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St. Anthony Sand Dunes
A study in contrasts
40 Let the good times roll: Valley bike trails keep evolving
7 Welcome 18 Led by a G.P.S. 20 Running with Chi 22 Cutthroat trout could get
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9 Brewed 34 Teton Valley Biking and Hiking trails map
36 A mini guide to festival survival 44 Grab a bike and go 48 To the brink: Adventure
28 Signature holes of Teton Valley 60 What would a local do? 64 Music in Teton Valley 68 Eats and seats: A perfect pairing
racers, Jason Popilsky and Abby Broughton, push their limits
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f you ate granola for breakfast and still have dirt underneath your nails from your last adventure, this magazine’s for you. Nestled on the sunny side of the Tetons, Teton Valley is the perfect region to explore. The valley welcomes all. It doesn’t care if you’re a hiker, biker, photographer, or horseback rider. Whether you are a tree hugger, tree climber or tree painter. It offers something for everyone, and this magazine will help you discover where to find it. If dirt biking is your thing check out our sand dunes article (pg. 14). If you are easily lost in the wild be sure to read Led by G.P.S (pg. 18) to keep you from turning that 3 hour hike to an overnight excursion. Before you grab your fishing pole and head to Teton River make sure to check our Cutthroat trout article (pg. 22). You can even check out one of our many golf courses (pg. 28). In the words of the great explorer Everett Ruess “while I am alive, I intend to live” and this is where I intend to live. Grab your gear, hop on your bike and Get Out!
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Schafer draws joy from beer-making processes Ken Levy / Get Out! Staff
At the ripe old age of 22, Max Schafer has found his life’s work. Shafer is the new brewer at Grand Teton Brewing Company, having worked his way through various jobs until bringing some personal expertise to the brewing post: he brews his own beer at home. It started four years agon in New York, when he got a home-brewing kit as a gift. “I fell in love with the process of home brewing,” said Schafer, who studied biology in college, and could relate a lot of his studies to brewing. In brewing, it’s the yeast that’s alive. How and for how long, and at what temperatures, different varieties of yeast eat their way through the mash sugars determines its alcoholic content and mouth feel, among other characteristics. “I enjoy toying with all these different processes. They’re all biologically driven. “I was making a lot of styles of beer, German and Belgian styles,”
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Max Schafer new brewer at Grand Teton Brewing Company In most aspects of my life I like the best things I can get, the best food, the healthiest, natural... I want to drink a good beer.
Schafer said, ambers, lagers and lots of IPAs— India Pale Ale. He experimented with his brews by adding fruits, sugars, and oak to achieve more exotic flavors. His best successes included his Lager ID, brewed with entirely Idaho ingredients. “It was a very crisp, clean-drinking lager,” he said. “I’d just moved to Idaho and just started working [at GTBC] and was really excited about the barley and hops grown in Idaho, and Teton water.” His friends loved his version of a stout, and he brewed an authentic Hefeweisen and pale ales. One of his brews was “light in body and a very crisp, clean, thirst-quenching taste, it wasn’t really bitter. It’s my summer-drinking beer, when I take my drift boat and we hit the river all day, have a nice, easy, low-alcohol beer.” Schafer is an avid fly fisherman, learning the art from his grandparents when he was nine years old. When he’s not brewing, he’s fishing, conditions permitting. “It’s a win-win for me to be brewing at GTBC so I can ski, fish and climb, which is one of my favorite things to do,” Schafer said. He studied conservation biology at St, Lawrence, New York, focused on fishery management. “I was trending toward the game warden, fish and game side of things,” he said, “but I always knew in my mind I wanted to brew beer, and I told myself whichever one presented itself first I would take that opportunity. Brewing presented itself very quickly and I seized that opportunity. It’s been going well.” Regarding craft beer preferences, it’s about the quality. “In most aspects of my life I like the best things I can get, the best food, the healthiest, natural... I want to drink a good beer, I want to drink something that’s going to make me think, make me puzzle and question my palate,” said Schafer. “It’s a waste of calories to drink another beer. I’d much rather have one of our beers than 3-4 of a big brewery’s beer.”
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Take a tour of local breweries Both of Teton Valley’s microbreweries celebrate anniversaries this year. Victor’s Wildlife Brewery and Pizza celebrated its 10th anniversary in May with a party, live music and beer specials. Grand Teton Brewing Company celebrates 25 years June 29 with music, food and barrel-aged beers. Microbreweries offer their own standard brews year round as well as specialty, seasonal and holiday brews. On tap at Wildlife: • Point It! Pale Ale • Mighty Bison Brown Ale • Screaming Eagle American Pale Ale • Liquid Powder Ale • White Out Stout • Hop Burst Cream Ale • Sweet Leaf Strong Ale The brewery lists more than 40 varieties of brew it has developed. Wildlife Brewing and Pizza 145 S Main St Victor, (208) 787-2623 wildlifebrewing.com Restaurant hours: Daily 4-9. Summer open beginning Memorial Day, Noon-10 Grand Teton Brewing Company features five signature brews, including: • Bitch Creek ESB • Sweetgrass American Pale Ale • Teton Ale Amber • Howling Wolf Wiesse Bier • Old Faithful Ale It also offers favorites from its cellar reserve program: • Lost Continent Double IPA • Pursuit of Hoppiness Imperial Red Ale • Black Cauldron Imperial Stout • Best Bier Marzen Lager GTBC also offers several flavors of soda, including black cherry, root beer, cream soda and Mountain Berry. Grand Teton Brewing Company, 430 Old Jackson Hwy, Victor, (888) 8991656, beermail@grandtetonbrewing.
com, grandtetonbrewing.com. Pub Hours: Mon.- Fri. Noon-8; Sat. and Sun. 1-8 Snake River Brewery and Restaurant over the pass in Jackson, Wy. Brews on tap include: • Snake River Pale Ale • Snake River Lager • OB-1 Organic ale • Zonker Stout • Pako’s EYE-P-A It lists about 50 brews it has offered over the years. Snake River Brewery and Restaurant, 265 S Millward St, Jackson, (307) 739-2337, snakeriverbrewing. com. Hours: 11:30-11 daily
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‘No limit’ to potential beer market Ken Levy / Get Out! Staff
“I feel like I hit the employment lottery,” said Ed McGlynn, who works the pub at Grand Teton Brewing Company.
Rob Mullin, brewmaster and COO of Grand Teton Brewing Company
Everyone is a potential craft beer drinker.
Above the bar, a chalkboard features names of people who have bought beers for their lucky friends, under the heading “I (heart) beer so much I bought you one.” Pub business relies on locals, although it gets a lot of good business from skiers, said Rob Mullin, brewmaster and COO of Grand Teton Brewing Company. “Everyone is a potential craft beer drinker,” said Mullin.
About 20 years ago, when Mullin began brewing beer, “we were thrilled if we could get 2 percent of the market,” he said. But the current recession has helped bring in more microbrew quaffers. Mullin said craft beers now command 10 percent of the market, with sales of imports, domestics and wine down. Typically, craft beers draw the import-type beer drinker, he said, but “the old-line, domestic drinker is now trying craft beer. There’s no limit to the potential market. We’re targeting every beer drinker.”
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It’s in the name Wildlife Brewery focuses on local lifestyle Ken Levy / Get Out! Staff
Beer and pizza. Does it get any better? It gets pretty darn good at Wildlife Brewing and Pizza in Victor, where the microbrews crafted onsite reflect much of Teton Valley’s lifestyle, according to WBP owner and head brewer Ric Harmon.
Ric Harmon Wildlife Brewing and Pizza owner and head brewer
Teton Valley snow makes a great beer.
B i s o n B row n Ale—its flagship beer—Screamin’ Eagle American Pale Ale, Bear Claw Black Ale and Coyote Pale Mild Ale attest to that. Point It! Pale Ale features a skier on its label to balance the experience. Gold medal-winning Ale Slinger IPA comes out in the spring, and Trophy Trout Stout comes out around June and is one of the brewery’s standards, as is Double
The concept for the brewery, which grew from Harmon’s garage, is about living the wild life and sharing it with the animals, he said. Mountain bikers, snowmobilers and skiers all want the outdoor experience and the chance to share it with the wildlife here.
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The brewery also created Jorge IPA in memory of George Hoffman, a friend and former employee who died in a house fire last May. Brewer Todd Kuehn works with Harmon to brew Wildlife’s signature beers. Brewed continued to next page
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mostly to locals, Harmon said, although travelers are also in for a treat. From the snow, a beer is born Ric Harmon doesn’t like traditional winter-style beers, which frequently feature pine flavors or winter spice. So he developed Liquid Powder Ale, a highly dry-hopped brew made with Teton Valley snow. “I wanted a true winter beer,” he said. So he waits for fresh snowstorms to dump their burdens on Pine Creek Pass, then trucks the snow back to Wildlife Brewery. Kettles are filled again and again with the freshly-fallen flakes until there’s enough cooked
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Todd Kuehn, brewer at Wildlife Brewing in Victor, works with a network of hoses that transfer the brew from one stage to another.
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Hike the Tetons • Fish the Snake • Hear the Music Comprised of musicians from the nation’s best symphonies, Grand Teton Music Festival has been making music in the mountains for more than 50 years. Come as you are, and enjoy the casual atmosphere and superior acoustics of Walk Festival Hall nestled at the base of Rendezvous Mountain in Teton Village.
