The Locals' Guidebook 2023

Page 1

AN ART EXPERIENCE INSPIRED BY WILDLIFE & WILD PLACES Santa Fe, New Mexico 505.467.8297 | Jackson Hole, Wyoming 307.203.2322 Gallery.Wild GalleryWild_SantaFe
132 North Cache | in the Log Cabin | Jackson Hole, Wyoming Open Daily | 307.733.5933 |

PUBLIC WELCOME. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, we invite you to test your skills on this Robert Trent Jones, Jr. championship golf course. We’d like to share the experience that has landed us another Best of Jackson Hole Gold award. Come out for a day on the course or enjoy a casual bistro style lunch or dinner on the fireside patio or in our comfortable restaurant and bar. Get away from the crowds and into the views!

PUBLIC WELCOME. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, we invite you to test your skills on this Robert Trent Jones, Jr. championship golf course. We’d like to share the experience that has landed us another Best of Jackson Hole Gold award. Come out for a day on the course or enjoy a casual bistro style lunch or dinner on the fireside patio or in our comfortable restaurant and bar. Get away from the crowds and into the views!

5000 Spring Gulch Road 307-733-7788 •
5000 Spring Gulch Road 307-733-7788 •
Voted the Best Rafting Company in Jackson Hole for 11 Years in a Row! Leading scenic and whitewater float trips down the Snake River since 1967, Dave Hansen Whitewater creates wet and wild river experiences for people ages 6-96 (true story)! 307-733-6295 225 W Broadway, Jackson


Jackson Hole is one of the last wild places on earth. And we want to keep it that way. Practice responsible tourism and help preserve this special place for generations to come.

Jackson Hole Travel & Tourism Board ©2023
BEST OF JACKSON HOLE 2023 PG. 10 TABLE OF CONTENTS Staff & Contributors 12 12 Adventure & The Great Outdoors 22 — The Power of Pedals By Taylor-Ann Smith 18 27 — Wild Women By Julie Ellison Wining & Dining in the Tetons 42 — What’s a Sloshie? By Jessica Flammang 34 Mountain Character & Alpine Living 46 — 22 Plates By Caroline Chapman 55 — Stickers of JH By Lindsay Vallen Elevated Arts & Entertainment 78 — Tattooing in the Tetons By River Stingray 70 Health & Wellness at High Altitude 66 — Pickleball By Toby Koekkoek 58 44
PG. 11 GRAND TETON & YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARKS Wildlife Safaris, Snowshoe & XC Ski Tours | 307.690.9533 LET US CHANGE THE WAY YOU SEE WILDLIFE INTIMATE Max 7 Person Tour Groups Perfect for Families Customized for You TOP RATED Custom Safari 4x4 Style Vehicles Experienced Naturalist & Biologist Guides Professional Swarovski Optics & Spotting Scopes “Top 10 Great Wildlife Tours of the World” Voted Best Wildlife Tour 3 years running EXPERT


Managing Editor Fan Hughes Advertising Director Alyson Klaczkiewicz Project Manager Betsy Neal Creative Director Taylor-Ann Smith Ad Design Sarah Wilson Lydia Redzich Luis F. Ortiz Chelsea Robinson Heather Haseltine Staff Photographer Nick Sulzer Contributing Writers Lindsey Vallen Caroline Chapman River Stingray Toby Koekkoek Julie Ellison Jessica L. Flammang Taylor-Ann Smith Contributing Photographers Nick Sulzer Stephen Selesky Alexandra Munger Julie Ellison Copy Editor Cherisè Forno Cover Photo Orijin Media Publishers On the Web Contact (307) 222-8609 1225 Maple Way, Jackson, WY BEST OF JACKSON HOLE 2023 PG. 12


Featuring Best of Jackson Hole 2023

12,000+ 10,400+ participating community members nominated nominations for businesses & individuals

18,000 copies printed in 2022 75+ distribution points 200,000 estimated readership in 2022
Photo: Stephen Shelesky
120,000+ VOTES CAST
JACKSON HOLE | DRIGGS | BOZEMAN | ASPEN | WWW.NWKS.COM At Four Pines, we understand the importance of an active lifestyle. But we also know that accidents and pain can happen along the way. That’s why our dedicated team of Physical Therapists is here to help you recover and get back to doing what you love. 1175 S Hwy 89, Ste A - Jackson, WY 307-733-5577
Making your world our canvas 4th Generation Local Owned & Operated (307)690-4185 “Shayne and Hansen Earthworks did an incredible job on our property and I cannot recommend them highly enough. We have a large site with steep slopes and unstable soils perched high on a butte. They took apart and rebuilt the hillside, stabilizing the terrain and creating a solid base for our home and large yard. Their work was excellent and impresses everyone who visits.” — Andy
• Demolition • Specializing in custom, sophisticated finish work • Ponds • Boulder placement and retaining walls • Snow Removal • Homeowner consulting • Stream restoration • Excavation and grading • Utilities

INTRODUCING THE LOCALS’ GUIDEBOOK: Celebrating the Heart and Soul of Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Discover the vibrant pulse of our beloved community with The Locals’ Guidebook, an annual publication that honors the remarkable businesses and individuals that make Jackson Hole truly special. As we delve into the essence of our town, we invite you to join us on a journey that highlights the hidden gems, unparalleled experiences, and authentic stories that define our unique corner of the world.

At the core of The Locals’ Guidebook lies the renowned Best of Jackson Hole contest— an annual celebration of excellence that showcases the cream of the crop. The contest recognizes the local favorites, the triedand-true establishments, and the unsung heroes who contribute to the tapestry of our community.

Within the pages of our magazine, you’ll find insider insights, expert recommendations and a deep dive into the people and places that shape Jackson Hole’s character. We proudly shine a spotlight on the talented artisans, dedicated entrepreneurs and passionate individuals who pour their hearts into their craft, elevating our community and fostering a sense of pride among residents and visitors alike.

Whether you’re a long-time resident or a curious traveler, The Locals’ Guidebook is your trusted companion to navigate the rich tapestry of Jackson Hole. Immerse yourself in the captivating stories that unveil the spirit of this remarkable region, uncover the hidden gems tucked away in our picturesque landscapes, and embark on unforgettable adventures that only a local’s touch can unveil.

Every issue of The Locals’ Guidebook is a testament to the genuine camaraderie and unwavering support that binds our community together. We invite you to join us in celebrating the heart and soul of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, as we honor the remarkable people, the cherished establishments and the extraordinary experiences that define our beloved home.

Experience Jackson Hole like never before. Welcome to The Locals’ Guidebook, your resource for exploring our cherished community.

To learn more about The Locals’ Guidebook and the Best of Jackson Hole contest, visit today!


The Power of Pedals: Making Mountain Biking More Inclusive

Wild Women: The History of Female Park Rangers

Best Of Jackson

Hole Winners: Best Rafting Co, Wildlife Tour, and more

Photo: Stephen Shelesky

Family-Friendly Activity

Rendezvous “R” Park Programs/R-Park

Astoria Hot Springs and Park

Triangle X Ranch

Bike Shop

Fitzgerald’s Bicycles - Jackson

Hoff’s Bikesmith

Hoback Sports

Biking Trail

Grand Teton National Park

Cache Creek Trailhead

Grand Targhee Bike Park

Designated Campground

Gros Ventre Campground

Fishing Guide

Carter McMillen

Snake River Cabins and RV Village

Alpine Valley RV Resort

Fishing Outfitter

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing School

Triangle X Ranch

Westbank Anglers

Annie King Cooper Pinckney

Gear Shop

Teton Mountaineering

Skinny Skis

JD High Country Outfitters

PG. 20

Presented below are the finest adventures that await you in Jackson Hole. Whether you seek family-friendly activities or expert guides for fishing, wildlife exploration or river expeditions, you will discover the absolute best experiences in this valley. Renowned as a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, the activities in Jackson are an absolute must-try.

