Gelande Quaffing

 Annual Gelande World Championships

In 1986, the skis were skinny and the snow was fat, during a 14 foot storm, the infamous underground crew of the Jackson Hole Air Force was going stir crazy in the Bear Claw Café, waiting for the mountain to open. In those days the bartender would send a freshly filled beer mug sliding down the bar to the patron who ordered it. One fateful night a beer mug slid off the end of the bar, took air, was caught seconds before a glass shattering catastrophe, and promptly pounded. Gelande Quaffing was born. Apres’ ski competitions followed, testing the unique skills of all who entered, and provided exciting entertainment for all spectators. But somewhere along the way Gelande Quaffing was lost and the après ski spirit forgotten.
Until now….
20 years later, the site of the original Bear Claw Café won’t let its voice be forgotten. On February 24th, 2008 the Village Cafe hosted the Annual Gelande Quaffing World Championships, and the spirit of the past lives on again at the base of the Big One. This unprecedented event will host entrees from throughout the snowsports industry and remind the world of ski culture’s colorful past.

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Feb 24, 2010 Gelande Quaffing World Championship Eyes on the prize!


The Gelande Quaffing World Championships is stepping things up. We would like to welcome back Pabst Blue Ribbon as our beer sponsor. From the mountain sports community we have Powder Magazine and Smith Optics who have been with the Quaff from the beginning, as well as new sponsors Salomon and K2. And of course the founders Jackson Hole Air Force, Swift.Silent.Deep., and the Village Café. Shout out to Cloudveil,, and Big Sky Brewing in getting the event off the ground in 2008. Check out the new logo put together by 2011 competitor Alexa Macdonald.

Teams from local Jackson Hole businesses please be aware as this event grows, spots in the future World Championships will be limited and based on how far you have made it in the first 4 years of competition. There will be regional qualifying competitions throughout the year to determine who makes it from JH to the Worlds. This year we will have brackets  filled from Whistler, BC, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, California, and more. Sponsors will always have a secured spot in the Worlds.

1. 4 person teams, no subs.
2. 1 minute for first 3 rounds, finals are 2 minutes.
3. Quaffer must be 2 feet from the edge of the bar.
4. Must rotate pitcher and quaffer every pitch.
5. You CANNOT pitch until beer is down and mug touches the bar again!
6. You must quaff the beer, not wear it.
7. No puking, puking results in immediate team disqualification.
8. In the event of a tie, each team will choose 1 quaffer and 1 pitcher, and the team with the fastest Gelande Quaff wins.


Round 1: 1 point regular catch, 2 points handle catch.
Round 2: The quaffer must do a 360 between leaving the pitchers
hand and the quaffer’s catch.  1 point regular catch, 2 points
handle catch.
Round 3: The quaffer must to a 360 OR under the leg catch.  1 point
regular catch, 2 points handle catch.
Finals: (2min) 1 catch of each… handle catch, 360 catch, and under
the leg catch. After the 3 required catches..Freestyle. 0 points
regular catch*, 1 point handle catch, 2 points 360 handle catch* OR under the leg, 0-5 points freestyle (at judges discretion)
*new for 2011, if you make it to finals, no points are easy


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