With 114" and counting, JHMR is firing up Big Red for the season this Saturday. | JHMR photo.
The wait is over! Jackson Hole Mountain Resort plans to open the Aerial Tram this Saturday December 3 as well as Sublette Chair and Bridger Gondola. With a continuous stream of snowfall flowing into the Tetons for the past few weeks (114 inches and counting), the resort is opening much of the upper mountain’s terrain and the full 4139 vertical feet available off the Tram. The newly replaced Thunder Lift is scheduled to open on Dec. 10, with an opening ceremony including live music and a ribbon cutting to follow on Dec. 17. The new Thunder high-speed quad lift operates at twice the velocity of the original Thunder and was installed this summer to replace the original, popular Thunder lift after decades of service. This will cut guests’ ride time in half from roughly seven minutes to under four minutes and facilitate access to 1,454 vertical feet of some of the most popular terrain on the upper mountain.
Atomic's Bent 110 will have you seeking out every pow stash you can find. | Andrey Shprengel photo. Atomic’s Bent Chetler has got to be one of the most recognizable powder skis around. It’s dual-rocker design, colorful graphics, and freestyle-inspired shape have put smiles on the faces of skiers for the last 14 years. Designed and developed with legendary freeskier and artist Chris Benchetler, and skied by all manner of Atomic athletes like Amie Engerbretson, Nick McNutt, and Kai
"Concerningly stairlike" sastrugi makes for great climbing. The skiing? That's for you to decide. | Max Ritter photo. “I think this bootpack might be the best part of our whole day,” I half-joked to my ski partner Max, who was working hard not to roll his eyes as we booted up a narrow couloir in the Tetons that from afar we had deemed “chalky.” Wind howled up the leg vents in my ski pants as I kicked steps up concerningly stairlike sastrugi, which was proving to be an excellent surface
Avalanche airbags might be one of the most divisive pieces of snow safety technology we have today. Folks tend to either swear by them, considering them a piece of equipment as essential as an avalanche beacon, or swear they’ll never wear one because “the bags are too heavy” or they’ll “lead to a false sense of security and thus bad decision making.” Whatever your thoughts may be, there’s really no doubt to the notion that they work well to save lives. While an airbag won’t prevent you from