Golf Course/Club

Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club

Teton Pines

Snake River Sporting Club

Rafting Company

Dave Hansen Whitewater & Scenic River Trips

Jackson Hole Whitewater

Triangle X Ranch

Local Sports Team

Jackson Hole Moose Hockey

Jackson Hole Juggernauts

JH High School Broncs Golf


Wildlife Tour

Jackson Hole EcoTour Adventures

Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris

Backcountry Safaris

Mountain Guide

Morgan McGlashon

Laura Berger

Kim Havell

River Guide

Will Dornan

Jeff Rossberg

Carsten Stuhr

Wildlife Tour Guide

Dwight Vasel

Tyler Griffin

Karl Schmidt

PG. 21




Mountain biking is intimidating. From steep trails to steep costs for bikes and gear— it’s no wonder so many people are afraid to hop on the rambling saddle.

At first, I wasn’t sure if it was for me. I’ve always struggled athletically. ... I’m better known as an artist and not the “sporty” type. I grew up amongst the mountains in Montana, yet never truly felt connected to them physically. It wasn’t until I moved to Jackson Hole in 2017 that I decided to give a summer sport a try. Contrary to my initial fears, mountain biking was the first activity that made me feel empowered. The lessons of patience, looking ahead, and powering through obstacles have translated into every aspect of my life.

Despite my love for the sport, when I first went to buy mountain bike apparel, most of the options were hyperfeminine and too small — I didn’t look the way I felt when biking. I also struggled with finding people in my beginner stages to ride with and had no clue where to start riding. It wasn’t until I took a womens-only mountain bike clinic at Grand Targhee Resort with Ladies All Ride that everything started to click. I learned the importance of body position, the foundations of bike components and perhaps the biggest lesson of all — to not be afraid to try.

While the clinic was worth every cent, not everyone can afford the cost. Thankfully, our region has a mulititude of free and inclusive resources to get you into mountain biking.

Regardless of your background, ethnicity, ability, size or age, you can dive into this sport. After all, if I can do this, you can do this, and we should all be riding together. Featured here are a few places and resources to get started on your biking adventures in Teton Valley.

Friendliest trail for all abilities:

Mike Harris Trail System

Victor, ID

Best trail system to grow your skills from beginner to expert:

Cache Creek Trail System

Jackson, WY

Bike shop for all forms of biking, including adaptive equipment:

Wheel Wranglers

Organizations for trail information and inclusive community biking events:

Teton Adaptive

Friends of Pathways

Mountain Bike the Tetons

Apps for trail information:

MTB Project




Hosts of community rides for all ages and skills:

Women in the Tetons

Mountain Bike the Tetons

Ride Force

Teton Freeriders


(Women’s Outdoor Recreation App)

Left: Taylor-Ann Smith is a graphic designer for Orijin Media by day and the owner of Ride Force, an inclusive focused mountain bike apparel brand based in Jackson Hole, in her spare time. Photo by Sean O’Brien. Top: A group of adaptive mountain bikers (aMTB) riders out for a ride at Jackson Hole Mounatin Resort Bike Park. Photo courtesy of Teton Adaptive.

The Local Low-Down

What’s one piece of gear you won’t leave the house without?

My Cowboy Coffee travel mug goes just about everywhere!

- John Frechette, Owner of MADE, Mountain Dandy, Mursell’s Sweet Shop, & M

Reusable water bottle and sunglasses.

- Lindsay Ah, employee at Mountain Dandy

I never leave the house without a pocket knife - you never know when you’ll need it for an envelope or impromptu charcuterie cutter.

- Dan Fiddler, Lead Buyer at New West KnifeWorks

Open Every Day | Family Friendly 265 S Millward, Jackson, WY 83001 |

Success is measured MANY


The moments we celebrate the most? Big or small, noteworthy or not, it’s the time we gather around the table to connect with each other.

Thank you for including us in these award-winning moments, time after time.

You always have a seat at our table.

Photo: Orijin

“TThere used to be a day when men were rangers and rangers were men, and ladies in the national park service were few and far between,” begins an article in the 1974 newsletter handed out to visitors in Grand Teton National Park (GTNP). Amidst a larger movement in the U.S., the second wave of feminism had women filling roles that were previously only held by men, and GTNP was no different. The following few years would be a heyday for women stepping into outdoor leadership positions in the park.

That year, Jane Baldwin, then 23, became the first female backcountry ranger, followed by Patty McDonald as the second that same year. Anne-Marie Rizzi was the first female climbing ranger in 1977, with Jean Ruwitch Dempsey becoming the second the following year.

Baldwin began working for the park service in 1973 at the permits desk.

continued on pg. 28


July 26, 1973. John Carr, Susan Enger, Jane Baldwin and Chuck Schaap at Moose Basin Patrol Cabin in Grand Teton National Park.

“As the permits person, you got to hike one day a week and work the desk four days a week,” Baldwin said. The policy was to let the employees hike so they could tell people about the trails they were about to use, and they had to keep a log of where they hiked. Then, District Ranger Tom Milligan was always coming and going from park headquarters where Baldwin worked, and by reading the log, he noticed Baldwin had hiked more than anyone else. He asked her to be a backcountry ranger.

“I was honored and shocked and surprised,” she said. “I jumped at the chance.”

Baldwin credits Milligan’s open-mindedness for giving women opportunities earlier than a lot of other park supervisors. McDonald and Dempsey shared this sentiment since they were also hired by Milligan, who passed away in June 2021.

“He really did some ‘out of the box’ thinking,” Dempsey said. “He realized that women were as good as men, and he made it happen.”

While Baldwin was the ranger for Garnet Canyon in 1974, McDonald was her counterpart in Cascade and Paintbrush canyons. McDonald had worked at the entrance gate in 1973, which was the first year they were permitted to hold the

position. At the end of that summer season, she told her boss, Subdistrict Ranger Ralph Tingey, “I’d like to come back next year and be considered a ranger.”

“Girls can’t be rangers,” he said.

“It didn’t seem fair because I did a good job,” she said almost fifty years later. Being told no because she was a girl just made her more determined, so soon after, she marched into the office of Park Superintendent Gary Everhardt and told him, “I’d like to be considered a ranger next summer.”

“He leaned back in his chair and said, ‘Why don’t you talk to Tom Milligan?’” McDonald

recounted. She was already doing a lot of hiking and climbing on her own, so Milligan gave her an assignment.

“He realized that women were as good as men, and he made it happen.”

“I want you to spend two weeks hiking and climbing as much as you can, keep a journal, then report back.” She hiked and climbed her tail off and took her journal to him two weeks later. “I think we would like you to come back next summer as a ranger,” he said.

“It was great,” she said. “It was maybe the best job of my life—it was a blast!” She spent five days a week patrolling the trails and backcountry areas,

and camping in the canyons with her guitar. From her vantage point above Holly Lake, she could see the trails and recreationists below. She would spend five days a week in Paintbrush and Cascade canyons, then come down to Jackson for a few days for a steak dinner and dancing before heading back up into the mountains. “I loved my life,” she said.

A few years after Baldwin and McDonald helped pave the way for women to get hired in ranger positions, Rizzi came on as the first female Jenny Lake climbing ranger. Following Rizzi, Dempsey had a more traditional path to becoming the second female Jenny Lake climbing ranger: She filled out an application.

Growing up in Boulder, Colorado, Dempsey started climbing when she was 15 in a rock and snow class hosted by the Colorado Mountain Club and Rocky Mountain Rescue Group. She fell in love with the movement and took to it quickly because of her background as a gymnast and avid hiker. With dozens of crags in a small area, Boulder was a hot spot for climbing, and Dempsey climbed all the time. At age 20, she moved to Eldorado Springs, Colorado, the enclave just outside the entrance to the famed climbing area Eldorado Canyon.

