Teton cowboy wins big

A frequent bareback bronc cowboy at the Jackson Hole Rodeo cashed in at the Ram National Circuit Finals Championship earlier this month.

Tristan Hansen, a Teton, Idaho, native, laid claimed to the national circuit championship in Greely, Colorado, on Sept. 13.

Hansen was fourth in the average with 160.5 points for $1,164, before putting 89 points down in the finals for $3,880. The victory gave him a $20,000 voucher for a new RAM vehicle, a Polaris Ranger UTV, along with a saddle, buckle and other material prizes.

The circuit finals bring together all rodeo circuit champions and reserve champions from across the United States, Australia and Canada for a winner-take-all tournament-style rodeo. Hansen, who now competes out of Dillon, Montana, represents the Montana circuit.

Cowpokes football is back

Wyoming football is officially back. So is the rest of the Mountain West.

After a week of various media reports, statements from university administrators and state officials, and rampant speculation, the Mountain West became the third Football Bowl Subdivision conference to reverse course after postponing football and other fall sports indefinitely last month. The league announced Thursday night that UW and the conference’s other 11 football teams will play an eight-game, conference-only schedule beginning the week of Oct. 24 following a vote by the Mountain West board of directors, which is composed of the universities’ presidents.

The Mountain West will release each team’s schedule at a later date, but the season will culminate with a championship game Dec. 19, the same date many other leagues are also scheduled to finish. The final College Football Playoff rankings and bowl matchups will be announced Dec. 20, and completing its season before then makes the Mountain West eligible for the College Football Playoff or a potential New Year’s Six bowl.

The announcement comes more than a month after the league postponed all fall sports indefinitely Aug. 10. It also figures to soften the financial hit UW’s athletic department has been bracing for with no football, which helps fund the rest of the university’s sports with the annual revenue it generates.

Resort returns online products sales

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort advance purchase lift tickets, season passes and Mountain Sports School inventory will become available at 10 a.m. Oct. 5. In a move to reduce crowding because of COVID-19 concerns, the resort temporarily halted season pass sales early this month.

A select number of season passes will be available for sale online starting Monday. The following Grand and Grand ByPass season passes will be offered: adult, senior, college, teen and youth. The adult Grand Pass, which was $1,440 in the spring and $1,655 in the summer, is now $2,399. Check JacksonHole.com to review pricing for all pass options.

All private and class lessons including youth and adult programs, backcountry guiding and adult ski and snowboard camp products will be available to reserve online in advance. To streamline the pickup process for rental and demo equipment, guests can purchase online in advance, with a 20% discount, or pick up the equipment any time after 3 p.m. the day before use.

The resort’s retail stores are open and operating with health and safety protocols in place. Pass holders who purchased a Rendezvous Peak Pass or Grand Pass are eligible for a 10% discount at retail outlets.

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