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Exercise your independence. “I made the decision to move to Legacy Lodge and could not be happier. I still have an independent lifestyle but with more support and activities than I could ever imagine.” – Nancy, Resident at LEGACY LODGE

Live at Legacy Lodge in Jackson Hole.

Lead an active, social, and carefree life at the base of the Tetons. Connect with your friends, engage with the community, and have peace of mind knowing you have easy access to premier Legacy Lodge services. Call us today to learn more at 307.734.0500 or visit legacylodgejh.com. a

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Experience the magic of wildlife and get a closer look through the lens of the camera, while learning to capture these beautiful creatures in action.

PHOTO TOURS & WORKSHOPS IN GRAND TETON & YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARKS (307) 690-9562 www.kennyjones.photography

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Staff & Contributors

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Adventures and the Great Outdoors

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Teton Wining & Dining

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High Altitude Health & Wellness

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Mountain Character & Alpine Living

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Elevated Arts & Entertainment

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Floating Through History: The Story Behind the Snake River Rapids by Jacob Gore

30 — Beer-Braised Flavor Fiesta by Tory Cameron

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On Two Feet: Running Your Way Through Teton Trails by Shannon Sollitt

Gear Guide: 10 Must-Haves for Every 58 — Jackson Adventure by Rachel Levin

78 — Why I Don’t Ski by Andrew Munz

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Staff Managing Editor Emily Greiff Advertising Director Deidre Norman

Layout Design Cole Buckhart Ryan Stolp

Project Manager Fan Hughes

Illustrations Ryan Stolp

Staff Writers Shannon Sollitt Jacob Gore

Staff Photographer Nick Sulzer

Copy Editor Nina Resor Cover Photo Josh Packer

On the Web bestofjacksonhole.com

Publishers Teton Media Works Buckrail Orijin

Contact info@bestofjacksonhole.com (307) 222-8609 1225 Maple Way, Jackson, WY

Contributors Shannon Sollitt

Shannon grew up in Jackson under the watchful eye of the Tetons. Wyoming shaped her into an outdoorswoman, but a love for language and the human condition compels her to write.

Tory Cameron

Tory moved to Jackson Hole in her early 20s, keeping true to a pact made with her cousin when they were 12 years old. She loves everything about the Jackson culture, but her most precious times are spent running along mountain peaks and eating potato chips with her yellow Lab named Keela.

Rachel Levin

Rachel is a writer, skier, hiker, biker, and lover of reading on sunny patches of grass — preferably alongside a body of water. She called Jackson home for four years and still deems herself an honorary member of the community.


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Photographers Nick Sulzer Cole Buckhart Josh Packer Sarah Averill

Josh Metten Julie Fraser David Stubbs Dutch Simpson

Jacob Gore Jacob Lewis Ferguson Dan Caudill Jenae Huckins

Riley Frances Harris Krafty Photos David Agnello Kara Adomaitis

Andrew Munz

Andrew Munz grew up in Jackson Hole and has been a prominent member of the local writing and theatre communities ever since. He is the creator of the highly acclaimed “I Can Ski Forever” series and the standup show “I Don’t Ski.” He currently resides in Iceland, aka the Wyoming of Europe. Follow him on Instagram @munzofsteel

Jacob Gore

Jacob was born and raised in Cheyenne, the capital city of Wyoming. His first experiences in Jackson Hole were when he was a young child traveling on summer family road trips through Wyoming. In college, he spent a summer living in the heart of Grand Teton National Park working for a lodge. That is when he decided he wanted to permanently move there, where he combines his two passions of adventure and storytelling through photo, video, and writing. Jacob prides himself on being from Wyoming and sharing the beauty of his home state with visitors from around the world. Photo: Nick Sulzer


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THE FINEST MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK IN THE TETONS

3300 Ski Hill Rd, Alta, WY (307) 353-2300 | GrandTarghee.com

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Grand Targhee Resort is a ski resort situated on the west side of the Teton Range in western Wyoming. The west side lends itself to gentler, (often) powdery slopes featuring diverse terrain great for people of all levels. As summertime rolls around, miles of crosscountry and downhill bike trails are uncovered across the mountain while live music is trickled into the scene.

Cache Creek Trailhead

Grand Teton National Park

THE GATEWAY TO JACKSON BIKING

JACKSON HOLE’S CROWN JEWEL

Follow Cache Creek Drive east out of Jackson

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265 W Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 203-0444 | HoffsBikesmith.com While Hoff’s offers all of the inventory and rental services you would expect from a bike shop, their real focus is on craftsmanship. From tune-ups to major overhauls, their techs do it all. There’s nothing they can’t fix in their repair shop.

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Fitzgerald’s

Hoback Sports

BIKES & REPAIR ON BOTH SIDES OF TETON PASS

MOUNTAIN BIKES, ROAD BIKES, E-BIKES, & REPAIRS

500 US-89, Jackson, WY (307) 201-5453 | FitzgeraldsBicycles.com

520 W Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 733-5335 | HobackSports.com


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65 W Deloney Ave, Jackson, WY (307) 733-6094 | SkinnySkis.com Born out of a passion for Nordic skiing, Skinny Skis has evolved from a small, seasonal cross-country ski shop to a complete year-round outdoor specialty store. In the summer, Skinny Skis offers a wide selection of gear and clothing for road and trail running, hiking, backpacking, and climbing. As you’d expect, come winter, the shop’s focus is on cross-country and backcountry skiing. Photo: Nick Sulzer

Teton Mountaineering

Headwall Sports

CLIMBING & CROSS-COUNTRY SKI GEAR

QUALITY CONSIGNED & NEW OUTDOOR GEAR

170 N Cache St, Jackson, WY (307) 733-3595 | TetonMTN.com

520 US-89, Jackson, WY (307) 734-8022 | HeadwallSports.com

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Thank you for voting Grand Targhee Resort the “Best Biking of Jackson Hole” for the second year running! Your support over the years and during these unique times is what keeps the Targhee Vibe strong. We are open for biking, hiking, camping, and more. Escape it all, and come ride with us! .

GRANDTARGHEE.COM • 800.TARGHEE (827.4433) • ALTA, WY


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3670 Moose Wilson Rd, Wilson, WY (800) 922-3474 | Westbank.com

Since 1985, Westbank Anglers has been guiding fly fishing trips in the greater Yellowstone and Jackson Hole area. Westbank provides all of the equipment you need and exceptional local guide service.

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Jackson Hole Fly Fishing School

WorldCast Anglers

HANDS-ON FLY FISHING LESSONS & TRIPS

TETON VALLEY & JACKSON HOLE FISHING GUIDES & OUTFITTER

802 Powderhorn Ln, Jackson, WY (307) 699-3440 | JHFlyFishingSchool.com

485 Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 733-6934 | WorldCastAnglers.com

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BEST FISHING GUIDE

BEST RIVER GUIDE

Jake Rozier

Mckenzie Myers

WESTBANK ANGLERS GUIDE

DAVE HANSEN WHITEWATER GUIDE

Harrison Sauter

Alex Carr

GRAND FISHING ADVENTURES GUIDE

RIVER GUIDE

Jake Mangis

Hannah Trask

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SCENIC & WHITEWATER RAFTING

225 W Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 733-6295 | DaveHansenWhiteWater.com

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Since 1967, Dave Hansen Whitewater has been leading scenic trips down the Snake River for people of all ages. Dave Hansen Whitewater is committed to creating safe, fun river adventures while offering views of the Tetons and plenty of wildlife sightings. Each trip takes guests down the Snake River giving them an opportunity to learn rafting skills including how to sit, paddle, and stroke.

Barker-Ewing Whitewater

Triangle X Ranch

RIVER TRIPS & ACTIVITY PACKAGES

CLASSIC JACKSON HOLE DUDE RANCH

945 W Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 733-1000 | Barker-Ewing.com

2 Triangle X Ranch Rd, Moose, WY (307) 733-2183 | TriangleX.com

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BEST GOLF COURSE/CLUB

Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis GOLF COURSE & COUNTRY CLUB

BEST FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITY

Hole Bowl

BEST BOWLING ALLEY IN THE VALLEY

JHGTC.com

HoleBowlJH.com

Teton Pines

Dave Hansen Whitewater

TetonPines.com

DaveHansenWhitewater.com

Snake River Sporting Club

Snow King Mountain Resort

SnakeRiverSportingClub.com

SnowKingMountain.com

LUXURY COUNTRY CLUB

PRIVATE WESTERN RESORT

SCENIC & WHITEWATER RAFT ADVENTURES

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Voted Best Rafting Company in Jackson Hole by locals 8 years in a row! Home of the 8 man raft, whitewater and scenic river trips. 50+ years experience getting people soaked on the Snake River. What will your splash face be?! Davehansenwhitewater.com 307-733-6295 | 225 W Broadway, Jackson

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FLOAT ING T HROUGH H ISTORY:

The Story Behind the Snake River Rapids By Jacob Gore

Photo: Nick Sulzer

It’s 6 a.m. You wake up to the sound of your alarm met with a small adrenaline rush once you remember why you are up so early. Outside the window you see the Tetons glowing pink from a phenomena called alpenglow as the sun inches its way above the horizon. You look at your attire and debate which layers are best for the adventure ahead. It’s a cold, wet summer morning, and doubts storm your mind for what you are about to get yourself into. A picture of the Snake River taken by Ansel Adams hanging from your wall catches your eye, and you decide to leave the comfort and warmth of your room. On your drive you see views of Snow King Mountain towering over the town of Jackson. A steaming cup of coffee paired with a huckleberry scone from Persephone Bakery (Gold-Best Bakery, Silver-Best Coffee Shop, BronzeBest Breakfast) gives you the confidence and energy to face what is up ahead.

experience on the Snake and is your raft guide for the day. You are given a safety speech about how to keep yourself in the raft and the proper way to sit while you put on your life vest. A scenic shuttle drive provides views of the Teton Range towering over the valley of Jackson Hole. Soon you enter the Snake River Canyon.

Soon you arrive at the office and are greeted by Bud Chatham, owner of Dave Hansen Whitewater (Gold-Rafting Company, GoldBest Family-friendly Activity), who has 15 years of

He talks about how the iconic Snake River begins high in the mountains of Yellowstone National Park and flows south cutting through the valley of Jackson Hole, making its way through

Your attention is quickly drawn to the river as you approach the West Table boat ramp and see where your adventure will begin. The water is running fast, much faster than you imagined. Once you dip your hand in you are fully awakened by the sensation of 65-degree water. Your crew loads up and the raft is pushed off from the shore as you begin slowly floating down the Snake. Bud starts explaining the history and geography behind the mighty Snake River.