In her early 20s, she climbed the Grand Teton with a few of her family members and got her first taste of the high alpine Teton Range. After a few more years of climbing in Boulder and the recreational mecca of Yosemite Valley, California, once or twice a year, she decided to go back to the high mountains. She contacted the park service, and they sent her a paper application that included listing some of the climbs she had completed. With plenty of 5.10 and 5.11 ascents under her belt, there was no doubt of her proficiency. She was hired.

Left: Jane Baldwin looks back at her scrapbook with images and newspaper articles about her time as GTNP’s first backcountry ranger. Right: Jane Baldwin poses for a portrait in her Wilson home. Photos by Julie Ellison.
BEST OF JACKSON HOLE 2023 PG. 30 9705 S Highway 89, Jackson | 307-733-7078 | Cozy Lodging for Family Adventures in Jackson Hole Cabins, RVs, Tents, a River, and Heaps of Marshmallows Luxury RV Resort For The Ultimate Jackson Hole Vacation Paved pull-through sites for up to 75ft. rigs. Deluxe back in's with uninterrupted canyon views. 118450 US-26 Alpine • 307-241-5707 es t. 20 21

“It was just a playground for the first summer,” she said. In between her patrols in Garnet Canyon and up to the Lower Saddle, she climbed every route she could, including the Snaz, Irene’s Arete, Baxter’s Pinnacle, Exum Direct and the South Buttress of Moran.

She remembers Moran as her favorite adventure. “It was the whole experience, taking a canoe across Leigh Lake, camping and hiking to the base,” she said. “I wanted to lead the crux pitch, and I did it onsight and in good style.” When a male climbing partner climbed it the following week, he said, “I knew you were a guy because it took balls to climb that.”

Despite his misgendering, she felt validated. “It felt great to have him say that,” she said. She was also enamored with riding in the helicopter, which she frequently did as the lightest member of the rescue team, since the weight-to-fuel ratio in a helicopter is critical. “We flew with an ex-Vietnam helicopter pilot, and he was just wild and so skilled. He could hover with one skid on the cliff and one hanging in space, he would let us off, and then he would just dive down these headwalls. It was just so exciting.”

continued on pg. 32 & 33

A newspaper article from 1974 featuring Jane and fellow female climbing rangers.

If you’re looking to explore the national parks, Wildlife Expeditions is a natural choice! The organization has been taking visitors in to the local National Parks to experience the magic of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem since 1999. With customized, all-window seat vans and experienced naturalist guides, this is a peak experience in the iconic mountains.

Jean Otto, the client experience director for Teton Science Schools, shares her thoughts:

Q: Over the years, what has remained integral to Wildlife Expeditions operations?

A: Our focus has always been, and continues to be, joining people with nature. Our guides, as well as all of our staff, understand that the opportunity for all to experience and fall in love with the splendor of the Yellowstone and Grand Teton eco-system ensures the protection of this fragile valley. We, as humans, protect what we love.

Q: What can people expect from a Wildlife Expeditions’ guide?

A: Visitors can expect a grand mix of the sciences including Geology, Botany, Environmental and Ethology from our seasoned Naturalist Guides. Like having your absolute favorite, fun teacher on a field trip!

Q: What can always be expected on a Wildlife Expeditions tour?

A: It is always exciting to see the large mammals such as bears, bison and moose but our guests are amazed to find up to 64 other mammals living in the park. There are also 300 species of birds and reptiles and amphibians too! • (877) 404-6626
Brought to you by
BEST OF JACKSON HOLE 2023 PG. 32 Faces of Wyoming Untrapped PHOTOGRAPHY: ©THOMAS D. MANGELSEN Join us! Reform trapping regulations.
Join us! Reform trapping regulations.
Left: Jean Ruwitch and Yvon Chouinard at an ice climbing clinic at Garnet Canyon in July 1979. Right: Jean Ruwitch (later Dempsey) as a Grand Teton National Park climbing ranger in 1978. Photos courtesy of Jean Dempsey.


Lady Rangers of the 1970s

Jane Baldwin, first female backcountry ranger, 19741976

Patty McDonald, second female backcountry ranger, 1974-76

While hindsight provides context for how pivotal these firsts for women are now, at the time, none of the women thought becoming rangers would earn them a spot in history. In fact, Dempsey didn’t even know she was the second female climbing ranger until a few years ago.

These ladies followed their own inspiration, doing whatever they needed to do to get where they wanted to go. Today, it’s commonplace to see women as rangers in GTNP, and in August 2021, Erika Jostad was named Chief Ranger of GTNP, the first woman to hold the position in the park’s 92-year history.

Anne-Marie Rizzi first female climbing ranger, 1977

Jean Ruwitch Dempsey, second female climbing ranger, 1978-79

While Baldwin, McDonald and Dempsey are all hesitant to accept their roles as inspirations for future generations of females, perhaps that old 1974 article in the GTNP newsletter said it best: “Where they today lead, other women will follow.”

Julie Ellison is a writer and photographer based in Victor, Idaho. She seeks out stories that reflect the unique social issues of this region and elevate the fascinating individuals who live here. Her favorite things are coffee, reading, climbing, bikes and dogs.

for your continued
The TM Crew Winter ‘22/‘23:
Thank you
support! — The
Standing L-R: Mike M., Levi, Will, Keith, Oscar the Grouch, Sierra, Jeff, Kat, Alex, Wyley, Charlie Sitting L-R: Wade K., Mike K., Jack, Palmer, Jackson, Wade D., Scott Missing: Mason, Parker, Trevor

What’s a Sloshie: A local favorite summer time drink

Best Of Jackson Hole Winners: Best Aprés, Brewery, Pizza, and more

Photo: Orijin Media

The Local Low-Down

You take off the river in the late afternoon and you’re starving. What’s your next move?

Both light and satisfying to hold me over after venturing, my go-to to-go order, a Falafel Wrap from FIGS.

Open up the cooler that I packed because being prepared is important. Dornan’s is also an appropriate answer!

- Austin O’Bryhim, Owner of Austin O’Bryhim State Farm

We typically snag takeout from Chinatown. We always have to get an order of sesame chicken!”

2023 PG. 36
- Lilla Turoczi, works in hospitality - Fan Hughes, Director at Buckrail

“Light an outdoor fire and cook our meals. Nothing fresher or better than home cooked food.”

Locally owned Pinky G’s Pizzeria has been a staple in the community since 2011 and has expanded to Victor, ID, Big Sky, MT, and a future location in Bend, OR.

Open late and offering one of the best lunch deals in town, Pinky’s fuels pizza patrons in a casual, friendly atmosphere.

Q: Who is Pinky G?

A: “I wanted a name that tied into the location, but also wanted it to be creative. We wanted to create a story where Pinky G, is the daughter to the matriarch,The Rose. Pink garters have little roses on them, so Pinky G has a rose in her hair, a nod to the Pink Garter Theater and Pink Garter Plaza.”

Q: What’s the most popular pizza?

A: “Besides cheese and pepperoni, hands down it’s The Abe Froman; named after Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Being a Chicago born kid, I fell in love with that movie. I made this pizza with Italian sausage, buffalo mozzarella, fresh chopped basil and balsamic reduction. In the movie Abe Froman is the “Sausage King of Chicago,” and the guy that Ferris steals a lunch reservation from.

Q: How does Pinky G’s give back to the community?

A: “When I was putting my business plan together I thought the best way to reach out to my community was by supporting all the teams I was involved with growing up here, through pizza parties and fundraising events. It’s evolved into this amazing heartfelt community space where we support all sorts of organizations, and that’s what Pinky G’s is all about.” -

-Emme Monique, multimedia artist and builder • (307) 734-7465
Brought to you by

Aprés Scene

Mangy Moose Steakhouse & Saloon


The Bistro


Persephone Bakery

The Bunnery Bakery & Restaurant

Pearl Street Bagels


Nora’s Fish Creek Inn

The Virginian

Café Genevieve

Asian Cuisine

King Sushi

Annie’s Thai Kitchen

Chinatown Restaurant


The Bird

Million Dollar Cowboy Bar

Local Restaurant & Bar


Snake River Brewing Co.


