Thursday, February 11, 2016

Jackson Hole 50th Anniversary. Born to Be Wild Video Web Series Ep. 4

Jackson Hole has always drawn out the best in skiers and riders. Travis Rice, Pepi Stiegler, Doug Coombs, Tommy Moe, the Jackson Hole Air Force, Teton Gravity Research, and the ladies that dominate the Freeride World Tour, all call Jackson Hole home. Since 1966, Rendezvous Mountain has helped shape the evolution of modern day skiing and riding with the help of world champions, Olympians, and underground rebels who constantly challenged the boundaries of the sport.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Jackson Hole 50th Anniversary. Born to Be Wild Video Web Series Ep. 3

Corbet’s Couloir in Jackson Hole is North America’s most infamous ski run. It has been a test piece for thrill seeking adventurers for the last five decades. Anyone who has ever edged their ski tips into the gaping maw of Corbet’s knows the feeling. There is simply nothing like it in North American skiing. Steep, rocky and wild, Jackson Hole offers an unparalleled skiing experience, and it begins with Corbet’s Couloir.

 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

GoPro Powder 8's Grand Nationals


February 6’s Powder 8’s Grand Nationals in Jackson Hole could not have been a cooler, current take on an old-school classic competition. A triumphant return of the historic event to Cody Bowl’s Powder 8 face was a perfect alignment of conditions, weather, qualified skiers and a whole lot of ski spirit.
A purely GoPro video from the day's event.

Jackson Hole 50th Anniversary. Born to Be Wild Video Web Series Ep. 2

The glorious story of Jackson Hole in four short minutes. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort was founded in the early 1960’s on the basis of little more than a dream by its original founders, Paul McCollister and Alex Morley. From these humble beginnings, their dream was fully realized decades later by the Kemmerer family, whose shared passion was matched only by their business savvy and an indomitable commitment to seeing the dream through to completion. Under their stewardship since 1992, the Kemmerer family has guided the Resort’s development towards what it is today, mindful all the way of staying true to its core identity, its humble ethos, and the belief in its authentic western sensibility.

 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Jackson Hole 50th Anniversary. Born to Be Wild Video Web Series Ep. 1


Over its nearly 50 year history Jackson Hole has evolved, but the spirit remains bold and wild, as the last true bastion for all those who dare to live this dream. Jackson Hole was kick-started in the early 1960's by the passionate dream of its founders, Paul McCollister and Alex Morley. From humble and rugged beginnings, this dream was fully realized decades later with the ingenuity of a family with historic ties to the Cowboy State. In their tenure of ownership since 1992, the Kemmerer family has invested greatly in the prosperity of Jackson Hole and the state of Wyoming. With vast improvements to operations, lifts and infrastructure, they have ushered Jackson Hole Mountain Resort into its present-day luster and world-wide iconic status as "The Big One".
This winter Jackson Hole is celebrating that "Born to Be Wild" spirit all season long with events, the opening of the brand new Teton Lift and a video web series produced by TGR.
Jackson Hole was founded on a simple but bold idea; having the courage and conviction of your dreams. Nearly fifty years later Jackson Hole continues to evolve as the last true bastion for all for those who dare to live this dream.


Jackson Hole has long been a Winter Destination Mecca for skiers and snowboarders.
Jackson Hole is located 11 miles from the town of Jackson in Teton Village in the U.S. state of Wyoming, near the western border with Idaho. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is ranked #1 Overall Resort in North America by the annual SKI Magazine Reader's Poll. Jackson Hole boasts one of the longest, steepest continuous vertical drops of any ski area in North America. You can ski 4,139 leg-burning, vertical feet from 10,450 feet down to 6,311 feet. The ski resort receives an average of 360 inches of snowfall per year and gets people out on the hill with eight chairlifts, a gondola and the famous aerial tram.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Helly Hansen Ski Free the Film

This collaborative film project aims to express the ultimate love for skiing, and the rush of freedom and excitement the participants feel no matter whether they are skiing in resorts, backcountry, or on big mountains around the world. The footage submitted during Helly Hansen’s 2015 Ski Free campaign ranged from skiing leisurely groomed runs to untouched waist high powder and high altitude randonnée expeditions overlooking the alps, all expressing a universal passion toward the sport.
The user-generated material compliments the film’s backbone story of meeting Helly Hansen Ski Ambassadors Aurelien Ducroz and Kaylin Richardson. The end result is a 12-minute edit showcasing the universal love of skiing from freeride world tour champions, seasoned powder hunters, families on vacation and Olympic athletes.

