With all of the hubbub surrounding the Ikon Pass and Epic Pass, it's easy to forget that there are, in fact, mountains that are on neither the Epic Pass nor Ikon Pass. "But wait," the people ask, "Isn't it illegal to go skiing without an Ikon or Epic Pass?" In many places, yes. But there are a few places, like Mission Ridge, WA, Little Switzerland, WI, and Bolton Valley, VT, where small, independently-owned ski areas persist.
In a slightly ironic turn of events, 44 of these independent resorts have banded together under their own pass: The Indy Pass. Offering 88 days of skiing at 44 resorts across North America, the Indy Pass is a steal at a mere $199. For a full list of participating resorts, see the Indy Pass website here.
We are deeply saddened to report the passing of local snowboarder Mike McKelvey. Yesterday, McKelvey was caught in an avalanche on Togwotee Pass. He was caught in a slide after hitting a jump and was buried under 12 feet of snow. His partners were able to swiftly locate him, dig him out, and perform CPR, but McKelvey later passed away in Idaho Falls. As an avid snowboarder, Mckelvey was deeply intertwined with the Jackson community. He was part of the JHMR Park and Pipe Crew, interned
A man was killed in an avalanche on Monday in Grand Teton National Park on the north side of 25 Short. National Park Rangers and Teton County Search and Rescue officials were called to the avalanche which occurred in the Broken Thumb Couloir. Avalanche danger was reported as Considerable, with concern about persistent slabs and wind slabs. The victim was identified as Matthew Brien, a 33-year-old local snowboarder. This is the third avalanche death in the Tetons in the last seven days,
For the better part of 2021, ski patrollers at several large ski resorts in the Western US have made headlines as they negotiate their contracts to reflect the dedication they put into their jobs. For those of us that ski at a resort regularly, or even have at all in our lifetimes, we know that ski patrol is an essential part of not just staying safe, but also having a good time on the mountain. This season especially, it’s felt like ski patrollers could use a little extra love as they’ve