The Bird

Local Restaurant & Bar

Liberty Burger


Gavin Fine

Jeremy Williamson


Clark Myers


Date Night Spot

The Blue Lion


Melvin Roadhouse Pub & Eatery

Snake River Grill


Stop by the People’s Market on the Center for the Arts lawn every Wednesday afternoon in the summer. Explore a diverse array of vendors offering fresh produce, artisanal crafts and lively entertainment. Photo by Nick Sulzer.



Genevieve Catering

Bistro Catering

Coffee Shop

Cowboy Coffee Co.

Persephone Bakery

Pearl Street Bagels

Happy Hour


Eleanor’s Again

Local Restaurant & Bar

With a thriving culinary scene that captures the essence of the region, these Best of Jackson Hole categories celebrate the exceptional establishments that have captured the hearts and taste buds of locals and visitors alike.

Food Truck/Vendor

Streetfood @ The Stagecoach

Pinky G’s Pizzeria

Sweet Cheeks Meats

Italian Restaurant


Calico Restaurant and Bar

Il Villaggio Osteria


Hatch Taqueria & Tequilas

El Abuelito Family

Mexican Restaurant

Pica’s Mexican Taqueria

Health Food

Healthy Being

Café & Juicery

Whole Foods Market

Cultivate Cafe

Local Producer


Sweet Cheeks Meats

Vertical Harvest Farms

Mexican Cuisine

El Abuelito Family

Mexican Restaurant

The Merry Piglets

Mexican Grill

Fiesta Méxican Restaurant

From locally brewed beers and handcrafted cocktails to refreshing sloshies and classic margaritas, happy hour in Jackson Hole offers something for everyone.


From cozy cafes serving hearty mountain fare to upscale restaurants showcasing innovative farm-to-table creations, these categories recognize the diverse and exceptional culinary offerings that make Jackson Hole a true food lover’s paradise. So prepare to indulge in a mouthwatering journey as we honor the establishments that have earned the admiration and appreciation of the discerning diners of Jackson Hole.


York City Sub Shop

Cheeks Meats

Teton Thai Restaurant and Bar

Big Hole BBQ Victor Butter Cafe

THE LOCALS’ GUIDEBOOK PG. 41 Sandwich Overall Restaurant Sloshie
Pizza Pinky G’s Pizzeria Hand Fire
Cutty’s Bar
Snake River Grill The Blue Lion
Teton Valley Restaurant
& Grill Wings Creekside
Rations (307) The
Sidewinders American The Bistro
Grill Eleanor’s Again

What’s a

In just a few years, sloshies have become ubiquitous Jackson Hole refreshments. Akin to an alcoholic smoothie, these succulent frozen drinks are not only served in bars and restaurants but also in gas stations and markets. Classic varieties of the sugary, adult frozen beverage like the Greyhound, Huckleberry Vodka, and the Moscow Mule started out in a few locations in town like Creekside and Hoback Market.

Sloshies are made from scratch with just a handful of ingredients including mixers, ice, fresh- squeezed juice, corn syrup and a generous helping of alcohol. Blended in large containers on display reminiscent of Icee drinks branded in the eighties, they lure

thirsty adventure seekers on their way to raft the Snake River, swim at String Lake, huck themselves off the rock at Phelps Lake on a sizzling summer day, charge the ski resorts in the winter months, and after their daily valley treks and biking trails.

Sloshies have become a staple of mountain life— concoctions enjoyed year-round. Of course, it’s critical to enjoy responsibly, as the high-octane slurpees can leave sippers pretty buzzed. So sip away, but make sure you aren’t driving, don’t have to work, and have a few hours to sober up before any appointments or responsibilities your day might hold. Cheers, mountain people!



Sloshie Spots

Hoback Market


Stillwest Brewery & Grill

Jackson Hole Still Works

Creekside Market

Westside Wine & Spirits

Bud’s Eastside Liquor

Jackson Hole Marketplace

The Liquor Store of Jackson Hole



outdoor dining

Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Pizza on the patio in the afternoons and grab and go burritos in the morning!

Located in the heart of downtown Wilson, WY (307) 733-7662 |
NEW AND IMPROVED LUNCH AND DINNER MENU full bar relaxed family friendly atmosphere grab and go window online ordering huevos rancheros

22 Plates: The Peculiar Hype Around Jackson

License Plates

Stickers of JH: Momentos and Inspiration in a Tiny Design

Best Of Jackson Hole Winners: Best Gift Shop, Interior Designer, and more

Photo: Alexandra Munger

Over the years, Teton County folk have established their own method to distinguish the “local” population from the rest of its residents. The easiest way to recognize someone’s tenure in the valley isn’t through a spoken local lingo or a long list of mountaineering feats, but rather, the digits on the bumper of their car.

That’s right, Jackson Hole has one way to judge a book by its cover—your license plate number.

Since the establishment of license plates in Teton County, the Wyoming Department of Transportation has numbered its license plates in chronological order. Wyoming plate designs go through an eightyear cycle. The year 2017 was the first year in the eight-year run of the current Green River Lake plate series. In 2025, the design will once again be refreshed to don Wyoming’s state flag. Regardless of the design, Teton County Treasurer, Katie Smits explained that the owner of any license plate numbered below 10,000, gets to keep those digits for life. Some people are pretty serious about keeping

A Teton County Symbol for Localism

a low digit plate in their own possession or that of their family. Smits says her office has vaults that contain written wills that include the designation of an individual’s plate number to someone else after they pass on.

“Low license plate numbers are beloved,” Smits says.

When plate designs get renewed every eight years, those who own a plate numbering above 10,000 will receive an updated number anywhere from 10,000 and up.

To put it more simply, if you were here from the start, you’ve got a plate to prove it.

continued on pg. 48

Wyoming license plates have included an image of a Steamboat and Rider since 1936. Seen here is a vintage plate from 1956.




Descendants of Jackson’s historic families; the Meads, Gills, Lockharts, Van Vlecks and Wastabaughs possess some of the lowestnumbered plates around the valley.

Due to the fact that Jackson’s first families, the old ranching community and the original ski bums of the valley flaunt those low-numbered plates, it has become a symbolic token of “true” local identity.

That being said, you don’t have to hop in a time machine and become an early homesteader to get your hands on a low plate number.

The Teton County Administration Office says that as long as a plate is expired or the buyer has permission from the owner, it can be gifted to another resident. The transaction is not a complicated process; you just need a slip of paper signed by a license plate benefactor and boom, local

status is granted. Today, license plate numbers have reached the mid-40,000s with the most recently issued plates in the 45,000s. Teton County’s University of Wyoming plates are separate from the counting system used on regular cars, SUVs and sedans. Trucks are also on a separate count.

Teton County plates also serve as an indicator of just how much the valley has grown in the last 30 years.

From 1990 to 2021, Jackson’s population nearly doubled. According to U.S. Census data, the valley grew from around 5,000 residents to nearly 11,000. While Census data aims for accuracy, those numbers likely do not include the thousands of seasonal workers that flow in and out of town throughout the winter and summer months. Regardless, Teton County’s plates reflect the significant population growth that has taken place in recent decades. More plates were issued from 2010 to 2022

than in all the previous years combined. Needless to say, the county’s vehicle registration records are one of the clearest indicators of population growth in Jackson Hole that first began in the latter half of the 20th century.

As insignificant as a license plate number may be in most other places, the 22 plates are representative of the changing demographic landscape of modern-day Jackson Hole.

Today, Jackson is a melting pot of old ranchers and business owners, remote workers seeking an improved work-life balance, seasonal ski bums in search of powder, raft guides, adrenaline junkies and just about everything in between. In the 21st century, Jackson has been subject to a lot of change. But in the end, the large majority of residents are here for the same reason—a love for this place and for its people.

The many faces of Teton County license plates through the years. Photo by Nick Sulzer. A gift of plate slip that passes along the ownership of a Teton County license plate with just a signature.

