Podcast #46 – Back-son From Jackson!

The bums are back from their trip to Jackson Hole, WY and they’re full of tips and Wyoming Whiskey.

Weekly Flavor

Ski News

  • Candide Thovex is Back, Jumps Over Paragliders, Road Bikers in ‘One of Those Days III’

    I mean, I’m not sure why I’m even typing anything in here – will you even read it? Whatever combination of adverbs and pronouns I spew into the space below this video will do nothing close to justice to Candide Thovex’s mastery of his skiing and his ability to somehow, stylishly, dominate insane stunts.

    Of course, One of Those Days III features more obviously fake or CGI stunts than either the first or second edition of Candide’s legendary internet-bombing series. But nonetheless, there’s plenty of 100%, 100% fucking insane skiing from the sport’s most iconic spinner and flipper to make you stop what you’re doing and simply appreciate the magic for a few moments.


  • 25 People Fall After Ski Lift Derailment in WV

    At Timberline Resort in Davis, West Virginia a ski lift derailment caused about 25 people to fall to the ground. The drop was about 30 feet according to a resort spokesperson. Only two people were hospitalized with non-life threatening issues.

    After the derailment about 100 skiers were left stranded further up the lift, all were evacuated within two hours of the incident. Fortunately, the derailment occurred on the lower part of the lift where the skiers were closer to the ground. This incident could have been much worse if it had occurred higher on the mountain, where the chair travels 60 feet above the ground.

    “All of Timberline’s lifts undergo thorough and rigorous inspection in a timely fashion and are in compliance with all applicable safety standards, including federal guidelines for maintenance and annual mechanical inspection and the strict safety requirements of Timberline’s insurance provider,” Timberline Four Seasons Resort stated in a Facebook post.

    “Daily maintenance checks are performed each morning by resort staff, and ski patrol rides the lifts and completes a visual inspection of Timberline’s lifts before they are opened to the public. In our 30 year history, Timberline has never had a lift failure resulting in injury or in any way comparable to today’s malfunction, and the resort will continue to investigate the cause of this incident to ensure the safety of our skiers,” the resort said.


  • Boy, 11, left dangling off ski lift for SEVEN minutes before plunging 30 feet into rescuers’ arms

    Tristan Stead was bending over to grab one of his ski poles at Canada’s Whistler resort when the chair lift suddenly picked him up

    This is the terrifying moment an 11-year-old boy was left dangling from a 30-foot-high ski lift for up to seven minutes. Tristan Stead was bending over to grab one of his ski poles at Canada’s Whistler resort when the chair lift suddenly picked him up. The youngster was lifted dozens of feet into the air, while hanging from the Peak Express by only his arms.

    His aunt and uncle, who were on the lift with him, immediately started shouting at operators, who shut down the machine.

    The employees then ran over to the space directly below Tristan, whose relatives were desperately gripping on to his arms. There, the operators called on half a dozen skiers to help them stretch a tarp tightly beneath the youngster, so he could drop to safety. They then counted to three before Tristan – who was starting to slip through his clothes – plunged a staggering 32 feet on to the tarp. The little boy, from Seattle, landed in the centre of the material, prompting a cheer from witnesses, KOMO News reports.


  • The Fall Line: How American Ski Racers Conquered a Sport on the Edge

    A journey into the world’s original extreme sport: downhill ski racing.

    Harnessing nature’s most powerful forces, elite downhillers descend icy, rugged slopes at speeds cresting 90 miles per hour. For decades, American skiers struggled to match their European counterparts, and until this century the US Ski Team could not claim a lasting foothold on the roof of the Alps, where the sport’s legends are born.


Topic: Back-son from Jackson

  • Hotel: Rustic Inn – Jackson
  • Rentals
  • Backcountry Trip with Tommy Moe
  • Favorite Trails
  • On Mountain Restaurants
  • On Mountain Bars
  • Jackson Restaurants
  • Jackson Bars
  • Fun with friends – Hoboken Ski Club

Around the Horn

  • Vermont Senate Approves Legal Pot As Governor Cheers

    Last week the Vermont Senate approved a bill that would legalize marijuana for recreational use in that state, authorizing the licensing and regulation of commercial producers and retailers. If the state House of Representatives follows suit, Vermont will be the first state to legalize marijuana through the legislature rather than the voting booth. Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, supports legalization and is expected to sign the bill if it passes the House, where its prospects are uncertain.

    Like the legalization initiatives approved by voters in four other states, the Vermont bill, which passed the Senate by a vote of 17 to 12, would allow adults 21 or older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana. Unlike most of those initiatives, it would not allow home cultivation. State-licensed growers and merchants could begin operating in 2018. The state would collect a 25 percent excise tax on marijuana, and pot stores would initially be barred from selling edibles. The bill creates a commission to study the possibility of allowing home cultivation and edible sales in the future.