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Idaho, meeting up with the Columbia River after a 1,078-mile journey and eventually flowing into the Pacific Ocean. Providing habitat for many different animals such as trout, bald eagles, osprey, moose, otters, and beavers (just to name a few), the river is an essential part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The Snake also provides many recreational opportunities to fly fishermen and rafters seeking adventure on the water. Drift boats from outfitters like Jackson Hole Fly Fishing School (Gold-Best Fishing Outfitter) and Westbank Anglers (Silver-Best Fishing Outfitter) can be seen along the mellow parts of the river. Fly fishermen focus their attention on pockets in the river containing Yellowstone cutthroat trout, a unique subspecies of trout only found in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Along with the fishermen, large boats are seen (you might see river guide Alex Carr) floating slowly down the mellow parts of the river that extend through the valley. These comforting float trips are offered by companies like Triangle X Ranch for those who enjoy calm water and scenic views that include a variety of wildlife. Some might recognize the river from the wellknown “Tetons And The Snake River” photograph captured by Ansel Adams in 1942. The image shows the Grand Teton towering over a windy Snake River. The History of the river goes back even further. In July 1925, river runner Amos Burg began a canoe trip on the Snake River from its source to Portland, Oregon. Although he capsized near the mouth of Bailey Creek in the Snake River Canyon south of Jackson Hole, he continued on his adventure and became the first person to run the Snake River from its source to its confluence with the Columbia River.

gash into the highway, which had to close for two weeks for repairs. More importantly, though, the landslide has permanently changed the river. With the debris acting like a natural dam, the landslide washed out the legendary Taco Hole and other playful waves in the S turns that were just upstream of the slide. Thankfully though, it did create a fantastically fun stretch of new Class III rapids named Double Draw.” Once your first true Class III is conquered, you notice an interesting set of waves ahead. Bud continues his story about the second Class III in the canyon.

HAIRCUT ROCK (GUIDE HANDLE) “With the river narrowing and forming some sharp turns, Haircut Rock had always been a tricky maneuver, but after Double Draw was formed, causing the downstream currents to pick up dramatically along this area, the move to avoid Haircut Rock became especially hot. Upstream of Haircut, there is a nice wave train river right along some dramatic rock ledges. The current picks up up significantly, especially during lower water levels, and cuts hard river right. The swift current often grabs unsuspecting rafts and sweeps them into the overhanging rock ledge known as Haircut Rock. A lot of river runners miss the rock, just by a hair.” Shortly after Haircut Rock is a dangerous hydraulic that can reach a Class IV during high water. A hydraulic is where water drops over an obstruction, like a rock ledge or a rock, into deeper water on the downstream side. This causes water on the surface to be drawn back toward the rock or ledge.

After decades of exploration and finding ways to conquer the treacherous Snake River Canyon, the first commercial tour was given on June 9, 1940, by Clyde Smith and sons Jacks and Don from Idaho.

DOUBLE DRAW “Double Draw was created by the most significant geological movement to affect the Snake River Canyon,” Bud explains. “In 2011, after a record year of snowfall, a massive landslide occurred in the area called Double Draw, that piled over 200,000 cubic yards of debris across US-89 and into the Snake River. This slide cut a 7-foot

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three o’clock …in the morning. They floated in the moonlight, with Henry rowing and Dave holding a spare oar to push off any logjams that Henry did not see. They floated to Gros Ventre Island, where they all camped out for the night under the Wyoming sky.

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THREE OAR DEAL “Up ahead is the most dangerous hydraulic on the river that was famously named after the founders of Barker-Ewing Whitewater (Silver-Best Rafting Outfitter),” Bud explains as he navigates the river. “Dick Barker, Frank Ewing and their wives floated into the Class V hydraulic in one of their massive center oar frames and got stuck in a recirculator. They broke three of their four wooden oars trying to get out of the two currents that were stopping them in place … hence the name Three Oar Deal. After eight minutes of holding on for dear life on top of their raft, the hydraulic finally spit them out.”

“That next morning, they got up, cooked up some breakfast, and floated down to Wilson. As they were loading the raft back on the rig, Dave WEST TABLE turned to Mike and Henry and said, ‘Let’s go boat ramp float the canyon.’

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Now the sun is high in the sky and the water feels nice. Off in the distance you see something that strikes fear in you once again. You think “How is this possible?” and prepare for your raft to flip into the fast-flowing rapids, only to open your eyes and see that you have made it through. With a smile on his face, Bud goes into the history behind one of the largest rapids in the Snake River Canyon that you and your rafting peers just conquered.

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“Now, neither had floated the Snake River Canyon much recently because Henry and Dave were guiding trips that mostly started at Moose. But there was no hesitation … with their 12-foot navy assault raft loaded on the trailer, they drove down to Elbow to run the canyon.

“Having not run the canyon since the spring runoff had subsided, they were a tad unfamiliar with the waves. Coming around the corner at Blind Canyon, they were preparing themselves for what they thought was the biggest rapid on the river, Lunch Counter. To their surprise though, their 12-foot raft was climbing up a wave and then headed straight down Big Kahuna into a wall of water that stopped the raft Lunch Counter in its tracks. No one on the raft knew what had just hit them and just before Ropes Rapid their raft flipped over, Mike Douglas famously yelled, ‘Here comes the Big Kahuna!’ referencing the waves Champaign Rapids they had seen in Hawaii.” Cottonwood Rapid

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BIG KAHUNA “It was mid-July in 1967, and The Diamonds were playing to a packed house inside the Silver Dollar Bar (Silver-Best Bar) at the Wort Hotel (Silver-Best Hotel), singing their hit songs ‘Lil Darling’ and ‘The Stroll’ and bragging to the crowd about the ‘Kahuna’ waves they surfed on tour while they were in Hawaii. The show was over about 2 a.m. and Mike Douglas, lead singer for The Diamonds and good friend of Dave Hansen’s, turned to Dave and said ‘Let’s go float the river.’ “So Dave, Henry Tomingas, Mike and a few others hopped in Henry’s van and headed up to Moose, putting in on the river at

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Although many rafts flip here, Bud’s extensive experience of the river helps navigate your raft through the rushing water. Only a few hundred feet ahead you see what looks like surfers carving up and ver down 10-foot ’s Ri Grey walls of water in a treacherous looking section. Bud explains that the Lunch Counter ALPINE rapid is one of the boat ramp most well-known rapids in the Snake River, and attracts surfers from all over with its endless waves.

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LUNCH COUNTER The surfers see your raft and quickly swim back onto the shore where they watch everybody in the boat scream with excitement, joy, and fear as the raft crashes down through the waves. Once you have made it out with adrenaline still pumping through your body, Bud tells you the interesting history behind this rapid. “One day in 1967, Dave Hansen and his friend, Henry Tomingas, decided to raft the Snake River

holds a wave that curls over like a big ocean wave, known on the river as the California Curler.

CHAMPAGNE “Champagne was named by one of the original outfitters in the Snake River Canyon, Denny Becker. The rapid is a massive underwater waterfall, going from 2-3 feet deep to 50-60 feet deep, pulling anything down that floats over it … including air. The result is millions of tiny little air bubbles that surface again at the end of the rapid … just like pouring a

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Canyon. Even though both of them had been guiding float trips upstream, neither young man had ever rafted the section, but they both looked right at one another and feigned expertise, ‘Of course, I’ve rafted this section. No problem.’ “Putting in around the ramp called Elbow now, about 6 miles into the trip, they looked down the river and saw the cresting, pulsing waves of a large rapid. Silence fell over the pair as they observed the series of waves ahead of them, pulsing with 8-10 foot walls. “Uncertainly, Dave asked, ‘Henry, what the hell is that?’ “Henry, equally amazed and ready to come clean, said ‘Hell, I don’t know. I’ve never been here either!’ “Realizing there was no going back, Dave laughed and said, ‘Well, if we’re ever going to get our lunch handed to us, we’re going to get it right now.’ ” After making it past Lunch Counter, you begin to reminisce about yesterday’s sloshie, a frozen Greyhound made with vodka and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, from Creekside Market & Deli (Gold-Best Sloshie, Gold-Best Locally Owned Store). Bud continues to talk about the remaining rapids as your raft eases closer.

ROPES “Legendary local outdoorsman and early outfitter John Simms named this section of river for the vision of the wave trains on each side of the river, both developing off the steep canyon walls, funneling together like a braided rope. During normal water flows, the top of this section of river

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COTTONWOOD “The last section of waves, and also the longest section of waves, has had a few names throughout the river community. Denny Becker named the section Cottonwood because Cottonwood Creek enters during the middle of the rapid. John Simms and Charlie Sands called the section Holy City for the number of “holes” throughout the rapid … especially during higher water levels. The rapid though is generally known through the river community as Cottonwood.” After Cottonwood, Bud tells you that the trip is close to an end. You reach down and feel your hand drag through the water as the raft pulls into shore. On the drive back to Jackson you stop at Hoback Market (Silver-Best Sloshie) for snacks and decide to try one of their 13 sloshie flavors. This time it’s a Gros Ventre Slide, made from Kahlúa, Baileys and vodka. Once back at the office you hand Bud a sizeable tip and say your goodbyes. One of your fellow rafters recommends a bar that’s off the beaten path, the historical Stagecoach Bar (Gold-Best Bar, Gold-Best Place to Boogie) at the base of Teton Pass. You show up only to see a crowd of seasonal workers wearing getups straight out of the 70s. The bartender tells you it’s Disco Night as you take a sip from your Melvin Brewing (Silver-Best Brewery, Silver-Best Local Food & Drink Producer) 2x4 Double IPA. You begin to recollect your successful day on the river, and can’t help but end the night with a warm cheers and a huge smile.


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100 E Snow King Ave, Jackson, WY (307) 201-1633 | JacksonHoleLive.org JacksonHoleLive! is a family-friendly outdoor concert series that happens every summer. Shows take place under the shadow of Snow King Mountain in downtown Jackson, making for a serene alpine setting. Enjoy awesome music, great food and beverages from a wide variety of vendors, and relaxing on the grass while you watch the show!

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People’s Market

Teton County Fair

ZERO-WASTE FARMERS MARKET

RODEO, CARNIVAL, & LIVE MUSIC

402 E Snow King Ave, Jackson, WY tetonslowfood.org/events/the-peoples-market/

305 W Snow King Ave, Jackson, WY (307) 201-1633 | TetonCountyFair.com

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Jackson Hole Eco-Tour Wildlife Adventures offers a variety of wildlife viewing in the Jackson Hole, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone ecosystems. They offer trips in Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone, and the greater Jackson Hole area with friendly and professional guides on full-day or half-day trips.

Triangle X Ranch

Backcountry Safaris

WILDLIFE EXPERIENCES ON A PREMIER WYOMING DUDE RANCH

SIGHTSEEING & WILDLIFE IN YELLOWSTONE & GRAND TETON

2 Triangle X Ranch Rd, Moose, WY (307) 733-2183 | TriangleX.com

4050 N Lake Creek Dr, Suite 1, Wilson, WY (307) 413-9300 | BackCountrySafarisJH.com OTHER LOCAL FAVO RIT E S

Scenic Safaris 1255 S US-89, Jackson, WY (307) 734-8898 | Scenic-Safaris.com

Gaper Guide Self-Guided Tour App (307) 733-4626 | GaperGuide.com


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BEST MOUNTAIN GUIDE

BEST ATHLETE

Zahan Billimoria

Travis Rice

EXUM GUIDE & PATAGONIA AMBASSADOR

PROFESSIONAL SNOWBOARDER

Brendan Burns

Veronica Paulsen

INDEPENDENT BACKCOUNTRY SKI GUIDE

FREESKI SHREDDER & CORBET’S QUEEN

Garrick Hart

Cam Fitzpatrick

EXUM GUIDE & MOUNTAINEER

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PROFESSIONAL SNOWBOARDER

Every year, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is home to the King & Queen of Corbet’s competition where top athletes from around the world compete to show off their skills as they drop into Corbet’s Couloir.

