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By Jenna Mahaffie
If you were to tell a friend from out of town that something has been “applied” – meaning messed up, bad, a real disaster – you would probably only get crickets.
Not everyone speaks the lingo of a ski town. The people of Jackson primarily use the word applaud to describe snow conditions. Example: when it hasn’t snowed for days and we’ve been through a thaw-freeze cycle, the village is applauded.
In order to avoid awkward looks, tilts of the head, and incorrect usage, we’ve compiled some sort of dictionary to help you navigate the ins and outs of local jargon. Memorize them, then apply them on your next crowded Gondi (Gondola) ride and see what happens …
- Casper Beach: It could be a specific physical location in the Casper area of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, but in reality, Casper Beach is just an end to those insanely hot, sunny days when all you really want to do is get out there. skinny skis and relax Casper with your friends. In the spring, grab some fries and a shot of jello at Casper Lodge and indulge yourself responsibly between hot laps (see hot laps below).
- Jackson East / Jackson West: While the term directional here isn’t necessarily very precise, the term East and West is often used to describe neighborhoods within the city of Jackson. East Jackson primarily serves the Redmond Street corridor and all that surrounds it, and West Jackson is used to describe the streets beyond Virginian and Scott Lane. Right in the middle? People who live there like to call it “Midtown” to make it more hip than it actually is.
- Onlooker: Celebrated annually on Gaper Fool’s Day (on or around April 1), a gaper wears one-piece retro ski suits without irony. They are new to the sport and do not know the rules of style or shrediquette. A “gaper gap” refers to the space between the top of your glasses and the bottom edge of your helmet – it’s not something you want. Watch out for the gap. (See also: Jerry)
- Hot tours: Fast, fun ski slopes (often on Casper, since the terrain lends itself to short runs).
- Jerry: Someone who is generally – for lack of a better term – clapped. Maybe you miss steeze skiing and wear jeans on a powder day, or wear a full face helmet. Or maybe you’re a seasoned veteran of the ski resort lifestyle, but forgot your goggles and are forced to wear some lost and found 2001 Smith’s. Yeah, you’re a Jerry. (See also: Onlooker)
- LoCoRo: The rotation of the week-end bars of the locals. Start with the local, head next to the Cowboy, then cross the street to the Rose for some late night debauchery.
- Powder clause: Those with 9-5 jobs here are familiar with this term, which describes an unwritten clause in employment contracts that says employees can go skiing on a work day if it snows more than a certain amount *** (* ** As long as you do all your work or don’t have meetings or deadlines or a manager who wants to destroy your general well-being etc).
- Sending in progress: The act of crushing (accomplishing) a ski line, a jump line or just life in general with steeze. As used in one sentence: “Dude, you absolutely sent Pucker Face this morning!” or, “Oh yeah, we sent the bars hard last night.”
- Skidding: In other words: dirtbag, ski bum, vagabond… For a skid, skiing is life. Skids do whatever it takes to ski as often as possible. They have multiple jobs during the low season, but in the winter they can get away with only working in the mountains for the free pass. Skids can eat ramen with every meal, know where to get free food, and have likely lived out of their cars at one point (or live there now). If they are in a house, it is with at least five other people in one or two bedroom accommodation.
- Sloshie: Equivalent to 7-11 slurpees of yesteryear… except loaded with alcohol. Drink two of these and you’ll guarantee inarticulate words and a gnarly sugar headache. The best places to buy these adult treats are Teton Village Bodega, Hoback Market (try the Mudslide, you won’t regret it), and Creekside Deli.
- Steeze: The alliance of style and ease. Can be used to describe a person’s skiing style, general fashion sense, or the way they behave on a daily basis.