    “I want to thank the Senate for their courage in voting to end the failed War on Drugs policy of marijuana prohibition,” Shumlin said after the Senate vote. “With over 80,000 Vermonters admitting to using marijuana on a monthly basis, it could not be more clear that the current system is broken. I am proud that the Senate took lessons learned from states that have gone before us, asked the right questions, and passed an incredibly thoughtful, common-sense plan that will bring out of the shadows an activity that one in seven Vermonters engage in on a regular basis. The shadows of prohibition have prevented our state from taking rational steps to address marijuana use in our state. This bill will allow us to address those important issues by driving out illegal drug dealers, doing a better job than we currently do of keeping marijuana out of the hands of underage kids, dealing with the drugged drivers who are already driving on our roads, addressing treatment, and educating Vermonters to the harmful effects of consuming marijuana, alcohol, and cigarettes.”

    A recent Vermont Public Radio poll found that 55% of Vermonters support legalization, with just 32% opposed. The Marijuana Policy Project, which welcomed last week’s vote, is backing a similar effort in Rhode Island. Unlike the Vermont bill, a Rhode Island bill introduced on February 11 would allow home cultivation and sale of marijuana edibles. Voters in five other states—Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada, are expected to see legalization initiatives on their ballots in November. Activists in at least four states : Florida,Ohio, Idaho, and Arkansas—hope to legalize marijuana for medical use this year.

    Vermont Senate Votes To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

    Vermont is one step closer to becoming the fifth state to legalize recreational marijuana—and the first state to do so through its legislature.

    On Thursday, the Vermont Senate voted 17-12 to allow possession and sales of recreational cannabis in the Green Mountain State. (Medical marijuana is already permitted in Vermont.)

    If enacted, S. 241 would legalize retail sales of marijuana to people 21 years and older beginning January 2, 2018. Vermont residents would be allowed to purchase up to half an ounce at a time, while out-of-staters would be restricted to a quarter-ounce. A 25 percent sales tax on recreational sales is expected to generate $30 to $40 million annually, according to WPTZ.

    The bill does not permit edibles or personal growing of marijuana.

    S. 241 will now proceed to the Vermont House, which is expected to begin consideration on March 14. If it passes the House, Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) has promised to sign the measure, hailing it as an end to “the failed policy of prohibition in Vermont.”

    Just four states—Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska—plus Washington DC currently allow recreational consumption of marijuana. In each case, legalization was enacted by ballot initiative.
    However, Vermont law does not allow for ballot initiatives. If legalization is to pass, therefore, it must happen through the state legislature.


  • Bugatti Chiron

    It’s hardly been a secret — we’ve known its name for months — but the successor to the Veyron is finally official, and it doesn’t disappoint. The Bugatti Chiron is the most powerful road car ever produced, with a quad-turbocharged, 8.0L W16 engine producing an insane 1,500 hp. The company promises a 0-62 time of under 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 261 mph, numbers helped along by the seven-speed dual clutch gearbox, multi-plate clutch four-wheel drive system, and carbon fiber monocoque. Despite the jaw-dropping performance, the interior is extremely luxurious, with hi-res digital displays that adapt to the car’s speed, simplifying as it increases, leather everywhere, and a world-class audio system. Production is limited to 500 cars, and nearly a third of them have already been spoken for.


  • Mummified Body Of Explorer Found Sitting At Desk On Drifting Yacht

    TFishermen in the Philippines discovered on Friday a yacht containing the mummified body of a missing German adventurer.

    The fishermen said they approached the ship because they saw it drifting with a destroyed sail. Christopher Rivas y Escarten, 23, told police that when he saw the decomposing man inside, he and his friends dragged the yacht to the municipality of Barobo, Surigao del Sur.

    Barobo authorities used documents aboard the boat to identify the body as that of Manfred Fritz Bajorat, 59. It is not clear how long he has been dead.

    A photograph shows his body hunched over a desk with what appears to be a radio near his hand. A forensic criminologist told Germany’s BILD newspaper that the way Bajorat was sitting suggested he may have died from a heart attack.


  • Astronaut Scott Kelly Returning From Year In Space

    The 52-year-old NASA astronaut is due back on Earth on Tuesday night after spending 340 straight days — and more than 140 million miles — in space, along with Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko.

    That means they’ll once again get to experience fresh, running water (no more drinking recycled urine and sweat), a mere one sunrise and sunset per day (instead of 16 of each), and, oh yes, that all-but-forgotten force called gravity.

    See below for NASA Television’s full coverage of Kelly’s return to Earth, which begins at 4:15 p.m. EST with a farewell and hatch closure. De-orbit and landing coverage is scheduled to begin at 10:15 p.m.

    The year-long mission aboard the International Space Station will help NASA better understand how the human body reacts and adapts to long-duration spaceflight, as the agency develops capabilities for manned missions to Mars by the 2030s.

    “I’d like for the legacy of this flight to be that we can decide to do hard things, and hard things that will take us farther away from the Earth,” Kelly said during his last news conference from orbit last Thursday. “I’d like to think that this is another of many stepping stones to us landing on Mars sometime in our future.”

    Kelly added that when he thinks about the ISS — a 1 million-pound, football field-sized laboratory that flies around the Earth at 17,500 miles per hour — he feels there’s nothing man can’t accomplish.

    “If we can dream it, you know, we can do it — if we really want to,” he said.

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