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Waiting for Next Season at Jackson Hole

Waiting for Next Season at Jackson Hole

[ July 27, 2010 - 11:33am ]
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Jackson Lowers Pass Prices
Dek: 
Jackson Hole announces changes for next season (lower pass prices!) that promise to keep the hard core happy.

Sadly, I think I took my last run of the season at Jackson Hole yesterday. As we headed up the tram, skis in hand, we got more than a few strange looks from the paragliders, hikers, and sightseers in the box. “What are you guys doing with those skis?” asked one curious onlooker. “Going skiing, of course,” I replied, pointing toward Cody Peak and some thin ribbons of snow. With a “you must be crazy,” look, that I’ve unfortunately become all too familiar with, the onlooker shrugged his shoulders and returned to gazing over the Tetons. . Sure, the snow was a bit runneled and we had to hike across some bare spots, but the run off Cody was, for the lack of a better word, awesome. As we made our way back to the tram in the scorching heat, I was overcome with the bittersweet feeling of the final run of the season. Luckily, Jackson announced last week a series of improvements that will keep skiers hungry for the next four months.

Most significantly, Jackson announced the Grand Pass, an unrestricted season pass for $1,255: a 25% discount from last year. “The Grand Pass represents our biggest commitment ever to making unlimited skiing on this mountain as accessible as possible,” said Jackson Hole Mountain Resort president Jerry Blann, adding “We have not seen prices this low in well over two decades.” Also new this winter are Peak Packs, with options for 10 day, 20 day, or weekend passes for $595, $1,015, and $789, respectively.

Blann notes the reduction in prices as a response to guests wanting the freedom to ski whenever they like, for a similar price to what used to only provide limited access. “We understand that value and the freedom to ski anytime are the highest priorities for our guests,” he said.

Chief marketing officer Chip Carey elaborates, “Grand Pass holders need never miss a lap on a powder morning, and will often find themselves coming out to catch the last few trams of the day.” In the past limited pass holders might be concerned about “using” days, the Grand Pass provides the freedom to ski whenever, even if it’s only for a few laps.

In addition to a reduction in season pass prices, Jackson announced the addition of a Burton Stash Park. The unconventional park will combine natural terrain and hits with a staff that ensures the features are perfectly shaped. “The Stash concept is a perfect fit for Jackson Hole—we already have insane terrain that lends itself to freeride freestyle all over the mountain,” says Jackson Hole athlete Rob Kingwill. “By having a crew dedicated to making sure the natural hits are well shaped, as well as enhancing other terrain and creating new possibilities, Jackson Hole will truly be the world's best natural terrain park."

The strange looks and random questions about our foreign equipment continued on the ride down. I took the questions in stride, knowing that no matter how I elaborated, there was no way to explain the satisfaction I got from schussing that thin white ribbon that was difficult to see, let alone ski. While it was sad to see the snow retreating from even the most protected pockets around Rendezvous Mountain, I happily rode the tram back down—with even greater anticipation for the next time I’d ride it back up.

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You couldnt ski this year but

You couldnt ski this year but i think some gud is waiting for you the next year.

JHMR is a place where you can get awesome experience about skiing.

Also the reduction in the passes will attract even more tourists there.

Jackson Hole is easily one of

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Jackson Hole is easily one of the world's most supremely awesome resorts, and with areas like the Hobacks and Moran Woods, it makes perfect sense to shape some of those huge boulders into places that guarantee a safe landing. Keep up the incredible work, JHMR -- you've got a huge fan with the SKI BUMS crowd!

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