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St. Anthony Sand Dunes: A study in contrasts ATV recreation coexists with serene habitat Story and photos by Ken Levy / Get Out Staff
She calls herself the “Sand Flea” and her husband, Pat, is the “Sand Crab.” Phyllis and Pat Malato are the caretakers and overseers of St. Anthony Sand Dunes, an 11,000-acre oasis for riders 14 Get OUT! in Teton Valley
of all-terrain vehicles, dirt bikes and sand rails. It’s also an oasis for moose, elk and waterfowl. The growl and roar of ATVs of virtually every configuration and power can be heard even over the constant winds, they are driven to their extremes over these shifting sand dunes that rise as high as 400 feet. But caution sometimes gets thrown to
that wind, Phyllis warns. High ridges and steep drops sometimes blend in a monochromatic mirage that fools the eye into thinking distances are closer — or farther away — than they appear. “We had three deaths here in one year,” Phyllis said. “People who have never been here before drive like they normally would, and crash into rocks.” That happens when they think they’re just going to drive straight at full speed
over a ridge to catch up to a friend, for example. Phyllis said experienced drivers know to weave around and back and forth when approaching a ridgecrest. Care must be taken when topping that ridge to head back down. You may not be able to see whatâ€™s over the top until you are. Scenic Crapo Mountain, a huge hill of sand, is most popular with novice riders, she said, and thatâ€™s where many are most likely to crash. Riders are only allowed on the open sand and are forbidden to ride in vegetated areas. Dunes continued to next page
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This place is a study in contrasts. The open dunes are contained within a wilderness study area, and at the Egin Lakes Access, visitors will find a serene, quiet lake forming the foreground for the towering dunes behind.
Moose and other wildlife, and plentiful waterfowl, frequent the lake and seem oblivious to the roaring of machines kicking through the soft, white quartz sand. Equestrians bring their horses here and cross the lakes in search of soft trails and breathtaking scenery.
To the east, small rolling hills are suitable for beginning ATVers or children. The challenges lie to the west, with mountains of sand rising more than 400 feet.
â€œThis area provides critical range for 1,500 deer and 2,500 elk, and habitat for sharp-tail and sage grouse,â€? according to the Bureau of Land Management, which oversees the area.
The dunes are surrounded by thousands of acres of sagebrush and juniper. These acres and the dunes themselves comprise the Sand Mountain Wilderness Study Area.
Campsites are mainly occupied by vehicles and their trailers hauling motorized toys, and riders take their sport both seriously and as an exhilarating experience not soon forgotten.
A moose follows the far shore of Egin Lakes at St. Anthony Sand Dunes.
The Egin Lakes Recreation Access Area is a developed campground with 48 campsites, including 28 electrical units, according to the BLM. Egin Lakes features expanded day-use parking for a variety of recreation uses, a developed camping area with three different sizes of RV sites, and a visitor contact station including a store. Law enforcement/emergency medical service and BLM offices are nearby. The campground is closed from November 1-April 1. Dispersed, primitive camping is allowed along portions of the Red Road, on the east end of the dunes.
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Getting there About 50 miles northwest of Idaho Falls.
From US-20 northbound, take the North Rexburg exit. Turn left, onto 1900 E. (ParkerSalem Highway and the Red Road). Travel 6.3 miles north to the second flashing light at the four-way stop. Turn left and travel 0.85 miles to the split in the road. Stay right, over the railroad tracks and continue on 500 N for 2.9 miles. At the Egin Lakes Access sign turn right onto the paved access road. From US-20 southbound, take exit No. 346 (Saint Anthony City Center). Turn right onto Bridge Street and continue through the stop light to West 4th N. Turn left onto West Fourth N, which turns into 600 N after you leave city limits. Follow 600 N about
three miles until you reach the intersection with Red Road. Turn left to go to Egin Lakes access or right to the parking and dispersed camping areas along Red Road. Open all year during the daylight hours except Jan. 1-March 31 or April 30, depending on snow conditions Fees are paid at Egin Lakes Access. Camping is $25-60 a day based on size of camping unit and amenities. Day use is $5 a vehicle per day, $10 for use of RV dump stations. A $60 season pass is available. Call the local BLM office at (208) 524-7500 or Eastern Idaho Visitor Center (208) 523-1012 for updated usage and camping fees. Email email@example.com. ■
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Led by a G.P.S.
ed by a blip on an electronic map, Lindsey Scott and her two daughters Acelin, 7, and Marley, 4, have ventured into the Palisades range, through the Big Hole Mountains and even to the bottom of the Teton Dam site in search of hidden stashes left by adventurers who had preceded them. They find them—the tiny, small, medium, and large treasure boxes—in trees, under rocks in stinging nettle patches, disguised as bolts on playgrounds or even attached to stop signs. “We like to pack a cooler and a plan a trip,” Scott said. “We just make a day of it.” The Scott girls have found caches all over Teton Valley from Darby Canyon to Green Canyon. They are players in the international game of Geo Caching. In 2000, then-president Bill Clinton put an end to a GPS security measure that scrambled the navigation signal for civilians and limited its accuracy. To celebrate GPS pinpointing for civilians, a Portlander by the name of Dave Ulmer hid a box of trinkets in the woods and posted its coordinates on the website of USENET newsgroup, sci.geo.satellite-nav, His post included a set of instructions and a challenge—find the box. “It’s all there. The container. The trinkets. The logbook. The rule of take something, leave something, sign the logbook. Dave Ulmer invented geocaching in one fell swoop in that newsgroup posting,” according to gpsgames.org. Ulmer’s game also gained popularity at lightning fast pace. “Within a day, the original stash had been found. Within days, more
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Acelyn Scott points the way to the geocache Welcome to Teton Valley.
stashes had been hidden in California, Kansas, and Illinois. Within a month, a stash had been hidden as far away as Australia. The hobby was fast on its way to being a worldwide phenomenon,” gpsgames.org continued the story. Before the end of 2000, the website geocahcing.com was up and running. The virtual stash of cache information now acts as a kind of game board for geocachers all over the world. Players create a geo caching name and profile and have free access to the coordinates of hidden treasures around the globe. According to the site, 2888 caches lay hidden within a hundred mile radius of Driggs. For treasure hunters in Teton Valley, the game is another way to explore the valley’s beautiful and interesting places.
Scott, an interior designer originally from Florida arrived in Teton Valley five years ago, has used geo caching as a way to get to know the area. With so much uncharted, unfamiliar open space to roam about in and discover, geocahcing gave Scott a bull’s eye to aim for. Sometimes it has taken her off the beaten path, too.
The cache was hidden in the natural basin that had been the area’s water reservoir for a short time until it collapsed into the greatest natural disaster of recent memory. Now it’s a historical site and, unofficially, a trading post.
and the cement spill-way. This cache contains a post-card exchange, so take a post card or two to trade. Also while you are out there watch for wildlife. We saw a herd of six deer,” the entry for the cache on geocahce.com states.
“From the cache you can see what’s left of the Teton Dam,
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“I like the ones you have to hike back to because you would never go there,” She said. Cache-finding has led her and the girls to off-trail places in Pole Canyon and other points of interest. One afternoon, Scott and her daughters headed north on Hwy 33 to where the Teton Dam had once been. “You drive down and park at the old boat ramp and it takes you down to the canyon,” she said.
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The Scott family checks on their geocache.
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Scott Smith gets his class working on posture, an important part of chi running.
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I look at my 7-year old and they just naturally know how to run, they’ve never undone the ability to run. ________________________ Scott “Smitty” Smith, owner of One to One Wellness in Jackson, Wyo.
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unning is supposed to be hard, right? Not necessarily. Add a little chi and the whole exercise changes. “It’s a really great method of teaching somebody how to run energy efficient, injury free,” Scott “Smitty” Smith, owner of One to One Wellness in Jackson, Wyo., and a running coach in Teton Valley said. “In my opinion it really emulates
the way we were meant to run. You see children running like this.” However once children grow up, take on sit down jobs and wearing shoes with big cushions in the heel they feel and use their adult bodies differently. “I look at my 7-year old and they just naturally know how to run, they’ve never undone the ability to run,” Smith said. “In the 70s Nike came
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Scott Smith teaching the full body lean at a chi running clinic in Jackson, Wyo.
“I don’t look at someone and say ‘they’re a chi runner,’” he said. Instead, when he sees someone running with his or her feet under his or her head and leading with his or her core, he thinks to himself that he or she is simply running right. Smith understands personally how good that feels.
“I started reading book and it was just such an invitation,” he said. “It just gives you a lot of encouragement and hope that you can run your whole life. The lanChi continued on page 62
The exercise physiologist ran fast, hard and competitively in college and beyond. He’s the kind of runner who would run five days a week if he could, but when he reached his 40s it started to hurt. He found himself in the position of his clients—aching over a sport that used to bring exhilaration. His father-in-law, always on the look out for information, passed Smith a copy of Danny Dreyer’s book Chi Running. It sat on Smith’s nightstand for three months while he continued to run in pain. But when he picked it up, the message made sense.
Chi running reverses the evolution on human motion caused by technology. According to Smith not only do children instinctively run chi style, but also athletes from countries such as Kenya. Everything needs a name Smith said, but he considers chi running just a way of labeling the proper way to run.
“Basically I got into it because of own personal pain,” he said.
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Cutthroat trout could get
endangered species listing By Ken Levy / Get Out! staff
ne of Idaho’s iconic and most beloved river sport fish could land on the Endangered Species List if its decline in population isn’t reversed. Amy Verbeten, executive director of the Friends of the Teton River, said Yellowstone cutthroat trout populations continue to decline 22 Get OUT! in Teton Valley
range-wide, although some improvements have been seen in local habitats. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s annual fish report indicates that, unless populations begin to rebound range-wide, the YCT could be a candidate for Endangered Species listing. The fish is currently on the state’s “species of greatest concern” list.
