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Inaugural Invitational Exhibition “Interpretations of Winter” (Pre Festival Event)

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Hosted by Teton Arts and the Downtown Driggs Community Association this inaugural invitational art exhibition showcases local artist and their “Interpretations of Winter”.

Hosting Organization: Teton Arts and Downtown Driggs Association

When: December 10 – January 27

Time:  Driggs City Center Hours

Location: Driggs City Center Gallery Click Here for Map and Directions

Cost:  Free

Questions: Teton Arts

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Targhee’s “Knowledge is Powder” Off Trail Camp (Pre & Post Festival Event)

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Get ready to jump start your off-piste skiing and riding and take your powder turns to the next level at Grand Targhee. These powder camps include expert staff coaching, video analysis, social events, lift tickets, and more!  (Includes Snowcat Skiing for extra fee). 

Hosting Organization: Grand Targhee Resort

When: Friday-Sunday, January 13 – 15 & January 27 – 29

Time:  Friday, 8:30am-4pm

Saturday/Sunday, 8am-4pm

Location: Grand Targhee Resort, Alta, WY Click Here for Map and Directions

Cost:  3-Day All-Mountain Camp $699

2-Day All-Mountain plus Snowcat Camp $899

Questions: Grand Targhee

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Snowscapes, Snow Stomping & The 6th Annual Snow Ball

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Snow sculpting is a large-scale art form from one of the Tetons most abundant natural mediums, snow!  It culminates in one of the Great Snow Fest’s incredible parties, The 6th Annual Snow Ball.   Below are some of the highlights you need to know for both of these events, but for more detailed information about Snowscapes visit www.driggssnowscapes.org/

Hosting Organization:  Downtown Driggs Community Association

Location: Driggs City Center   Click Here for Map and Directions

Community Stomping Party: 2017 Snowscapes kicks off with a community stomping effort on Friday, January 13th from 2pm-6pm to stomp the snow blocks that will be transformed into art.  This is totally fun and bizarre experience that you have to try! Beginning at 4pm, Teton Arts will be hosting a Warming Party in the City Center. Take a break or join us when you are done stomping to enjoy a hot bowl of award winning chili and complimentary hot beverage! Stompers are also invited to an After Party from 6-8pm in Driggs. Location to be announced soon.

Snowscapes Schedule:

January 13  Community Stomping 2pm-6pm. Stompers Warming Gallery 4pm – 6pm. Stompers After Party 6pm – 8pm.

January 17-20  Snow sculpting by 9 competitive teams. Come observe the process, and try it yourself!

January 21  Professional Judging 9am. People’s Choice&Kid’s Choice Voting 9am-5pm. Winter Art Workshop for Kids 1pm-4pm. Awards Ceremony 6:30pm.

January 21  6th Annual Snow Ball from 7-11pm

The 6th Annual Snow Ball: The Snow Ball is a pinnacle celebration for the Teton Valley Great Snow Fest taking place on Saturday, January 21 at the Driggs Community Center from 7pm – 11pm. The event features music by Wyatt Lowe and the Mayhem Kings, food, beer & wine and decked out community members! (Get those prom dresses out!)  Click Here for More Information

Snow Ball Tickets: Tickets are $15 ($8 for 12 & under) and can be purchased at the door or online.  CLICK HERE to Purchase Tickets Online to purchase Snow Ball Tickets.

Questions:  Contact Allison Brush from the Downtown Driggs Community Association at events@downtowndriggs.org

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Backcountry Film Festival

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The 8th Annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Skiing Film Festival is the perfect kick-off to the Teton Valley Great Snow Fest. Six films will show the best of the best of back-country skiing from around the country.  It’s an evening of fun, friends, food, film and frothy beer!

Hosting Organization: Teton Valley Trails & Pathways (TVTAP)

When: Thursday, January 19

Time: 6pm doors open; 7pm films begin

Location: Wildwood Room in Victor, Idaho.  Click here for map & directions

Cost: $5 door entry.  There will be amazing raffle prizes for sale.

Food & Drink:  Dining In catering will sell delicious pub fare for purchase. There will be beer and wine for sale.

Other Info:  Great raffle prizes! All proceeds benefit TVTAP’s effort to create a trails & pathways connected community in Teton Valley, Idaho as well as grooming on local Nordic ski trails.  NOLS is supporting this event.

Questions: Email Nick at nick@tvtap.org for additional info

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Avalanche Awareness Clinic

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Unfortunately the Avalanche Awareness Clinic has been cancelled due to lack of advanced signups. Thanks to NOLS for offering this event during the Great Snow Fest of 2017.

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One Ton Pig ‘Live’ @ the Knotty Pine Supper Club

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Party at the Knotty Pine: Come celebrate your community and the Great Snow Fest with Teton Valley Foundation.  Dance to boot stompin’ live music with local favorites, One Ton Pig.  Great food and libations too!

