The Low-Down on the What's Up with JHSC
Howdy! JHSC is firing on all cylinders as we blast through our busiest time of year. Athletes are traveling near and far in search of the gold, the glory, and great life experiences. There's a lot of important and interesting information in this month's newsletter so make sure to scroll all the way down. ...Oh, and remember in the last newsletter when we mentioned a presentation by Brian Krill? Well, you probably figured out there was no presentation last night. We have rescheduled, so read on for the new date and details because you're not going to want to miss it.
JHSC Alumni Spotlight- Megan Grassell
Megan Grassell, CEO and Founder of Yellowberry is a former JHSC alpine racer. After recently being featured in an article on Forbes.com, we caught up with her to find out what kind of a role JHSC played in her life. Here's what she had to say:
"In terms of my experience with the JH Ski & Snowboard Club: I have honestly felt more similarities with Yellowberry and the JHSC than with Yellowberry and anything else. I learned self-discipline, work ethic and tenacity from racing. Perhaps more than anything else, I also learned that to attempt to do something really great not only takes time and is incredibly challenging, but it does not get easier. The challenge continues every day, but that’s what makes it incredibly fulfilling and meaningful. I believe that growing up ski racing prepared me for what I’m doing today better than anything else I could have done."
Click HERE to read the entire article at Forbes.com. Thanks to Megan for all her support of JHSC and congrats on your success!
Spur Re-Opening / JHSC Fundraiser
After a short term closing due to a burst water pipe, the Spur Restaurant in Teton Mountain Lodge is ready to re-open and they're including JHSC in the festivities. The Spur will host a re-opening party that will also be a benefit for the JHSC! We hope you'll join us and help celebrate two great Jackson Hole businesses.
- Thu, Feb 9th, 4-8pm
- In Spur Restaurant, Teton Mountain Lodge, Teton Village
- Live Music by B.O.G D.O.G
- Beer, wine, select cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres included
- $50 cover/donation per person, tickets available at the door
- All proceeds benefit JHSC
- Everyone is welcome!
Alpine Program & Race Dept
Pica's Margarita Cup-
With close to 140 racers on 23 teams, the Pica's Marg Cup has again proven that alpine ski (and snowboard) racing is alive and well in Jackson Hole. Come on out Monday, February 13th for the next race at Snow King Mountain. Thanks to our volunteers & sponsors: Pica's Mexican Taqueria, Snow King Mountain, Stio, and Aion. Click Poster at right for series details, results and live-timing link. Click HERE to check out a few photos from the January 30th Super G.
Race Calendar -
We have a couple weeks without races, then back into it for a busy second half of February. See events calendar at bottom of this email or click HERE for the full JHSC calendar and/or to sign up to help. Two of our signature annual races are coming up back to back at the end of February: (Wild West Classic & Sean Nurse Memorial) We hope to see you out there!
Brian Krill Presents:
The State of Sport in JH, the US & The World
Before coming to JHSC, Brian Krill spent three years at USSA researching sport participation and performance not only in club-level to Olympic-level skiing and snowboarding, but in many national and international governing organizations representing best practices in development of all types of sport.
On Thursday, March 2nd Brian will present information and research on long-term-athlete-development, trends in sport nationally and internationally, and how Jackson and the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club fits into this mix.
Regardless of what sports your child participates in, this presentation will map out the trends that are affecting young athletes as they develop into champions, both in sport and in life.
- Thursday, March 2nd
- 6pm - 7pm Presentation
- 7pm - 7:30pm Questions/Discussion
- Free to attend / open to the public
- Snow King Lodge Room, Snow King Center (below JHSC)
Volunteers- WE LOVE YOU!!
Many volunteers (and parents and athletes) braved sub zero temps to help out during our busy January event schedule. We truly appreciate everything our volunteers do for the Club! Without their hundreds and hundreds of volunteer hours, we would not be able to put on our 30+ home events each season. These events are a ton of work and truly are a community effort, so thanks again to everyone who helps make them run smoothly.
That said, we still have many volunteer positions to fill for the rest of the season. Please click HERE to sign up for a position/event that works for you. Thank you! Photo: Long time JHSC supporters and volunteers, Shannon Owens & Sue Bybee making sure things run smoothly at a recent Snow King Race.
Still time to Rally the Freeride Program!
Only 9 days left support the Freeride Program's RallyMe campaign. The campaign is to help support the effort to build competition-level terrain parks in Jackson Hole. The goal is $10,000 and our friends at Aion Board Shop of Jackson Hole have generously offered a $5,000 match to help us reach that goal. Please consider rallying behind the Freeride Program athletes by supporting this campaign and sharing it through your social media channels. Thank you for supporting the young rippers of the JHSC Freeride Program!