Working with the IDFG, FTR studies have shown some local increases of YCT populations in the past few years. “That was based on a huge decline, and we’re inching back up,” she said. “Nowhere near historic levels, but we’re starting to see some response.” Harvesting of the fish is strictly prohibited, Anglers must release YCT after catching them. Verbeten said studies by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game have found catch and release on YCT is relatively safe for the fish, and “anglers
have a great experience with them, as long as everyone knows the regulations.” Fishermen frequently report catching 20 inch and larger YCT on all parts of the Teton River. The species is exactly what the fly fisherman loves, because they tend to rise to a dry fly on the surface. “They’re very well coveted,” she said. “People will travel from around the world to catch this fish that you can’t catch anywhere else.” Verbeten lauded the proactive work of the Office of Species
Conservation. That agency is “really trying to prevent this fish from becoming endangered.” That benefits not only the species but also everyone who uses the river, streams, and the land around it, from an ecological and economic standpoint. “We see that when a species becomes endangered and comes under federal control, there tends to be very strict regulations placed on anything that could harm that fish,” Verbeten said. For example, in Washington State, when salmon and steelhead were listed, water was shut off to some agricultural irrigators for three years until they could come up with a plan that would provide enough flow for those fish. Funding is available for voluntary water transactions, for agricultural producers who can find ways to use less water and can turn some of that water downstream and get paid for it. The city of Tetonia and several individuals using its canal recently signed such an agreement, Verbeten said. Other informal agreements find users agreeing to use less water, making it more available in the streams. “We’ve seen great success in Trail Creek,” and they’re not paying as much for storage water if they use their water more efficiently, she said. Nitrogen and sediment are the biggest culprits when it comes to problems in the upper Teton River itself. Sources include agricultural runoff and releases from poorly-maintained, older septic systems. Properly sited, maintained and used, septic systems can prevent releases into the groundand surface water. ■
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Region’s game fish offer superb angling opportunities By Ken Levy / Get Out! Staff Idaho’s state fish is a thing of golden beauty. But its populations are in big trouble in much of its limited range. Yellowstone cutthroat trout are native here, and they’re only found in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, according to Amy Verbeten executive director, Friends of the Teton River. “There’s a whole ecology and ecosystem developed around that fish and its life history, and the way it travels upstream to spawn in the spring, it’s a pretty amazing fish,” she said. The nearly golden YCT has a bright red slash coloration on their throat that gives them their name. Their spots are all black and go all the way across their backs. Although by law, the fish is strictly catch and release, anglers really like them because they have a higher catch rate than most other non-native, introduced species, such as the rainbow and brown trout. Insects feed the YCT. Many live in the Teton River during the winter, and their life history “evolved here, in this place.
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“They’ll then swim up the tribu- basically everywhere above a taries to lay their eggs in the diversion point. spring,” said Verbeten. Spawn- Anatomically, all trout are simiing time comes right after the lar. Differences come in markhigh-water peak. That happens ings and coloration, and their in June in most of the valley habits, the timing of when they streams.” breed and lay their eggs, what Some years have early runoff they eat and how fast they grow, and others really late, but it among other factors. doesn’t matter to the YCT. Rainbow and brook trout and a “We don’t fully understand few brown trout round out the it, but somehow these fish game species in the region. are keyed in to know exactly Rainbow trout when the water has come from the Pareached its peak cific. They tend to Anglers love and when it’s bespawn much earlier rainbow trout. ginning to drop,” in the spring. Their They get big, fight Verbeten said. triggers are based hard, are definitely Just before the more on time of a game fish that peak, they swim year. They started people love to up, stage, then lay spawning this year fish for, and that’s their eggs right as in early March and why they were the water is coming spawn much earlier introduced here. back down. than YCT. ––––––––––––––––––––––– That helps to en“As a result, those Amy Verbeten, executive director, Friends sure that the spring baby fish grow of the Teton River floods don’t wash much bigger than out the eggs. the cutthroat,” said Verbeten. The eggs develop based on the temperature of the Rainbow trout can actually breed water, not on time. If the water with YCT. You can have a late is warmer they hatch quicker, rainbow trout spawn and an and take longer to develop if early YCT spawn and they can the water is colder. interbreed, Verbeten said. The Although there are minimum female YCT lays her eggs, and time requirements for successful the rainbow fertilizes them to development, “the little embry- create the hybrid. onic fish truly develops based This is a real threat to the purity on the temperature,” she said. of the YCT species by diluting If the water is getting warmer, the genetics. While not as comspring is coming faster, so it mon in the valley, hybridization means that stream could either can be common in some areas dry up or get too warm to sup- of the YCT’s range where there’s port fish. The process speeds up more overlap of spawning. to get the fish to hatch, stay in It can be hard to tell whether the gravel hiding for a couple of hybrids are YCT or rainbow. weeks, and emerge as fry. “If it shows signs of being a YCT, Shortly after they emerge they treat it like a YCT,” she said, and leave those tributaries and go release it. down to where there is water Besides insects, rainbows also year round. That means head- eat other fish, making them ing to the river, although there predators of the YCT and other is a resident population of YCT species. In an attempt to manhigh up in the forest where it age them, and limit their damdoesn’t dry up, such as along age to YCT populations, the Idathe head of Teton Creek, upper ho Department of Fish and Game Darby and South Leigh creeks, has a bounty on rainbow trout Angling continued on next page
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in the South Fork of the Snake River, where certain tagged rainbows will earn the angler cash for their taking. “Anglers love rainbow trout. They get big, fight hard, are definitely a game fish that people love to fish for, and that’s why they were introduced here,” she said. These fish can get enormous. In the ocean, steelhead are just rainbow trout that have developed a life history where it goes out to the ocean for part of its life to feed then returns to fresh water to spawn. They can reach the mid 20-inch range locally. They do well in the region’s streams with lots of habitat available. Their habitat needs are similar to the YCT. “Where we get a very large spring flood, that tends to favor YCT over rainbow trout because if the rainbows are spawning before that spring flood and you get a big peak spring flow, it tends to wash their eggs out,” Verbeten said. Changes in the way water is managed in the valley tend to favor rainbows, because water is diverted in the spring and decreases the spring flood.
One of the ways to manage for increasing YCT on the South Fork of the Snake River is by making flushing flows, which are big spring releases from the dam to wash out some of the rainbow eggs. Brook trout are especially plentiful in small spring creeks. Introduced from the eastern United States, they spawn in fall. Their fry are at least six months or more ahead of the rainbows and YCT by spring. “They’re bigger, they’re aggressive, they’re piscivores and love to eat other fish as well as insects,” she said. Plentiful in the Teton River, they make for great eating, as do rainbows. They also munch on YCT, since the brook fry are so much bigger by spring. Research indicates brook trout outcompete YCT in places where habitat is limited, especially in little spring creeks where they overwinter. Harvesting brook trout helps balance populations, and larger harvests are allowed for the brook. Brook trout have distinctive white marks on the edge of their fins. They tend to be darker, and have reddish, almost pink spots on their sides. On their
back, they have “worm-track markings” that make them distinctive. Mountain whitefish have tiny mouths. Verbeten refers to them as trumpet-mouth fish. They’re solid silver and the body shape
is similar to the trout. They’re very common and native to the region, and “may be the most prolific single species we catch on our electrofishing surveys.” Almost exclusively insectivores, they get along well with YCT. ■
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D a nc i ng In Jackson Hole
Bridget Ryder/Get Out! staff
t’s a summer night and at 9 p.m. beer-swilling sports fans finish tacos and hamburgers in the restaurant in the back of the wine and liquor store in Jackson commonly called Eleanor’s. It’s every inch a sport’s bar—two men wear Celtic uniforms and most eyes watch basketball or hockey on the big screen TVs. A group of old friends from Mississippi— guys in their mid-20s—occupy one large table, reunited with one of their set that had moved from their state’s Jackson to that of Wyoming.
Then the game ends and the kitchen closes. On the stage, speakers go up, and the lights are dimmed. Nirvana still plays in the background but they are drowned out by a techno-eco—“Bienvenidos hoy…oy…oy a la cuevaaaa.” In English, literally, “Welcome today to the cave.” According to bar manager Aaron Mithcell, the restaurant gave a Latino flavor to Saturday nights about three years ago. “Not everyone likes American music,“ Mitchell said. So Eleanor’s hired Latino DJs to play Latino music.
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Laser lights throw neon circles around the walls. In the first set of songs before another techno welcome, salsa king, Luis Enrique’s Yo No Se Manaña plays. The first dancers to have taken the floor, Kirsten Klein and Daniel Lara, come just for the salsa music. They are salseros- dancers devoted to the rhythms and steps of the Cuban dance. Klein confesses to being “addicted” to salsa since she started taking classes about a year ago. Often as many as 20 dancers from the salsa group she and Lara practice with turn out for the Latin music, she says. Tonight they are a minor representation with just Angelo Hernandez adding to the group, but they dance and show a few moves with novice Julio Martinez. After a few salsa numbers, the DJ’s intermingle cumbia. A genre with its origins in Columbia, the long, short, short long rhythm is danced in Latin American countries down to Argentina. Though the salseros still dominate the dance floor,
the former sports bar fills, cumbia replaces salsa more ad more. Blended margaritas get passed over the bar, tailored for the gathering crowd and different from the daytime version on the rocks. At the bar, Spanishspeaking eyes under cowboy hats sit next to olive complected femininity. On the dance floor, dark shiny hair spreads out in spins and turns. The Latin music, Mitchell said, “draws a Latino crowd.” The establishment, a few hours before just a sports bar to all appearances, has changed names as it changes atmosphere. At first Eleanor’s Cuvee, it then became Jackson’s Hole and its latest owner, Stan Kucharski calls its simply, Eleanor’s Again. “Everyone still called it Eleanor’s,” Mitchell said, so Kucharski stuck with the oral tradition. However, for Saturday nights the Latino DJ rechristened it La Cueva. While the restaurant and dance floor occupy a windowless space through a wide doorway at the back of the liquor store, the reason has nothing to do with placement, according to Lara. The cumbia plays until 2 a.m. on Saturdays and bartenders continue to serve margaritas. La Cueva, according to Lara is Mexican code for a place with just such a combination. ■
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Dancing a Cumbia at the Teton Valley Hispanic Resource Center’s Mother’s Day celebration.
Where and how to dance in and around Teton Valley Folkloric Ballet: traditional Mexican folk dances. Groups for adults and children. Contact Juanita Flores for more information at email@example.com. Zumba: Fitness dance class in the studio next to Roots Hair Salon, 170 N Main St in Victor. Mon. through Thurs. 6 p.m. Sat. 9:30 a.m. Alpine Wines: The wine bar in Driggs with dance floor hosts musicians on a regular basis. Dancing always welcome. TPS Dance Studio: facebook. com/pages/TPS-Dance-Company/340064383877 Offering dance classes for children and adults. Balance Studios: Pilates, yoga and dance classes 25B Arrow Root Lane Victor (208) 787-MOVE or balancestudios.com. Venues in Jackson, Wyo.: Million Dollar Cowboy Bar: Live band Fridays and Saturdays, Western Swing Dance lesson Thursday. Located on the Town Square. For details see milliondollarcowboybar.com or call (307) 733-2207.