BEST ATHLETE UNDER 17

BEST LOCAL SPORTS TEAM

Kai Jones

Jackson Hole Moose Hockey

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SENIOR A-DIVISION HOCKEY TEAM

Kaity Yarrow

Jackson Hole Juggernauts

ALL-AROUND ATHLETE

WOMEN’S ROLLER DERBY LEAGUE

Jacie Chatham

Lady Moose Hockey

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WOMEN’S AMATEUR HOCKEY TEAM

During the winter, check out an action-packed Moose Hockey game. The Moose play a 30-game home schedule on Friday and Saturday nights at the Snow King Sports & Events Center.


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Snake River Grill JACKSON HOLE’S BEST RESTAURANT IS BETTER THAN EVER

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84 E Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 733-0557 | SnakeRiverGrill.com

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King Sushi

Glorietta Trattoria

CREATIVE SUSHI & COZY AMBIANCE

WOOD-FIRED RUSTIC ITALIAN

75 S King St, Jackson, WY (307) 264-1630 | KingSushiJH.com

242 Glenwood St, Jackson, WY (307) 733-3888 | GloriettaJackson.com

Located in a small, historic log cabin off of the Jackson Town Square, King Sushi has developed a loyal following from locals seeking exquisite and artfully crafted sushi over the past five years. King Sushi prides itself on serving the freshest and most sustainable products possible and has fish flown in daily from markets all over the world.

Glorietta Trattoria, located at the Anvil Hotel, is an Italian restaurant that combines local ingredients with traditional cuisine from Italy. Glorietta is known for its handmade pasta and wood-fired cooking, as well as a stellar wine list and craft cocktails. You’re a stranger here but once.


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200 W Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 739-9463 | Bin22JacksonHole.com As a restaurant, bar, wine shop, and specialty grocer, Bin22 is a multifaceted culinary space bringing European-inspired flavors served tapas style to Jackson Hole. Enjoy a glass of wine at the bar, try the wild mushroom mozzarella or grab a bottle from Bin22’s extensive selection to go.

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King Sushi

Glorietta Trattoria

CREATIVE SUSHI & COZY AMBIANCE

WOOD-FIRED RUSTIC ITALIAN

75 S King St, Jackson, WY (307) 264-1630 | KingSushiJH.com

242 Glenwood St, Jackson, WY (307) 733-3888 | GloriettaJackson.com

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Most restaurant cocktail menus feature their own version of a spicy margarita, a Jackson local favorite. Try them all!

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ROWDY & ICONIC EPICENTER FOR APRÈS-SKI

3295 Village Dr, Teton Village, WY (307) 733-4913 | MangyMoose.com Since 1967, the Mangy Moose Saloon prevails as hands down the best place for gettin’ loose après-ski. Located looker’s left of the tram at the base of the mountain, the Moose draws thirsty patrons ready to revel in the sounds from whichever jam band has taken the stage. Turn on walk mode and be ready to get weird. Photo: Nick Sulzer

Spur Restaurant & Bar

The Handle Bar

MOUNTAIN CUISINE & APRÈS SCENE

SLOPE-SIDE APRÈS-SKI SCENE

3385 Cody Ln, Teton Village, WY (307) 732-6932 TetonLodge.com/Spur-Restaurant

7680 Granite Loop Rd, Teton Village, WY (307) 732-5157 | FourSeasons.com/JacksonHole


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Dan Janjigian (known to most folks in Jackson Hole as “Jiggy”) is the sous chef for Maho Catering, a Jacksonbased catering company that specializes in New American cuisine with an emphasis on sustainability and local ingredients. Dan’s creativity and Middle Eastern roots have brought a new dimension to Chef Maho’s excellent food.

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CHEF AT PROVISIONS JH

HEAD CHEF AT THE KITCHEN

(307) 690-7014 | ProvisionsJH.com

155 N Glenwood St, Jackson, WY (307) 734-1633 | TheKitchenJacksonHole.com

BEST COCKTAILS

Glorietta Trattoria

BEST FOOD VENDOR/TRUCK

Everest Momo Shack

WOOD-FIRED RUSTIC ITALIAN

NEPALESE & INDIAN FOOD

The Rose

Sweet Cheeks Meats

TheRoseJH.com

SweetCheeksMeats.com

GloriettaJackson.com

CRAFT COCKTAILS & SPEAKEASY SPACE

Teton Tiger

INVENTIVE THEME COCKTAILS

TetonTiger.com

EverestMomoShack.com LOCAL TASTY MEAT TREATS

Cafe Genevieve

THE SPIRIT OF HOME COOKING FROM A TRUCK

GenevieveJH.com

OT HE R LO CA L FAVO RIT E S

Lux Lounge (307) 413-3903 YourLuxLounge.com


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Local Restaurant & Bar

Stagecoach Bar 70-YEAR-OLD LOCAL INSTITUTION

5755 W WY-22, Wilson, WY (307) 733-4407 | StageCoachBar.net

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The Silver Dollar Bar & Grill is located inside the historic Wort Hotel and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Famous for its 2,032 1921 uncirculated Morgan Silver Dollars inlaid in its bar top, the Silver Dollar Bar is a fixture of the town of Jackson and is the place for live music and dancing. Make sure to stop in on Tuesday nights for Bluegrass night and try a Wyoming Mule.

CONTEMPORARY CHOPHOUSE WITH HAPPENING NIGHTLIFE

55 N Cache St, Jackson, WY (307) 201-1717 | LocalJH.com

A tip on tipping: When it comes to cocktails, the $1 tip of yore is not enough. You should tip 20% just like you would for a great, gourmet meal.

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WYOMING’S OLDEST BREWERY

265 S Millward St, Jackson, WY (307) 739-2337 | SnakeRiverBrewing.com Wyoming’s oldest brewery, Snake River Brewing has been the locals’ favorite watering hole for over 25 years. SRB produces its award-winning beers in-house while serving up locally sourced food for locals and visitors alike. Photo: Nick Sulzer

Melvin Brewing

Roadhouse Brewing Co.

AWARD-WINNING CREATIVE BEERS

BEER CRAFTED IN THE TETONS

624 County Rd 101, Alpine, WY (307) 654-0427 | MelvinBrewing.com

1225 Gregory Ln, Jackson, WY (307) 264-1900 | RoadhouseBrewery.com


Thank You Jackson Hole!

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555 Deer Dr, Jackson, WY (307) 734-9698 | MCateringJH.com Maho Catering is a catering company based in Jackson specializing in New American cuisine with an emphasis on sustainability and local ingredients.

Photo: Nick Sulzer

Sweet Cheeks Meats

Genevieve Catering

LOCAL TASTY MEAT TREATS

THE SPIRIT OF HOME COOKING

185 Scott Ln, Jackson, WY (307) 734-6328 | SweetCheeksMeats.com

180 N Center St, Suite 2, Jackson, WY (307) 690-7878 | GenevieveCatering.com

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From destination weddings to corporate events, catering services are in high demand and Jackson is home to specatcular vendors. Plan ahead and book early!

BEST WAITSTAFF

Snake River Grill

BEST TETON VALLEY RESTAURANT

Teton Thai — Driggs

WESTERN FINE DINING

THAI FOOD, TAPROOM, & SUSHI BAR

Bin22

Big Hole BBQ

SnakeRiverGrill.com

SMALL PLATES & WINE BAR

Bin22JacksonHole.com

TetonThai.com/Driggs

BIG HOLE’S ORIGINAL LOCATION

JacksonHoleBBQ.com

Virginian Restaurant

Forage Bistro & Lounge

VirginianRestaurant.net

ForageAndLounge.com

HOMESTYLE-COOKIN’ RESTAURANT

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185 Scott Ln, Jackson, WY (307) 734-6328 | SweetCheeksMeats.com

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Photo: Nick Sulzer

Photo: Nick Sulzer

Melvin Brewing

Snake River Brewing

624 County Rd 101, Alpine, WY (307) 654-0427 | MelvinBrewing.com

265 S Millward St, Jackson, WY (307) 739-2337 | SnakeRiverBrewing.com

It started in the back of Thai Me Up Restaurant. Melvin Brewing has now been serving up awardwinning beers with a side of hip-hop and kung fu for more than a decade. The idea for Melvin originally developed on the coast of California with a desire to bring West-Coast-style IPA to the “West Coast” of Wyoming, aka Jackson. Melvin now has a production facility south of town in Alpine producing more deliciously creative brews.

Wyoming’s oldest brewery, Snake River Brewing has been the locals’ favorite watering hole for over 25 years. SRB produces its award-winning beers inhouse while serving up locally sourced food for locals and visitors alike.

AWARD-WINNING CREATIVE BEERS

WYOMING’S OLDEST BREWERY

OTHER LOCAL FAVO RIT E S

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Beer-Braised Flavor Fiesta

Use Local Ingredients to Make the Best Tacos in the Valley By Tory Cameron

Although Jackson is a relatively small town, the food and drink scene rivals that of many big cities. The flavors that come out of this valley are truly mind-blowing. From hand-baked bread to liquors, beers, honey, and cheese, Jackson is an epicenter of local production.

Utilizing the crockpot ensures that the meat will be extremely tender and flavorful. It makes a substantial amount of food that can feed up to 10 people. The Mexican lager and citrus add a slightly tangy flavor, while the chili powder and smoked paprika help to kick up the spice level.

This recipe utilizes the diverse flavors that can be found around the valley. Feel free to sub out any of the ingredients listed below or utilize fresh produce from the People’s Market (Gold-Best Summer Activity).

Don’t have any elk? These tacos can be made with just about any meat that lends itself to slow cooking. Head to Sweet Cheeks Meats (GoldBest Local Food or Drink Producer) and ask what they recommend!

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2 tablespoons olive oil

salt and pepper

2-3 lbs. elk roast, bonein pork shoulder, or beef shoulder

1 white onion, diced

5 cloves garlic, diced

1/2 cup orange juice

1 can Heyzeus Mexican lager from Melvin Brewing

32 oz. chicken stock

juice of 1 lime

1 cinnamon stick

2 tablespoons cumin

2 tablespoons dried oregano

1 tablespoon chili powder

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

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INSTRUCTIONS 1. Heat olive oil in a large cast-iron pan over medium-high heat. 2. Combine spices and a few large pinches of salt and pepper. 3. Rub the spice mixture all over the surface of the meat. Sear the roast in the cast iron for about 1-2 minutes on each side. Make sure the entire outside of the roast is a nice golden-brown color. This will help to lock in the flavor. 4. Transfer the meat to a large slow cooker and cover with any extra spices or oil that is left in the cast iron or on the plate after rubbing the roast. 5. Add onion, garlic, orange juice, beer, chicken stock, lime juice, cinnamon, and cloves to the slow cooker. 6. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8-10 hours. You’ll know the meat is done when it falls off the bone and shreds easily with two forks. 7. Carefully transfer meat to a large sheet pan. 8. Shred and discard any bones, gristle, and veggies. Discard all but 1 cup of the cooking liquid. 9. Spread shredded meat in an even layer and drizzle it with the cooking liquid. 10. Broil meat on high for 3-5 minutes. The end result should be juicy shredded meat with charred and crispy ends. Seriously, don’t skip this step! It is so worth it! 11. Serve in Pica’s Mexican Taqueria (BronzeBest Mexican) homemade tortillas, and add toppings of your choice! E.g.: Vertical Harvest microgreens (Gold-Best Eco-Friendly Business), queso fresco, red onion, fresh cilantro, avocado and a squeeze of lime juice. Finish with tomatillo salsa. 12. Be sure to serve with plenty of local Mexicanstyle lagers like Heyzeus from Melvin Brewing (Silver-Best Brewery) or La Cerveza by Snake River Brewing (Bronze-Local Food or Drink Producer).

