Jackson Hole Slopeside Properties + Crystal Mt this afternoon
Imagine being on your last ski run, and heading down the mountain straight to your slopeside residence. You take off your boots, kick up your feet, and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while watching the skiers come down the mountain. There are many places where you can achieve this by owning property slopeside next to the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village.
One of the many ski-in/ski-out options are the Tram Tower residences which include12 units in total. Built in the early 1990’s, the complex is located right off of the Lower Tram Line ski run. There are 2, 3, and 4 bedrooms units in the community that each come with underground parking. The Tram Tower community also has many amenities including a pool, tennis court, gym, hot tub, sauna, and men’s and women’s locker rooms. The complex has resort zoning, so owners can enter their unit into a short term rental program if they choose. A 2 bedroom townhome in the Tram Tower development lists for $ 1,745,000 and a 4 bedroom will run up to about $ 2,950,000.
Crystal Springs, located at the base of the mountain was completed in 2003. The ski-in/ski-out building is situated in the heart of Teton Village and is steps away from restaurants, shops and bars. The units are finished with granite counters, stainless appliances, hardwood floors, and fireplaces. One underground parking space comes with each condo. A 3 bedroom and 3 and a half bath condo will typically cost you between $ 2,200,000 and $ 2,495,000.
Another ski-in/ski-out option is the Teton Mountain Lodge, a condo-hotel project that was completed in 2002. The property functions like a hotel; however, the units are individually owned. Each condo owner has the option of putting their unit in the rental pool, where they can earn rental income. The hotel has a restaurant, spa, pool, 20-person hot tub, yoga room and fitness facility. With an on-site property management company, owners can truly enjoy worry-free ownership. A one bedroom studio in the Teton Mountain Lodge lists for approximately $ 565,000 and a 3 bedroom penthouse runs up to $ 2,895,000.
Owning a condo at the Four Seasons is another great way to be on the ski slopes while living in the lap of luxury. The five-star, five-diamond hotel has world class services and amenities including a full-service spa, 2 restaurants, ski valet, kids club room, pool, fitness facility, ski concierge and much more. The outdoor fire place allows owners and guests to relax by the fire while watching the skiers and snowboarders make their way down the mountain. The listing price for a condo in the Fours Seasons starts at $ 2,950,000 and goes up to around $ 3,800,000.
These are just a few examples of the many ski-in/ski-out real estate options in Teton Village. It is a great thing to be able to enjoy the beauty of the Jackson Hole area along with your favorite winter sport; however, it is even more magnificent to enjoy these moments with complete convenience and ease.
Caroline Mancill Kelm is a real estate agent living and working in Jackson Hole. www.searchjacksonholerealestate.com
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Crystal Mt this afternoon
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An Update from John Kircher
October 3, 2014
Last year, on October first, Crystal skied 100 lucky customers in Green Valley on what turned out to be some of the best snow of the first half of winter. That won’t happen again this year unless we give in to several of our keenest staff members who belong to the “one inch club”.
However, as we get ready for a more normal opening —?— there are several additions and improvements to the mountain worth noting. Some have already been highly publicized, like the new Chair Six. This is a beauty. It has a wider gauge which means that the chairs will pass each lift tower with quite a bit more clearance. Advantage? Windy day operations are improved. With more clearance and chairs that weigh more than twice what the old chairs did, there should be a reduction in wind closures. The bottom area is wider and more open. We took a bit more rock out of the top unload area but the larger job to create meaningful room must wait till next summer. Ski bases and edges—beware for now.
New Chair 6 Bullwheel
Based in Grenoble, France, Alpine Security Technologies, T.A.S., has been building the state of the art remote fire avalanche control systems for twenty years or so. It is called GazEx (gas exploder). It’s the mainstay of avy work in European skiing and is only now being used in the U.S. at Brighton, UT, Jackson Hole and one unit at Snowbasin, UT.
Exploder Tubes in Powder Bowl
We built this system in upper Powder Bowl this summer to better control the opening of Chair 6 and runs under Powder Bowl, which includes the access road to mountaintop. Earlier, reliable, on-time openings is the goal. Another goal is not having Powder Bowl look like it did this past spring. Three months of rock and heli work in, it will be complete in the next two weeks. GazEx uses remotely controlled valves to mix propane and O2 in a tube which is then ignited remotely on signal. Each of the three exploder units throws the equivalent of 100 lbs of TNT. Listen for a little different sound high up on the mountain this winter and while it’s too early to start setting your watch by the opening of Chair 6 on a powder day, I think you will see improvement.