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Traditional Mexican dances are one of Teton Valley’s newest rhythmic enterprises.
Eleanor’s: The restaurant and liquor shop hosts Latin nights every Saturday with Latin music and dancing. 832 W. Broadway. For information go to eleanorsagain.com.
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HOLES by Rachael Horne / Get Out! Staff
f the Valley’s five golf courses, each one has a hole that defines the character of the course. We asked each course’s pro or superintendent to explain their course’s signature hole. A hole that is perhaps the best designed, most drama-laden, most difficult or most scenic hole on the course. Of the Valley’s 92 total holes, here’s a look at the five best.
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Targhee Village Golf Course Targhee Village Golf Course is nine-hole “off the beaten path” course in Alta and describes itself as the Valley’s casual golf course. While the course is relaxed, it’s surprisingly challenging. Par for the course is 36. 9 holes $15 or 18 holes $30. Golf carts are $6 per person per nine holes. Tee off for 9 holes before 9 a.m. and it’s only $9. There are also season and 30-day passes available. Tee times are recommended on weekends. (307)353-8577 Natural beauty surrounds the relatively small-sloped green, guarded by a large pond in the front with trees nestled around the green, explained Adrian Bernal the courses golf instructor. Hole #6 is not the hardest hole on the course, it is, by far, the most demanding, he said. With its pristine beauty and relatively small, sloped green, the pinpoint accuracy of ball placement is a must for paring the hole. Whichever tee is played, a misplaced ball can quickly become a decision maker in competition. Forward tees are 100 yards, middle tees 134 yards, and back tees 165+ yards.
Visiting golfers as well as locals often find themselves stopping play, while enjoying the sights on this hole – the surrounding vistas of Targhee National Forest, perhaps a moose in the pond, or a Sand-Hill Crane nesting on the island. In the fall, the changing colors of yellow, gold, red, brown, and green combined with crisp mountain air makes golfing very special at Targhee Village. 30 Get OUT! in Teton Valley
There’s a lot of thought process of which side to go. A lot of it depends on where the pin is located. Eric Lyman, PGA golf professional
Huntsman Springs Huntsman Springs is a private is known embodies the risk/reward 18-hole course in Driggs and was theme of the course and uses the named one of the “Best Modern natural terrain Kidd is known for. Courses of 2013 by Golfweek maga- Lyman said off the tee box the zine. “Built with replay value in golfer has to make a decision. The mind, this course lends golfers an array of options and strategies to hole has a split fairway. Hitting get the most of their game, includ- to the left fairway is tougher off ing split fairways and a multitude of the tee but gets you a better view bunkers,” reads the resort’s website. of the green. Hitting to the right “Huntsman Springs is an avaricious fairway is easier off the tee. course, and could take a lifetime “There’s a lot of thought process before it gives up all of its secrets.” of which side to go,” said Lyman. Membership fees can be found on“A lot of it depends on where the line at huntsmansprings.com pin is located.” PGA golf proLyman said if the pin is on the left fessional Eric hole of the green play the right fairway. Lyman said If the pin is in the middle or back although they of the green, he said to play the feel at Huntsleft fairway off the tee. man Springs that they have 18 signature Beyond the decision a golfer has holes, if he had to pick, it would to make to play the hole, it also be 16. Designed by the acclaimed offers one of the best views of the David McLay Kidd, who was named Grand Teton on the course along the “Architect of the Year” for with a meandering stream bisecting Golf Magazine in 2008, this hole the fairway.
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Teton Reserve Teton Reserve, located North of Victor is an 18-hold public course that is the nation’s first and only 18 hole reversible championship golf course. Hale Irwin, the current career wins leader on the Senior PGA Tour, has designed a course that is challenging to the seasoned golfer but yet forgiving to the beginner. The 7,426 yard, par 72 layout has plenty to offer golfers of all abilities, including strategic bunkering and outstanding conditions. A season pass is $655 for an individual or $1,095 four a family or couple. Passes include cart fees. Monday-Friday rates for 18 holes is $35 including cart fee. Friday –Sunday is $45. A twilight rate is $28 for tee offs after 3 p.m. every day. 787-4224
“To make this approach shot even more difficult you must hit a target sized green with a mid to short iron where the landing area falls off to the right and three equal sized circular bunkers await you,” he said. “I’ve heard these bunkers referred to as the three sisters, ‘each one meaner than the other.’”
If you find yourself in one of these bunkers and you are 10 feet below the green with a challenging bunker shot to a hole Golf superintendent Matt tricky green that slopes left Titus said he felt the par 4, to right and back to front. 47-yard hole on the links Find yourself more right of style course was the signathese bunkers and you are chiptures because it embodied the links style of big open fairways, bun- ping from 20 feet below the green kers a plenty and slopes and undula- with those bunkers certainly still in tions in every direction. This hole has play. To add to the difficulty of this is the only with a dogleg. hole the prevailing wind from the From tee to green it has a fantastic southwest will be blowing right at you view of trail creek nursery’s tree farm to make this hole play even longer. and spectacular views of the south This golf course is designed by all side of the valley and downtown Vic- time leading money winner on the tor. After navigating a left to right Champions Tour, Hale Irwin and fintee shot with a driver and hopefully ished in 2006. Greens Fees are 29 avoiding trouble your second shot dollars with a cart Monday-Thursday must be as well executed as your and 39 dollars with a cart Friday tee shot. through Sunday.
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It psyches people out and gets them nervous. If you’re sitting 180 yards out and try for the green, most generally end up in the water. Jeff Sundwall, superintendent of maintenance at The Links
The Links at Teton Peaks As the name suggests, The Links is an 18-hole Scottish style course just west of Driggs with majestic views of the Teton Mountain Range to the east and The Big Hole Mountain Range to the west. The course features 6,344 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. Designed by David Druzifky, the Links golf course opened in 2000. Rates ranges from $40 to $49 through the week and on weekends. 456-2777.
on the second shot, careful not to land in the water. From there he said, for most people it’s another 60 to 80 yards to the green.
Jeff Sundwall the superintendent of maintenance at The Links hole said the Par 5; 515yard hole has an island green and is a definite risk/reward hold. He said most people would lay up after hitting the drive, using an 8 iron
The link was built in the mid 90s as a nine-hole course designed by David Druzisky. The back nine holes were added in 2001. Along with the challenge of how to play the hole, Sundwall said the pond is stocked with rainbow trout and the green offers a nice view of the Tetons.
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“If you’re sitting 180 yards out and try for the green, most generally end up in the water,” said Sundwall. “If you’re not hitting real good that day, you’ll definitely want to lay up.” Big hitters, he said, could go for the green in two.
Brady Fray. Assistant golf pro at Headwaters Golf Club
Headwaters at teton Springs Teton Springs is a private course offering 27 holes of golf with the 18-hole Headwaters Course and 9-hole Nelson short course. The courses were designed by Byron Nelson, U.S. Open Champion Steve Jones and master architect Gary Stephenson. Nationally recognized by numerous golf and leisure magazines the resort’s courses were designed, according to their site “to complement the area’s natural terrain. Rolling fairways, well bunkered greens, and spring fed lakes teaming with native trout.” The club accommodates 4 groups per day not related to the Resort or our Membership. Please contact the Headwaters Club golf shop at 208-787-3636 for further information. Though the water isn’t hole really in play on the par 3
170-yard holes, the visual it what makes in challenging, explained assistant golf pro, Brady Fray. “It psyches people out and gets them nervous,” said Fray. With the foothills of the Palisade Mountains providing the backdrop, Fray said one of the best things about the hole is the whole view of the Targhee national Forest in the background and the ponds that occasionally draw in a few eagles, bald eagles, that is. The hole is surrounded by water and sand with wind normally blowing across the hole from west to east. “Whey you get up there, hit one extra club than you think you need to get it over the water,” said Fray of how to play from the tee. This is the ninth season for the course and it was designed by Byron Nelson. ■
A mini guide to festival survival
The Kelty Sunshade might as well be the official tent of the annual Targhee and Bluegrass festivals, because every year more of them pop up on the slopes of the ski resort. There’s good reason. At 7,500 feet in elevation, the sun can be intense. Or, the weather can change quickly in the mountains and it can be used as a quick cover from a passing storm. The tent is freestanding and floorless so it’s perfect for stretching out on a blanket and soaking up the good vibes.
What to wear
Crazy Creek Chair
When you get tired of dancing up front, or maybe you just had a little too much fun the night before, you’ll want to kick back in the shade. We recommend a crazy creek chair. Its versatile and lightweight and low to the ground design not only keeps your butt dry it won’t piss off the people seated behind.
It’s important to stay hydrated. Plastic Nalgene bottles are out. Vapur bottle hydration systems are in. Check out CamelPack for the reusable, bottles that roll up when empty.
Part of the fun of festivals is the freedom to wear pretty much whatever you want. And even if you think you’re dressed crazy, you won’t be the craziest. So go ahead and grab your best vintage find but also dress smart. It’s also the perfect excuse to wear a hat. It’s not only fashionable, but also functional. Festival fashion is fun, but summertime in the mountains can be tricky. It’s best to dress in layers. You’ll be glad you brought that fleece pullover when the sun dips behind the mountains.
Hydration vs. booze
What would a music festival be without a few cold beverages? Well, for one, there would probably be less people dancing. Most venues don’t allow you to bring in our own beers or cocktails. The one exception is the Concert on the Common series at Teton Village. Bring in a cooler and share with your new friends. Check festival rules for what you can and can’t bring and a list of frequently asked questions.