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50 W Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 734-7465 | PinkyGs.com Pinky G’s Pizzeria has been slingin’ slices of za since 2011 and prevails as the one and only late-night food establishment in the town of Jackson. Located below the Rose and the Pink Garter Theater, Pinky G’s attracts night owls who are looking for something to satisfy late-night hunger. Voted best pizza in Jackson since they first opened, Pinky G’s has endured as the No. 1 locally voted pizzeria in the valley. Photo: Nick Sulzer

Hand Fire Pizza

Cutty’s

HANDMADE WOOD-FIRED PIZZA

FRIENDLY TAVERN & AMERICAN GRUB

120 N Cache St, Jackson, WY (307) 733-7199 | HandFirePizza.com

1140 WY-22, Jackson, WY (307) 201-1079 | CuttysGrill.com

VOTED BEST PIZZA IN JH FOR 8 YEARS IN A ROW!

“THANK YOU FOR VOTING! WE ARE PROUD TO BE A PART OF THIS GREAT COMMUNITY!”

50 W BROADWAY

BEST PIZZA

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The Bird

IRREVERENT LAID-BACK LOCAL SPOT

Photo: Nick Sulzer

4125 US-89, Jackson, WY (307) 732-2473 | TheBirdinJH.com A local watering hole south of town, The Bird is a laid-back bar and restaurant serving up burgers, wings, and brews daily. During the summer, enjoy the outdoor deck with exceptional views of the Tetons.

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Liberty Burger

Local Restaurant & Bar

160 N Cache St, Jackson, WY (307) 200-6071 | GiveMeLibertyBurger.com

55 N Cache St, Jackson, WY (307) 201-1717 | LocalJH.com

Just off the Town Square is all-American-style burger joint Liberty Burger. Liberty Burger serves up signature burgers, fries, and shakes in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.

Local is a modern American steakhouse and bar on Town Square, attracting locals and visitors alike. Serving seasonally inspired and locally sourced food, Local offers an unbeatable happy hour with half-price drinks, $2 oysters, and discounts on fries and wings.

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160 N Cache St, Jackson, WY (307) 733-2966 | MerryPiglets.com Jackson’s longest-running Mexican restaurant, Merry Piglets started as a small taco shop on Town Square and later expanded into a larger location on North Cache. Evolving from serving just tacos to a full menu of Tex-Mex cuisine, Merry Piglets has made a home for itself in the community of Jackson.

Photo: Nick Sulzer

El Abuelito

Pica’s Mexican Taqueria

FAMILY-OWNED AUTHENTIC MEXICAN FOOD

MEXICAN TAQUERIA

385 W Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 733-1207 | ElAbuelitoJH.com

1160 Alpine Ln, Jackson, WY (307) 734-4457 | PicasTaqueria.com

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120 W Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 203-2780 | HatchJH.com Right off of the Town Square, Hatch Taqueria & Tequilas serves Mexican cuisine with a fresh, modern twist. They dish up breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Be sure to try Hatch’s seared yellowfin tacos, breakfast tacos, bison barbacoa enchiladas, or elk quesadilla.

Photo: Hatch

Pica’s Mexican Taqueria

Merry Piglets

MEXICAN TAQUERIA

TEX-MEX IN THE HEART OF TOWN

1160 Alpine Ln, Jackson, WY (307) 734-4457 | PicasTaqueria.com

160 N Cache St, Jackson, WY (307) 733-2966 | MerryPiglets.com


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BEST WINGS

The Bird

BEST BBQ

Big Hole BBQ

WINGS NOT SUITABLE FOR WIMPS

TheBirdJH.com

Sidewinders American Grill BUFFALO-STYLE WINGS

LOCALLY SOURCED & SMOKED DAILY

JacksonHoleBBQ.com

Bubba’s Bar-B-Que OLD-SCHOOL LOCAL FAVORITE

SidewindersTavern.com

BubbasJH.com/dinner

HOLE-IN-THE-WALL LOCAL SPORTS BAR

ALABAMA-STYLE BARBECUE JOINT

Eleanor’s

(307) 733-7901

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Moe’s Original BBQ

MoesOriginalBBQ.com/jackson

If you stop by Big Hole BBQ, named after the Big Hole Range on the Idaho side of the Tetons, you just might catch a glimpse of Kanye West. It’s rumored to be his favorite BBQ in Jackson.

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5720 WY-22, Suite 1, Wilson, WY (307) 201-1995 | RationsWilson.com Located at the base of Teton Pass, Rations is a onestop shop for all your adventures. Their out-of-thisworld artisanal sloshies are made with fresh fruits and herbs. They are the perfect boozy treat on a hot summer day.

Photo: Julie Fraser

Creekside Market & Deli

Hoback Market

THE HOUNDS ARE ON THE LOOSE

COFFEE MUDSLIDE MAKES YOUR EYES WIDE

545 N Cache St, Jackson, WY (307) 733-7926 | CreeksideJacksonHole.com

10880 US-89, Jackson, WY (307) 739-1367


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King Sushi

Teton Tiger

CREATIVE SUSHI & COZY AMBIANCE

CHIC ASIAN STREET FOOD

75 S King St, Jackson, WY (307) 264-1630 | KingSushiJH.com

165 Center St, Jackson, WY (307) 733-4111 | TetonTiger.com

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Glorietta Trattoria

Calico

WOOD-FIRED RUSTIC ITALIAN

CASUAL ITALIAN & NEIGHBORHOOD BAR

242 Glenwood St, Jackson, WY (307) 733-3888 | GloriettaJackson.com

2650 Moose Wilson Rd, Wilson, WY (307) 733-2460 | CalicoRestaurant.com


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Best Thai Resturant

Best Take Out

Best Vegetarian Food

Best Thai Resturant

Best Take Out

Best Take Out

Best Outdoor Dining

Best Thai Resturant

Best Take Out

Best Thai Resturant

Best Outdoor Dining

Best Vegetarian Food

Best Take Out

Best Thai Resturant

Best Take Out

Best Vegetarian Food

Best Thai Resturant

Best Thai Resturant

Best Take Out

Best Thai Resturant

Best Thai Resturant

Best Thai Resturant

Best Asian Cusine

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WESTERN COMFORT FOOD IN AN OLD LOG CABIN

5600 WY-22, Wilson, WY (307) 733-8288 | NorasFishCreekInn.com

Photo: Best of JH

Nora’s Fish Creek Inn has been serving breakfast at the base of Teton Pass in Wilson for nearly 40 years. Nora’s was originally founded by Nora Tygum and is now run by her daughter, Kathryn Taylor, who still serves up the same signature breakfast items like antioxidantfilled blueberry hotcakes, trout and eggs, and a side of bottomless coffee.

The Virginian Restaurant

Persephone Bakery

HOMESTYLE AMERICAN BREAKFAST

CHIC FRENCH NOOK & ARTISANAL PASTRIES

740 W Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 733-4330 | VirginianRestaurant.net

145 E Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 200-6708 | PersephoneBakery.com

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Nora’s Fish Creek Inn sits at the base of Teton Pass, a perfect spot to fuel up before hitting the nearby mountain biking trails.

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125 N Cache St, Jackson, WY (307) 733-7392 | CowboyCoffee.com Cowboy Coffee brews fresh coffee strong enough to keep ya in the saddle in the shadow of the Tetons all day long. Serving breakfast croissants and pastries, made-to-order sandwiches, paninis and soups, Cowboy Coffee has been the go-to spot for 20 years and counting.

Photo: Nick Sulzer

Persephone Bakery

Pearl Street Bagels

CHIC FRENCH NOOK & ARTISANAL PASTRIES

CASUAL BAGEL & COFFEE SHOP

145 E Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 200-6708 | PersephoneBakery.com

145 W Pearl Ave, Jackson, WY (307) 739-1218 | PearlStreetBagels.com


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Persephone Bakery CHIC FRENCH NOOK & ARTISANAL PASTRIES

Photo: Nick Sulzer

145 E Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 200-6708 | PersephoneBakery.com Steps from Town Square, Persephone Bakery is a rustic yet elegant bakery creating artisanal breads and pastries. Using old-world fermentation techniques and high-quality, organic ingredients, Persephone bakes breads and pastries such as French croissants, kouign-amann, and tarts daily.

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Pearl Street Bagels

The Bunnery

145 W Pearl Ave, Jackson, WY (307) 739-1218 | PearlStreetBagels.com

130 N Cache St, Jackson, WY (307) 733-5474 | Bunnery.com

Since 1990, Pearl Street Bagels has provided the town of Jackson with the best authentic, boiled and baked bagels, never toasted. With two locations, one in town and the other in Wilson, Pearl Street serves custom sandwiches, salads, cookies, coffee, and espresso all day long.

The Bunnery is best known for its made-from-scratch baked goods, pastries and desserts. Be sure to try the cinnamon buns and grab a bag of the homemade granola to go.

CASUAL BAGEL & COFFEE SHOP

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Jackson Whole Grocer & Cafe LOCAL HEALTH FOOD MARKET

Photo: Nick Sulzer

1155 S US-89, Jackson, WY (307) 733-0450 | www.JacksonHoleGrocer.com Jackson Whole Grocer & Cafe is a local, independent grocery store focused on high-quality everyday essentials and organic natural foods while maintaining fair prices. The Whole Grocer is a community space for locals to eat, shop, and be inspired by local and natural foods.

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Jackson Hole is very supportive of local farmers and ranchers. You’ll find sustainable local food items incorporated into almost every menu in town.

Photo: Nick Sulzer

Photo: Nick Sulzer

Healthy Being Cafe, & Juicery Cultivate Cafe ORGANIC, VEGETARIAN CAFE & JUICERY

ORGANIC CAFE, COFFEE SHOP, & BAKERY

165 E Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 200-9006 | HBCafeAndJuicery.com

135 W Deloney Ave, Jackson, WY (307) 200-9631 | Cultivate-Cafe.com

Healthy Being Cafe & Juicery is an organic, vegetarian cafe and cold-pressed juicery located in the heart of Jackson Hole. All of the ingredients are locally sourced and crafted with love. Healthy Being is committed to sustainability, quality, taste, and to creating a mindful community-oriented space for the people of Jackson to gather.

Cultivate Cafe is an all-organic cafe, coffee shop, and bakery with many vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options located in the heart of Jackson.


