Johnson tapped for U.S. team
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard team announced its U.S. Alpine Ski Team nominations earlier this month, with Victor, Idaho’s Breezy Johnson nominated for the women’s A team. Johnson, a Jackson native, sat out this past season, sidelined by an ACL tear in September. Johnson told USSkiandSnowboard.org after her injury that she expected to be out 14 months before returning to the slopes. Johnson jumped into the World Cup scene in the 2016-17 season, finishing 18th in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup standings and 26th in Super- G. In 2018 she qualified for her first Olympic team and finished seventh in downhill and 14th in Super G.
Snow King to open
With snow mostly leaving the valley, Snow King Mountain is set to reopen Friday for summer recreation. The Treetop Adventure and Flying Squirrel, Cowboy Coaster, Alpine Slide, Amaze’n Maze, mini golf and Summit Scenic Lift will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through June 15. From there, the Bungee tramp opens and hours will extend to 9 p.m. The mountain hosts locals and visitors through the busy summer season for hiking and mountain biking after a long winter on skis and snowboards. Conditions on the trails are wet, but most of the snow has melted off the front side of the mountain, according to the resort. “We are looking forward to a summer season with no major constriction so we can focus all our efforts on guest service, beautification and improving the many great amenities we already have,” General Manager Ryan Stanley said in a news release.
Climbers, buff your skills
When it comes to rock climbing, mistakes can be fatal. A new series of free clinics will aid climbers in building stronger technical skills for mountain adventures. In partnership with the Town Pump, Arc’teryx is sponsoring the clinics taught by Exum Mountain Guides. The first of four clinics will focus on reducing the risks of rappelling. It will run from 6 to 8 p.m. May 30 at the Teton Boulder Park in Phil Baux Park. Exum guides will introduce different styles of tethers, extensions and the benefits of “pre-rigging.” The updated techniques make rappels more redundant, clean and efficient. Participants can simply observe or bring their own gear to participate at the highest level, getting hands-on experience. A list of gear for the first clinic is available at Teton Mountaineering or on the Facebook event page. If you have questions email Lead Exum Guide Brenton Reagan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Future clinics will focus on rappelling, using autoblock belay devices and raising systems. The Town Pump will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday, May 28 through August 13, at the Teton Boulder Park. The friendly climbing competition strives to foster camaraderie while also raising money for climbing holds for the park.