While Music on Main is free, the event still has to run smoothly. Teton Valley Foundation relies on volunteers to man the beer and token tents, set up and break down the equipment then clean up afterward to keep the Victor City Park looking spiffy. If you’re on a budget, consider volunteering in exchange for a day pass to the music festivals. In the past Grand Targhee has partnered with R.A.D Recycling. Volunteers on the “green team” were responsible for a five-hour shift to help other guests sort the recycling in the appropriate bins. They were then rewarded with a one-day pass. For volunteer opportunities visit tetonvalleyfoundation.org and grandtarghee.com
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Biking and Hiking trails
Targ Mill Mtn. Bi Grand Targhee Resort
Mill Creek to Targhee
Sheep Bridg Trail Aspen Trail and Spring Creek Overlook Trailheads
South Fork Horseshoe Creek
Horseshoe Canyon Trail
Big Hole Crest
Big Hole Mountain Bike Trails
Pole Canyon to Mikesell Canyon
Grove Creek to Drake Creek
Legend Shared Use Road Separated Pathway Proposed Pathway Gravel Bike Trail Featured Mtn. Bike Trails User-Created Trails Mtn. Bike Trail Option
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Pole Canyon West
Coal Creek Meadows/ Taylor Mountain Trailhead
Moose Creek Trailhead
Hiking trail highlights
ghee/ Creek ike Trails Rick’s Basin
Fred’s Mountain Trail and Mary’s Trailheads. Loop trails at Grand Targhee: Rick’s Basin; Quakie Ridge; Bike Loop and Valley Overlook trailheads.
Trailheads for Devil’s Stairs and Teton Canyon Shelf, Alaska Basin to Hurricane Pass and Table Mountain and Beard’s Wheatfield
Darby Canyon Wind and Ice Caves Trailhead
1. Moose Creek Trail Trailhead: One quarter mile north of the Mike Harris Campground turnoff on a Forest Service road. Season: July- September Distance (RT): Moose Lake, 16.8 miles. Elevation gain: 2,910 ft. Regulations: Wilderness trail, no motorized or mechanical transportation, including mountain bikes. Highlights: Lakes and a double waterfall 2. Coal Creek Meadows/Taylor Mountain Trailhead: Signed Coal Creek turnout south of Victor Season: May-October for Coal Creek Meadows; July-September for Taylor Mt. extension. Distance (RT): 7.2 miles Elevation gain: 2,788 ft. Regulations: Wilderness trail, no motorized or mechanical transportation, including mountain bikes. Highlights: Summit leads to great views of southern Tetons 3. Darby Canyon Wind and Ice Caves Trailhead: Three miles south of Driggs, follow 3000 South toward Darby Girls Camp, right at T intersection, follow signs to trailhead. Season: Late June through September Distance (one way): Wind Cave, 2.7 miles; Ice Cave, 3.4 miles Elevation gain: Wind Cave, 1,870 ft.; Ice Cave, 2,410 Regulations: Wilderness trail, no motorized or mechanical transportation, including mountain bikes. Highlights: Ice formations and waterfall in the Ice Cave. Climbing equipment, headlamps and experience in spelunking recommended. 4. Aspen Trail and Spring Creek Overlook Trailhead: From Ski Hill Road, take Cemetery Road 2.4 miles; turn right at the T, then left at sign for Rapid Creek. Keep right and watch for sign to trail. Season: Mid-late June through midSeptember Distance (one way): Aspen Trail, 3.6 miles; Spring Creek, 4.4 miles Elevation gain: Aspen Trail, 700 ft. up and down. Spring Creek, 3,000 feet Regulations: None Highlights: Wildflowers (clematis), mature aspen forest, small creeks; lodgepole forest, limestone formations and views of Spring Creek Canyon.
South Teton Canyon Trails Trailhead for the next three trail descriptions: Ski Hill Road to the turn for Teton Canyon, drive to end about 4.5 miles. 5. Devil’s Stairs and Teton Canyon Shelf Season: Devil’s Stair, mid-June through mid-October; Teton Canyon Shelf, JulySeptember. Distance (one way): Top of Devil’s Stairs, 3.9 miles. End of Teton Canyon Shelf, 6.6 miles Elevation gain: Devil’s Stairs, 1,565 ft.; Teton Shelf, 2,745 ft. Regulations: Wilderness trails, no motorized or mechanical transportation, including mountain bikes. Highlights: Very steep climbs, streams, views of Alaska Basin and Battleship Mountain. 6. Alaska Basin to Hurricane Pass Season: July through mid-September. Distance (one way): Basin Lakes, 7.7 miles; Hurricane Pass, 10.3 miles. Buck Mountain Pass, 1.9 miles; Mount Meek Pass, 2.4 miles Elevation gain: Basin Lakes, 2,600 ft.; Hurricane Pass, 3,412 ft., Buck Mountain Pass, 3,520 ft.; Mount Meek Pass: 2,766 ft. Regulations: Wilderness trails, no motorized or mechanical transportation, including mountain bikes. Highlights: Scenic limestone benches, crossings of North and South forks of Teton Creek; possible bighorn sheep sightings. 7. Table Mountain and Beard’s Wheatfield Season: Mid-July through September. Distance (RT): Table Mountain, 12.4 miles; Beard’s Wheatfield, 5.4 miles one way. Elevation gain: Table Mountain, 4,151 ft; Beard’s Wheatfield, 2,420 ft. and 2,180 ft. elevation loss. Regulations: Wilderness trails, no motorized or mechanical transportation, including mountain bikes. Highlights: Views of the Grand and upper reaches of Cascade Canyon; views of Fred’s Mountain at Grand Targhee; wild carrots; multiple crossings of the North Fork of Teton Creek.
Grand Targhee 8. Fred’s Mountain Trail and Mary’s Trailhead: Take the Dreamcatcher chairlift or the cat-track that serves the lift from the ski resort base. Season: July through September. Lift service generally closes by Labor Day. Distance (one way): Fred’s Mountain Trail, 2.9 miles; Mary’s 2.3 miles. Elevation gain: Fred’s Mountain Trail, 1,720 ft.; Mary’s, 1,960 ft. Regulations: Mountain bikes prohibited beyond the ski area boundary. Highlights: Great views of the Tetons, Teton Valley and Teton Canyon; wildflowers 9. Loop trails at Grand Targhee: Rick’s Basin; Quakie Ridge; Bike Loop and Valley Overlook. South Leigh to Granite Basin Lakes and Andy Stone Trail Season: July through mid-September. Trailhead: Stay straight off Highway 33 about five miles north of Driggs. Turn right at stop sign, left at Stateline Road to the trailhead. Distance (one way): 7.9 miles to intersection with Teton Crest Trail; 6.7 miles to first lake. Andy Stone Trail: 1.3 miles to start from trailhead; 2.7 miles overall Elevation gain: 2,850 ft.; 2,570 to first lake. Andy Stone: 2,150 ft. with 425 ft. elevation loss. Regulations: Wilderness trails, no motorized or mechanical transportation, including mountain bikes. Highlights: Three deep lakes, access to Teton Crest Trail and Green Lakes for extended trips. The Andy Stone Trail can be used to cut a mile from the return trip.
Map courtesy Teton Valley Trails and Pathways. TVTAP’s mission is to promote a trails and pathways connected community. This 501(c)3 non profit organization is supported by volunteers and donations.
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All-Terrain Vehicle Trails
Trails in the Big Holes All-terrain vehicle trails:
Piney Pass Trail Distance: 17.1 miles each way. Season: July-October Trailhead: Access from just over the top of Pine Creek Pass. Turn right after the fourth guardrail on the right side coming from Victor, past the big parking lot. Regulations: Open to ATV use and UTV (utility terrain vehicle) under 50 inches wide. Highlights: Beautiful scenery; Piney Pass is one of the highest points on the trail system around the Big Holes. Nickerson Grove Distance: 3.78 miles one way. Season: July-October. Trailhead: Horseshoe Canyon midway between the forest boundary and end of pavement parking Highlights: Nice ride closer to the valley floor Packsaddle Lake Trail Distance: 1.18 miles one way Trailhead: Packsaddle Road to Forest Road 381 to trailhead. Highlights: Nice lake route
Motorcycle trails (also advanced mountain bike trails):
South Fork Horseshoe Trail Trailhead: Horseshoe Canyon Road to end of road at parking area Season: July-October. Distance: 5.37 miles Highlights: Can be combined with the Twin Creek Trail and a portion of the Nickerson Grove Trail to provide a loop for single-track motorized and bicycles North Fork of Mahogany Trail Distance: 4.41 miles one way. Trailhead: Bates Road to 3000; turn west. Season: July-October Highlights: The top of this trail intersects with the top of Horseshoe to create a longer one way ride or some variation. Recommended for mountain bikers interested in going from intermediate to advanced riding Allen Canyon/Pole Canyon Trailhead: Pole Canyon Road west of Victor on Highway 31 to end. Distance: 6.85 miles
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Season: July-September or October Highlights: Fantastic views from the ridge. Create a loop by combining with the Power Line Road Trail. Use motor vehicle use map to ensure you stay on the trails that are open to motorized use.
Big Hole Crest Trail Distance: 8.9 miles, but can be combined with three other trails to add mileage. You can loop around to Elk Flat or to exit a different way. Season: July-September Trailhead: Access from Grove Creek Trail; Cedron Road, follow south where it turns to the north; first right. The following trails are open to non-motorized mechanized, or bicycle usage: Dude Creek/Idaho Creek/Grand View Loop trails: Traihead: The major trailhead for this loop is at the base of Dude Creek Loop, about halfway up Horseshoe Canyon Road, turn right on Forest Road 140 to grassy parking lot. The trail starts in a small cluster of aspens.
Distance: Dude Creek Loop, 6.67 miles; Idaho Loop, 1.31 miles; Grand View Loop, 3.27 miles. All three intersect to create the ability to stack loops and ride trails in different directions. Season: July-September Little Pine/Red Creek/Corral Creek Loop A single loop comprised of different sections of four trails: Distance: Little Pine Trail, 1.22 miles. Combined with a section of the Corral Creek Trail and the Red Creek Trail at 2.37 miles, for a total of 9.6 miles. Season: July-September Trailhead: For Little Pine Creek Trail, turn right just after the second guardrail past the top of Pine Creek Pass.
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From last year there is some great projects that concluded towards the end of the summer that will make mountain biking great this summer.
e v o lv i n g end of the summer that will make mountain biking great this summer,” Tim Adams, executive director of Teton Valley Trails and Pathways said.