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3O7-733-O45O ONLINE ORDERING AT JACKSONWHOLEGROCER.COM

OPEN DAILY 7AM - 1OPM 1155 HWY 89, JACKSON WY LOCAL FOR OVER 3O YEARS


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High Altitude Health & Wellness

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3620 S Park Dr, Jackson, WY (307) 690-8261 | JHWrightTraining.com Crystal Wright is the owner and lead trainer at Wright Training. A lifetime Jackson resident, Crystal started participating in ski racing and rodeo at an early age and continued through college. Her own journey through injury recovery inspired her to train others at the highest level to stay injury-free and healthy. Her workouts are designed to increase performance, prevent injury, and provide overall strength. Photo: David Stubbs

Andrew Armington

Max Martin

PERSONAL TRAINER

PERSONAL TRAINER

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Jackson is home to dozens of adventure athletes who use the mountain peaks and passes to test their physical endurance and mental toughness. Local gyms and studios cater to both the mountain athlete and fitness novice, offering something for all skill levels.

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120 W Pearl Ave, Jackson, WY (307) 699-7480 | MWWJH.com

Photo: Nick Sulzer

Located in downtown Jackson, Medicine Wheel Wellness is a holistic health and wellness clinic and movement studio centered on optimizing human performance. Their practitioners are experts in their respective fields and offer compassion and comprehensive care to expedite healing and injury recovery, and advance athletic training.

Wright Training

Pursue

MOUNTAIN ATHLETE-INSPIRED TRAINING

BOUTIQUE FITNESS STUDIO

3620 S Park Dr, Jackson, WY (307) 690-8261 | JHWrightTraining.com

820 W Broadway, Suite B, Jackson, WY (307) 699-9629 | PursueJH.com


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JACKSON HOLE’S INCREDIBLE LOCAL HOSPITAL

625 E Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 733-3636 | StJohns.Health For over 100 years, St. John’s Health has been providing a range of medical care services to the valley. St. John’s is focused on uncompromised patient-centered care, health, safety and privacy.

Photo: Nick Sulzer

Gros Ventre OB/GYN

St. John’s Urgent Care

WOMEN’S HEALTH CLINIC

WALK-IN CLINIC FOR NON-EMERGENCY NEEDS

555 E Broadway, Suite 108, Jackson, WY (307) 734-1005 | GVOG.net

1415 S US-89, Jackson, WY (307) 739-8999 StJohns.Health/Locations/Urgent-Care

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St. John’s Health is Jackson Hole’s first hospital and was built over 100 years ago in 1916. The current hospital was constructed in 1991 and is home to 108 beds.

BEST PHY SICIAN

Dr. Christine Turner ST. JOHN’S HEALTH

BEST MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST

Amy Lyons SOLUTION-FOCUSED THERAPY

StJohns.Health

ALyonsTherapy.com

GROS VENTRE OB/GYN

JACKSON HOLE COMMUNITY COUNSELING

GVOG.net

JHCCC.com

FAMILY MEDICINE DOCTOR

MOUNTAIN THERAPY

Dr. Shannon Roberts Dr. Bruce Hayse (307) 733-6700

Sarah Kline

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Dr. Summer Owens

1325 US-89, Jackson, WY (307) 734-5665 | TetonDentalArts.com

1130 US-89, Jackson, WY (307) 733-3848 | OwensFamilyDentistryJH.com

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Injuries do happen in the Tetons — it’s always a good idea to carry a first-aid kit. Before venturing into the mountains, educate yourself on the area, the terrain, the weather, and always be prepared for the unexpected.

BEST ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE PRACTITIONER

Mark Menolascino THE MENO CLINIC

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Kevin Meehan TETON HEALTH CLINIC

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Francine Bartlett MEDICINE WHEEL WELLNESS

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Dr. David J. Khoury TETON ORTHOPAEDICS

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Dr. Heidi Jost TETON ORTHOPAEDICS

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Dr. Rafael Williams TETON ORTHOPAEDICS

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After working in various patient settings in and out of Jackson, Hayden Hilke opened Peak Physical Therapy, an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic, in Wilson. Hayden specializes in overuse syndromes and injuries in both recreational and competitive athletes, exercise prescription, individualized goal programming, assessment and treatment of spinal dysfunction, and progressive education and rehabilitation in current concussion management.

Amy Harmon Foley

Four Pines Physical Therapy

JOINT EFFORT PHYSICAL THERAPY

THREE LOCATIONS & HANDS-ON ADJUSTMENTS

2340 Grand Teton Circle, Jackson, WY (307) 399-2149 | JointEffortJH.com

1090 US-89, Jackson, WY (307) 733-5577 | FourPinesPT.com

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Derrik is a chiropractor that takes a whole body approach to treating extreme sports related injuries and ailments in the joints, muscles, and nerves in the spine and extremities. His treatments include soft tissue manipulation, functional movement assessment and advanced rehab procedures to help patients recover from injuries. Derrik strives to empower patients that their health is in their own hands by giving them the tools they need to maintain their health and wellness.

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DR. TIGER CHIROPRACTIC

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970 W Broadway, Suite C, Jackson, WY (307) 438-8013 | AlignJH.com Laura Modena owns Align Pilates and has been teaching Pilates for nearly a decade. Modena aims to help clients get back on their feet post-rehab and reach peak performance through Pilates.

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Michaela Ellingson PILATES INSTRUCTOR AT DANCERS’ WORKSHOP

DWJH.org/Adult-Schedule

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PILATES INSTRUCTOR & BARRE CERTIFIED

StudioJHPilates.Wordpress.com

An experienced Pilates instructor can introduce you to the subtleties and lingo of the method. This will set you up for success in more advanced classes.


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On Two Feet: Running Your Way Through Teton Trails By Shannon Sollitt

Photo: Dutch Simpson

Trail running is one of the more grueling and rewarding activities you can do on two feet. The destinations are gratifying, yes, but they are just the cherry on top of a beautiful, blooming relationship with distance running. Whether you’re training for a race or just trying to go further in the mountains, the process is demanding, it is painful, but it is oh-so-satisfying. And there’s no better place to explore it than Jackson Hole. Its abundant alpine trails offer endless options for scenery, elevation gain, and distance. Of course, you’ll need the right shoes. Skinny Skis (Silver-Best Gear Shop) in downtown Jackson carries some of the top brands in the industry, from Hoka One One to Brooks to Asics and more. Once you’re appropriately laced up, the options for trail runs are limitless. Here are some local favorite trail runs to work into your schedule:

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This is the perfect run to get your legs back under you after a long, snowy winter. The 3.8-mile round-trip trail takes you to an alpine lake with stunning views of the Teton Range. Climb 413 feet on the way up and run through lush forest and alpine meadows until you reach the lake, then cruise back to the trailhead after a

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quick dip (if you’re brave), photo-op and snack.

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The Cache Creek (Silver-Best Biking) trail system offers plenty of choose-your-ownadventure routes, but Ferrins is the most bang for your buck. It’s a 2.2-mile out-and-back with roughly 800 feet of elevation gain, or you can continue on into Wilson Canyon or to the Snow King summit via Skyline Trail. We recommend starting at Sink or Swim to add a little more distance and a fun, rolling traverse. It is a shared trail, so while hikers and runners technically have the right of way, always be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye out for mountain bikers.

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Munger Mountain is one of the valley’s most colorful spots if you time it right! In spring and early summer, wildflowers dominate the landscape. Fall colors are equally as aweinspiring. But it’s a great run no matter when you do it. Be sure to stop and take in the views at the top of Wally’s World.

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Hard work with a high reward. The Wildflower Trail at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort climbs from the base of JHMR to the top of the Bridger Gondola. It’s only 4 miles if you do

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it one way, but climbs roughly 2,700 feet. You can, of course, run back down, or you could grab a beverage at Piste at the top of the gondola and enjoy a leisurely ride back down.

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Most people do this trail from the Ski Lake trailhead on Teton Pass, and for good reason. But we’re training for toughness here! Start at the Phillips Canyon trailhead on Fish Creek Road and climb roughly 3,100 feet over 6 miles through lush forest and wildflowers. If you can coordinate, leave a car at the Ski Lake trailhead and shuttle back down. Or turn around and run it the other way!

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Just south of the Snow King summit sits Josie’s Ridge. Get to the top and back down in just 3.4 miles, or continue on to the Snow King summit for some cool ridgeline running. What the trail lacks in distance it makes up for in elevation. You’ll climb just over 1,200 feet and feel it every step of the way.

FOR DISTANCE CACHE TO GAME This route hosts a popular local trail race in the summer, SK so it’s no surprise that it also makes a perfect training run. As with most trails in this system, you’ll be sharing with mountain bikers, so be mindful. It’s also a pretty popular predator hangout, so bear spray is advised. Start at the Cache Creek trailhead and take your pick of Sidewalk or Hagen’s Trail, or just follow the double-track about 5 miles up to a little wooden bridge. From there, head right toward Game Creek and follow the beautiful, flowy singletrack down the ridgeline between Cache Creek and Game Creek drainages. You’ll come out at Game Creek south of town, so coordinate a shuttle. Toast your 10-mile run with a drink and burger at The Bird (Gold-Best Burger, Gold-Best Wings)! HERMITAGE POINT This run is perfect for days when you need to put in the miles, but could also use a rest. The approximate 10-mile loop carries you along Jackson Lake past swan ponds, waterfalls, and likely abundant wildlife in the heart of Grand Teton National Park. Take your time, enjoy the scenery, and cool down with a dip in the lake. This is one of the park’s more underrated trails.

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DEATH CANYON TO TETON CANYON If you’re ready to truly push your running abilities in the mountains, Death Canyon to Teton Canyon is a classic Teton through-trail. It’s burly — 20 miles, 4,000-foot ascent and descent — but there are countless rewards to keep you going. Start at Death Canyon trailhead, ascend through Death Canyon, climb to Static Peak Divide (take a detour fo Static Peak summit for an extra peak bag), take Buck Mountain Pass and finally take Teton Trail 027 all the way down to the Teton Canyon trailhead. Prepare for high-alpine exposure, weather, and potential wildlife encounters. Leave a car at the Teton Canyon trailhead, and leave a celebratory beer or treat in it!

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BEST HAIR SALON

BEST MASSAGE THERAPIST

Dan Hady

Champú Salon JACKSON’S BEST HAIR SALON

PROVIDING PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE THERAPY

ChampuSalonJH.com

(484) 888-6712

HIGH-END HAIR SALON

ABHYASA MASSAGE THERAPY

Oliver Tripp

Frost Salon (307) 734-0804

AbhyasaMassage.com

BOUTIQUE SALON IN WILSON

MASSAGE PROFESSIONALS OF JACKSON HOLE

Greta and Haakon Salon (307) 734-4411

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Rena Trail

MassageProfessionalsJacksonHole.com

As a popular destination wedding location, boutique hair salons stay busy all year-round with brides and bridal parties preparing for the big day. Be sure to book your appointment well in advance to nail down your favorite stylists.

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(307) 699-9909 | ChampuSalonJH.com Stylist and color specialist Hannah Poindexter joined the Champú team in 2015. Born and raised in Jackson, Hannah went to beauty school in San Luis Obispo, California. There she obtained her cosmetology license in 2010. Hannah’s favorite part about being a stylist is helping clients achieve the hair color they’ve always desired. Hannah enjoys working with a great team at Champú salon.