Quicksilver Chair and Quicksilver Run! A re-grading project that had everyone, myself included, in a bulldozer or backhoe, really turned out well. This area is a different world from your mom and dad’s Quicksilver chair (which was neither quick, or silver). Three rounds of rock drilling and dynamiting later, it’s a big, wide cruiser that got its green card back after doing away with a black diamond 60’s-style off ramp. With the quirk of the best snow on the mountain, it’s a total family land. The run formerly known as Boondoggle (tbd) has a big new entry and is set to become a challenging alternative to the big wide open main run. Kids go right, mom and dad go left—meetcha at the bottom.
New Quicksilver chair line
A little history on the new Quicksilver lift: The lift itself is a nice quad that spent its time from 1999-2012 hauling skiers up the genteel slopes of Deer Valley, UT, where hopefully the down-coming skier didn’t fall asleep on their skis and hit a tree, or the side of a 50,000 square foot home. I bought this chairlift with my own money since Crystal hadn’t budgeted for such things that summer (“honey, we bought a quad chairlift today!” Yeah…) It was completely re-built with all new systems including a third power system. It’s sweet. And it’s also silver.
This lift and terrain should: re-populate a big unused part of the mountain, pull people off Forest Queen and Chinook Express, push people off Discovery, and add a really nice, huge area of intermediate terrain that CM is short of. Access is right off the top of the Discovery chair. Open daily 9-4.
Reliability, if properly prioritized, requires investments that are long term. But if you were at Crystal on the Monday morning of President’s Day weekend last season, when power was lost from both the main and the backup power system and all the skiing was shut down, you’d want investment NOW. Check. A new 0,000 generator system now serves as DOUBLE backup for all the indoor space at CM, top to bottom. You may not know this but, unlike any other ski area we know, every lift at CM except one (Gold Hills) has a third power system. So the lifts are a bit like honey badger—they don’t care if there is power or not. They run. Now every building is in the same category as well. Next on the improvement list is the issue of mountaintop wind closure, by adding the Kelly’s Gap Express lift.
Soon we will also have a very cool hotel that changes the way ski hotels are planned, solid day visitor skier facilities and what I hope is the best guest services reputation in the PNW. That’s after we crack one bad IT barrier and allow you to buy a season pass online without you inventing new words that even we up here have not heard. Read: new and/or greatly improved e-commerce site!
I want to take a moment to recognize the fact that Crystal Mountain has assembled the best staff of executives that the ski area has ever employed. Me, I was carried halfway to the hospital to be born in a Tucker Sno-cat and grew up in a ski lodge. As Owner and General Manager, I know what skiers and riders want and how to run an efficient ski area without having to charge unreasonable rates to do so. I ski 120+ days a season.
Scott Bowen, our Mountain Manager, has been with the company 35 years and can get anything done from building trams to the top of Lone Peak at Big Sky, to the Mt. Rainier Gondola at Crystal. He is the best in the business of making ski mountains run. Skis 100+ days a season.
Bob Reeves, Director of Lift Maintenance, has 25 years at Crystal. The maintenance program that a ski area runs determines not only the reliability of daily lift operations and the safety of the public up to 1000 of whom are on board chairlifts at one time, but also the long term value of a huge, multimillion dollar piece of equipment. Lifting people uphill is the essence of what we do. Bob handles this program by knowing every single part on every lift as well as seeing around the corners of preventative maintenance. He and his staff are the best at what they do in this business. I know that when a lift is running, it’s safe to put your kids on. Battling old equipment is a no-win. That’s why Bob and company now oversee the newest lift system in the PNW.
Tiana Enger Anderson, our Sales and Marketing Director, is a Greenwater local with CM tattooed in her mind, a lean-in presence and 14 years out of a UW Marketing Degree. Tiana knows the mountain and it’s message. She turned down a major mountain job opportunity in Utah to stay here. Her husband, Drew, is in his second season managing lift operations. These two, together, dream ski areas. Well, Drew actually dreams duck hunting but manages 100+ ski days a season.
Karina Genge, Controller and Chief Financial Officer. Keeping a ski resort on even financial track when the weather basically does not allow any financial planning to be viewed with anything but hope takes a profound knowledge of the business and the ability to be OK with standing in a cold shower while tearing up ,000 bills. Karina brings a Masters in Accounting along with “keep it simple, keep it clean” ethos and A-1 abilities to see numbers. When you spend your money on skiing, you have a cost/value decision to make. I hope you want your ski area to run at a profit and be managed by skiers who just can’t help but spend the money on upgrades they use themselves every day. Having a rock-star controller? Check that off the wish list at Crystal. On a prescribed ski plan to boost her ski days.
Martin Rand, the best Boot Fitter in America. You can come right in to the Mountain Shop and have him fit your boots and re-tweak between runs. Who else can do that! DO NOT buy boots or skis before you test them out on actual snow! And do that here. Martin has one of the best ski hardware minds in the business, and consults with K2 and Rossignol/Lange on how to improve their boot designs. Skis 100+ ski days a season. Addictions: Heli-skiing, Japow.