Lara Gut Wins Garmisch Ski World Cup Super-G.


Lara Gut wins Garmisch Ski World Cup Super-G. Viktoria Rebensburg came in second just +0.15 behind and Germany's Lindsey Vonn took third +0.23 seconds out.
Lara Gut gave it all out in the second run to claim her 17th career World Cup win in challenging snow and weather conditions. Gut has completed a dream weekend for the Swiss Team after Carlo Janka victory in Jeongseon Super-G.
The 24-year-old managed to get her rhythm back and ski with a free mind to clock the winning time of 1:20.51.
"Yesterday, I wasn’t really skiing", Gut said. "I wasn’t doing what I can. Today was just about less thinking and more skiing and yeah, that was the answer. I just tried to ski and it went out the way I wanted. I felt great, so yes, everything is fine again".
Lara Gut's career-best result in Garmisch was fourth in the downhill in 2013.
"It’s always fun to be on top and it’s the first time I am on the podium in Garmisch, so that’s something different", Gut continued.
Local favourite Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany raced another impressive run to her fourth consecutive top-3 finish, the second in two days on home snow.
"It’s so cool", Rebensburg said. "Being on the podium twice in a row here in front of a home crowd. It is unbelievable. The crowd was cheering so loud for us and it was just a nice atmosphere. I’m really thankful and I’m really enjoying this moment now".
Lindsey Vonn rounded out today's podium.
"You know, it was tough conditions today", Vonn commented. "The snow was soft and like spring and I didn’t risk everything. I probably could have, but I don’t know. I fe el like I’m older and wiser now and to get to the finish healthy and be in third is still a pretty darn good day and the Broncos game’s tonight, so if they can win, it’ll make up for my third place".
With three super-G wins under her belt this season going into today's race, Vonn was poised to become the first woman to win the first four super-G events of a World Cup campaign.
"I can’t win them all", Vonn said at the press conference. "I tried my best to ski my best every day and I think I’ve done a pretty good job so far this season. You know, today was just not one of those days where I really felt like putting it all on the line. I’ve had a great season so far and I want to keep it going, so it’s better to be safe than sorry".

Carlo Janka Wins Jeongseon Super-G


Swiss Carlo Janka claims the win in the South Korean venue Jeongseon ahead of Christof Innerhofer (2nd +0.82) and Vincent Kriechmayr (3rd +1.06).
Janka fully took advantage of his low bib and took over the lead from bib 7 on. With this win, the Iceman, who won the Overall World Cup and became both World and Olympic Champion in 2009/10, earns his first Super-G win, which is also his 11th career win.
"It was not an easy Super-G today", said Janka. "I took some risks and everything worked out. The course had some difficult things in it, some jumps and some waves, but I took it and did a good run I think. That was the key today for me".
Italy's Christof Innerhofer made it to the podium for the first time this season. After several good results in downhill this season (4th in Santa Caterina, 5th in Wengen, 4th in Garmisch) his 13th career podium surprisingly came in a Super-G race.
"Everyone knows that super G is different than downhill", said Innerhofer. "and we saw in inspection that it will not be an easy super G, especially on the first part. I looked at Carlo [Janka] on the TV and said, 'Oh, those are good lines,' so I tried to do the same. I had a good feeling in the middle of the run. My feeling was good and it wasn't bad skiing and when I crossed the finish line and saw the second place and I had a really big smile".
Austria's Younggun Vincent Kriechmayr from Austria rounded out today's podium, +1.02 off Janka's pace. The current 4th of the Super-G standings laid down a strong run and skied to his 2nd career podium.
"I'm really proud about the result today", said Kriechmayr. "I was fast in the last Super-Gs, but I'd always make a little mistake and today I didn't make a mistake, so it's third place. I always like tricky and difficult courses, and today it was like this. The waves are not easy and the jumps, all together it was a really hard and difficult race. I'm always smiling when I see something like this".