Last year trail crews finished a reroute of the popular Mill Creek Trail, accessible from both Teton Canyon and Grand There are the go tos—the As______________________ Targhee, so this summer “the pen trail for mountain bikers Tim Adams uphill portion is much more and the Victor-Driggs trail for accessible to all skill levels and roadsters. This summer cyclists the downhill more enjoyable.” The of all kinds can reap the benefits top of the trail isn’t the only reward, eiof last year’s trail improvements. ther. The trail’s new direction gives glimpses “From last year there is some great of vistas along the way that will keep riders projects that concluded towards the going. Trails continued on next page
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“You are now granted spectacular views of the Grand Teton Range and Teton Canyon,” Adams wrote. Trails on the opposite side of the valley, in the Big Holes, also received a touch up last season.
The Rail to Trail north of Tetonia continues to be the under visited gem of the valley. You do not need a special bike and the grade allow for anyone to ride, walk, run, with some of most expansive views from the valley floor.
“The county continues to make improvements on some of the valley paved roads which will improve the road bike paths in the valley,” Adams said.
Down south on the valley floor, the Victor“A lot of work on a reroute Driggs Trail, Cedron of the Channel Lock trail Road from Victor and located in Horseshoe CanBates Road coming into ______________________ yon means a smoother ride Driggs make for an easywith a great descent,” AdTim Adams to-access road route that ams has become smoother evwrote. ery year. Vo l u n t e e r But roads and mountains aren’t Bike the trail crews with the only connections cyclists can make. “Ice cream TVTAP also made the Make an ice cream connection on the Vicconnection” valley’s rush hour a tor-Driggs Trail (or Driggs-Victor depending little easier. on where you start). Have a huckleberry “Rush Hour Trail milkshake at the Emporium in Victor and received a lot of at- finish the flat, paved, 8-mile ride with a tention last summer lime freeze at Corner Drug in Driggs. For Have a and will undoubted- dessert, the Teton Valley Creamery in Driggs huckleberry shake at ly continue to be a offers locally made, organic gelato and ice the Victor south valley favorite cream (cheese, too). Emporium for after work ride or Fitzgerald’s Bicycles in Victor is a hub of fun with the family,” cycling of all kinds in Teton Valley. Adams said. They organize free group rides twice a The mountains may Bike week as well as specialty rides and tours. define Teton Valley, 8 Miles The Wednesday Women’s Ride start at 6 but cyclists can also p.m, and Saturday rides at 10 a.m. On to Driggs enjoy the peaks from Saturdays groups split into mountain and a different perspecroad routes. tive while cycling on the valley floor. From The Bike Tender, a new business operatTetonia, cyclists can ing out of the bike shop with the tag line Have hit the open trail “riders serving riders” offers specialty tours a lime freeze at for a relaxing ride in throughout the area. In conjunction with the corner the shadows of the Music on Main there is a weekly tour called drug in Bikes and Bands. Tetons. Driggs “The Rail to Trail “Come and enjoy a bike ride before you north of Tetonia go to Music on Main on Thursday nights,” continues to be the Jay Petervary said. undervisited gem of the valley. You do not Shuttle service from and back to Jackson need a special bike and the grade allow is also available. On Tuesdays a van will for anyone to ride, walk, run, with some bring riders over to Teton Valley for a Taste of most expansive views from the valley of Teton Valley. floor,” Adams wrote. “Come over for a day ride and we’ll visit But almost any road in Teton Valley leads to some picturesque scene.
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“Come for a ride and also see what’s really going on in this valley.” The day may end with a beer at Snake River Brewing. In the fall, The Bike Tender is partnering with Teton Springs Resort for a Harvest and Handlebars ride. Fitzgerald’s Bicycles also rents and sells bikes specially equipped for gravel roads. For information on group rides and tours see fitzgeraldsbicycles.com.
Grand Targhee has predicted they’ll add about 10 miles of new trails this summer. The resort already offers nearly 3,000 feet of lift-serviced downhill and over 19 miles of crosscountry trails as well as a Bike Park and more.
“Come over and taste our local flair here,” Petervary said.
Keeping Bodies In Motion
Grand Targhee is also working on expanding their trails. They’ve predicted they’ll add about 10 miles of new trails this summer. The resort already offers nearly 3,000 feet of liftserviced downhill and over 19 miles of cross-country trails. The Targhee Bike Park offers every style of riding for every level of mountain bike rider. Gentle, banked cruises, tight and twisty single track cross country, gnarly, rock strewn downhill, drop offs and much more.
Wydaho Rendezvous This year, partnered with TVTAP, Grand Targhee will host the 4th Annual Wydaho Rendezvous over Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 through Sept. 1. This year’s rendezvous will again include skills clinics, group rides, nightly parties, demos, the second annual Super-D race and general “bike shenanigans,” like the keg pull drag races, and huffy toss.
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According to Andy Williams, special events and trails manager for Grand Targhee and Tim Adams, TVTAP’s executive director, the 2013 Rendezvous will be offered as an “all-inclusive” weekend, where registrants pay one fee and are provided access to all Festival programs, including meals. Grand Targhee will also offer camping (with showers) and lodging options as part of the Festival, as well as scheduled shuttles for riders and bikes to and from the resort. A tentative schedule of events is listed at tetonmountainbikefest.org.
Be part of the solution Trails don’t build themselves, but to get the work done Teton Valley Trails and Pathways organizes volunteer trail building days. If you enjoyed the better biking trails this summer help make next season even better. TVTAP is hosting two more trail building days this summer. Trails continued on next page
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Grand Targhee has predicted they’ll add about 10 miles of new trails this summer. The resort already offers nearly 3,000 feet of lift-serviced downhill and over 19 miles of crosscountry trails as well as a Bike Park and more.
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“As the federal government continues to shrink the budget for our Forest Service lands our volunteer days become even more vital to preserving our great trail systems. Please consider coming to one or all three of our volunteer days,” the TVTAP website said.
mountain bike club gets international support Formed this spring, a new association will bring international backing to the efforts
of local mountain bikers to harness the economic potential of the sport in Teton Valley. Mountain Bike Teton Valley links Teton Valley’s mountain biking scene to the international mountain biking community as a chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association.
“I think what is really important about this chapter is that it’s really being driven by the economic opportunities that mountain biking can provide for the valley,” said Tim Adams, executive director of Teton Valley Trails and Pathways and a founding board member of the local IMBA chapter. David Treinis, president of the group’s board, said their working mission statement includes both recreation and economic development. Treinis pointed out that certain locations are synonymous with mountain biking to the economic benefit of those communities. ■
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ners getting out to enjoy a day in the outdoors to the more daring riders racing down windy, long roads or exploring dirt trails, the possibilities are endless. Road or mountain biking? Or maybe both. Either way, once you have found the answer to that first question, it’s time to get hooked-up with the gear and find the route that suits you best. Teton Val-
ley is home to some of the best athletes and experts in most any outdoor activity you can imagine. Thanks to the highest caliber of local shops, gear-junkies and beginners both can be satisfied with anything they need to get out and get riding. In inner-city Driggs, full-service outdoor store Habitat unlocks mountain living
Mountain Bike Mitch Prissel of Habitat recommends the Santa Cruz Bronson with a 27.5-inch wheel for Teton Valley mountain bike adventures.
with the must-have gear ranging from lifestyle, biking, fishing, boarding and “powder tools.” And summertime brings in the riders. Manager and founder of the shop, which originally opened its doors in Victor, Mitch Prissel, shares his passion for the Tetons and his love of good gear with all patrons. With bike techs in the shop daily, bring in your bike for a Biking continued on next page
Road Bike Billy Nixon of Fitzgerald’s likes the Orbea Orca BRV for any style of road ride.
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tune-up or grab one of the demos for a day on the trails. Prissel, a jack-of-all-outdoor-trades, can be found exploring the trails on any given day. But when asked what path he recommends for fellow mountain biking enthusiasts, he didn’t hesitate with naming Grand Targhee’s 38 Special X/C Trail. A brand new trail that was completed in late-summer 2012, the path gives riders unprecedented views of Teton Canyon atop Peaked Mountain, with 38 bermed turns throughout the ride deeming its name. Calling the trail challenging but not advanced, the views make the work worth it. Visit Grand Targhee’s website or check out Teton Valley Trails and Pathways map guide for details. Prissel recommends taking out the Santa Cruz Bronson, the latest and highly anticipated 27.5-inch wheel mountain bike with a 6-inch travel. But inside the shop, the latest from Santa Cruz, Kona and Rocky Mountain bicycles will provide the best mountain biking experience for all skill sets. Biking continued on next page
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cess everything biking. Billy Nixon, a seasoned valley resident and new member of the Fitzgerald’s crew, recommend visitors and locals utilize the Victor/Driggs pathway that conveniently starts right next to the shop, and try the Cedron Road Loop.
