On January 25th, the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race will take off from the Jackson Town Square for its 18th annual running. This year marks the expansion of the race's course from Wyoming into Montana, Idaho and Utah, covering a distance of 360 miles in nine days. The route will take the dogs and their mushers north into the Montana and Idaho sectors of Yellowstone National Park and then turn south along the Wyoming border before looping into Utah just northeast of Salt Lake City and finishing on February 2nd in Evanston, Wyoming.
You think your dog's got it good? Here's a tail-wagger for you if there ever was one. On September 22nd, the lucky dogs of Jackson Hole are all invited to the third annual Jackson Canine Carnival, which looks like the dog equivalent of getting a free pass to Disney World. Supported by a host of pet-centric and other local sponsors, the Carnival raises funds and free food for the Town-County Animal Shelter of Jackson Hole and Teton County, fetching $25,000 in chow alone last year.
It's not often an event can compete visually with the spectacular natural beauty of Jackson Hole, but once a year, the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival comes close. The 2012 Festival, marking the event's 28th year, takes place from September 6th through 16th, a long way from the opening of Jackson's first art gallery in 1963. The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival is now one of the nation's most important festivals of its kind.
Old Bill's Fun Run 2012 was a huge success, with over 3,000 people turning out to run, walk or watch on behalf of Jackson charitable causes supported by the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole! A glorious blue sky and spectacular weather set the scene for the day's events. Boy Scout Troop #268 was hard at work keeping riots from breaking out over a dwindling supply of Bunnery granola yogurt parfaits, and spectators of all feathers enjoyed the fun.
On a first trip to Jackson Hole, the spectacular Antler Arch makes someone like me, a city girl, wonder how many elk it took to build. As it turns out, just like in the movies, no elk were harmed in the making of this arch.
The 2012 Jackson Hole World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb officially kicks off on Thursday, March 22nd, and we're ready! The Climb draws hundreds of competitors annually to Snow King Mountain, where they race up a vertiginous incline rising 1,500 vertical feet to a panoramic summit overlooking the town of Jackson. Ten Thousand spectators descend on Jackson Hole each year, and after a bracing day in the valley's winter temperatures, they're all hungry.... and more often than not, they start the day out that way.