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Grand National Powder 8’s Competition Returns to Jackson Hole

After a 15-year hiatus, and in celebration of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s 50th Anniversary, the Powder 8’s competition returns with GoPro as the presenting sponsor and its biggest prize money yet. With $10k on the line for the winners and bragging rights to transcend skiing history, the event is one not to be missed.
Competitors will be judged on synchronization, the symmetry of their 8’s and overall style as they leave their mark on Cody Bowl’s pristine face of powder. Jackson Hole’s Powder 8’s was first won by the legendary local Pepi Steigler and Peter Habeler.
The competition will be on the Powder 8 face of Cody Bowl just outside the ski area boundary on Saturday, February 6th starting at 10:30am.



Jackson Hole has long been a Winter Destination Mecca for skiers and snowboarders.
Jackson Hole is located 11 miles from the town of Jackson in Teton Village in the U.S. state of Wyoming, near the western border with Idaho. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is ranked #1 Overall Resort in North America by the annual SKI Magazine Reader's Poll. Jackson Hole boasts one of the longest, steepest continuous vertical drops of any ski area in North America. You can ski 4,139 leg-burning, vertical feet from 10,450 feet down to 6,311 feet. The ski resort receives an average of 360 inches of snowfall per year and gets people out on the hill with eight chairlifts, a gondola and the famous aerial tram.
Forbes Magazine ranked Jackson Hole as the Top Ski Resort In North America For 2016.

And the Winner in Garmisch-Partenkirchen Downhill is...Lindsey Vonn


No surprises today at Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The 31-year-old skied down the 2740-meter Kandahar course in 1:40.80, 1.51 seconds faster than Swiss's Fabienne Suter. Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg finished third, 0.34 seconds off the pace.
It is the second downhill victory in Garmisch-Partenkirchen for Lindsey Vonn, she won here also in 2012. She has also won three World Cup Super G races and one Slalom race on the Bavarian snow. She has only won more World Cup races in Lake Louis (18), Cortina d'Ampezzo (11) and Val d'Isère (6). Vonn skied one inch closer to the all-time wins record, earning World Cup victory No. 76 and her career 38th World Cup downhill victory.
"It was definitely a lot different today than it was in the training run", Vonn explained. "Pretty much a totally different course. It was about nine seconds faster, so I just had to be tactically smart in some sections and it was definitely bumpy. I know a lot of girls were having some trouble with the bumps and it was very flat light in some sections but I think I just executed well in the right places and was able to carry my speed through the course".
Switzerland's Fabienne Suter came second, while home crowd favourite Viktoria Rebensburg finished third, respectively 1.51 and 1.57 seconds off the pace.
Suter, who missed the speed races in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, after tearing a muscle just above her left knee in a training run, made her comeback in Cortina d'Ampezzo but had to be content with 18th place in the downhill. The 31-year-old demonstrated today she had completely recovered, by climbing onto the runner-up spot for the third time this campaign.
"You have to be brave because it was very dark and there were little bumps and you couldn’t see this", Suter said. "I’m happy I made it. I did well and I just enjoy this moment now . It’s nice to have a season with some podiums, I would like to do some more. Now we'll have some races in Switzerland with Crans-Montana, Lenzerheide and St. Moritz. I hope I can aloso perform well in Switzerland for all our fans, our friends", Suter continued.
Local hero Viktoria Rebensburg has been in scintillating form and landed her third podium in a row this season, the first one on the Bavarian snow.
"The first time on the podium in my home race in Garmisch means it is a really nice day for me", Rebensburg told reporters. "I really enjoy it now. Yeah, because it’s special for us, for sure. The people were awesome down here. Really good atmosphere and I really enjoyed skiing here".
"In the training run, there was less speed", she continued. "It was way softer and bally down here. Today, the good thing is it turned out pretty good and hard, but for sure, it was a huge difference compared to the first run, training run. You had to adapt. You had a way higher speed, but I mean, we saw it on the TV a bit and heard from the people around that for sure it’s different. Hey, then you just have to adjust to the conditions and try to get the best out of it".