The Spirited Steamboat: Wyoming’s Bucking Horse Lives on Forever

The bucking horse on Wyoming’s license plates transcends mere decoration, representing a powerful connection to the state’s rich history and the courageous and resilient men and women who shaped it.

Steamboat, also referred to as “The Horse That Couldn’t Be Ridden,” was a legendary bucking horse who gained fame in the early 1900s. He was notorious for his incredible agility, raw power, and unyielding temperament. He became the star of rodeos as cowboys and riders from far and wide sought to conquer Steamboat, but few succeeded in staying atop his furious bucking for more than a few seconds. Despite countless attempts to tame him, Steamboat’s wild spirit remained unbroken, earning him a place in history as one of the most renowned bucking horses of all time.

In 1936, recognizing the enduring legacy of Steamboat and the significance he held for the state, Wyoming adopted his image for its license plates. Today, the iconic bucking horse, captured in mid-air, adorns the license plates of Wyoming. It serves as a proud symbol of Wyoming’s independent and tenacious spirit, evoking images of the untamed frontier and the resilient cowboys who called it home.

When you walk in the door at Shervin’s a friendly face is always there to welcome you. Whether you need new tires or experience an unforeseen car problem, the folks at Shervin’s are there to give you peace of mind and get you back on the road.

Q: How many cars get work done at Shervin’s each year?

A: About 10,000 vehicles pass through our bays. Shervin’s has the best crew for all your repair needs, and it shows — the community voted Shervin’s “Best Mechanic/Shop Garage.”

Q: For visitors with car trouble, why is Shervin’s the best option?

A: We’ve got tires for your car, truck, SUV, camper, trailer or ATV. We carry a full range of Bridgestone and Firestone tires, known for their quality and durability. When winter arrives, we can get your snow tires installed quickly to keep you safe in snowy conditions. When spring returns, we’ll get your regular tires back on and get you back on the road. We offer a complete range of tire services including tire repair, tire rotation, tire balancing and front-end alignments.

Q: What is the history of Shervin’s in Jackson Hole?

A: Shervin’s has a reputation of 53 years in the making. Shervin’s Tire and Auto Care has been serving Jackson residents since 1969. It’s a fixture of the community, and the team at Shervin’s is dedicated to treating all customers like family. Whether you need a new set of tires, a tune-up or just some snacks for a road trip, Shervin’s has you covered. (307) 733-3793
to you by
A bronc rider gives Steamboat a try in 1907 at the Cheyenne Frontier Days. Photo courtesy of Wyoming State Archives.

GYDE Architects CLB Architects

PG. 50
Boss Architecture
Bank Building/Contracting Company
@yourgirlcatherine @jankygourmet
Best Dressed Cleaning Company Clothing Store
Joe Rice Taylor Phillips Anna Rozier Blue Collar Group
EcoTour Adventures Grand Teton Lodge Company Your Girl
Korin Gardner Elise Goodvin
Cleaners O2 Cleaning
Habitat for Humanity Greater Teton Area New West Building
Two Ocean Builders
Bank of Jackson Hole
Interstate Bank
Blue Spruce
Premier Green
Penny Lane
Browse N Buy
Northworks Architects & Planners

Mountain Character and Alpine Living encapsulate this special town’s unique and cherished aspects. These categories celebrate the outstanding professionals who have made a lasting impact in their respective fields, from accomplished lawyers to dedicated real estate agents who help clients find their dream homes in this idyllic setting.

Consignment/ Resale Store

Browse N Buy

Headwall Sports

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Gift Shop


Belle Cose

New West KnifeWorks & MTN MAN Toy Shop

Eco-Friendly Business

Vertical Harvest Farms

Florist - Shop

Lily & Co

Blue Spruce Cleaners

JH Flower Boutique

Jackson Hole EcoTour Adventures


The Cloudveil, Autograph Collection

Teton Cabins

The Wort Hotel

Briar Rose

Interior Design

Mountain Dandy

Belle Cose | At Home

Snake River Interiors

Interior Designer

Alexandra Nye

Emily Janak

Elisa Chambers

PG. 51

Locally Owned Store

Creekside Market


Ace Hardware

Jewelry Store

Jackson Hole Jewelry Co.

JC Jewelers


Pet Store


Kevin Gregory

Local Apparel Brand


Dick Stout

Elisabeth M. W. Trefonas

Mechanic Shop

Shervin’s Auto and Tire Care

Roy’s Auto


Rabbit Row Repair

Give’r Ride Force


Animal Adoption Center

Teton County Search and Rescue

Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding

Teton Tails Pet Place Plus

Each spring, recreationists can enjoy a portion of Grand Teton National Park’s inner road on wheels or on foot without the presence of motor vehicles. Photo by Nick Sulzer.


These Best of Jackson Hole winners recognize the exemplary individuals and businesses that have garnered the trust and appreciation of the Jackson Hole community. Prepare to discover the best of the best, as we pay tribute to those who have truly elevated the standard of services in this remarkable Valley.

Money Management Firm

First Republic Bank

Property Management Co.


Veterinary Clinic

Jackson Animal Hospital

Bank of Jackson Hole Trust & Wealth Partners

Raymond James


Jeff Stines

Abode Jackson Hole

Mountain Property Management

Real Estate Agent

Meredith Landino

VCA Spring Creek Animal Hospital

Fish Creek Veterinary Clinic

Wedding Venue

Diamond Cross Ranch

Dan Wales

Collin Binko

Teton County School District Teton Science Schools Teton Music School

Brett McPeak

Mary Beth Hansen

(307)690-8028 (307)690-4335 (307)413-0231

Grand Teton National Park

Chapel of the Sacred Heart

Radio Station



Riding isn’t just for ranchers. Take in unique views of the Teton Range from horseback with one of the many outfitters around the Jackson Hole Valley. Photo by Orijin Media. | 307 733 0022
Located near the tram, in Teton Village, at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.


and a window to times past

There are a lot of things that make mountain towns unique—access to the outdoors, beautiful weather, a close-knit community—but one often overlooked piece of the story is stickers. From bumpers to bus stops and bikes to bar tops; you name it, and there’s probably a sticker on it in Jackson Hole.


“Sticker slapping”—sticking a sticker in a public place, usually without permission—is common around town and a few businesses are known for their tacky (pun intended) décor.

tells countless stories of its own. Pearl Street Bagels is also a purveyor and canvas for sticker culture in Jackson Hole. Along with free stickers of their logo, they sell stickers that allude to their highly controversial decision to not toast their bagels like “Death by Toasting.” In response, a variety of other stickers have popped up around town commenting on the no toast policy, like “I toast my Pearl Street Bagels.”

Wilson Backcountry Sports is another source for local-centric stickers. The locally-owned

D.O.G.—Down on Glenn—the popular walkup burrito window has layers and layers of stickers covering the outside of the building. A long-standing local business, D.O.G. caters to locals who need a quick burrito after a night out or to fuel up for their next adventure. Stand in line at any given time and your eye might catch a few of the artifacts buried underneath the layers.

Snake River Brewing also puts sticker culture on full display. The holding tank outside the restaurant is covered as high as people can reach, and some are so tall that you might wonder how they even got there.

If the walls at the Stagecoach Bar could talk … they might have a few stories after 80 years. Situated at the base of Teton Pass, the Stagecoach has been a watering hole that has stood the test of time. A collection of old photographs depict the early days in Wilson— the first ski line on the Grand Teton and the time Bob Dylan played alongside Bill Briggs. An often overlooked piece of history is the door behind the bar covered in stickers that

bike shop has a variety of satirical stickers poking fun at e-bikes, Wilson moms, and the ski bum lifestyle.

The old “billboard” near the top of the Glory bootpack, which was actually used to bounce radio waves, was the site of heavy sticker slapping over the years. As far as people could reach—or climb—there were stickers. The structure was recently removed from the mountain since it no longer serves a purpose. For many, it was a spot to take a quick break and maybe admire the eclectic collection of stickers before reaching the summit.


