By on December 9, 2014

Jackson Hole: the 13th coldest city in America.

Brrrutally cold

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – USA Today’s Travel section last weekend included a ranking of “The 52 coldest cities in America.” We were eager to see where Jackson would make this list, or if the nation’s paper would consider us a “city” at all. Technically, we are.

We are proud to report that relatively balmy Casper (39), Laramie (27) and Idaho Falls (31) all made the list. When we got to the 16th and 15th coldest cities: Anchorage and Minneapolis, we started to worry. But there was Jackson, Wyoming, at No. 13 with an average winter temp of 18.3 degrees. The coldest non-Alaskan city was International Falls, Minn., with an average winter temp of 8.1.

Mishev dishes for DC

Local writer and Planet scribe Dina ‘Geraldine’ Mishev landed a lengthy piece in the Washington Post about her introduction to Jackson Hole in the winter of 1997.

Our favorite part: “I moved to Jackson Hole, Wyo., two months after graduating from college for two reasons: 1. Han Solo lived there and 2. I wanted to learn how to ski. Always preferring to do things the hard way, I found Jackson Hole appealing because of its reputation as one of the most challenging resorts in the country.”

By the way, Mishev said she did run into Harrison Ford within weeks of her arrival to the valley.

Jackson Hole II

No country knocks off winning concepts better than China. Their rebirth of Jackson Hole in the mountains north of Beijing is just another in a string of community clones found in the Far East including reproductions of Paris, Thames and Stuttgart.

Portland-based designer Allison Smith was commissioned to create the 900-home Chinese version of Jackson Hole. The Planet broke this story years ago but two new stories require a quick update.

First, Garnet Henderson’s piece for The Atlantic titled, “The Clone of My Hometown in China” is stellar. She wrote: “I grew up in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which many locals will tell you is the most beautiful place on earth. The best place. The only place to be.”

Henderson further detailed China’s fascination with the American West and the culture of exclusivity that surrounds our pricey mountain town – something that appeals to Chinese real estate buyers. They also like everything kitschy about cowboy lore. The alternate universe was not created without a struggle. Smith said Chinese architects and contractors were “used to building skyscrapers and using nothing but mortar and steel construction.”

Jenny Xie’s piece for Curbed, which appeared just a day after The Atlantic story, claims houses that originally fetched $180K to $330K have now tripled in value.

No country for old men

Wyoming’s decision to extradite from Illinois a 94-year-old ex-camp counselor who has been accused of sexual abuse by three alleged victims is playing as mean and cruel-hearted in some media outlets.

ABC News reported that William Bricker has been “charged in Wyoming’s Teton County with immoral acts with a child and immoral or indecent acts. The incidents allegedly occurred in 1962, 1968 and 1985.”

Bricker’s lawyer, Anders Gillis, says Bricker suffers from a heart condition and needs an oxygen tank to breathe. It is not likely Bricker would live to see the outcome of a lengthy trial that included 50-year-old testimony.


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