Glossies celebrate winter in Jackson Hole
From art to bars, one plank or two, magazines cover ski town lifestyle
By Sam Petri from the Jackson Hole News & Guide
Three magazines published in Jackson celebrate the winter season with new issues on newsstands now. Pick up a copy at your favorite coffee shop, or almost any other Teton County location, and read about how the skiers, snowboarders and residents of the valley entertain themselves when it snows. From features on Olympic skiers and art by professional snow-boarders to articles on the environment, there's something for everybody.
Jackson Hole Skier
The 2010-11 issue of Jackson Hole Skier captures the steep mountains, deep snow and extraordinary characters of Teton County. The annual winter guide, published by Bob Woodall and Wade McKoy of Focus Productions, features informative, engaging articles for visiting and resident skiers.
Take Jackson Hole News &Guide columnist Bert Raynes' opening article on winter wildlife. In it, Raynes explains the dos and don'ts of wildlife encounters on skis. For any Jackson Hole skier, this is useful information, as winter wildlife encounters are common.
Of course, at the heart of the magazine is a large section dedicated to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Although a lot has changed since the area opened in 1966, the reader learns from longtime resort employees that much of the sport of skiing is timeless — that people are having the same fun today as they did 44 years ago. The section has comments from Jackson Hole skiers spanning five decades — starting with Renny Burke, who has skied the resort since 1966, to newcomer and Jack-son Hole Skier cover athlete Andrew Whiteford.
Throughout, the magazine pays homage to Jackson Hole ski history while looking to-ward the future. Articles honoring Jackson's five U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Famers, fallen ski patroller Mark "Big Wally" Wolling and recently deceased ski legend Jimmy Zell are in there with articles on the resort's new Anomaly freeride ski team.
Not to be overlooked is the article on what Olympic medalist Josef "Pepi" Stiegler. calls the "best run of his life" at the 1961 Austrian National Championship in his
hometown Lienz. In it, Pepi recounts a gripping day in ski racing that can easily resonate with athletes of today.
The magazine makes sure to cover all the haunts of the Jackson Hole skier from. Snow King Resort's Town Downhill Race, to powder skiing at Grand Targhee Resort, the surrounding backcountry, and even helicopter skiing in Valdez, Alaska.
Beyond the sport of skiing, the winter guide profiles 10 area artists inspired by skiing. Mike Tierney and Lynsey Dyer comment on their artistic experiences within ski culture to round out the publication. Jackson Hole Skier magazine is free and available at 160 locations throughout Jackson Hole.
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