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Bernadette Gwilliam

Kelly René

BEAUTY WITH BERNADETTE

HAIR BY KELLY RENÉ

(307) 734-0804 BernadetteGwilliam@gmail.com

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7680 Granite Loop Rd, Teton Village, WY (307) 732-5120 FourSeasons.com/JacksonHole/Spa After a long day zipping around Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, treat yourself to a luxurious spa experience at the Four Seasons spa. The spa offers a well-rounded menu of treatments including massages, facial skin care, salon services, and body rituals, as well as a salon, fitness center, pool, and sauna. Photo: Four Seasons Resort

Rusty Parrot Lodge Body Sage Spa

SpaTerre at Teton Mountain Lodge

LUXURY SPA AT THE RUSTY PARROT LODGE

RELAXING

175 N Jackson St, Jackson, WY (307) 733-4455 | RustyParrot.com/Spa

3385 Cody Ln, Teton Village, WY (307) 732-6865 | TetonLodge.com/Teton-Village-Spa

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Chances are, some of our favorite hikes will be leaving your muscles sore! A massage is a great way to help your body adjust to the altitude or intense activities. Many local spas also incorporate mountain botanicals into treatments so you can really soak up the alpine goodness.

BEST YOGA STUDIO

BEST YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Inversion Yoga

Ariel Mann

InversionYoga.com

InversionYoga.com

Akasha Yoga Studio

Niki Sue Mueller

AkashaYogaJH.com

NikiSueYoga.com

Pursue

Kira Brazinski

PursueJH.com

InversionYoga.com

HEARTFELT MOVEMENT COMMUNITY

YOGA & MEDITATION

BOUTIQUE FITNESS STUDIO

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INVERSION YOGA, TETON YOGA SHALA, & VIM

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10 E Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 201-1890 | Stio.com Stio is dedicated to creating clothing with an emphasis on technical performance and versatility. Stio designs beautiful, functional products made sustainably for everyday mountain life in Jackson Hole and beyond.

Photo: Nick Sulzer

Penny Lane Cooperative

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INNOVATIVE DESIGNS FROM LOCAL ARTISTS

WHIMSY & TOMBOY-CHIC BOUTIQUE

35 S Glenwood St, Jackson, WY (307) 733-3080 | PennyLaneJH.com

3445 N Pines Way, Wilson, WY (307) 201-5066 | NestJacksonHole.com

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Shop until you drop on Town Square. Best known by the four antler arches that frame the square, it is the perfect spot to grab a souvenir T-shirt, browse the many art galleries, or jump on a stagecoach ride.

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Multiple Locations (307) 733-2640 | BelleCose.com This flagship boutique was founded in 1995 in the tradition of alpine hospitality and entertaining. With a carefully curated selection of fine jewelry, clothing, accessories, gifts, and home and kitchenware, Belle Cose strives to inspire its customers to live life beautifully. Most notably, Belle Cose includes over 60 international designers offering the finest selection of jewelry through their annual trunk show series. Photo: Buckrail

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NEIGHBORHOOD SHOP & CREATIVE SPACE

125 N Cache St, Gaslight Alley, Jackson, WY (307) 690-7957 | MadeJacksonHole.com

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JC Jewelers CUSTOM-DESIGNED JEWELRY

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132 N Cache St, Jackson, WY (307) 733-5933 | JCJewelers.com Family-owned and operated, JC Jewelers has been celebrating love and life with fine jewelry for over 30 years. Specializing in custom jewelry, JC Jewelers designs and crafts wedding rings and exceptional pieces in their Jackson Hole studio.

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Some of the locals’ favorite jewelry pieces include bold, Westerninspired turquoise pieces and rings or bracelets featuring an outline of the Teton Range. Just like everything else here, Jackson’s jewelry is one of a kind.

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Photo: Jackson Hole Jewelry Co.

Jackson Hole Jewelry Co.

MADE

60 E Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 201-1722 | JacksonHoleJewelry.com

125 N Cache St, Gaslight Alley, Jackson, WY (307) 690-7957 | MadeJacksonHole.com

Jackson Hole Jewelry Company is a full-service jeweler, famous for its original Teton Stacking Rings and bespoke custom jewelry.

MADE, a boutique store in Gaslight Alley has a curated collection of handmade items such as artisan jewelry, cards, Wyoming-inspired accessories and much more. MADE strives to support unique art from artisans locally and beyond.

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BEST CONSIGNMENT/ RESALE STORE

BEST LOCALLY OWNED STORE

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HAND-CRAFTED & UNIQUE GIFTS

COMMUNITY THRIFT STORE

Creekside Market & Deli

Headwall

NEIGHBORHOOD MARKET & DELI

OUTDOOR & APPAREL CONSIGNMENT

MadeJacksonHole.com

BrowseNBuyJH.org

CreeksideJacksonHole.com

HeadwallSports.com

Skinny Skis

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

SkinnySkis.com

TetonHabitat.org/ReStore

NORDIC & BACKCOUNTRY GEAR

HOME IMPROVEMENT & DONATION CENTER

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New West Knifeworks (307) 733-4193 NewWestkKnifeworks.com

nili lotan mother veja apiece apart moussy vintage crown + brim lingua franca naadam

rylee + cru pink chicken oeuf donsje petit bateau feather baby native my little cozmo

tata harper josh rosebrook coqui coqui kat burki ilia joanna vargas the organic pharmacy vintners daughter

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JACKSON GEAR GUIDE:

10 Must-Haves for Every Adventure By Rachel Levin

Whether you’re a visitor or a local, a novice or an outdoor aficionado, as you head out for a day hike, your backpack calls for the same staples. During summer months in Jackson, the weather makes no guarantees, and it’s incredibly important to be prepared for drastic changes in both temperature and weather. Along with appropriate layering and weather-appropriate gear, you want to be prepared with the emergency items you should never enter the backcountry without. On your way to the trailhead, grab a coffee and treat at Cowboy Coffee (Gold-Best Coffee Shop). Or, if you’re looking for the best breakfast sando in town, head to Sweet Cheeks Meats (Gold-Best Local Food or Drink Producer, Silver-Best Food Truck/Vendor, Gold-Best Caterer). BEFORE YOU HIT THE TRAIL, TRIPLE CHECK THAT YOU HAVE THE FOLLOWING TEN ITEMS IN YOUR DAYPACK.

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SUN PROTECTION Another peril of hiking at altitude (remember: the elevation of the town of Jackson is over 6,200 feet), is the unforgiving strength of the sun. Whether the forecast predicts sun or not, load up on SPF. Face, ears, lips, neck, arms, hands … the sun doesn’t discriminate. Not only should you put on sunscreen before your hike, but throw it in your pack, along with a lip balm with SPF. In addition to your sunscreen, bring a hat with sun protection and sunglasses.

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HEADLAMP Small but mighty, never enter the backcountry without a headlamp. Give it a test before you head out to make sure the batteries are fresh, and always bring extras! Even if you only plan to hike during daylight, bring a headlamp — just do it.

where you should skimp. A Camelback is a great way to pack plenty of water. While you’re at Jackson Whole Grocer (Gold-Best Health Food, Silver-Best Eco-Friendly Business), grab a tube of electrolyte tabs to throw in your water bottle.

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HYDRATION A good rule of thumb is to pack one liter of water for every two hours you plan to hike. Yes, water is heavy, but this is definitely not

Head to Teton Mountaineering (GoldBest Gear Shop) and grab a topographic map of the area you’re heading to. Even if someone in your group is comfortable with the route, bring this map and orient yourself at the trailhead. Along with a topo map, pack a compass and a GPS device. The crew at Teton


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Mountaineering will get you set and ready to safely hit the trail. Before you leave in the morning, make a plan B and C for your hike choice with your group.

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FIRST-AID KIT While you’re at Teton Mountaineering, stock up on an emergency first-aid kit. Buying a pre-assembled kit will save you some regrettable moments on the trail. Consider the size of your group and make sure the kit is sufficient. Along with your first-aid kit, pack moleskin for any blister problems you may encounter. Insect repellent is a must in the Tetons. Remember, anytime you remove anything from your first-aid kit make sure you write a note and refill provisions when you get home.

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BEAR SPRAY Unique to hiking in the West, bear spray is a must. You can buy bear spray at most outdoor stores in town, like Teton Mountaineering or Skinny Skis (Silver-Best Gear Shop, BronzeBest Locally Owned Store), or you can rent it at Teton Backcountry Rentals. Make sure you read the instructions and carry the bear spray where it is readily accessible.

Jackson Whole Grocer has your back with snacks. Between the bulk section, the extensive choice of bars, and apples and nut butter packets, you can’t go wrong. Look for Kate’s Real Food snack bites or bars; you won’t regret it. Jerky and dried fruit pack a punch and weigh very little, which is key.

By now you know that weather in Jackson is unpredictable. So how do you dress appropriately? One word: layers. Stio (Gold-Best Clothing Store) is locally owned and locally inspired so their layers are sure to pass the JH test. The Pinion Down Pullover packs into itself and is a perfect layer to throw on for your summit sandwich. Every piece of clothing you’re wearing has the potential to impact your day, and your future self will thank you for avoiding cotton at all costs (down to your underwear). Opt for all moisture- wicking base layers.

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LUNCH If you’re heading to Grand Teton National Park, a stop at Creekside Market & Deli (GoldBest Sloshie, Silver-Best Locally Owned Store) is much needed. With a solid sandwich menu and an above-average snack selection, everyone in your group will be happy. You can create your own deli sandwich or choose a local favorite: the turkey club. Note: On your way back to town post-hike, stop here for a sloshie (must be 21+ to partake).

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WATER-PROOF GEAR Waterproof gear is a must. For starters, a waterproof shell will protect you from the elements, including wind. Make sure you have properly fitted water-repellent shoes. This hike shouldn’t be day one in your new kicks. Mud season is basically a year-round thing in Jackson, so grab some merino wool socks at Skinny Skis to keep your paws dry and happy!

You’re ready to hit the trails! Pack your daypack so you know where everything lives. That way you can quickly grab and go without unpacking your entire pack on the trail. Have fun and be safe!


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BEST BOSS

BEST LOCAL LEGEND

Captain Bob Morris THE LATE & LEGENDARY POLITICAL ACTIVIST

BLUE COLLAR RESTAURANT GROUP

BlueCollarJH.com

Bill Briggs

Gavin Fine

THE FATHER OF EXTREME SKIING

FINE DINING RESTAURANT GROUP

JHFineDining.com

Mia Fishman

PUBLISHED WRITER, ATHLETE, HIGH SCHOOLER

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Taylor Phillips

JACKSON HOLE ECO-TOUR ADVENTURES

JHEcoTourAdventures.com

89.1/KHOL has volunteer DJs with all sorts of tastes in music. You never know what you’re going to get when you tune in!

