"Anything the light touches, young powder hound." Jackson Hole offers more terrain more than most can touch in a lifetime. Screenshot taken from video.

“Anything the light touches, young powder hound.” Jackson Hole offers more terrain than most can touch in a lifetime.

There aren’t many 50th birthdays that celebrate with extreme skiing, cliff drops and knee-puckering steeps, but then again, there aren’t many Jackson Holes, either.

The Wyoming resort that put extreme skiing on the map throughout the 1980s and beyond hits the half-century mark this year and is doing so in a style skiers and snowboarders have come to expect over the years. Flying by the seat of their tagline, “Born to Be Wild,” the Jackson crew is marking the occasion with a slew of big giveaways (including seasons passes, skis and other hefty prize items), parties and original webisodes detailing the rich history of one of skiing’s marquee locales.

The latest installment, titled “Corbet’s Couloir, S & S and Beyond,” explores Jackson Hole’s steep-skiing legacy, a history that has given rise to some of the biggest names in extreme skiing, including the likes of the Jackson Hole Air Force, “Sick” Rick Armstrong and the late Doug Coombs.

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With some of the most harrowing and challenging terrain in North America, Jackson Hole has embraced its role as a Mecca for skiers and riders at the top of their respective sports. Additionally, with most of these steep ski lines within viewing distance of the resort’s aerial tram, the legends of steep skiing and riding are visible from the comforts of a tram car.

“The skiers and riders who call this mountain home for one day or all season remain our number-one priority, and this celebration will be about them and with them,” says Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Communications Manager Anna Cole. “Initial feedback from the movie has been so rewarding. [Local ski legend] Pepi Stiegler had just one word after he watched it: 'wild.' Not much else needs to be said.”

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In addition to celebrating its five-decade anniversary, JHMR is opening up its new Teton Lift this year, which will access terrain along a ridgeline that was previously only hike-to skiing and snowboarding. The lift will also open a new race trail equipped to handle world-class alpine events like the World Cup and U.S. National Championships.

For a full list of events occurring throughout the season, check out the Jackson Hole 50th Anniversary page.

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