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Any Jackson Hole Vertical Foot Club Members Here?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Any other Bears members in the Jackson Hole Vertical Foot Club ?

 

If so, how many life time vertical feet recorded in the Vertical Foot Club?

 

Last year myself and two of my buddies completed the 1 Million Vertical Feet to collect our third belt buckle.  The pin you get for completing 100,000 vertical feet is also very nice. 

 

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post #2 of 12

that's so odd. th_dunno-1[1].gif

 

Must be buckles for visitors, as JH locals would be slacking not to have a million by the end of January, if not December on a decent year, just running the math. 100,000,000' would represent a significant milestone.

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

Yup.  If you read the fine print no locals allowed in this club.  You must be an out of state resident. 

post #4 of 12

Well, OK then.

 

that (visitors only) is useful information for this thread. (we don't really get to read the fine print, so you are tasked with making your post make sense without it.)

 

get some, around a million, boys!

post #5 of 12

Sure enjoyed my 7 days at JH last Feb...Perhaps the most challenging mountain in the US!  For anyone who likes steeps it's their venue!  Great, great place!  It and T-ride are my favorites!

post #6 of 12

Curious, how do they track vertical for this?

post #7 of 12

The program has been around for decades.  It was started back when JH's advertising slogan was "Ski the Big One".  The idea was that you could ski huge amounts of vertical while on your weeklong ski trip to Jackson Hole. 

 

There was a small prize for skiing 100,000 vertical feet in a week and a little nicer prize for skiing 150,000 vert in a week.  They used to give out a little booklet that allowed you to write down how many times you rode each lift each day and then calculate your total vertical for the day and for the week.  Nowadays, you can use the app JH Tapped to automatically log your vertical.  JH Tapped has JUST become available for Android phones, after being exclusively an iPhone thing for a couple of years.

 

That original program naturally led to people keeping cumulative totals for successive trips to JH, and they started giving prizes for 500,000 feet and 1,000,000 and so on.  My wife still has a very nice one-piece ski suit that she got when she passed 2 million feet about 20 years ago.

 

Here's the link to the program:  http://www.jacksonhole.com/mountain-info/vertical-foot-club.html

post #8 of 12

Okay, that explains it.  I was thinking 1 mill was a normal season for me and wondering what the hoopla was about.  
 

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Originally Posted by catskills View Post

Yup.  If you read the fine print no locals allowed in this club.  You must be an out of state resident. 



 

post #9 of 12

As originally conceived, I thought the 100,000 vertical foot pin was a neat thing. It marked Jackson as a mountain for real, serious skiers, plus, in the days of slow lifts, it showed off the Tram as only 5 rides as day would get the needed skiing in. In the early days, I went there with a goal of getting the pin. It's nice it's being continued for those who have a history of going to Jackson, but, it would no longer be important to me. Maybe I'm just getting old, but...

 

I go to Jackson to ski the whole experience, and, that means not doing groomers as a way of life. A friend who always got the "pin" skied with our group one day, and left after a few runs because the terrain was not permitting him to get his needed feet done. The mountain beats me up. At day's end, it more about the different places and experiences, not, how much vertical was skied. With the Gondola, getting up the mountain quickly is much easier, more vertical today is not as difficult as in the past. Heck, at my home mountain, I can get 20K of skiing done in a morning, but, it's sure not Jackson skiing. I salute anyone who skis Jackson's featured terrain and still gets the required vertical in a day.

 

 

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

+1  I agree with Living Proof.  JH is all about exploring and  finding different lines through the trees, finding powder where nobody typically goes, and exploring all that non-groomed terrain.  Its not  about the vertical.  That goes without saying.  For our group it was fun to sit down at the end of the day and spend 5 minutes checking off the the number of times you rode each lift on this card we picked up form customer service under the TRAM.   At the end of the week we would all add up the vertical feet for the week.  It seemed silly at first but it was fun.  Our now 70 year old senior citizen in the group would usually beat everyone on vertical feet since he would do laps on the groomers every day.  It was fun to get the pin for 100,000 vertical feet, bronze belt buckle for 300,000 vertical feet, silver buckle for 500,000 vertical feet, and the gold buckle for 1,000,000 vertical feet.  An added incentive, we started getting a free one day lift pass mailed to us each summer for being members of the JH vertical foot club. 

