This WEEK 1.16.13

By on January 22, 2013
Dr. Lou Hochheiser, St. John’s Medical Center Hospital Chief - courtesy photo

Dr. Lou Hochheiser, St. John’s Medical Center Hospital Chief – courtesy photo


Hospital chief leads talk
Join Dr. Lou Hochheiser, CEO of St. John’s Medical Center, for a community discussion on local health care. Everyone is invited to come share opinions and refreshments.

St. John’s Medical Center discussion, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, at the Old Wilson Schoolhouse. Free. 739-7380;

Avalanche hazard class
Getting buried in an avalanche can spell disaster and is an ever-present danger in the backcountry. Learn to make informed, safety-conscious decisions and hone your rescue techniques with avalanche preparedness.

Avalanche Level 1, Wednesday to Sunday, at various locations. $275. 733-7425;

Sustainability series
The Yellowstone Teton Clean Energy Coalition’s “Third Thursday” series continues with a focus on energy efficiency hosted by the Jackson Hole Energy Sustainability Project. Learn practical ways to conserve energy and obtain energy efficiency financing.

Sustainability Series III, 6 p.m., Thursday, at the Home Ranch Building. Free. 810-955-5811;

Festival livens up winter in Teton Valley
Make the best of winter’s cold embrace by enjoying the second annual Great Snow Fest in Teton Valley. Start Thursday with six films presenting the best of the best of backcountry skiing from around the country at the Wildwood Room in Victor. Then throughout the weekend join in on family-friendly events like snow and ice sculpting, Nordic ski, snowshoeing and running races, a fat tire bike race and snow kiting and snow biking demonstrations. Wrap up the weekend with an open house in downtown Victor on Sunday afternoon.

Great Snow Fest, Thursday to Sunday,
various locations in Teton Valley.

Winter Wonderland opens on Square
Jackson Hole is a natural winter wonderland and various local groups have teamed up to bring a magical experience of ice and lights to the Town Square captivating all ages. The official opening of Jackson’s own Winter Wonderland in the heart of Jackson is this Friday with skating on the freshly frozen pond in the Town Square complete with music, steamy cups of hot cocoa and heated seating areas. Lights, sculptures and ice skating continue throught the winter.

JH Winter Wonderland Grand Opening, 5 to 9 p.m., Friday,
on the Town Square. Free. 733-0066;

Not just a summer sport
Fat bikes bring a whole new meaninga to the term “all terrain” as they are able to cruise over snow, sand and about everything else. Jump on one for a 15K, 30K or 45K race on Grand Targhee’s Nordic Track.

Fat Bike Race, 10 a.m., Saturday, at Grand Targhee Resort. Prices vary. 307-353-2300;

Cooking old school style
Join Jessica Flock and the JH Historical Society to explore the history and culture of Dutch-oven cooking. The event ties in with the museum’s “Key Ingredients: Jackson Hole Foods” exhibit.

Dutch Oven Cooking, 7 p.m., Tuesday, at the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum. Free. 733-2414;

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