Jackson Hole On Ice Weekend and Nashville Unplugged Gala
March 3 – 7, 2011
Join Spring Creek Ranch and the Jackson Hole Moose Hockey in supporting a great event benefiting the Jackson Hole Youth Hockey and the USA Warriors Hockey Program.
The On Ice Weekend is a unique fundraising event centered around the game of ice hockey. The goal of the On Ice Weekend is to favorably promote the game of hockey, foster new friendships, and support in the community of Jackson Hole. Check out the schedule of events on the On Ice Weekend Website.
The USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program has been organized to operate exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, for United States Military personnel wounded in defense of the United States in conjunction with the USA Disabled Hockey Program. The Program’s mission is to organize and administer an ice hockey program that provides a recreational, therapeutic experience and education to its participants. Some of the program’s purposes include, but are not limited to:
Encouraging the formation of ‘USA Warrior Hockey Programs’ locally and nationally;
To educate, train, motivate and encourage, individuals who have physical disabilities incurred during service to the United States, to participate in the sport of ice hockey in an environment that is adapted to the level of ability of the participating athletes;
To integrate people with disabilities with people without disabilities in order to promote awareness of challenges and to encourage team building;
To use the game of hockey to assist individuals with disabilities in developing self-confidence, adjusting to their new lifestyle, rehabilitation, self-reliance, concentration, and to assist in helping participants back into mainstream lifestyles they were accustomed to prior to their disability, that will help the individual be more successful both within and outside a hockey environment;
To educate and encourage the general public about disability sports and the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program in particular and to promote societal awareness of the sacrifices participants made in defense of our nation.
Thursday March 3, 2011 – Players Reception. Join us to meet and get to know the players that will take on the Moose Hockey team. Tickets are $25/person, Spring Creek Ranch, doors open at 7 pm.
Friday March 4, 2011 – Wild West Hockey Game at Snow King Arena. Tickets are $10/person at the door, game kicks off at 7pm.
Saturday March 5, 2010 – Nashville Unplugged Evening. Tickets are $150/person, Spring Creek Ranch, evening begins at 6 pm. Silent auction and performances by Bobby Pinson, James Dean Hicks, David Vincent Williams, and Tim Johnson.
Not a local? Need somewhere to stay? On Ice Weekend has a special package for those wishing to come to Jackson Hole and enjoy the weekend. American Airlines also has some great deals on air travel. Jackson Hole has been blessed with over 380″ of snow this season. Skiing will be epic!
Lots of interesting wildlife sightings on today’s safari including a shy porcupine perched cryptically in a cottonwood tree. These large rodents are fascinating and their unique ability to discourage most predators from bothering them thanks to their thousands of protective quills.
After a full day of wildlife watching, I returned home to find this little owl perched on my wife’s skis, which leaned against our house. I had only seen a Boreal Owl once before so to see one in my yard (and seemingly happy to be photographed) was a fantastic close to the day!!!
Another great Winter wildlife safari today! Highlights included coyotes scavenging, moose browsing, sage grouse flocking and a porcupine roosting. This great-horned owl was serenely perched in a cottonwoood tree turning its head back and forth while studying us. Eventually, we noticed the most remarkable part of this sighting which was a long-tailed weasel clutched in its talons.
Normally its white Winter coat serves as camouflage to prevent such incidents. If you look closely at this image, you can see its leg and tail underneath the owl.
Now through April 3rd buy two airline tickets to Jackson Hole and get more two free.
2011 is shaping up to be one of the best years on record in Jackson Hole. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort opened with a record 130” of snow, followed by unrelenting storms throughout December and January. Now with almost 330 inches of snow to date, lift ticket, lodging, and lunch package options starting at $79—it’s time to check Jackson Hole off the bucket list.
With non-stop flights from six major cities, a 15-minute drive from the airport to the resort, flying to Jackson Hole offers one of the shortest transit-times of any Rocky Mountain destination. This winter don’t miss the ski trip of a lifetime.
The last few safaris have been absolutely phenomenal with excellent sightings and interesting behaviors observed. This black wolf was seen in Grand Teton National Park along with a gray-colored wolf nearby and was one of many great animals seen.
Other sightings included moose browsing on cottonwood trees, a young golden eagle attacking bighorn sheep, mountain goats navigating steep cliffs, and a porcupine perched in a tree.
I was able to spend the last day of 2010 doing one of my favorite things…photographing a beautiful and relatively uncommon critter.
Pine martens are one of the only local weasels that regularly spend time in trees (often pursuing red squirrels) and this individual put on a phenomenal show! We commonly encounter their unique track pattern in the snow but only see the animal itself a handful of times each year. Thanks to Lance, Sophie and Steve for the heads-up on this great sighting!
Stay at Spring Creek Ranch and Heli-Ski the Teton Backcountry
Heli skiing in the Tetons could very well be one of the most astonishing thrills a powder hound will ever experience! One of the hallmarks of a winter trip to Spring Creek Ranch is a heli-ski adventure with the folks from High Mountain Heli Skiing. What could be better than coveted “face shots” on every run and extraordinary tree skiing on terrain that belongs to you, and only you, for the entire day?
Guests are treated to over 305,000 acres of terrain south of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort including all of the Snake River and Palisades Mountain Range. There’s plenty of powder stashes here on the Idaho side, too, at their disposal. This is the kind of backcountry experience nature intended.
After an incredible day carving your way down the mountains relax and rejuvenate at the Wilderness Adventure Spa where you can choose from a wide variety of luxury spa treatments, including deep tissue and sports massages.
Raccoons are not extremely common here in Jackson Hole so I was surprised to see this handsome critter in my yard the other night. Most trash containers in this area are bear-proof, so it wasn’t able to cause any trouble for us. Winter has arrived in full force and wildlife watching has been great.
We are seeing elk, mule deer and moose on Spring Creek Ranch regularly and many other animals nearby on our safaris including bighorn sheep, coyotes and eagles.
The vast majority of breeding birds have left Jackson Hole in search of warmer climates, but several birds including this Steller’s Jay will remain throughout the Winter. This image taken this morning shows the vibrant blue coloration of this jay’s wing and tail feathers and (simply by good luck) has a six-sided snow crystal which recently landed on this bird.
This lightweight brand of snowflake has landed in abundance during the past week, accumulating to over three feet of snow in the mountains and allowing Jackson Hole Mountain Resort to open all of its ski lifts this weekend.
Last weekend we found plenty of snow on and off the groomed trails atop snowmobiles.
During this snowmobile trip, we explored the trails of the Salt Creek Pass as did several other enthusiasts. We enjoyed a few signs of spring along the way on our fifty-seven mile round trip day and we loved every minute!
We stopped in a cabin that is perched on the top of one of the buttes that was built for snowmobilers to get warm and enjoy a quick meal before heading back out.
We are very fortunate to live where we do and we respect the beauty of the land for those who will come after us. Contact a Spring Creek Ranch concierge to get you set up for your own snowmobiling adventure.