Hosting Organization: Teton Valley Foundation

When: Friday, January 20

Time: 7:00pm – 11pm.  Come for dinner at 7pm, music starts at approx 7:30pm.

Band: One Ton Pig

Location: Knotty Pine Supper Club in Victor Click here for map/directions

Entry:  $8 entry fee to support Kotler Ice Arena and Youth Hockey Programs

Questions: Email Amy Fradley at amy@tetonvalleyfoundation.org for more info.

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Backcountry Skiing 101

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Yöstmark’s Backcountry 101 offers the chance to learn the basics of backcountry skiing from some of the most experienced guides in the valley, while making turns in our famous Teton powder.  Learn how to be comfortable in the backcountry and efficiently use the tools of the trade.  This course will help you gain confidence and experience with backcountry travel techniques and hazard assessment so you can be better prepared to ski with friends or take a Level 1 Avalanche course in the future.  Instruction includes a Friday night session and a ski tour on Saturday.

Hosting Organization: Yostmark Backcountry Tours

When: Friday, January 20 (6-8pm) & Saturday Jan 21 (8am – 4:00pm)

Location: The Friday evening session will be held at Yostmark Mountain Equipment in Driggs.  Saturday’s field session will be held somewhere near Teton Pass (specific location to be determined by instructor and conditions). 

Cost: $145/person

Registration: Call Yöstmark Mountain Equipment to register for the course at 208-354-2828.  Space is limited.

What to bring:  You will need a backcountry ski or snowboard set up–this can be Alpine Touring skis, Telemark skis, or a Splitboard, with climbing skins for whatever option you’re using.  All of this gear can be rented from Yöstmark if you don’t have it.  A shovel, transceiver, and probe which will be provided by Yöstmark if you don’t have your own.

Other items you will need are:  extra warm layers, sunglasses, sunscreen, googles, adjustable poles (even if you are snowboarding), lunch, water, snacks, large day pack, ski specific clothing such as gloves, beanies, goretex shell, etc.  Your instructor will discuss specific gear needs during the classroom session, and you will have the opportunity to purchase needed gear at a 10% discount that evening.

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Geotourism Center

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The Geotourism Center offers the traveler an array of exhibits and experiences that highlight the winter culture, history, and recreation of the west side of the Tetons through the lens of Geotourism.  During the Great Snow Fest, in partnership with Teton Arts, we will be hosting a id’s Winter Activities as well as our exhibits.  Swing in and see what it’s all about!

Hosting Organization: Teton Geotourism Center

When: January 20-22 (10am-4pm) – Geotourism Center

Kid’s Winter Activities Friday and Sunday from 1pm – 4pm hosted by TREC.  Saturday’s “Winter Art Workshop for Kids” will be held in the Driggs City Center lobby on Saturday from 1pm – 4pm hosted by Teton Arts

Where:  Teton Geotourism Center at the Driggs City Center. Click Here for Map and Directions

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Kotler Cutthroat Classic Pond Hockey Tournament

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Get you and your buddies together and register your team for a raucous weekend of pond hockey while you enjoy the Kotler Ice Arena’s first year of mechanical chillers!  Teams from around the region can participate.  Each team must include at least 2 women and may include D, C, & B level players.  Any player who scores 3 goals in one game will have to sit out the rest of the game in order to keep the tournament fun for everyone! (No goalies).  Spectators who love hockey should come have a beer and enjoy the spectacle!

Hosting Organization:  Teton Valley Foundation

Date: Friday, January 20 – Sunday, January 22

Time: TBD

Location: Kotler Ice Arena  Click here for map & directions

Cost: $450/Team

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Questions:  For more information please email Jeff Buydos at: jeff@tetonvalleyfoundation.org

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The Dale Robson Memorial Snow Plane Rally & Exhibition

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The Dale Robson Memorial Snow Plane Rally & Exhibition takes place in Tetonia’s Ruby Carson Memorial Park.  Snow Planes are are known as the earliest iteration of snowmobiles.  They don’t actually fly but glide over the snow using skids and an aircraft motor.  The shape of the “fuselage” looks just like the cockpit of a plane, thus the name.  This exhibition provides a chance for a short ride in the snow planes and an amazing connection to Teton Valley’s rich winter history.  It is a fun affair for the entire family!

Hosting Organization: Greater Tetonia Community Foundation

WhenSaturday, January 21

Time: 9:00am – 12:00noon

Location: Ruby Carson Memorial Park in Tetonia.  Click here for map/directions

Cost: Snow Plane rides for the public are free but donations are appreciated to help offset costs.

Registration:  There is no registration. Anyone with a snow plane is encouraged to bring it and participate in the rally.

Other Info: Cocoa, coffee, doughnuts and a bonfire will be available. 

Questions: Email Gloria Hoopes, Tetonia Mayor, at gloria5852@silverstar.com.