BEST DJ

Mark “Fish” Fishman

BEST RADIO STATION

89.1/KHOL

KMTN 96.9

JACKSON’S COMMUNITY RADIO

KMTN.live

891KHOL.org

Crazy Tom

LOCAL DJ & TRIVIA MC

DJ VerT-OnE PARTY ROCKIN’ DJ

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Photo: Nick Sulzer

Teton County Library

Art Association

JACKSON’S PUBLIC LIBRARY

VISUAL ARTS CLASSES & RESOURCES

125 Virginian Ln, Jackson, WY (307) 733-2164 | TCLib.org

240 S Glenwood St, Jackson, WY (307) 733-6379 | ArtAssociation.org OTHER LOCAL FAVO RIT E S

The College Spy

(800) 207-4305 | TheCollegeSpy.com

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Aurora

Andrea Overly

FUN & FABULOUS DRAG QUEEN

JACKSON HOLE HIGH SCHOOL

Korin Gardner

Krista Stevens

FASHIONISTA EXTRAORDINAIRE

Katie Chapman TRENDY, YET TIMELESS

COLTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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515 W Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 739-9247 | TetonTails.com Serving pets of Jackson Hole since 2002! It’s Teton Tails’ goal to keep your pets happy and healthy. With a skilled staff, products and knowledge, they carry everything from dog birthday cakes and cowboy hats to healthy food and supplements.

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Pet Place Plus

Mountain Mutts

JACKSON’S LARGEST PET FOOD & SUPPLY STORE

IN-TOWN PET GROOMER

1645 Martin Ln, Jackson, WY (307) 733-5355 | PetPlacePlus.com

1300 S Carol Ln, Jackson, WY (307) 201-5550 | MtMutts.com

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DogJax (307) 733-3647 DogJax.com

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1035 W Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 733-1606 | SpringCreekAnimalHospital.com For over 27 years, Spring Creek Animal Hospital has provided comprehensive veterinary services to the Jackson area. SCAH is committed to caring for your pet and providing the highest quality services for all clients.

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Jackson Animal Hospital

Animal Care Clinic

PRIMARY VET CARE

FULL-SERVICE VET CLINIC

274 E Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 201-5700 | JHAnimalHospital.com

70 S Gros Ventre St, Jackson, WY (307) 733-5590 | CompanionAnimalPetCare.com/ animal-care-clinic-jackson


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515 W Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 201-4452 | VerticalHarvestJackson.com

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Vertical Harvest is a 13,500-square-foot, multistory hydroponic greenhouse farm in the middle of Jackson. Vertical Harvest produces 10 acres of traditional farming year-round and sells directly to consumers, therefore reducing transportation and creating a unique farm-to-table experience at such high elevation. Additionally, VH produces jobs and educational opportunities for people of different abilities. Stop by Vertical Harvest for a public tour, be inspired, and experience their innovative, sustainable greenhouse farming.

Jackson Whole Grocer & Cafe

Signal Mountain Lodge

LOCAL GROCERY STORE

A GEM IN GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK

1155 S US-89, Jackson, WY (307) 733-0450 | JacksonWholeGrocer.com

1 Inner Park Rd, Moran, WY (307) 543-2831 | SignalMountainLodge.com

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Roy’s Auto Repair THE LOCALS’ REPAIR SHOP 1025 US-89, Jackson, WY (307) 733-6616 Honesty goes far in Jackson. Roy and his team are the shop for locals who want to keep their cars running smooth through Jackson’s tough winters and summer road trips.

Teton Motors

Rabbit Row Repair

CHEVY & SUBARU DEALERSHIP

FULL-SERVICE MOBILE MECHANIC

405 Powderhorn Ln, Jackson, WY (307) 240-6984

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First Interstate Bank

Zion’s Bank

COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNITY BANKING

JACKSON-BASED NATIONAL BANK

842 W Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 734-7373 | FirstInterstateBank.com

25 S Willow St, Jackson, WY (307) 200-3266 | ZionsBank.com

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80 E Pearl Ave, Jackson, WY (307) 203-9019 | TrefonasLaw.com Trefonas Law provides exceptional legal representation specializing in immigration benefits and defense as well as criminal cases to ensure clients’ safety and stability.

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DeFazio Law Office

Wylie Baker, LLP

LAW FIRM IN JACKSON

LAW FIRM IN JACKSON

172 Center St, #203, Jackson, WY (307) 733-5965 | DeFazioLaw.com

60 E Simpson Ave, Jackson, WY (307) 733-6688 | WylieBaker.com


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Thank You for Voting Us Best Bank, Eleven Years in a Row! HONORED TO EARN YOUR TRUST As your home-grown, community-inspired and community-focused bank, we are dedicated to the local perspective, helping our neighbors and building for the future of our region – because that’s our perspective too! From our founding family, our leadership team and our professional, dedicated staff, thank you for honoring us with your business so that you can... LivE YOUR JH LifESTYLE, LEAvE THE BANkiNg TO US

Be Local • Buy Local • Bank Local www.bojh.com (307) 732-BOJH

Headquartered in Jackson • Locally Owned & Managed • 10 Branches • 13 ATMs • Commercial Loans • Real Estate Loans • Mortgage Loans The only bank on the West Bank! The Aspens NEW! 3445 N. Pines Way, #101 733-8065

Teton Village 3300 Village Dr. 734-9037

Wilson 5590 W. Hwy 22 733-8066

Jackson Locations Hillside 975 W. Broadway 734-8111

Main Branch 990 W. Broadway 733-8064

Smith’s Food & Drug 1425 S. Hwy 89 732-7676

MORE THAN A BRANCH, OUR ROOTS ARE DECADES DEEP

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Tyler Davis

WYOMING PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

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1140 WY-22, Jackson, WY (307) 699-9691 | TylerDavisRealEstate.com

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Matt Varsha

110 E Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 413-0231 | JHSIR.com

185 W Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 733-9009 | JHSIR.com

Marybeth Hansen is a real estate agent with Jackson Hole Sotheby’s who specializes in condos, townhomes, single-family homes, and horse properties. Marybeth has been a resident in the valley for 20 years and is known for her practicality and wry sense of humor. Marybeth is a great choice of agent to help you find your Jackson Hole dream home.

Matt Varsha fell in love with the Western lifestyle upon moving to Jackson in 2010. Matt has experienced a broad spectrum of residential living options both in town and in the surrounding areas, as well as developed an encyclopedic knowledge of hospitality options he is happy to share with new arrivals.

SOTHEBY’S TOP AGENT

SOTHEBY’S TRUSTED REALTOR

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Jamie Turner (307) 203-9055 jamie@brokerageofthetetons.com


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TYLER DAVIS REAL ESTATE

TYLER DAVIS REAL ESTATE

1140 Hwy 22, Jackson, Wyoming

COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT, PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Direct: 407-952-1735 105 MERCILL AVE - JACKSON, tylerdavisrealestate.com DRC RESUBMITT wyomingpropertymanagement.com

MERCILL PARTNERS LLC MIXED-USE PROJEC Office: 307-699-9691

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970 W Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 734-5245 | JHBuilder.com

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New West Building Company QUALITY CONSTRUCTION & INSPIRED DESIGN

3520 S Park Dr, Jackson, WY (307) 203-2460 | NewWestBC.com A privately held corporation, New West Building Company provides general contracting and designbuild services for projects including multifamily housing, custom and spec homes, hospitality, and retail spaces. New West works closely with clients to establish their needs and guarantees professional execution for each project.

Two Ocean Builders

CUSTOM HOMES & COMMERCIAL BUILDING

1605 W Berger Ln, Jackson, WY (307) 733-2822 | TwoOceanBuilders.com Two Ocean Builders was formed in the spring of 1999. Its three owners have over 40 years of combined building experience along with a strong understanding of and commitment to the Jackson Hole construction industry.


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970 W Broadway #216, Jackson, WY 83001 | 307.734.5245 | www.jhbuilder.com | info@jhbuilder.com


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260 W Broadway, Suite A, Jackson WY (307) 264-0080 | FarmerPayneArchitects.com Jackson native Jamie Farmer of Farmer Payne Architects focuses on creating beautiful and buildable local projects. Farmer works on projects for residential and commercial architecture, custom homes, and interior design.

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GYDE Architects

Northworks Architects

COLLABORATIVE DESIGN FIRM

FULL-SERVICE ARCHITECTURE & PLANNING FIRM

80 W Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 733-7303 | GydeArchitects.com

185 E Hansen Ave, Jackson, WY (307) 201-5324 | NWKS.com

OTHER LOCAL FAVO RIT E S

Design Associates Architects

Ward + Blake (307) 733-6867

(307) 733-3600 | DesignAssociatesArchitects.com

WardBlake.com

Get away from it all.

da ARCHITECTURE www.dajh.co

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890 US-89, Jackson, WY (307) 739-2232 | HomeAgainJH.com Home Again is a home furnishings store with a unique mix of new furniture and accessories and upscale consignment. Vintage, nostalgia, traditional, contemporary — there’s something for everyone.

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Mountain Dandy

Belle Cose at Home

HAND-CURATED WESTERN FURNISHINGS

LUXURY LIFESTYLE & HOME DECOR BOUTIQUE

265 W Pearl Ave, Jackson, WY (307) 690-2896 | MountainDandy.com

115 E Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 733-2640 | BelleCose.com

Home Again is a home furnishing store with a unique mix of new furniture and accessories with upscale consignment. Whether you’re looking for a unique, one-of-a-kind or updating your entire home, our design service is here to help.


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160 E Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 690-4790 | OutpostJH.com Outpost’s mission is to offer exceptional short-term vacation rentals for visitors to get a taste of life in Jackson. With a team of locals passionate about supporting the community, Outpost also offers property management services for local homeowners.

