs Classic – a celebration of skiing in memory of the late Doug Coombs, the après-crowd pleaser Music under the Tram, contest giveaways and other base area activities.

All shows will have opening acts, food and beverage sales, with the venues opening with free admission at 6:00pm.
“This year, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is investing in expanding our spring event as a way of saying thank you to our guests for an incredible season together,” said Anna Olson, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Marketing Director.  “It is the perfect way to close the season –three nights of free concerts both in town and on the mountain and perfect spring skiing conditions as a result of near record-breaking February snowfall.”

South Lake Tahoe salutes Olympic athletes on March 15

South Lake Tahoe, the tight-knit ski community big on Olympic athletes will honor its three USA team members in a city-wide celebration, Saturday, March 15.

Jamie Anderson, Maddie Bowman, who won gold for snowboarding slopestyle and freeskiing halfpipe respectively, and Hannah Teter who placed fourth in snowboarding halfpipe, will be lauded at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort.

A procession will take the Olympians via fire truck from South Tahoe High School, onto Highway 50, past the airport and through the town of Meyers, concluding at Sierra Resort. At 1 p.m. community members can line Highway 50 along the route and cheer the Olympian procession as it drives by.

Attending the festivities will be California Senator. Ted Gaines, El Dorado County Supervisors and South Lake Tahoe City Councilmembers with proclamations for the three Olympians. The party will include autograph signings, live music, food and drink specials, prizes and a raffle with proceeds to the Sierra Foundation, which grooms future world class athletes.

The South Tahoe High School marching band will greet the Olympians at Sierra-at-Tahoe’s new Solstice Plaza at 1:40 p.m. The National Anthem by the South Tahoe High School Choir will be followed by an introduction from Sierra-at-Tahoe’s General Manager John Rice.

Meyers, Calif., residents Anderson, Bowman, and Teter may have put the tiny town of 3,000 just west of South Lake Tahoe on the international map as having the most gold medals per capita.

Jamie Anderson, 23, won her Olympic gold medal in the women’s inaugural snowboard slopestyle competition at Sochi. She also won four Winter X Games gold medals in 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013.

Maddie Bowman, 20, struck gold in the women’s freestyle skiing halfpipe competition at Sochi, also her first. The skier also brought home gold at the Winter X Games in 2013 and 2014 in the superpipe division.

Hannah Teter, 27, was a 2006 Olympic gold and 2010 Olympic silver medalist in the women’s snowboarding halfpipe. Teter finished fourth at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in the halfpipe event. She was a 2003 Winter X Games gold medal winner and 5-time bronze medalist.

Well-wishers and partygoers are encouraged to board buses or carpool to the resort as parking will be limited. The athletes will depart from South Tahoe High School at 1 p.m. Bus schedules, times as well as all event details will be available at www.sierraattahoe.com.

The welcome home celebration for the Olympians at the country’s “Best Ski Destination” (USA Today, Jan. 2014) is sponsored by Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, the City of South Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, El Dorado County, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Barton Health, Tahoe Center for Orthopedic, and the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce.

Ski Utah says Deer Valley expansion will help draw LA skiers

By Correspondent Bob Goligoski

During a break from skiing the Park City resorts recently, I had a chat with Susie English about the proposed major expansion at Deer Valley that will add a half dozen new chairlifts and about a thousand acres of new ski terrain. English is communications director at Ski Utah, the marketing arm of the 14 ski resorts in the Utah Ski and Snowboard

Why, I asked, does Park City need more chairlifts and runs when the three major resorts there already are teeming with dozens of lifts and a maze of some 400 trails and runs. Well, said English, “we are still a long ways behind Colorado and this expansion will bring more skiers and snowboarders to Utah.”

Utah ski resorts keep a close eye on their Colorado rivals. Last season, Colorado recorded about 14 million skier and snowboarder day visits while Utah counted about four million such visits. It was a good year for Utah as the skier and rider traffic was up some five percent from the previous season.

California, by comparison, had seven million visits Los Angeles is proving to be a hot market for the Utah resorts. Looking at major cities in the U.S., 5.7 percent of Utah ski visitors come from New York with 4 percent dropping in from LA and the rest of the out-of-state traffic mostly arriving from Boston, Atlanta and San Diego.

English said, “There are over 35 non-stop flights from the Southern California area so the accessibility to Salt Lake City is great. Once here, skiers have the option of 11 resorts within an hour of the airport. It would be easy in LA to see that it is snowing in Utah and be on the slopes the same day.”

