France Alpine Skiing World Cup

Breezy Johnson, of Victor, celebrates after posting her third second-place finish in a women’s World Cup downhill race Saturday in Val D’Isere, France.

Broncs basketball to face alumni

The Jackson Hole High School boys and girls basketball teams will have an opportunity to face off against former Broncs in the annual alumni game, set for Thursday, Dec. 30.

The night of competition will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the Lady Broncs facing off against team alumni, before the boys varsity team takes on their share of former Broncs at 7 p.m.

Admission is free, but donations are recommended. Pizza and drinks will be available for purchase.

Aerial Tram opens

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort opened its Aerial Tram for the 2021-2022 winter season on Tuesday.

“We are pleased to open our iconic Aerial Tram just in time for a celebratory holiday break. The Bridger Gondola, Casper lift, Marmot lift, Thunder lift and Sublette lift opened this weekend, after 48 inches of snow fell from the most recent storm,” Resort President Mary Kate Buckley said in a press release. “The Aerial Tram is an essential part of our mountain, and it’s always a special moment when we see Big Red carrying skiers and riders to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain.”

Tuesday marked the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic that the Aerial Tram has run at full capacity. Masks are still required inside, as the resort continues to follow Teton County health orders.

Broncs Nordic begins

The Jackson Hole High School Nordic team opened their 2021-2022 winter season this past Friday, competing in the Cody Nordic Invitational. With last week’s season opener cancellation, head coach Kathryn Paddock looked to have her athletes shake off the rust from the offseason.

“Kids skied well and got their ski legs back, which was our biggest goal this weekend as we have very little time on snow given the snow conditions before we left,” the head coach said.

Jackson Hole’s Lachlan Brown was the Broncs’ top finisher on Friday’s Nordic Classic event, skiing to a time of 0:27:32.9, good for 36th place overall. Fellow Bronc Bode Welch was not far behind, skiing to a time of 0:27:53.9 in 39th place.

Bennett Hutchison — of Lander High School — came out on top of Friday’s event, skiing to a time of 0:22:57.4.

Low snow closes JHMR gates

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort announced Friday that backcountry gates would be closed until further notice due to a shallow snowpack below 8,000 feet.

“Safety is our number one priority, and to reduce exposure to the public and rescue personnel in the backcountry, the gates will be closed until conditions improve to where search and rescue response is reasonably feasible,” resort Vice President of Operations Tim Mason said in a statement.

At lower elevations, the shallow snowpack and exposed rock are making it unsafe or impossible to reach some backcountry areas with rescue toboggans and helicopters, the resort said. The resort made the call in collaboration with the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Teton County Search and Rescue, Grand Teton National Park and Teton County Sheriff Matt Carr, according to a post on the resort’s website.

Johnson second at Val d’Isere

Breezy Johnson continued to make the valley proud this past weekend, finishing in second place at the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup in Val d’Isere.

Johnson finished in a time of 1:41.98, just .27 seconds behind first place finisher Sofia Goggia, of Italy, who won her seventh consecutive downhill start. Johnson’s finish marked the seventh podium in the past year for the 25-year-old Wyoming native.

After finishing in third place at the same venue last year, Johnson joked about her finish.

“Every year I do a deal with the devil and he says you have to pick a number. Last year I picked three because that seemed more attainable and this year I picked two,” Johnson said in a press release.

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