If you ski at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, you might notice stickers covering the helmets of the youngsters in ski school. The mountain has a kids’ adventure map, showcasing the “kid’s names” for runs on the mountain. The ski-schoolers get a sticker for each run completed, like “Mr. Toad’s” or “Princess Woods.” By the end of the season, kids have every inch of their helmets covered with their accomplishments.

The bench at Pearl Street Bagels in Jackson has long been a canvas for sticker slapping. If you’re lucky, you might find free day-old bagels bagged up and set out on the bench as well. Photo by Nick Sulzer.


In a small transient town like Jackson, political and social issues become a community discussion. With issues such as housing, employee shortages and the everrising cost of living in the valley, stickers have become a way to anonymously comment and make light of those topics in a tangible, meme-like way.

Because stickers have been slapped for the past few decades, some have turned into cultural artifacts. “Don’t let the hole lose its

At the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort sits the iconic Mangy Moose Saloon, a world-famous aprés ski destination beloved by locals and visitors alike. Since 1967, the Moose has delivered delicious eats and legendary live music acts to Teton Village, solidifying its reputation as the best place to get loose after a day on the mountain. Fifty years later, the spot is mangier than ever, with history on its walls and plenty of folks who sing its praises.

Q: How has The Mangy Moose served as a Jackson Hole cultural hub in its over 50 years of operation?

soul,” is a classic sticker that signified the sentiment of residents wanting to retain the character of the town. The sticker can still be spotted, and at any bar in town, you can find someone to debate the topic with.

Wildlife in the Jackson Hole region is also a huge part of the fabric of the community. Cars around the valley can be seen with “I brake for wildlife” or “I brake for migration,” an attempt to urge other drivers on the road to slow down and be aware of wildlife on the roadways.

Over the past few years, Jackson and mountain towns across the country have gone through changes. With new homes, hotels, condos and apartments being built all across town, artifacts of a time passed still remain in certain corners of the community. Regardless of the subject matter, stickers reflect the cultural moment, past and present, of our little town.

A: We are the iconic après ski bar that embodies the historic ski bum culture of Jackson Hole. We support the local mountain sports culture and community organizations. We are also a worldfamous live music venue that brings music diversity and great times to our community.

Q: Can you elaborate on the spaces and services offered at the Mangy Moose?

A: We have a restaurant that serves rocky mountain inspired cuisine, a café that serves an incredible breakfast, lunch and dinner, a grocery store and wine shop, a merchandise shop that sells attractive Mangy Moose gear, private event spaces, and we bottle our famous spicy margarita and vodka that are sold throughout Wyoming. Oh, did I mention the live music venue that brings artists from all over the world?

Q: What is the story behind its décor and do you still add things to its walls today?

A: The previous owner was an antique collector. He essentially made The Mangy Moose into a museum. Since then, the walls of this building have taken on a life of their own. These walls can speak volumes, and their depth continues to grow every day. • (307) 733-4913
The Snake River Brewing holding tank is covered in stickers as far as people can reach, or climb. Brought to you by

Pickleball: A refreshing alternative to type-two fun

Best Of Jackson

Hole Winners: Best Yoga Studio, Hair Stylist, and more

Photo: Stephen Shelesky

Alternative Medicine


Dr. Mark Menolascino


Dr. Tiger

Dentist Office

Larsen Family Dentistry

Amy Clemens

Angela Tong (307)690-4201


Amber Carruth

Grace Mahoney

Robye Heron

Dr. Christopher Koch

Jackson Family Dentistry

Tyler Wright

(307)733-3386 (307)733-5559

Fitness Instructor

Crystal Wright

Owens Family Dentistry

Full Service Spa

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort

Andrew Armington

Grace Spa

Brooks Woodfin @armoace

SpaTerre Teton-Village-Spa

Venture to the northern end of Grand Teton National Park for sweeping views and a unique angle of the Teton Range across Jackson Lake.

Nestled amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Teton Range, Jackson Hole is a haven for those seeking a balanced and rejuvenating lifestyle. These categories celebrate the exceptional businesses that prioritize the well-being and vitality of the community.

Hair Stylist

Bernadette Gwilliam

Health Care Services

Health/Fitness Center

Inversion Yoga

Kelly Rene

Theresa Lerch Family Practice

Medicine Wheel Wellness

Sofie Thompson

@berndoesmyhair @stylingbysofie

Massage Therapist

Rena Trail


Ollie Tripp

Henry Williams

Four Pines Physical Therapy (307)733-5577

Mental Health Therapist

Ryan Burke

Leann Dzemske

Hillary Lavino


Orange Theory

Occupational Therapist

Megan Marion

Alex Stone

Jessica Eastman

Cosmetic and General Dentistry 307-733-4778 • 3103 Big Trail Drive, Jackson, WY THANK YOU FOR VOTING US JACKSON HOLE’S BEST DENTIST FOR 16 YEARS!
Graciela Corona (Assistant) • Jessica Jorgenson (RDH) • Cambria Miner (Assistant) Scott C. Larsen (DMD) • Isabel Bradford (Manager) • Megan Carmichael (RDH) Miranda Kornish (Assistant) • Keaton Meyer (RDH) • Not Pictured: Sarah Schwarz (RDH)

Pilates Instructor

Michaela Ellingson

Pilates Studio

Inversion Yoga

Speech Pathologist

Mandy Howell

Mary Pantone

Jess Grim

Yoga Instructor

Niki Sue Mueller

Ariel Mann

Dani Perry

Hair Salon

Frost Salon


Teton Barber Shop


Champú Salon

Pursue Dancers’ Workshop

Yoga Studio

Inversion Yoga

Home Yoga Studio

Teton County School District

Chris Smithwick

Kate Wienman

Physical Therapist

Scott Harmon


Noreen Christensen


Francine Bartlett


Briar Rose, which this year won Best of Jackson Hole’s bronze for Best Florist, has been creating and delivering flower bouquets in Jackson Hole, Wilson and Teton Village for over two decades. Briar Rose can create floral designs for any occasion from a single elegant long-stemmed rose to elaborate wedding arrangements that will leave a sweetsmelling and long-lasting impression you’ll have to see to be-leaf!

Briar Rose owner, Jean Johnson, shares more about her fragrant journey to success:

Q: How long have you been in business in Jackson Hole?

A: I opened Briar Rose 21 years ago, and I had a business called The Huckleberry Patch for 16 years before that. I am also a Jackson Hole native.

Q: Has your passion always been flowers?

A: When I started Briar Rose, yes, but before that it was quilts.

Q: What are your plans for the future?

A: Keep doing everything I currently do, but I will be semi-retiring in January 2024 and will then be doing weddings and events after that.

Q: What do you like most about doing weddings and events?

A: I like creating beautiful arrangements for people. It will be hard to not keep doing it all; I love arranging flowers so much!

Q: What are some of your favorite flowers?

A: I can’t even choose; I love all flowers!

The Local Low-Down

How do you wind up or down from a busy winter season?

Hop on a flight or get in the car for a road trip to warmer weather! It’s nice to come back to the valley renewed after a long winter season.”

Enjoy the quieter days and final days on the trails and fall floats with my pups!”

PG. 64
- Caroline Chapman, Account Manager at Buckrail - Sarah Adams, Owner of Align Pilates
(307) 732-1222
Brought to you by Briar Rose

Winding up for the winter season tends to get hectic in hospitality land, so skinning up the King during every break gets you excited for the powder season ahead.”

With a mission to protect and steward Northwest Wyoming landscapes for current and future generations, the Jackson Hole Land Trust is a resource for maintaining wildlife habitat connectivity, water quality, iconic open space and the local food system. Through efforts like R Park, the community can trust that the Jackson Hole Land Trust will deliver on community conservation efforts.

Lindsay Jones, director of communications and outreach with the JH Land Trust, shares her thoughts on the legacy:

“Thanksgiving with the family before ski season. Toes in the sand on a multi-day river trip after the ski season!”


