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2020 National Gathering at Jackson Hole, WY, February 23 - February 29
NOTE : This is a living post and will be changed as new information becomes available (last updated 10/26/2019)​


The PugSki National Gathering for the 2019-2020 season will be held at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, from February 23nd through February 29th, 2020.(For resort information, see https://www.jacksonhole.com/)

As with most PugSki Gatherings, anyone and everyone are welcome, and everyone is responsible for their own travel, lodging, and lift ticket arrangements. Just be there the right week, and plan to meet up and have a great time. Some people come for the whole thing, some just for a few days - it's open to whatever works for you.

If you don't have lift ticket plans, many Gatherers will come with Ikon or Mountain Collective passes, which are great options for Jackson Hole. For more details, see https://www.ikonpass.com/, and https://mountaincollective.com/ .

Note on other resorts: At past events at Jackson Hole, some folks have taken the opportunity to ski Grand Targhee as well... there may be a day officially dedicated to Targhee. The 27th or 28th (Thursday or Friday) are most likely - see comments in the thread below. Snow King is also in Jackson, and has night skiing that some folks may choose to partake in too.


DAILY MEETUPS

The Daily meetup location is TBD... most likely it will be somewhere around the Bridger or Sweetwater Gondola base terminals. More details will be posted as they are determined.


TETON VILLAGE

The village map showing lift and building locations is included here for reference.


TUESDAY MEET AND GREET

On Tuesday, February 25th, after skiing for the day, Nomad Sports will be hosting a meet and greet for PugSkiers. Nomad is located in the bottom floor of the Alpenhof hotel in the village. We'll be meeting to "talk shop", and see a demonstration of their world class tuning machinery.

RENTAL DEAL

In addition to the meet and greet, Nomad will be offering special discounts on demo ski rentals, which include Stockli, Kastle, and Bomber. More details to come.


GROUP LEVELS

We typically try to sort into groups in the morning or after lunch with those at similar skill levels. If you're joining a group, please be realistic about assessing your ability with regards to the group you belong in. Jackson Hole's terrain can be downright gnarly so please consider your physical condition, ability to ski a given trail (as opposed to “able to get down it”) and whether your gear fits the conditions if it’s a significant powder day. You can change groups, but that can be difficult once everyone is out on the the hill.

  • Intermediate- You prefer groomed terrain and avoid moguls if possible. You may avoid powder and terrain like glades and narrow runs.
  • Intermediate / Advanced- Generally you are comfortable on Intermediate (blue) terrain and need to pay attention (but don’t panic) on groomed (black) single diamond terrain. You may venture off into some boot-top (or less) powder on the edge of the trail. Not a big fan of moguls, but you can work your way through the smaller ones. It may be time to explore the (widely spaced) trees on an easier Intermediate run.
  • Experts - You generally ski the whole mountain. You can make your way through the vast majority of snow and terrain conditions but still may need to pay attention (vs just being on auto-pilot) in bumps, heavily treed terrain, open bowls with rock or avi debris and tight chutes. Intermediate terrain is for getting back to the lifts. It’s black and double black diamond for you.
  • Extreme- Anywhere / Anytime / any conditions. You want to go where the others aren’t. In other words…you wouldn’t hold anyone back ever.

Intermediate groups may have guides - members familiar with the mountain - to help with lift and run selection and keep safe and having fun.

Advanced and expert groups will likely be self guided (though often members may be familiar with the mountain).

We try our best to get a guide in every group every day but we don't always have enough guides to accomplish that. This is why the upper level groups will likely need to be “self guided”. We have done this successfully in the past by mixing new comers to the areas with those who are familiar with the area they are skiing that day.


LODGING

Most attendees will likely stay in the Teton Village at the resort, or in the town of Jackson. There is bus service available from many places, or you can drive to the resort if you have a car. Many Gatherers will share lodging, and some folks may have rooms/beds available as they book. A separate thread has been created to discuss lodging arrangements, and can be found here :

https://www.pugski.com/threads/2020-jackson-gathering-accommodations-questions-advice-shared-group-rentals-etc.16017/


PARKING AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Driving and parking details for can be found here : https://www.jacksonhole.com/by-car.html

Public Transportation info and schedules can be found here : https://www.jacksonhole.com/getting-around.html


ROLL CALL

If you're going to join us, please add your name to the Roll Call thread, here : https://www.pugski.com/threads/2020-jackson-hole-gathering-roll-call.16036/

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Jackson Hole!!



 
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Hey Jerez - plan for the worst and hope for the best. I'm just fine with booting up in the Ranch lot, although I've found a better spot that shall remain nameless. Let's see how this plays out. Plenty of time to work this out.
 

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We (@utskier and me) would be interested in a Targhee day. Just priced JH tickets without a pass, and there's no way we'll be taking a day, let alone several days, over there. Any others interested in a day at Targhee? We can show people around if they aren't familiar with the mountain.
 

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TUESDAY MEET AND GREET

On Tuesday, February 25th, after skiing for the day, Nomad Sports will be hosting a meet and greet for PugSkiers. Nomad is located in the bottom floor of the Alpenhof hotel in the village. We'll be meeting to "talk shop", and see a demonstration of their world class tuning machinery.
Please note the addition of this on Tuesday. Gov Carrington, who many here know from other trips to Jackson Hole is offering a party for us at Nomad to see their new tuning center along with special tuning deals for those of us who may find a rock or two during our visit. Gov will also be offering special prices on demos from The Mud Room. The Mud Room's demos aren't your typical glorified rental skis but actually premium demo skis with meticulous tunes. We will have access to skis from DPS, Kastle, Stockli and Bomber. Here is an examle of the type of skis we have access to: Kastle Supra and Bomber Pro Terrain.
 

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We (@utskier and me) would be interested in a Targhee day. Just priced JH tickets without a pass, and there's no way we'll be taking a day, let alone several days, over there. Any others interested in a day at Targhee? We can show people around if they aren't familiar with the mountain.
@ChunderBlunder and I will definitely do a Targhee day. Every time we go to JH we do at least one GT day. They usually get more snow over there than JH. We’ve been to GT a few times now and have yet to actually see the mountain. Every time we’ve gone it’s been white out.
 

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For those interested in local skiing besides Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, here's a lift ticket deal:

https://tvdealclub.com/kifi/4838152-kifi-kidk-kxpi

$59 gets you half off a one day pass to Snow King, Grand Targhee, Pebble Creek, Pine Creek, and Kelly Canyon. You can use the pass once for each resort, and it covers 2 adult full-day tickets. I've skied all 5 places, and each is worthy in it's own way. Snow King and Targhee are no-brainers, and if you are driving in from Idaho Falls, Pocatello, or Salt Lake City the other resorts are in play.
 

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Based on this discussion, I added a note to that effect in the write-up in the OP.
And we have put it on our calendar to take some time off and spend a few days up there. :D
 

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