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For a roadie haven, and some mountain biking, too, head nine miles into Victor (maybe even ride your bike on the Victor/Driggs pathway) and check out Fitzgerald’s Bicycles, the one-stop-shop for all road biking needs in the
Tetons. Celebrating just over 10 years of business, owner Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Jannine moved the shop from Jackson Hole to Victor in January 2012 to work where they live and provide Eastern Idaho residents a place to ac-
“The ride can be done in various direction starting with almost nine miles to Driggs, then take a left on Cedron that loops in to the west side of the valley and comes right into downtown Victor,” Nixon said. “You can pretty much start right here and go.” But for roadies who want a little more of a climb, wwride the classic Ski Hill Road ride that can either start right on Ski Hill Road or, to add some miles, from the start of the Victor/Driggs pathway. Gain-
ing 2000 vertical feet over the course of the 12-mile climb, the ride gives incredible views up toward Grand Targhee Resort and can lead you to access to even more trails from the top. Nixon recommends grabbing the Orbea Orca BRV because of its great reviews and efficiency for any style of road ride. Inside Fitzgerald’s, however, Nixon and his crew will help each customer find the bike that’s right for them. Teton Valley is home to riders and athletes of all calibers, and local shops spanning from Victor to Driggs offer advice, guides and gear for all occasions. Peaked Sports in Driggs also offers a variety of road, and mountain and cruiser bikes for riders of all abilities. ■
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the Cowboy Tough Adventure Race running from Cheyenne to Casper, Wyo. July 18-21. Total distance runs 320-485 miles, depending on how many additional, off-track checkpoints competitors seek, challenges met and routes taken. The stage race runs 3.5 days, said Popilsky, where competitors make it to transition areas at the end of every day whether it’s for 30 minutes or six hours. “Or no time,” said Broughton. They must arrive no later than 6 a.m. every day, and cannot leave those checkpoints before 6 a.m. “A big part of this race is how we manage sleep,” she said, “how much, how little, where and when.” Few details in advance Each day starts out a new
section. In adventure racing, competitors must sign in at mandatory checkpoints along the way. Many checkpoints can’t be reached by trail, so competitors must bushwhack, trying to find the best route to the checkpoints — once they learn where they are. “There’s always a lot of mountain biking, and it’s either going to be on single-track or dirt roads and some pavement,” Broughton said, especially the Cowboy Tough event, since there are long distances to cover. Competitors are given a series of maps, listing the checkpoints, at the beginning of the race. “They outline it, roughly, distance-wise,” said Popilsky. “It’s an outline of what it might look like every day, Adventure racing continued on page 58
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Friday, June 21 Valley Advocates for Responsible Development Summer Party at the Knotty Pine. Celebrate the summer solstice with VARD. Join us for great BBQ food, music, and fun, as we gather to celebrate the land, water, and wildlife of Teton Valley. Doors open and dinner begins at 5 p.m. Kids entertainment will include hula hoops and face painting.
Saturday, June 22 Golf ‘till you Drop. Not for the faint of heart—this golf tournament is for the dedicated golfers to benefit the Teton Valley Hospital Foundation. Join Dr. Brown and golf Every hole in Teton Valley. For team or sponsorship information, call the Foundation office at (208) 354-6317 ext. 181.
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Glow in the Dark Fun Run. It will start on the bike trail across from Spud Drivein and will end there as well. After party at The Spud Drive-in with a DJ, Lasers and vendors. Fun for all ages. A portion of the proceeds go toward cancer research. Teton Valley Rodeo at the Teton County Fairgrounds in Driggs. Cost is $8 adults, kids 6-12 $4 and 5 and under free. Slack 6 p.m. Rodeo 8 p.m.
The 2012 Targhee Hill Climb—Wrun for Wray, is part of the first annual Run to the Summit Series, which includes the Snow King Hill Climb and the Rendezvous Mountain Hill Climb at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. 25th anniversary of Grand Teton Brewing in Victor. Unique beers, food, music, everyone is welcome. grandtetonbrewing.com Teton Community Healing Arts Festival The Festival opens to the public at 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Festival Hall features booths with a variety of skilled holistic health practitioners, products, jewelry, art and children’s activities. Free health & wellness related lectures will be on the hour. Festival lunch menu (senior center room) 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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Celebrate America at Huntsman Springs The Huntsman family opens this beautiful Resort to everyone in the Teton Valley for a day filled with old fashioned street fairs, regional food vendors, acts for all ages, and an evening show featuring live music by Surf City All Stars, special guest appearance by Lee Greenwood and the largest fireworks and video display ever launched in the valley. 4 p.m.
Widespread Panic Fourth of July Festival Kick off the Widespread Panic Weekend of shows at Grand Targhee Resort. Motion Potion and Sons of Fathers. 7 p.m. For more info, including tickets visit grandtarghee.com Dash 2 Tetons barrel races at Teton Saddleback Vistas. tripodproductions3. com for more information. Contact Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org or (208) 354-2276
Widespread Panic Festival at Grand Targhee with special guests Slightly Stoopid. Full line up, tickets and more at grandtarghee.com Victor Idaho Fourth of July Arts and Crafts Fair, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the City Park Teton Valley Balloon Rally. Rides available to invited media personnel 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast available from Seniors West of the Tetons (Community
Music on Main in Victor City Park. The Fox Street All Stars kick off the concert series with their unique version of high-energy funky rock and roll. 6 p.m. To 9 p.m.
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Center in Driggs) See full schedule at tetonvalleyballoonrally.com Driggs Glow! Part of the Teton Valley Balloon Rally. Come enjoy the evening as pilots light up their balloons for all to enjoy. A very beautiful part of the yearly event you won’t want to miss. 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Live Music, kids activities, art walk and more. Visit tetonvalleyballoonrally. com for more info, schedule subject to
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Friday, July 5 Widespread Panic Festival at Grand Targhee. Full line up, tickets and more at grandtarghee.com. Teton Valley Balloon Rally Rides available to invited media personnel 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast available from Seniors West of the Tetons (Community Center in Driggs) Victor Candlestick Glow as part of the Balloon Rally. Live music and downtown festivities. please visit tetonvalleyballoonrally.com for details and schedules.
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Widespread Panic Festival at Grand Targhee. Full line up, tickets and more at grandtarghee.com. Teton Valley Balloon Rally. Rides available to invited media personnel 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast available from Seniors West of the Tetons (Community Center in Driggs) Balloon Rally Pilot’s Dinner at Ruby Carson Park in Tetonia. Live music Raffle and BBQ. Visit tetonvalleyballoonrally. com for details. 6:30 p.m. Badwater 4 Good Water 5K Fun Run as part of the fundraising efforts of Lisa Smith-Batchen in the Badwater Ultra race. The event will include a Longest Drive for Water Competition at the Teton Reserve Golf Course and more. Save the date and watch for upcoming details. If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Julie at email@example.com. 10 a.m.
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Sunday, July 7 Teton Valley Balloon Rally. Rides available to invited media personnel 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast available from Seniors West of the Tetons (Community Center in Driggs)
Thursday, July 11 Chance Meetings Teton Valley, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Come join the monthly gathering of the region’s entrepreneurs, sharing thoughts about their opportunities and challenges. Also enjoy the “2 Minute Drills,” a series of two minute talks about local entrepreneurial efforts. Music on Main. Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers bring the smoky sweet vocals of Bluhm backed by a big, rocking jam band, continuing the dance party and good times. 6 p.m.. at Victor City Park. Free.
Friday, July 12 Teton Valley Rodeo at the Teton County Fairgrounds in Driggs. Cost is $8 adults, kids 6-12 $4 and 5 and under free. Slack 6 p.m. Rodeo 8 p.m. Saturday, July 13 Teton Valley Trails and Pathways volunteer trail day II. Visit tvtap.org for more information.
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Laid Back Rides and Ribs—One Smoking Car Show and BBQ contest. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hosted at the Knotty Pine Restaurant and sponsored by High Range Designs/LaidBackUSA, Isabel Waddell Allstate Agency, and the local Teton Valley Rods & Rides Club. Car show and shine starts at 10 a.m. with Awards at 2 p.m.. BBQ Contest judging from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.. For more information go to laidbackevents.com Targhee Grand Fondo Mountain Bike—Race #1, a 1 lap 22 mile course or a 2 lap 44 mile course
Thursday July 18 Music on Main with White Water Ramble high octane Rocky Mountain dancegrass. 6 p.m. at Victor City Park. Free.
Friday, July 19
Wednesday July 17-21 2013 Targhee Mountain Goat Hill Climb—Race #2; Strava Format.
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532-4553 9th Annual Targhee Music Festival— Started in the summer of 2004 to draw on the musical spirit that exists under the shadows of the majestic Teton Mountains, Targhee Fest is the ultimate allaround mountain lifestyle and music festival in the Rockies.
Pavilion at Teton Mountain View Lodge in Tetonia. Cowboy Mounted Shooting at Teton Saddleback Vistas. 9th Annual Targhee Music Festival
Saturday, July 20
Cowboy Mounted Shooting at Teton Saddleback Vistas. 9th Annual Targhee Music Festival
6th Annual Tin Cup Challenge Race. Driggs City Park 5K 10K and fun run/walk. The Tin Cup Challenge is a nine-week Teton Valley philanthropic campaign that encourages the entire community to give. Gifts are matched by a generous group of Community Challengers to make each gift go further. Show your support for Teton Valley non-profits by providing a contribution, running or walking in the Tin Cup Challenge race events, or join in on the fun at Driggs City Park. cftetonvalley.org for more from the Community Foundation of Teton Valley. Teton High School Class of 1983 30year high school reunion. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 6 p.m. at the
Sunday, July 21
Tuesday, July 23 Tee it up for the Tetons at the Headwaters Club at Teton Springs. Experience a great day of golf and help a great cause. Participation is open to individuals and teams (foursomes). You’ll enjoy great food and refreshments—-before, during and after your round, as well as prizes for our winners and the chance to win a fabulous “hole-in-one” prize. Net proceeds will provide funding for local breast cancer screening for those in
financial need. Event information is available by calling (208) 354-6317 ext. 181.
kids 6-12 $4 and 5 and under free. Slack 6 p.m. Rodeo 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 25
Saturday, July 27
Music on Main with March 4th Marching Band after an extremely popular show last summer, decked in whimsical costumes and combining a big ring circus with modern performances. 6 p.m. Victor City Park. Free.
Friday, July 26
Targhee Hill Climb Time Trials is put on by Peaked Sports of Driggs. A portion of the proceeds go to TVTAP. This is a staple race in the valley and always brings out the best in Teton Valley. Come and enjoy a great morning workout followed by a fun party afterwards at Peaked Sports in Driggs. Call Peaked (208) 354-2354. 9 a.m.
Teton Valley Rodeo at the Teton County Fairgrounds in Driggs. Cost is $8 adults,
Thursday, August 1
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Music on Main at Victor City Park. Monophonics, San Francisco’s premier psychedelic soul and heavy funk band, will cook up a hearty stew of funky rhythms. Free. 6 p.m.