FRP Rally Me Campaign: https://ussa.rallyme.com/rallies/5526/jhscfreeride
In other Freeride Program News...
Congratulations to Rocky Vertone and Landgon Wolfe, the 2017 recipients of the Brent Newton Ski Foundation Scholarship! Each athlete received a $1000 scholarship to put towards event and/or equipment costs. Thanks to Sheryl Newton for 12 years of supporting our JHSC Freeride Program athletes as they chase their ski & snowboard dreams. Photo: Classic shot of Brent Newton from BNSF Facebook.
JH USASA Competition
The Freeride Program will host the Jackson Hole stop of the USASA Big Mountain West Ski & Snowboard Series. Come on out to cheer on the local rippers as they compete against athletes from around the Intermountain Region:
Click HERE for details on the USASA BMW series.
- February 10- Rail Jam at Snow King
- February 11- Slopestyle at Snow King
- February 12- Halfpipe at JHMR
Click HERE to register for the competitions.
25th Moose Chase Nordic Ski Race presented by
Join us on February 18th at the Trail Creek Nordic Center in Wilson, WY for the the Moose Chase Nordic Ski Race. Races for all ages and abilities including 3k, 5k, 15k, a 30k marathon (that skis like a 50K!), and even a mini 1/2k loop for our youngest Moose Chasers. The Moose Chase is part of JHSC's Triple Crown Series as well as the brand new Intermountain Nordic Marathon Series.
Grab the shuttle-bus from the Stilson lot and enjoy prizes, games, a raffle and lunch provided by the Bunnery. Special thanks to Skinny Skis, the JH Travel & Tourism Board and our many local sponsors!
Learn about the Triple Crown and register for the Moose Chase HERE Photos: 2016 Moose Chase shot by Mike Emmer
- JHSC Nordic Alumni Jesse Knori makes U23 Cross Country World Team: Details HERE | Jackson Hole News & Guide story HERE
- Learn about the Intermountain Nordic Marathon Series which includes JHSC's Moose Chase
- With one Junior National Qualifier (West Yellowstone) left, the IMD Nordic Team is taking shape. Follow JHSC athlete ranking HERE
- David King (U14) Annabel Hagen (U16), Anna Gibson (U18) maintain top positions in IMD ranking. Click HERE for photos from recent Sun Valley Skate Race
- Sun Valley JNQ race results HERE
- Photo: Chloe Stines, Sun Valley Skate race
JHSC Academic Coordinator Grace Tirapelle is a true "road" scholar after making the trip with the Alpine U16 team to the Soldier Mountain Downhill Camp and Race from Jan 22-25. Student athletes put in long, productive days, getting in lots of training runs on a challenging downhill course and studying in the evenings to start off strong in the new school semester. This represents the continued commitment of the JHSC to support the academic-athletic balance for all its student athletes.
The JHSC Academic Program is very proud to announce the Jackson Hole Middle School student-athletes who have made the school's Honor Rolls for their first-semester grades. Our athletes work hard on and off the snow, and we're proud of their commitment to both academic and athletic excellence. Click image to the right to see full Honor Roll.
Upcoming JHSC Events
for full event calendar)
- Feb 8 - Wednesday Night Lights Snow Jam, Snow King Mountain, 5p - 7:30p
- Feb 11 - Bank of Jackson Hole Club Series #3, Slalom, Grand Targhee
- Feb 11-12 - Cowboy Classic Masters Race, 2 GS, Snow King Mountain
- Feb 10-12 - USASA Series, Rail Jam, Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Snow King & JHMR
- Feb 13 - Pica's Margarita Cup, GS, Snow King Mountain
- Feb 15 - Wednesday Night Lights Snow Jam, Snow King Mountain, 5p - 7:30p
- Feb 18 - Moose Chase Nordic Ski Race presented by Skinny Skis, Trail Creek
- Feb 19-22 - Wild West Classic Elite FIS Series, 2 GS, 2 SL, Snow King Mountain
- Feb 22 - Wednesday Night Lights Snow Jam, Snow King Mountain, 5p - 7:30p
- Feb 24-26 - U14 Sean Nurse Memorial , 2 GS, 1 SL, Snow King
- Feb 25 - Bank of Jackson Hole Club Series #4, GS, Grand Targhee
- Feb 27 - Pica's Margarita Cup, SG, Snow King Mountain
Until next time... keep those tips up!