Keith Rollins, Retail Director, and one of the best snow sports retail minds in the country, Keith also consults to manufacturers. When you need to be outfitted, come to Keith. Keith powers up Right Angle Sports at CM with so much knowledge and a passion for the sport. Skis 100+ days a season.
Gavin Kerr Hunter, Director of Snow Sports Services, and without a doubt, one of, if not the best mountain instructional minds in the ski world now heads our overall instruction team. I need a session with Gavin. You need a session with Gavin if you want to improve and now the skiing public from first timer to expert has the best thinking behind them. Gavin also directs the CM Freeride program which has
Ingrid Backstrom as Head Coach and Freeride Team Director. What does the 5-Time Powder Magazine Awards Female Skier of The Year and 2005 Powder Breakthrough Performance athlete do for a freeride program? She tears into it, makes it her own and makes it the best. If you think that there is a better program to wind up standing atop the podium you have in mind—you would be wrong. I’m personally amazed she is here. Very lucky for you. And she and her family grew up skiing at Crystal. Among other huge accomplishments, Ingrid has: been selected ESPN’s Real Women 2013. Named one of the ESPN TOP 50 Most Influential Action Sports Athletes 2013. EIGHT TIME Powder Female Reader Poll winner. 13 movie appearances. First ski descents in Greenland, Baffin Island, and China. Only Ingrid knows how many days or countries she skis in each year but it’s likely more than you.
Paul Baugher, Ski Patrol Director has spent 25 years at Crystal. Paul is known as one of a handful of the foremost minds in North American avalanche study, forecasting and control. That same mind directs our ski patrol at Crystal Mountain. Again, I shake my head at how lucky we are that these caliber people here with us. Paul’s knowledge is backed by the best equipment like the BCA Float avalanche air bag this coming season and a strong staff many of whom guide around the world with IMG. Paul is an owner of IMG, a mountain guiding company which fields worldwide climbing expeditions from Mt. Rainier to Everest and includes a flawless Everest safety record. Crystal Mountain isn’t Everest, but when Paul opens and closes terrain, it’s to keep you safe. If you don’t agree with that decision, I invite you to have a little snow safety debate with Paul Baugher. It will end badly for you. Enough to make you sign up for one of his level 1 or level 2 avy certification courses he teaches each winter at Crystal. Paul skis 100+ days a season.
Henry Schink, head of the slope grooming or “cat crew”, has spent the last decade driving groomers in synergy North America in “our” winter and Australia and New Zealand in “their” winter. Endless winters is a demanding lifestyle. Henry loves it. Endless driving is demanding. Henry loves it. He skis every day to test the product.
This season his crew will pilot the newest and lowest hour fleet of grooming vehicles in the PNW. In December, Crystal will break new ground with the arrival of the very first diesel electric snow cat at any ski area in N. America. A very few of them operated in Europe last year and when I first heard about this machine, then in development, I asked the CEO, when he came to visit, how we could get our hands on the very first machines. He delivered.
Every 20 years or so a machine comes along that’s a game changer. The PB600E is such a machine. Using a diesel generator to drive electric motors that run the tracks, the cat has a capacitor which recaptures and stores generated electricity while going downhill. This runs the machine almost for free when going downhill. If you are a snow cat, you go downhill exactly 50% of the time. You can take it from here with your high school physics.
Paula Bowen, Director of Culinary Services has been working with me for two years now trying to break ski resort menus out of the traditional mold. She came with Ritz Carlton training, a wicked eye for detail, and it’s happening.
The hiring this summer of Chef Zachery Reid is a game changer. Chef Reid grew up in Kona, HI, and since age15 has been on a real culinary journey. He became a certified chef of the American Culinary Association. He then owned his own place in Groton, VT. and just happened to score a Vermont Chef of the Year Award 2013. How’s that for serious? Then he put on the title of Top Five Chefs of New England. Then he worked for some of the best restaurants across Hawaii and Vermont before landing high atop Crystal in Washington’s highest restaurant. We have high hopes for Chef Reid. Bring your open mind and empty stomach. And for Christ’s sake, slow down a little and enjoy a nice long lunch once in a while. Imagine you’re in Europe with strange liquor laws.
I hope that this incredible staff and our new lifts and menus can provide an experience on the mountain that you won’t forget. And don’t worry about those lift operators either. We proudly pay them the highest wages in the entire region by a large and meaningful margin and we are currently accepting applications.
The mountain received it’s termination dusting yesterday, as Alaskans call the first snow on the peaks the signal to the end of summer. The leaves are turning and the Elk are bugling in the coming winter. We are ready, and look forward to seeing you soon!
“If you don’t get out on a mountain and ski this winter, you’ll just be one year older when you do.” -Warren Miller