JACKSON — It all came together for Jerry Blann in his final year as president of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort as the ski area racked up a record 634,500 skier days.“It was planned,” Blann said jokingly. “But seriously, I arrived in Jackson in ’95, when we did 295,000 visits. A lot of effort from an amazing number of people and a lot of capital went in to get to this point, but we’re also learning how to mitigate and manage those skiers at peak times. I always say it starts and ends with the mountain, and I think we’ve done a good job of capturing that culture.”While this year beat the previous record set in 2013-14 by more than 70,000 skier days, perhaps the most noteworthy part of this season’s totals is that the resort increased skier days by 13 percent without surpassing the single-day record.“People don’t necessarily see it, but we’re quietly working to spread our business out so that the impact is less … [Read more...] about Jackson Hole Mountain Resort sets attendance record
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(AP) JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. - Every August, the world's financial markets shift their attention from the centers of global commerce - New York, London, Tokyo - to a mountain valley in northwest Wyoming. On Friday, they will hear a speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. So how did Jackson Hole, Wyo., come to wield such outsize importance in global economic affairs? In a word, trout. For four years starting in 1978, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City hosted an annual conference at different sites and different times of year. The event drew little attention outside the insular world of economic analysts. What do Americans think of the rich?Will Bernanke launch QE3 from Wyoming?Federal Reserve: Retail sales boost economy Inspired by a conference the Boston Fed held near a picturesque New Hampshire site where the tearjerker "On Golden Pond" was filmed, the Kansas City Fed held its 1981 conference in scenic Vail, Colo. Still no luck. The Vail meeting drew the conference's … [Read more...] about Why world markets focus on Jackson Hole, Wyo.
While the world’s eyes will soon turn to the Winter Games in South Korea, the network that produces the television for those eyes won’t be hosting its VIPs in PyeongChang. Instead, NBC’s wine-and-dine hospitality program for heavy-hitting sponsors will be held in Jackson Hole. It’s the first time the network has not hosted Olympic hospitality in the host country. (At the 2004 Summer Olympics, in Athens, the network held hospitality events in Bermuda, as well as the host country of Greece.) The network insists that the decision to move hospitality to Wyoming was based on hotel room availability, not political tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Three years ago, when organizers began assessing the lodging needs of athletes, volunteers, media and nearly 2,000 NBC workers, NBC quickly realized accommodations around the rural host city of PyeongChang would be limited — especially for a television network trying to impress high-rollers with a rich array of … [Read more...] about NBC to host Olympic VIPs in Jackson Hole, not PyeongChang
BRECKENRIDGE, COLO. -- Skiers and snowboarders just got a big Christmas present, courtesy of Breckenridge ski resort. On Wednesday, the new lifts opened for the first time on Peak 6 in one of the most popular ski areas in the world. This is by far the largest ski resort terrain expansion in the country this season, and one of the highest-profile ones in many years.Breckenridge, about 90 minutes west of Denver and now in its 52nd season, was the second-most-popular ski resort in the nation last winter (in skier visits), just barely behind sister resort Vail. But while Vail and other glitzy resorts like Aspen and Deer Valley attract jet-setters from all over the world, Breckenridge's bread and butter has always been families from across the country and drive-market locals, with a very high rate of annual repeat guests. The former mining town — which includes the largest historical district in Colorado — is full of family-friendly condos and a wide range of lodging and dining … [Read more...] about Breckenridge’s big expansion: The sky’s the limit for skiers
On Aug. 21, a swath of the USA will plunge into darkness. The highly anticipated solar eclipse will cross 12 states from Oregon to South Carolina, and travelers are clamoring to get into its path.We asked USA TODAY Network reporters to tell travelers what to expect in their regions, and how to find accommodations (hurry, they’re going fast!)But don't worry if you can't get a room. There are also plenty of viewing parties going on all over the country. Moving from west to east: OREGONThe first state to see the total solar eclipse Aug. 21 at 10:15 a.m. local time is also going to see big crowds traveling into the 67-mile wide path of totality. Between 1 and 2 million people are expected to swarm the state, along with thousands of Oregonians.Most hotel rooms and public campsites are sold out, some reserved more than a year ago. But, as of Friday evening, there were still a few options available for people who caught eclipse fever late in the game. Among them are public … [Read more...] about Solar eclipse lodging still available in several states, but act fast!