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HAPI Trails “Hug-A-Horse”

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HAPI Trails will join in the Great Snow Fest with our “Hug-A-Horse” event.  We will be giving out free ‘cozy-warm’ horse hugs to anyone looking for a snuggle.  We’ll have horses available for adoption along with some of our HAPI Celebrities:  Delphina the Divine Donkey, Bonita the Mini Donkey and Rosie our Little Unicorn.  Come hug some horses and learn more about HAPI Trails Horse Rescue.  Great hugging and photo opportunities!

Hosting Organization:  HAPI Trails

When:   January 21

Time:    1pm – 4pm

Location: Driggs City Center Gallery Click Here for Map and Directions

Cost:  Free

Questions: hapitrails.org or call 877-354-4274.

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Winter Art Workshop for Kids

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The Winter Art Workshop for Kids will be held in the Driggs City Center lobby hosted by Teton Arts. Several of their member artists will lead a fun and enriching art activity for kids of all ages. The kids can take their unique creations home too!

Hosting Organization: Teton Arts

When: January 21 (1pm – 4pm)

Where:  The Driggs City Center lobby. Click Here for Map and Directions

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Fat Bike Night Race #2

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Come roll into the winter season with a Fat Bike Race.  The Grand Targhee Fat Bike Race #2 is an 8-mile lap; choose from  lap or 2.  The race will be held on Jolly Green Giant and the lower ski trails in the Shoshone area.  Race swag for all racers.  Helmets and lights are required.

Compete in both the Grand Targhee Fat Bike Night Race Saturday and the Mountain Bike the Tetons Fat Bike Short Track Race on Sunday and be entered to win a 1 night stay and ski package for 2 at Grand Targhee Resort! (Package includes lodging for 2 in the Teewinot Lodge and 2 lift tickets – Prize is not valid December 16, 2016 to January 2, 2017 and February 10-13, 2017).

Hosting Organizations: Grand Targhee Resort

Date: Saturday, January 21

Time: Race Registration 4pm, Race 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Location: Grand Targhee Resort Click Here for Map and Directions

Questions:  Click Here for more information

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Fat Bike Short Track Race

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Mountain Bike the Tetons & Fitzgerald’s Bicycles  will be hosting this fat bike short track race in Pioneer Park!  Racers will race for 45 minutes on Pioneer Park’s groomed singletrack and Nordic trails.  Demo bikes from Fitzgerald’s will be available to race or to try post-race.

Compete in both the Grand Targhee Fat Bike Night Race Saturday and the Mountain Bike the Tetons Fat Bike Short Track Race on Sunday and be entered to win a 1 night stay and ski package for 2 at Grand Targhee Resort! (Package includes lodging for 2 in the Teewinot Lodge and 2 lift tickets – Prize is not valid December 16, 2016 to January 2, 2017 and February 10-13, 2017).

Hosting Organization: Fitzgerald’s Bicycles & Mountain Bike the Tetons

When: Sunday, January 22

Time:  Registration – 9am – 9:30am. Race starts at Kotler Ice Rink at 10am.

Location: Kotler Ice Arena Click here for map & directions

Cost: $20 donation to MBT

Questions: Email Amanda Carey:  amanda.carey@mountainbiketetons.org

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Cross Country Wildlife Viewing Tour

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The Teton Regional Land Trust is hosting their annual Cross Country Skiing tour through one of their protected easements to view wildlife in a winter habitat.  This is a fun, active, and intimate way to connect with the Teton Valley environment when it is covered in snow.  Join Bill Dell’Isola, Teton Regional Land Trust’s resource specialist, at 6 Springs Ranch.  See first hand how the animals in this valley directly interact with the open space that TRLT works so hard to protect. Beginner skiers are welcome. FREE SKI RENTALS TO PARTICIPANTS GENEROUSLY OFFERED BY PEAKED SPORTS IN DRIGGS! 

Hosting Organization: Teton Regional Land Trust (TRLT)

When: Sunday, January 22

Time: 10am – 12:00pm

Location: Meet at the Teton Regional Land Trust in Driggs at 1520 S. 500 W.  Click Here for Map and Directions

Cost: Free, but group size is limited to 15.

Registration:

What to bring: Bring your own snow travel equipment (XC skis or snowshoes) or get them for free from Peaked Sports.  Also bring plenty of winter clothing in a backpack (gloves, hat, puffy jackets, outerwear).  Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, your own water and snacks. Binoculars are optional.  

Other Info: No dogs allowed since the focus is on wildlife viewing.  Questions please email:  diane@tetonlandtrust.org

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Family Ice Skating at Kotler Ice Arena

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Skating outside is the quintessential winter experience!  The Kotler Ice Arena of the Teton Valley Foundation will offer Public Open Ice Skating on Sunday afternoon at our beautiful outdoor, covered ice rink in Victor.  All abilities are welcome.

When:  Sunday, January 22

Time:  2pm – 4pm

Location:  Kotler Ice Arena, Victor  Click Here for Map and Directions

Cost:  $6 Adults, $4 Kids.  Skate rentals available for $3.

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