 

I am sad to say after 9 consecutive years at Jackson Hole, this year our group will not be making the annual trip out to Jackson Hole.  Due to various family illnesses of members in our group we will have to cancel.   Hopefully we plan to regroup next year.   I will be calling Village Center Inn (VCI) to cancel our Feb 4 to Feb 11 reservation later today.  You might be able to pick up that week if you time it right.   VCI is 25 feet from the TRAM and has a full kitchen. 

 

Jackson Hole is a very special place like no other.   

post #11 of 12

About finding a secret stash at a place like Jackson or Squaw, there is a problem. If there is a secret powder stash, the locals know it, and ski it, usually by 11am. So if there are no tracks on what looks like a tasty line, beware, because there is likely a good reason (not always, but is that a risk you are willing to take?). I see visitors quite frequently on this mission and feel bad about their gear which they destroy on rocks where nobody typically goes. 

 

Example: cold powder day. the top of a large face is always wind scoured scree, with a couple passages through it. the dry powder covered the scree from view, but did not cover it sufficiently to support a skier above the scree. We know that, we know what is under the snow because we know the mountain. This man, however, did not know what was under the powder which lies under the chair. He headed straight for a virgin powder field (where no one ever goes) that would never hold him. He was doing a very nice retro wedeln on a low angle slope heading for trouble. When he unknowingly transitioned from the main run with packed snow under the powder to the scoured scree field with no base at all he did about 3 or 4 more turns which destroyed his skis and then did an awkward dry dock forward fall onto the rocks still carrying a bit of speed, landing on his face. We watched in dismay from the chair above. Someone likely laughed.

 


 

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Originally Posted by catskills View Post

+1  I agree with Living Proof.  JH is all about exploring and  finding different lines through the trees, finding powder where nobody typically goes, and exploring all that non-groomed terrain.  Its not  about the vertical.  That goes without saying.  For our group it was fun to sit down at the end of the day and spend 5 minutes checking off the the number of times you rode each lift on this card we picked up form customer service under the TRAM.   At the end of the week we would all add up the vertical feet for the week.  It seemed silly at first but it was fun.  Our now 70 year old senior citizen in the group would usually beat everyone on vertical feet since he would do laps on the groomers every day.  It was fun to get the pin for 100,000 vertical feet, bronze belt buckle for 300,000 vertical feet, silver buckle for 500,000 vertical feet, and the gold buckle for 1,000,000 vertical feet.  An added incentive, we started getting a free one day lift pass mailed to us each summer for being members of the JH vertical foot club. 

 

I am sad to say after 9 consecutive years at Jackson Hole, this year our group will not be making the annual trip out to Jackson Hole.  Due to various family illnesses of members in our group we will have to cancel.   Hopefully we plan to regroup next year.   I will be calling Village Center Inn (VCI) to cancel our Feb 4 to Feb 11 reservation later today.  You might be able to pick up that week if you time it right.   VCI is 25 feet from the TRAM and has a full kitchen. 

 

Jackson Hole is a very special place like no other.   



 


Edited by davluri - 12/28/11 at 9:14am
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 

Good point but after skiing JH for 9 years you get to know the place.  One morning after 18 inches of new powder  I had an early tram ride up, not the first TRAM by any means, and skied down toward Cheyne Bowl.  When I stoped and looked at Cheyne bowl I couldn't believe it.  There was not one track down it.  About 10 people were on the rim  looking.  I immediately changed my plans and dropped in first yahoo.gif when I got to the bottom of the bowl, I see about 30 people had dropped in behind me. 

 

I know everyone gets a little nervous when they don't see any other tracks.  My buddy and I had a similar experience getting the first tram at snowbird one morning.  Everyone got off and started off to BC.  There was even an helicopter that had just dropped off some customers just before the first tram got up there.  Both of us are are looking at this huge bowl with no tracks, wondering ah what is wrong with this picture. We dropped in and couldn't believe we had first tracks not far from the TRAM. 

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