Jackson Hole strikes that rare balance between nature and nurture. And for a town of such diminutive proportions that's better known for its high-octane winter sports than its sedate summers, that's surprising. But don't question it; embrace it, and you'll be richly rewarded by this incredibly scenic little corner of Wyoming. Jackson - the central town in the Jackson Hole valley - is tiny and encircled by the Grand Tetons, the youngest of the Rocky Mountain ranges, in what was once considered frontier territory. Yet one of the many myths it shatters is that size is an accurate reflection of quantity and quality. It's not. Though the year-round population is a shade under 9,000, the spa choices alone are enough to make you do a double take: organic body treatments at the new LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the ultimate eco-friendly accolade) Hotel Terra's rooftop Chill Spa; local ingredients like mesquite-tree powder, sagebrush and red-clay mud … [Read more...] about Jackson Hole, Wyoming, has everything from wildlife sightings to creature comforts
Everybody's got green on the brain these days, and not just because it's Earth Day on Wednesday. The travel industry has been on board the eco-bandwagon in a big way lately, with hotels and resorts practicing sustainability, promoting carbon neutrality and investing in community givebacks in consumer-friendly ways that translate into savings for everyone, Mother Earth included. In celebration of Earth Day, here's a guide to getaways near and far that are not only making the planet green, they can save you some green. CLOSE TO HOME Hybrid drivers not only reduce their carbon footprint, they get free lodging in Ithaca, N.Y. Ranging from a garden yurt (a dome-shaped building) to a repurposed 1850s barn, four eco-friendly B&Bs are rewarding alternative autos with a free night on stays of two nights or longer through May 10. The participating B&Bs are Climbing Vine Cottage, an elegant yurt that sleeps six (www.climbingvinecottage.com); Frog's Way B&B and Wild Goose … [Read more...] about Earth Day signals a trend in eco-travel
Your deadline has officially arrived. Give yourself a big pat on the back for avoiding the crazy-busy and expensive holiday season. Now the mountains - whether in New England or the West - are yours for the taking. The hard part: Where to take the kids when snow resorts around the country are trying to outdo each other rolling out the red carpet for families with torchlight parades, big fuzzy mascots, beginner terrain parks, designated family areas on the slopes and even free homemade chocolate chip cookies at the end of the ski day. There's plenty of off-the-slope action, too: ever-expanding spas and hot tubs, snowshoeing and ice skating, snowmobiling and tubing, evening entertainment and lots of fireplaces ideal for cozying up with a good book. Did we mention free skiing for the kids? Some 245 ski resorts from Vermont to California offer some sort of free deal for kids, though most are for kids 6 and younger. Check the National Ski Areas Association Web site at www.nsaa.org for … [Read more...] about A family ski-for-all
There are two unforgettable images that visitors to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village, Wyo., take home with them. The first is that of the magnificent Teton range, jutting boldly into a bright blue sky. The second is that of the fire-engine red Aerial Tram, an old-fashioned lift that carries passengers 4,139 feet up to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain. Next season, visitors will have to settle for just the Tetons. After more than 40 years, the tram is closing due to old age (replacing parts on the system would create a domino effect of repairs that could cost $15 million-$18 million). But next season, guests will still be able to ski or ride 100% of the mountain thanks to the resort's interim plan: A temporary double-chairlift will be constructed up Rendezvous Bowl, to the left of where the tram operated. Additionally, 18 cabins will be added to the mountain's Bridger Gondola, increasing capacity by an additional 600 skiers per hour. "Locally, it's very emotional," says … [Read more...] about JACKSON HOLE OFFERS A FLURRY OF FUN
The top ski resort hotels in North America, from Conde Nast Traveler's 10th annual readers' poll: 1. Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek, Colo. 2. Sonnenalp Resort of Vail, Colo. 3. Four Seasons Resort, Jackson Hole, Wyo. 4. Fairmont Chateau Whistler, British Columbia 5. St. Regis Resort, Aspen, Colo. 6. Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, Mont-Ste.-Anne, Quebec 7. Little Nell, Aspen, Colo. 8. Stein Eriksen Lodge, Deer Valley, Utah 9. Summit at Big Sky, Mont. 10. Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa, Colo. Join the Conversation: … [Read more...] about TOP TEN 10 MUST-SCHUSS SKI RESORTS