Headed to Jackson for your winter break?You should be. Not only is it the last season of the 40 year old tram but it’s also the first ever Empire Winter Sessions. Empire has teamed up with sponsors and local pros to offer a four day winter freeride camp in Jackson. This camp will entail two days of skiing at Jackson Hole, one day at Grand Targhee, and one day of guided backcountry skiing on Teton Pass. The camp will be coached by local pros such as Shroder Baker, Kina Pickett, Charlotte Moats, Paul Cotter and guided by Empire Founder Mike Gimmeson and Co-creator Rob LaPier. On the Hill…At the resorts riders are given an insiders look at the mountain and taken to some of the fun terrain that makes the Tetons unique. In the backcountry a morning of snow safety and beacon training will give participants a chance to race against the clock in a mock burial avalanche scenario. After learning the basics you’ll head to the goods for the pow booters and deep stashes. Those without personal backcountry gear will be outfitted with the finest equipment from Backcountry Access. The fourth day on snow will team up campers and coaches for an all day race around the mountain in the “Ski-venger Challenge.” The winning team will get swaged out with gear from our sponsors. Off the Hill…When the sun goes down the day is hardly over. We have got limitless possibilities to occupy our evenings. We can visit the local skatepark for some evening heshing with Marc Carter and Adam Dowell of the Illuminatti Snowboard Team. Organize an under the lights, Rail Jam at Snow King Resort with DJ Gimme on the ones and twos. Or maybe we will rent the party bus for an evening cruise out on the town. There’s always ice skating and rock climbing as well. Perhaps you might want to veg out and soak in the hot tub… maybe catch a flick? Whatever we decide on there will be fun to be had for those who want more. Let’s not forget swag handouts from Volkl, Tecnica, Sierra Trading Post, Smith, Teton Gravity Research, Da Kine, Backcountry Access, Pearl Wax, and more. Mark your calendars and get here!Dates: December 27th-30thEmpire Winter Sessions For more details visit http://www.empirefreeride.com or call (307) 734-2662 to register.


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