Utah is getting good snow this year. At the end of February, seasonal snowfall at the resorts was about 92 percent of normal.

Shred four feet of new snow at Mammoth Mountain

The snow is piling up and skiers/boarders are having a blast at Mammoth Mountain.

With 3-4 feet of fresh snow on the ground this week (and more coming),  27 chairs and all terrain expected to be open, now is the time to come home to Mammoth. Grab your powder gear and join them

Stay 3 nights at any of the Mammoth Lodging Collection Properties and your 4th night is free.


Skier impressed with Ski Butlers customer service in Park City, Utah

Ski Butlers is celebrating its 10th season this winter. Founded in Park City, Utah in 2004, Ski Butlers has grown to 10 locations serving more than 35 North American ski resorts.

“From our first shop, which was a single car garage in Park City, to expanding into another 9 locations, the journey and experiences with our team members and customers have been unforgettable,” said President  Bryn Carey.

Sheila Chapman recently  had a chance to check out Ski Butler. She tells us about her experience with Ski Butlers:

Ordering online was easy. Ski Butlers keeps it simple because it doesn’t have to be complicated. They met our group in the lobby with all our rentals.

I received 158 Rossignol Experience skis. I thought they might be a bit small and Sarah, the technician, explained if I didn’t like them, I could exchange them with a simple call and Ski Butlers would meet me where ever I was – a resort, the hotel, etc.

Turns out I was offered demo skis by the Rossignol rep on 170 Soul 7’s. After a day of skiing on the Soul 7’s, I called Ski Butler from Canyons Resort to exchange for longer skis and they were happy to meet me to exchange the skis.

We decided on the hotel since I was on my way back there already. I gave them my room number and with minutes of me arriving they knocked on the door. After adjusting my new skis, the 170 Savry 7’s to my boot, I signed a piece of paper for the exchange and they were gone (not before leaving me complimentary hand warmers – little touches go a long way).

Painless and I was happy. Happy with the longer skis and simple exchange with no hassle to me.

The next day, the Savry 7’s skied great! I did not. I ended up injuring my calf muscle (my own fault, just fall and don’t fight it).

The Deer Valley Ski Patrol called the convenient Ski Butler number sticker on the skis and had the skis picked up at Deer Valley. Again no hassle for me, I already had enough to deal with.

The best part was they asked me to call them when it was convenient for me to sign an incident form since I was wearing their skis. I had forgotten to call until later in the day, they didn’t harass me with calls, they just patiently waited for me to call them back.

I was on hobbling on crutches on my way across the neighboring grocery store parking lot when I remembered I needed to call Ski Butlers. They said they would come to me and I asked them to give me a little time since I was on my first big journey on crutches.

The man on the other end was so gracious. He immediately said he would be there in minutes to drive me to the grocery store.

Call me an idiot or a woman of the 21st century (you know the type of woman, I am woman hear me roar… across this parking lot on crutches) but I declined and had him meet me again at my hotel room to sign the papers.

I was quite impressed with Ski Butlers in Park City, Utah. Simple customer service goes a long way. It seems so easy. Common sense customer service, which we all know isn’t common at all.

That’s the key to Ski Butlers success and growth, “customer service,” said Carey.

“Ski Butlers was founded on customer service and today strives on customer service. Taking the hassle out of renting skis, hiring exceptional team members, and offering the highest level of equipment, all for an affordable price, is a different model than most ski rental shops,” Carey explained.

Ski Butlers is the only ski shop in the nation to offer the same equipment and service at all 10 locations.

“Customers can expect the same exceptional service, with new Rossignol equipment, at all locations,” Carey said. “Customers can also save their info online so new reservations take only a few moments. These are the benefit you don’t see from other ski shops.”

Ski Mammoth for only $72 a day with 3 pack online

Thanks to recent storms, the snow has piled up at Mammoth Mountain.
With almost 5 feet of new snow on the ground last week, 3,500 acres of skiable terrain and more than 150 trails are over.Right now you can hit the slopes for 3 days of fun for only $72 a day.
Here’s all you need to do to get this great deal:
- Choose the dates for your visit.
- Buy your Mammoth 3 Pack online at MammothMountain.com or call 800.MAMMOTH by Feb. 28.
- Visit anytime between now and the end of the season.Mammoth has the most open terrain in California so grab your friends and family and come enjoy Mammoth’s diverse, dynamic terrain.

