TETON VILLAGE, Wyo. — Last Tuesday, a local snowboarder and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) instructor sought out to top the day’s leaderboard of skiable verticle feet, and did so by skiing 100,641 vertical feet.

Ester Francus had the day off, and sure got her day’s worth of skiing in. She rode nearly twice as much as the next closest person on the leaderboard, who still skied 51,051 and road 28 lifts. Esters’s strategy was to avoid lift lines, and find where she could open it up with speed, which made for a total of 52 Teton lift rides, and 52 runs down Wide Open that was part of 110 total trails and runs skied that day. Her 100,641 vertical feet came out to the equivalent of skiing 51.2 miles.

Ester currently holds the daily record for this season and joins a group of just three others who have ever tracked more than 100,000 vertical feet in a day at JHMR. Bobby Thomson skied over 100,000 vertical feet during both the 20/21 and 21/22 seasons. Congrats Ester!

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Toby Koekkoek is a Community News Reporter, and a recent resident of Teton Valley. He enjoys writing about our region's community events and the movers and shakers that make up the culture of this unique mountain town. He enjoys deep powder, and deep thoughts, skateboarding, playing racquet sports, riding his bike, and nerding out on music. Toby also coaches freeride skiing for the Jackson Hole Ski Club and runs skateboard camps in the summer.