Q: What makes R Park so great for families?

A: Stroll, splash, spot a critter, fly a kite—head out to this natural park and there’s always something to do. Attend the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s annual winter and summer solstice celebrations, check out programming put on by other valley nonprofits or just stop by and enjoy!

Q: How did R Park come to be Teton County’s first nonprofit-run park?

A: Ten years ago, R Park was a gravel mine. After reclaiming these 40 acres, the Jackson Hole Land Trust now manages R Park as a community open space to all, every day from dawn to dusk.

Q: How can I support R Park?

A: The Jackson Hole Land Trust relies on donations from individuals and families for the everyday upkeep of this community resource. Join the WYLD membership and your dollars go directly towards ensuring R Park is safe, clean and welcoming:

- Rusty Hall, Ski • (307) 733-4707
- Lilla Turoczi, Hospitality Brought to you by

A refreshing alternative to type-two fun

There’s no doubt that Jackson Hole is inhabited by—and draws—a wild, thrillseeking bunch. The Jackson crowd is known for operating on a higher level than most. Local business professionals can be seen hiking the 1,800 vertical feet up Mt. Glory to enjoy a ski before work, and it’s not uncommon for an individual to consider a 100-mile bike ride a “leisurely weekend ride.” Typically, the more time spent, the more sweat secreted, or the more adrenaline pumped, the better.

So why has a sport like Pickleball become so hot? A sport that marries ping pong with badminton and tennis; a sport where rules have been made to make the game easier; and a sport that is known for accommodating an older crowd. How could this activity ever be on Jackson Hole’s recreational radar?

For Jackson local and founder of the East Jackson Pickleball Club, Reilly Dillon, his

Jackson pickleball career blossomed during Covid—a socially distanced activity to connect with others during odd times.

“I believe it’s taken off in Jackson because it’s a great alternative to mountain or road biking, hiking, trail running or rafting,” said Dillon. “Folks show up with a cooler full of beer and speakers and are there to have fun with their friends and family.”

According to the New York Times, pickleball has grown nearly 40 percent between 2019 and 2021, making it the fastest-growing sport in the country. Even basketball legend Lebron James has bought into the craze, purchasing his own major league pickleball team.

“It’s got exercise, laughter and competition,” Dillon said. “People knock it until they step on court and catch the fever.”


Besides offering fun, Pickleball is a refreshingly approachable sport. Played with a waffle-style ball and a paddle, the cost of entry is much cheaper than some other outdoor activities like skiing, mountain biking and fishing. Pickleball can also be played as a singles or doubles game, so you don’t need a large group to play. The scoring is (relatively) simple: points are scored by the team that serves, and you play to 11 points, with a two-point lead required to cinch the W. Perhaps one of the best features of pickleball is that it’s inclusive— you can often catch a game played between various generations, genders and demographics.

It was the sport’s accessibility that drew in Luke Ryder, a former D1 lacrosse recruit who came to Jackson for skiing. He had zero exposure to the game prior to going to the Rodeo Fairgrounds tennis courts,

which offered a chest of free paddles and balls. Ryder appreciated its price of entry: free. Once hooked, he bought a few of his own paddles and balls, investing less than $50— a refreshing contrast from his multithousand dollar mountain bike.

As pickleball has become more popular in the valley, there are now more ways to play. Last year, Dillon hosted the First Annual Miller Park Classic, which featured approximately 18 teams and raised well over $1,000 for Teton Adaptive Sports. Dillon plans to host the second annual Miller Park Classic this summer, which will again benefit Teton Adaptive Sports. Dillon also hopes to set up at least one day of league play at the Miller Park courts.

continued on pg. 68

Players face off on one of the six dedicated pickleball courts in Miller Park in downtown Jackson. Photo by Nick Sulzer.

Ann Williams and her husband Ray are the Teton County, Idaho ambassadors for USA Pickleball Certified Instructors. They love teaching the game to new players and improving their level of play, and have over 20 Selkirk paddles for demonstrations.

“Pickleball has been growing fast here in Teton Valley,” said Williams. “In the Victor Elementary Gym, where we play in the winter, we regularly get around 30 players a session. We are seeing players of all ages learning the game and improving quickly.”

“With six new beautiful courts here in Driggs, there is an opportunity to bring leagues and tournaments to the valley along with open play sessions,” Williams said.

So why does the pickleball craze keep picking up steam? I think at a time in our country, and even in Jackson when we’ve become more polarized, pickleball is refreshingly inclusive and approachable, providing a convenient way to connect with your neighbor and enjoy the beautiful community we live in.


158.6% GROWTH RATE over the last 3 years

36.5 MILLION PLAYERS in the United States

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND was the invention point in 1965

3rd highest participation rate after biking and running



DENVER, CO has the second highest number of pickleball locations

In 2023, CBS signed a deal to broadcast over 30 hours of pickleball coverage across CBS, CBS Sports Network, and Paramount+

PERMANENT PICKLEBALL COURTS were first proposed in 2017 at the Rodeo Grounds tennis courts by locals Linda Williams and Jay Kaplan

“It’s got exercise, laughter and competition,” Dillon said. “People knock it until they step on court and catch the fever.”
Bank of Jackson Hole is proud to serve the Jackson community for over 40 years and to be voted Best Bank year over year. Honored to earn your trust. 307.732.BOJH | BOJH.COM DIVISION OF NBH BANK. NMLS 465954 23-03 BOJH Best Bank Ad.indd 1 3/8/23 1:58 Bank of Jackson Hole is proud to serve the Jackson community for over 40 years and to be voted Best Bank year over year. Honored to earn your trust. 307.732.BOJH | BOJH.COM DIVISION OF NBH BANK. NMLS 465954 23-03 BOJH Best Bank Ad.indd 1 3/8/23 Bank of Jackson Hole is proud to serve the Jackson community for over 40 years and to be voted Best Bank year over year. Honored to earn your trust. 307.732.BOJH | BOJH.COM DIVISION OF NBH BANK. NMLS 465954 23-03 BOJH Best Bank Ad.indd 1 3/8/23 Bank of Jackson Hole is proud to serve the Jackson community for over 40 years and to be voted Best Bank year over year. Honored to earn your trust. 307.732.BOJH | BOJH.COM DIVISION OF NBH BANK. NMLS 465954

Tattooing in the Tetons: One-of-a-kind mountain art

Best Of Jackson

Hole Winners: Best Musician, Artist, Filmmaker, and more

Photo: Orijin Media
Celebrate your moment in the timeless romance of the American West 24340 N Diamond Cross Rd Moran WY 83013 Diamond Cross Ranch J. Parker Photography The Orijin team sends a HUGE CONGRATS to our partners who are Best Of Jackson Hole winners and nominees! Untitled-1.indd 1 6/15/23 10:58 AM

The Local Low-Down

What’s a business or service you’ve continued to use in Jackson since you moved here?

Browse n’ Buy was one of the first stores I went into when I first moved here; I still stop by frequently to shop for clothes or donate unused items.”

- Lindsay Vallen, Community News Reporter for Buckrail

Haderley Farms compost program. Hole Food Rescue helps me to be able to eat every week.”

- Zach Freidhof, Musician

I always get my hat shaped at Beaver Creek Hats. Such a friendly family!”

- Michele Crandall, local mom

PG. 73

Entertainment/Live Music Venue

Center for the Arts

Million Dollar Cowboy Bar

Mangy Moose

Steakhouse & Saloon


Kathryn Mapes Turner

Amy Ringholz

Haley Badenhop

Art Gallery/Musuem

National Museum of Wildlife Art

Gallery Wild

Turner Fine Art


Andrew Munz

Illustrator/Graphic Designer

Trisha Taggart

Tatum Graham Annabelle Dombroski

Ryan Stolp

Haley Badenhop


Jimmy Chin

Jocelyn Stokes

Isaac Larsen


Local Band

One Ton Pig Sghetti


Whiskey Mornin’


Jackson Hole has long been a source of inspiration for creative souls. With its rich, artistic heritage and vibrant arts community, Jackson Hole has become a hub of creativity, attracting talent from far and wide. These categories pay tribute to the talented individuals who have captivated audiences with their artistic expressions and melodic performances.