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The Clear Creek Group PROPERTY MANAGMENT FOR LUXURY HOMES

120 W Pearl Ave, Jackson, WY (307) 732-3400 | TheClearCreekGroup.com

Mountain Property Management FULL-SERVICE PROPERTY MANGEMENT

250 Veronica Ln, Jackson, WY (307) 733-1684 | MPMJH.com

OTHER LOCAL FAVO RIT E S

Rendezvous Mountain Rentals & Management (307) 739-9050 RMRentals.com

Fall River Propane (800) 632-5726 FallRiverPropane.com

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105 E Pearl Ave, Jackson, WY (307) 690-5536 | O2CleaningJH.com Outpost is a property management company that specializes in connecting Jackson Hole visitors with homeowners looking to rent their houses. In addition to property management, they provide professional, affordable, and convenient cleaning services through O2 Cleaning. With a stellar staff, O2 Cleaning makes residential or commercial cleaning easy and seamless. Photo: Outpost

Blue Spruce Cleaners

O’Ryan Cleaners

GREEN & AFFORDABLE SERVICES

LAUNDRY & REPAIR SERVICES

870 S US-89, Jackson, WY (307) 734-0424 | BlueSpruceCleaners.com

800 W Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 734-1008 | ORyanCleaners.com


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BEST INTERIOR DESIGNER

Kristin Fay

BEST HOTEL

Four Seasons

TRAUNER FAY DESIGNS

FIVE-STAR ALPINE HOTEL

TraunerFayDesigns.com

FourSeasons.com/JacksonHole

Emily Janak

The Wort Hotel

EMILY JANAK INTERIORS

UPSCALE OLD WEST-STYLE HOTEL

EmilyJanak.com

WortHotel.com

WYOMING NATIVE INTERIOR DESIGNER

CONTEMPORARY HOTEL WITH A RUSTIC-CHIC THEME

Jen Visosky

FrameDesignCo.com

Hotel Jackson

HotelJackson.com

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Jackson Hole Concierge (307) 264-2182 JacksonHoleConcierge.com

BEST WEDDNG VENUE

Diamond Cross Ranch

BEST FLORIST

Lily & Co

HISTORIC RANCH & EVENT VENUE

BOUTIQUE FLORAL & EVENT DESIGN HOUSE

DiamondCrossWedding.com

LilyAndCompany.com

VOWS AT THE BASE OF THE TETONS

CUSTOM FLORAL DESIGNS FOR WEDDINGS & EVENTS

Grand Teton National Park NPS.gov/GRTE

Wedding Tree

GROS VENTRE WILDERNESS OTH ER LO CA L FAVO R IT E S

Trail Creek Ranch

(307) 690-2610 | TrailCreekRanch.com

Flowers by Chloe

FlowersByChloeJH.com

Floral Art

BOUTIQUE FLORAL DESIGN STUDIO

TheFloralArtist.com


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JACKSON HOLE’S CREATIVE HUB & PERFORMANCE CENTER

265 S Cache St, Jackson, WY (307) 734-8956 | JHCenterForTheArts.org The Center for the Arts is a nonprofit creative hub with a performance art theater, art gallery, dance studios, classrooms, and offices. The Center hosts numerous special events, musicians, and creatives in residence throughout the year. Photo: Nick Sulzer

JacksonHoleLive! SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

Snow King Ball Park (307) 201-1633 | JacksonHoleLive.org

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58 S Main Street, Victor, ID (208) 787-2866 | KnottyPineSupperClub.com

The Center for the Arts brings a wide range of performances to the stage including internationally recognized musical acts, local artists, and family programming.

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Harrison Ford ACTOR, AVIATOR, & ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST

BEST LOCAL BAND

Sneaky Pete & the Secret Weapons

HIGH ALTITUDE MOUNTAIN FUNK

Andrew Munz AUTHOR, ACTOR, & ASPIRING VIKING

Dillon Hanna

UP-AND-COMING YOUNG ACTOR

SecretWeaponsMusic.com

One Ton Pig

PROGRESSIVE BLUEGRASS BAND

OneTonPig.com

Bar J Wranglers

HARMONY, MUSICIANSHIP, & RANCH HUMOR

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2820 Rungius Rd, Jackson, WY (307) 733-5771 | WildlifeArt.org

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Nestled on a hillside 2 miles away from the edge of Grand Teton National Park, the National Museum of Wildlife Art houses more than 5,000 artworks of wildlife from around the world dating back to 2500 B.C. The museum hosts numerous events throughout the year, including Mix’d Media, an event geared toward younger generations to experience art, and live music, food, and drink.

Gallery Wild

RARE Gallery CONTEMPORARY ART ON TOWN SQUARE

60 E Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 413-4772 | RareGalleryJacksonHole.com

WESTERN & WILD FINE ART

80 W Broadway, Jackson, WY (307) 203-2322 | GalleryWild.com

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The Coeur d’Alene Art Auction

(208) 772-9009 | CDAArtAuction.com

a distinguished art museum with 14 masterwork galleries... a picturesque event venue... an outdoor sculpture trail... a world-class restaurant... a boutique museum shop... a boundless view... an unforgettable experience... The National Museum of Wildlife Art is More Than Art.

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Why I Don’t Ski By Andrew Munz

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I DON’T SKI. I JUST DON’T. Normally, people don’t go around announcing what they don’t do. What a pointless, interminable endeavor. I literally don’t do so many things every single day. As humans, it’s challenging enough to tell our friends how we actually spend our days. Narrowing our hobbies down by a process of elimination, in turn, seems maddening. Near psychotic, even. Yet, having grown up in Jackson Hole, a town of self-proclaimed ski gods living atop their Mount Olympus, I find myself in an infinite wormhole of interactions that force me to sheepishly admit that I don’t do the thing that everyone is doing. For many folks, skiing is the very reason they live in Jackson Hole. It’s what brought them here and it’s what keeps them here. Therefore, once I confess that I both live in Jackson Hole and am completely uninterested in the practice of going up and down hills from Christmas to Easter, well, it tends to rile up the base. It’s not that I’ve never skied. My parents put me on skis early, and I got pretty good at it. When I was six, I was the top NASTAR racer in America in my age group and have the medals to show for it. Somewhere, anyway. But for some reason, the passion never stuck. No ski posters ever graced my bedroom walls. I couldn’t name more than a handful of professional skiers if you paid me. After high school, I even switched over to snowboarding for a couple of winters before losing interest altogether. In 2014, I sold my snowboard and never looked back. So the question arises: If I’m not taking advantage of Jackson Hole’s world-famous skiing culture, why am I here? The answer is complicated — a tangled bramble of reasons rooted in family, comfort, simplicity, beauty, pride, etc. As an actor and comedian, I’ve managed to carve out a bit of relevance in the community through my satirical play series, “I Can Ski Forever.” Over the course of four full-length

productions, complete with musical numbers, slapstick humor, and biting satire, I skewered Jackson Hole culture under the guise of comedy. I allowed locals to poke fun at themselves, while also commenting on things like alcoholism, income inequality, dog ownership responsibilities, etc. Studying improv at the iO Theatre and The Second City in Chicago, I learned the crucial lesson that good comedy is rooted in truth. The audience is an organism, an everevolving collective seeking a reason to connect, to laugh, to belong. The “Ski Forever” shows are full of characters unaware they are in a satire. Every decision they make, every word out of their mouth, is earnest. They are (or were) convinced their lives are genuinely better by simply existing in Jackson Hole, and are constantly searching for validation. As the production begins, the audience laughs at these strange caricatures of Jackson folk, but as these characters unapologetically maneuver through their individual motions, the audience begins to sympathize, and then (“hey, wait a second …”) relate to them. A man singing about having too much plaid in his closet rips open his plaid shirt to reveal yet another plaid shirt. A wealthy divorcee and her hench-cougars, all of whom live in log mansions, get roped into solving Jackson’s housing crisis for its poorest citizens. A dog-owning barista, who, in a previous scene, was tossing drinks back with a GoPro bro, is now lamenting about her endless


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unexpected expenses. Not skiing allows me a lot more time for observation. My winters are spent creating work, oftentimes spending hours at my favorite table at Pearl Street Bagels, watching my “characters” walk into the shop. They clunk up to the counter in their ski or snowboard boots, many a carbon copy of those who came before and all those who would come after. Being one of only a few local comedians is both a blessing and a curse. While I’d enjoy collaborating with more artists, in true Wyoming spirit, I love being a pioneer. I’m addicted to pushing boundaries and jolting some sardonic energy into my less-than-

humble hometown. Thankfully, I have the backing of a supportive community to help me make that happen. I am now the first independent artist to ever rent and sell out the Center for the Arts, our largest venue in town. I am proud of that fact, but even more proud that it was achieved by someone local — a nerdy, overweight kid who pushed back and never gave up. Everyone in Jackson is looking for a reason to belong, to stay forever, to find some semblance of security and permanence. Much like a live audience, Jackson Hole’s populace is also an organism — splitting and morphing, absorbing free radicals, fighting off harmful bacteria, etc. As a result, I’ve felt a bit like a white blood cell flowing through Jackson’s veins, battling invasive ideas that threaten our quaint utopia. I’m desperate to help file down Jackson’s rough edges. I want it to live up to its potential. I want it to be utterly perfect. It’s ambitious, I know. But, if you’ll remember, my winter months are pretty open. Maybe if folks paired down their outdoor adventuring and dedicated more time to cultivating the community, we could really establish Jackson as a regional beacon of creativity and expression. It’ll never happen, but that’s totally OK. My passion is art. For others, it’s skiing, hiking, skijoring with their Malamutes, whatever else. It’s all valid. I want us to celebrate big ideas and throw tons of money at select projects that have the opportunity to change the course of the town’s trajectory, regardless of the medium. I want visitors’ jaws to drop as we show them what’s actually possible when a community empowers and funds its local creatives instead of spending local dollars on flying in “professionals” who collect their paycheck and fly back home. No, I don’t ski, but I am not anti-skiing. I pivoted my attention to an endeavor that made more sense to me. It doesn’t have to be an ultimatum, though. It is undeniably possible to create local art while simultaneously earning your abs in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Thanks to Jackson’s loving and hungry audiences, I have been able to do so. Even if I don’t have the six pack to show for it.


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CONTEMPORARY COLORFUL LANDSCAPE & WILDLIFE PAINTINGS

160 E Broadway, Suite A, Jackson, WY (307) 734-3964 | RingholzStudios.com Amy Ringholz has been painting in Jackson since 2002. Ringholz Studios is artist-owned and operated. She welcomes all types of art lovers and expresses her creativity and love for all things wild from wolves and bears, to owls and rabbits.

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Kathryn Mapes Turner EXPRESSIVE WESTERN ARTWORK

545 N Cache St, Jackson, WY (307) 734-4444 | KathrynMapesTurner.com

We’d like to thank the Jackson Hole community for voting Amy “Best Artist” for 2020! RINGHOLZ STUDIOS 160 East Broadway Suite A (307) 734-3964 ashley@ringholzstudios.com OPEN DAILY 10-4PM

Tamara Ashburn King EXPRESSIONIST PAINTER & LIFETIME LOCAL

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Michaela Ellingson DANCERS’ WORKSHOP

Stagecoach Bar 70-YEAR-OLD LOCAL INSTITUTION

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Luke Zender

Million Dollar Cowboy Bar

DANCERS’ WORKSHOP

JACKSON’S LANDMARK WATERING HOLE

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Sarah Konrad

Silver Dollar Showroom

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THE WORT HOTEL’S FAMOUS BAR

WortHotel.com/Silver-Dollar-Bar

Several scenes from feature films were shot in the greater Jackson Hole area including “Star Trek,” “Rocky IV,” and “Django Unchained.”

BEST ILLUSTRATOR/ GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Jenna Mahaffie

BEST FILMMAKER

Jimmy Chin

FREELANCE GRAPHIC DESIGNER

SKI MOUNTAINEER, CLIMBER, & FILMMAKER

JennaMahaffie.com

JimmyChin.com

Trisha Taggart JACKSON HOLE MOUNTAIN RESORT

JacksonHole.com

Julie Dery

SALTWORKS CREATIVE

SaltworksCreative.com

Jennifer Tennican DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER & PRODUCER

JenTenProductions.com

Wade Dunstan

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K I T C H E N WA R E | C L O T H I N G | J E W E L R Y | H O M E F U R N I S H I N G S TOWN SQUARE 48 E. Broadway | 307.733.2640

SHOPPE 81 S. King Street | 307.732.2640

KING STREET 86 E. Broadway | 307.733.0233

FOUR SEASONS RESORT 7680 Granite Way, Teton Village | 307.732.5612

AT HOME 115 E. Broadway | 307.739.4663

VERO BEACH The Village Shops, 6240 Hwy A1A | 772.231.1554

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