British Columbia’s slopes kind to new skiers and boarders

British Columbia’s powder-packed slopes prove ideal for fast-paced runs, cruises through the glades and ventures into the steep and deep. But what about beginner skiers and boarders who have yet to make the move from easy-does it terrain?

It’s good to be a newbie at Sun Peaks Resort, near Kamloops, where skiers can earn their stripes in a setting that offers snow and sunshine in equal measures. Here, Learn to Ski and Snowboard programs promise plenty of gently contoured action — ideal for first-timers eager to build confidence.

Got a budding speedster on your hands? They can put all lessons learned into action with a cruise along the resort’s 5 Mile run, a favoured green pathway that is as expansive as it is crowd free.

Guarantee: a few turns on these slopes and skiers and boarders won’t be rookies for long. sunpeaksresort.com

Bunny hills be gone at Big White Ski Resort, east of Kelowna, where the resort’s Mom, Dad and Me Package proves ideal for youngsters aged three to six years.

These two-hour, semi-private lessons (child and parent) provide on-slope tools for both parties: little ones learn the basics while adults discover games and activities aimed to motivate their young charges along the mountain’s twists and turns.

As a bonus, this package packs it in with two nights accommodation, four two-day lift passes and tube park tickets.bigwhite.com

Further east at Kimberley Alpine Resort, the new beginner slope, Alpine Slide, offers an easier way down to the lower mountain from the top of Northstar Chair.

And while that may encourage newbies to go for the green (run) every time, it might also instill the confidence required to tackle a few of the resort’s 80 tree-lined runs or take on one of North America’s longest illuminated trails after the sun sets. The non-stop fall lines and heart-stopping steeps? Maybe next time. skikimberley.com

Dropping in for a Sochi to California comparison on vertical descents

Sochi Downhill

We’ve been watching a lot of NBC’s Winter Olympics coverage – speed skating, slopestyle skiing, halfpipe, hockey – and have been wrapped up in much of it.

A few minutes ago, @NBCOlympics posted on Twitter the image above with course info on the downhill portion of the men’s super combined. The vertical drop of 3,205 feet caught our attention, and we thought it would be worth checking http://mountainvertical.com to see how the mountains near Sochi compare with the ski resorts in California. Here’s what we found:

Mammoth: 2,885
Heavenly: 2,735
Squaw Valley: 2,389
June Mountain: 2,420
Northstar-at-Tahoe: 2,276
Diamond Peak: 1,741
Bear Mountain: 1,665
Mt. Rose: 1,635
Homewood: 1,625
Kirkwood: 1,622
Sierra-at-Tahoe: 1,590
Mountain High: 1,588
Alpine Meadows: 1,555

The best U.S. match to the 3,205 vertical descent of the mountain where the Olympics competition is happening now is the Lake Placid/Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort – the area where the 1932 Winter Olympics took place.

– Jerry Rice

Hope On the Slopes at Mountain High this Saturday

Join Hope On The Slopes this Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm for a full day of FUN.  Hope on the Slopes, Ski & Ride for a Cure, is a fundraising event for the American Cancer Society (ACS).

Help support its mission of eliminating cancer as a major health problem through research, education, advocacy and service.  For more information visithttp://www.mthigh.com/event/hope-slope


Jackson Hole Mountain reports more than 21 feet of snow

With the latest storm delivering 35 inches of snow in the last six days, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has now received over 21 feet of snow, season to date. Jackson Hole has been leading the Rocky Mountain region for snowfall for most of the winter and experienced record skier days so far this season.

“The snow is really shaping up in our favor as we head into the heart of winter; pretty much assuring that skiers and riders will find the snow conditions they desire well into April,” said President Jerry Blann.

February and March are exciting months in Teton Village with special events every weekend, including the Wyoming Special Olympics this week and over the weekend the Backcountry Basecamp, Feb. 8, 9.

March kicks off with the famous Dick’s Ditch Classic, a banked slalom race March 7-9 for skiing and March 14 -16 for snowboarding.  The fun continues with live Music Under the Tram every Saturday in March and the premiere music event of the spring, Jackson Hole Rendezvous with three nights of music.

The Rendezvous festival starts on March 27 in the town of Jackson, followed by two nights of music in Teton Village featuring Steel Pulse on Friday and Michael Franti on Saturday.