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Wyoming's Antelope Butte Returns; Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee Celebrate History

jacksonholecover Chris Newson shreds the pow during Jackson Hole's opening day Nov. 24.(Jackson Hole/Facebook/Chris Figenshau)

Wyoming, home to the Grand Teton Mountains and America's smallest population. Both these attributes bode well for skiers and snowboarders flocking to the state because after all who doesn’t love short lift lines, untouched powder and down-home service?

Grand Targhee will celebrating its 30th anniversary of snowboarding.(Grand Targhee/Instagram)

Grand Targhee will be ushering in its 50th season this winter with $1.8 million in capital improvements. The upgrades include a new grooming machine, expansion to the Trap Bar and Grill Deck, run improvements, base landscaping and a new ticket program where guests can save up to 25 percent on lift tickets when purchasing online. The mountain will also celebrate 30 years of snowboarding on their slopes with an anniversary reunion Jan. 12-13 featuring a quarter pipe challenge, best method Instagram contest and quiver show.

Antelope Butte Mountain near Shell, Wy. will re-open this winter thanks to more than $2 million in publicly raised money. (Antelope Butte)

What’s new at Antelope Butte? Pretty much everything since the ski resort didn’t exist last year. Reopening this winter for the first time since 2004, the mountain was brought back to life by the nonprofit Antelope Butte Foundation which raised more than $2 million for its return since 2011. The northern Wyoming ski area will also host an Ullr Festival Dec. 29  to Jan. 1 that offers fat biking, sled dog races and a new years eve headlamp tour. With three lifts servicing 23 trails, Antelope Butte will provide an intimate and authentic ski experience that hearkens back to a simpler time when small ski hills like this dotted the country.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort will be bringing back its Golden Ticket Promotion this winter, offering 40 percent off lift tickets to all riders who own a ski pass on a different mountain,  Jan. 7-31. Just saddle up to the lift ticket office and show a season pass and “The Big One” will lasso you those discounts faster than you can say, ‘Yeehaw.’ Best yet, you can get the discount as many ski days your body can handle during the 24 Golden Ticket days.

Also in Jackson is the town hill Snow King Mountain. In celebration of the resort’s 80th anniversary season, Snow King will partner with outerwear company Stio to reward those who earn their turns, hiking up and riding down the mountain sans chair lift, in the “uphill challenge.”

Uphill pass and season pass holders will be able to scan their passes at the base and top of the mountain, logging their times in the challenge. Monthly awards will be doled out for the fastest men’s and women’s speeds and most vertical feet climbed. There will also be random drawings for those who have racked up the most vertical in a week. Skiers and snowboarders can also scan their passes at two mid-mountain points for even more obsessive performance analysis.

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