Tim McClaurin


Isaac Hayden


Savannah Rose

Michaela Ellingson

Jackson’s Biggest Rockstar

Luke Zender

Duane Betts

Missy Jo @missyjomusic

Isaac Spotts


Peter Mangolds

Thirty artists representing the best in wildlife, western and landscape art participate in the annual Quickdraw competition every fall, churning out their best work of art in just 90 minutes.

Photo by Nick Sulzer.

The Local Low-Down

What’s the best live music show you’ve ever seen in Jackson?

When I first moved to Jackson, Steve Martin played a banjo concert at the Center for the Arts. I expected him to mix music with comedy, but it ended up being strictly a banjo show and it was amazing. Being new to the area, I was also impressed to see such a big name performing in town.

Quixotic at Contour Fest 2015 at the Center for the Arts. Major props to Jeff Stein for birthing Contour-what a special time to be a Jackson local.

- Jess Farr

Zac Brown Band the first 2 years of the Rendezvous Music Festival, 2016 & 2017, at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort! SO FUN!

The Grand Teton Music Festival will provide exhilarating musical experiences from June 30 to Aug.19 with orchestral and chamber music performances, Gateway Series concerts, special events, an opera initiative, Sunday Matinee Piano Recitals and free On the Road community events.

Here’s what Emma Kail, GTMF’s Executive Director, has to say:

Q: How does the natural setting contribute to the musical experiences at GTMF?

A: GTMF is world-class music in a relaxed environment. Our dedicated musicians return year after year because they love the balance of making incredible music with their peers and exploring the spectacular outdoor offerings of Jackson Hole and the surrounding national parks.

Q: GTMF has a history dating back to 1962 — what key elements have contributed to this longevity?

A: GTMF was a dream that a small group of supporters willed into existence and then sustained for over 60 years. Thanks to our dedicated audience, donors and incredible musicians, the Festival is now embedded into the summer experience in Jackson Hole.

Q: What can attendees expect from a concert experience?

A: Enjoy a glass of wine on the deck outside Walk Festival Hall before, or join us for a pre-concert chat an hour prior to the performance in the Barbara Furrer Goodman Memorial Garden. Once you are seated and the music begins, you’ll be amazed at not only the quality of the acoustics but also the close proximity to the performers. • (307) 733-3050
- Kim Tsamoutales Brought to you by

Some say you should take a picture because it’ll last longer, and Jackson Hole is no stranger to the vast number of amateur to expert photographers trying to capture the beauty and uniqueness of the valley. But there’s a growing community of locals and tourists who have found another way to permanently commemorate their time or experiences in Jackson, and it’s with a different kind of ink.

At first glance you may not notice the few tattoo shops that Jackson Hole has tucked away behind other storefronts, or the growing number of people walking around with art under their winter gear or athletic

wear, but the tattoo business in town is booming and booking out months in advance.

It’s locals and tourists alike who are seeking the permanent art, sharing a particular affinity for the distinct nature and geography of this valley. The increasing demand for artistic homages—especially to this landscape—is now spread out between three local tattoo shops: Twenty Two Tattoo, Black Fox Studio and Paintbrush Tattoo.

In order to open a tattoo shop in Jackson Hole, the Teton County Health Department requires a permit to operate a body art

PG. 78
Bethanie Hart draws the outline of the Tetons on a client before making things permanent. Photos by Nick Sulzer.

establishment. Standards for a safe and sanitary practice include aseptic techniques, personal hygiene, injury prevention and universal precautions. Yet, despite the vagueness of language that can be found in the regulations, the businesses in Jackson seem to go above and beyond the minimum requirements for creating a comfortable space.

Jackson’s tattoo artists are intent on creating a luxurious, intimate environment for customers that may look different than the stereotypical walk-in tattoo experience someone might be expecting. Mike Zimmer, who opened Twenty Two Tattoo 14 years ago after acquiring a decade of tattooing experience, is ultimately looking to “change the whole tattoo experience.” He does a custom collaboration with each client in a classy, private space he has designed.

Bethanie Hart, who opened Paintbrush Tattoo at the start of the new year, is also intentional about setting up a personalized, comfortable experience with in-person consultations for clients. She understands that tattoos have become less stigmatized and takes pride in the cleanliness and luxurious environment of her studio.

Zimmer and Hart are both Jackson Hole locals who lean into the ingenuity this one- of-a-kind landscape provides.

“There’s a lot of inspiration for tattoos in Jackson,” Zimmer says. He does a large number of naturethemed tattoos including bison, feathers, trees and mountains in black and gray fine line work—his specialty. The clientele asking for that is a mix of locals with deep connections to the valley and tourists commemorating a trip to the iconic town. Hart says her mostly local clients request wildflowers and mountains most often. “You get used to a standard of beauty,” Hart says of finding inspiration in the Tetons.

In the heart of downtown Jackson Hole, MADE is a unique hotspot that offers a collection of handmade items from more than 360 artists. With quality and care put into every item, locals and tourists alike can take home memories made in the valley reflected in the jewelry, goods and glassware.

John Frechette, owner of MADE, Mountain Dandy, Mursell’s Sweet Shop, and M shares his thoughts on their success:

Q: How do the aesthetics of MADE fit into the unique location of Jackson Hole?

A: MADE works to be every local’s favorite shop. We want someone to buy every birthday or thank you card from us. We bring in as many local and regional artists as we can. Each artist draws their own inspiration from our surroundings and what they experience from the area. With over 450 artists throughout the store, you get a good variety of designs.

Q: What’s new in the MADE family of shops?

A: Most everyone knows by now that we own Mursell’s Sweet Shop just across Gaslight Alley from MADE. It is certainly worth a visit for chocolates and candy from around the world, and the new soda fountain. Also, “M” is our newest outpost, in the Aspens neighborhood of Wilson - on the way to Teton Village, and it is filled with some of our favorite gifts and housewares from all over the world! Stop in early, and grab some Persephone next door! (307) 690-7957
A look inside Paintbrush Tattoo, the studio Hart opened at the beginning of 2023. Brought to you by continued on pg. 80

She appreciates the different ways she can make images of wildflowers and mountains original for each individual.

Instagram is one of the primary places for tattoo businesses to get attention in the valley, and both Zimmer (@zimmertattoo) and Hart (@ paintbrushtattoo) credit the social media platform for a large portion of their customers. Word of mouth also travels fast in a small town like Jackson. While all three tattoo shops require in-advance appointments, Zimmer is planning on designating days/times for walk-ins sometime in the future.

The blend of private, high-quality service with meaningful and iconic Teton views makes these tattoo shops a true Jackson experience. While permanent ink art is still pushing past some stigmatized barriers, it’s something to consider as a way to experience and commemorate what makes Jackson Hole culture so special.

Mike Zimmer, owner of Twenty Two Tattoo, inside his studio in Jackson. Photos by Nick Sulzer.
Consistently voted the best. Why would you work with anyone else? 307.690.8028 MEREDITH.LANDINO@JHSIR.COM Meredith Landino, Sales Associate 2023 GOLD • 2022 GOLD 307.413.0231 MARYBETH.HANSEN@JHSIR.COM Marybeth Hansen, Sales Associate 2023 BRONZE • 2021 GOLD 2020 SILVER • 2019 GOLD 2018 SILVER • 2016 BRONZE 307.690.4335 BRETT.MCPEAK@JHSIR.COM Brett McPeak, Associate Broker 2023 SILVER • 2022 BRONZE 2019 BRONZE • 2018 BRONZE 2014 BRONZE • 2013 BRONZE 185 W. BROADWAY • JACKSON, WYOMING 83001 • JHSIR.COM
Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.