Friday, August 2 Teton Valley Rodeo at the Teton County Fairgrounds in Driggs. Cost is $8 adults, kids 6-12 $4 and 5 and under free. Slack 6 p.m. Rodeo 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 3 4th Annual Pierre’s Hole 50/100 Mile Mountain Bike Race—This race is situated under the Le Tres Tetons, or the three Tetons (Grand, Middle, and South Teton); with single track loops at Grand Targhee Resort (GTR), the descending (Mill Creek) and the ascending of Teton Canyon via drainages wrapped with single track. John Colter Run half marathon. This year’s event also includes a Marathon, 10k and 5k option. Half Marathon Reg-
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Sunday August 4-11 Targhee Rock-in Rolling in Rick’s Mountain Bike Race—Race #3; Strava Format
Sprint and Kids Distance triathlons; pool swim with a road ride and run through Teton Springs Resort. Organized with Peaked Sports
Thursday, August 15 Monday, August 5-8 8th Annual Bluegrass Music Camp at Grand Targhee
August 5-10 Teton County Fair Week Teton Valley Fairgrounds (behind Museum 1413 N. Hwy 33 Driggs, ID
Thursday, August 8 Music on Main with Ray Wylie Hubbard is an alternative and outlaw country icon from Austin, with a live show that has been described as a church service held at the funkiest roadhouse bar this side of the Mississippi. Victor City Park. 6 p.m. Free. Veteran Motor Car Club of America Car Show at the Spud Drive-in. About 100-150 Classic Car’s will be in the Valley this day. Nationally they are celebrating 75 Years, but the local chapter from Idaho is celebrating its 50th year. The purpose of the Veteran Motor Car Club of America is to encourage preservation, restoration, and use of antique and historically significant automobiles.
Music on Main. Vagabond Opera is as fun and entertaining as they are musically gifted, combining vaudeville with incredible talent for a show like no other. Victor City Park. 6 p.m. Free.
Friday August 16 Teton Valley Rodeo at the Teton County Fairgrounds in Driggs. Cost is $8 adults, kids 6-12 $4 and 5 and under free. Slack 6 p.m. Rodeo 8 p.m.
istration on day of race from 6:45-7:45 a.m. at Driggs City Park. The John Colter Half Marathon is a Teton Valley community running event that started in 1976. Always scheduled for the first Saturday in August, the courses start and finish in Driggs City Park in the city of Driggs, Idaho. dreamchaserevents.com/Races/ Colter-Half-Marathon Friends of the Teton River 13th Annual River Party at a new location at Moose Creek Ranch. BBQ, barn dancing to live music, and auction to help support FTR’s work on the Teton Watershed. For more info please visit: http://
Thursday August 29-Sept 1
Friday, August 30 Wydaho Rendezvous Mountain Bike Festival—Chainless DH race at Grand Targhee
Saturday August 31
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August 16-17 Grand Teton Relay. The running tour goes through Teton Valley stopping in Tetonia as well as to Grand Targhee Resort. Full course is from Ashton to Jackson Hole Resort for total of 180 miles with 12 friends running relay style. Profits benefit the Idaho Food Bank. Please visit grandtetonrelay.com for course, team and much more info.
August 9-11 26th Annual Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival—Started in 1987 Targhee Bluegrass is the Grand Daddy of Bluegrass Festivals in the Northern Rockies, combing great Bluegrass with the ultimate mountain lifestyle.
Sunday, August 11 Teton Springs Triathlon. Olympic,
Targhee Triple D at the ‘Ghee—Race #4; 3 runs on the Targhee Bike Park DH and flow trails
Wydaho Rendezvous Mountain Bike Festival
Friday, August 9 Fitz/Barn ride A 400 mile+ self supported ride beginning at Red Barn Bicycles on August 9th and finishing at Fitzgerald’s whenever you make it. Iron Horse Classic Open Barrel Race at Teton Saddle Back Vistas. Contact Julie at email@example.com or (208) 354-2276. Visit tripodproductions3.com for more information.
Saturday August 24
August 16-18 Teton Valley Idaho’s First Annual Great Mountain Rendezvous in Victor.
Saturday, August 17 Teton Valley Trails and Pathways Volunteer Trail Work Day III. More information at tvtap.org.
Wydaho Rendezvous Mountain Bike festival—Super D race at Grand Targhee Resort
Saturday September 7-8 Wild Rockies Mountain Bike Finals— DH and enduro
Saturday, September 14 Tetonia Community Picnic at Ruby Carson Park
Monday, September 16 VARD’s 4th Annual Golf Tournament and evening social at Huntsman Spring’s world-class golf resort in Driggs, followed by a public post-tournament reception with drinks and delicious appetizers. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams. Individuals are encouraged to play and will be paired with other
players based on ability. Stay tuned for registration and additional information.
Saturday, September 21 TVTAP Horseshoe Challenge
Sunday, September 22 Lift operation closes for summer at Grand Targhee
your favorite pin-up sketch or art bra produced by the Teton Arts Council and community. Net proceeds will provide free or discounted mammograms for women in need and also support local art programmatic needs. The event is made possible by Teton Arts Council and Teton Valley Hospital Foundation. Event information is available by calling (208) 3546317 ext. 181.
Saturday, October 5 September 29-October 3 Fall Running Camp with DreamChasers at Teton Springs. Enjoy a special training camp in the Tetons with Lisa SmithBatchen, Marshall Ulrich, Ray Zahab and Julie Brown.
Friday, October 4 Pin-Ups is the valley’s signature edgy and artsy event and is like no other event offered in Teton Valley. Come and bid on
Yellowstone-Teton Endurance Runs— This is the 2nd year for this incredible race. 100-mile, 100-mile relay and 50mile road races. The 100-mile course will start just outside West Yellowstone, with the 50-mile course starting along that route. Both courses will follow the stunning Yellowstone-Teton Scenic Loop and end in Driggs. More information at DreamChasers events.
Group mountain bike rides every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday on various Valley trails after work and Sunday mornings. Tuesday rides are on the west side, Thursday are east side, Sunday can vary. Visit mountainbiketetonvalley.org for more information.
Friday Farmer’s Markets. Teton Valley Market in Driggs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the Driggs City Center. June through September. Outdoor market selling fresh local produce, baked goods, other food items and crafts. Check them out on Facebook or call (208) 354-2816 or tetonvalleyfarmers-
firstname.lastname@example.org. Victor 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Victor City Park. Offering all local farm produce and goods, local made food and beverages, local artisans and live local music weekly. Every Friday, The Center For Energy Healing hosts a weekly open meditation hour starting at noon. Owner So la mee’, will give instructions on meditation/sits if requested. All levels are welcome. Some cushions available. Donation basket is passed around. 60 Ashley St. Suite A in Driggs. ■
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You got up early and took a hot air balloon ride. Move ahead one.
High alpine lake
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Your pie won a blue ribbon at the county fair. Move ahead four.
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You got bucked off your horse when it got spooked on the trail. Move back three spaces.
You thought you’d test out your bear spray. Obviously you got some in your eye. Divide your rolls in half the rest of the game.
Game play: The first player rolls the die and moves their token ahead as many spaces as are showing on the die. If anything is written on the player’s final resting space, it must be read aloud and the instructions followed. If another player’s turn causes your piece to move, you must follow the instructions of the final resting space. The first player to reach the Grand finish line is the winner.
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and it’s pretty heavy on mountain biking, maybe 100 miles or more.” The teammates said they’ll average 10-20 miles trekking a day. Then there’s a couple of days of paddling sections.
up at all, it’s easy to get frustrated, and [the third team member] had to drop out in the middle of the race because his body was hurting him.”
Training can be an epic thing means pushing the body With some adventure rac- Training to its endurable limits, and bees, organizers will throw yond. in some “funny little Before adventure racing, Popiltasks,” said Broughton. sky said he was doing a lot of In one race, teams had to running, training for endurance Both went to classes ofclimb behind a waterfall running. fered by Dreamchasers in Driggs. and find coins. “A lot of it is putting ourselves The pair got into it about three in situations where you just have years ago, increasing their num- to keep going,” said Broughton. ber of races. They started with Her rowing training carried over, a 12-hour race in the Missoula and the couple works out 1-2 area, and won it. hours a day and does “some long, Broughton trained as a rower epic thing on the weekends, over for many years, and wanted to four hours.” try something new. From there Popilsky said the pair did the they sought more races to push White Rim trail, 100 miles of themselves to the limit. mountain biking in the Canyonlands in Utah. The “It seems like every longest race year we do it we add “Things like that, they’ve done is another challenge for where you’re goourselves,” said Poping to do the same ilsky. Last year they thing over a long qualified for nationals time, no matter how hours after winning Missoula. much you hurt, just keep going and do long They consider expedition lengths, some running as long distances,” he said. as 4-10 days. The Cowboy Tough With such long biking lengths is giving them a chance to try a in the Wyoming race, “we’re just longer competition. trying to be on the bike more.” The U.S. Adventure Racing Asso- The longest race they’ve done ciation establishes events, which is 36 hours. qualify winners for the next level of challenges. Those winners get Mental challenges tougher their entry fees covered. Second- than physical and third-place winners get to “You run into sleep deprivation,” go to nationals at their own ex- Broughton said. “It affects you pense, “to beat themselves up,” mentally as well as physically, and that’s the hardest part for Popilsky said. me.” They qualified for nationals again, and raced last October You also need to pace yourself so that event in New York with an- you don’t end up hurting in five other team member who didn’t or 10 hours, she said. But you’re finish and thus disqualified them not pushing yourself through as a team. Broughton and Popil- a lot of pain. You’re pushing yourself through really intense sky finished the race. fatigue, and because you’re try“It shows how important team ing to navigate you’re trying to dynamics are in this sport,” keep your brain working when Broughton said. “You can’t split all you want to do is lay down
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Cowboy Tough race at a glance The REV3 Cowboy Tough Wyoming Expedition Race features 3.5 days of grueling backcountry sports running July 18-21 from Cheyenne to Casper, Wy., about 320-485 miles, depending on how many additional, off-track checkpoints competitors seek, challenges met and routes taken. Besides the challenge of completing the race, competitors will vie for a chunk of the $10,000 in cash and prizes. Teams are comprised of either two or four members. Here’s what the competition looks like:
Day 1 • 10-15 miles trekking • 0-30 miles single-track biking • 40-50 miles road biking • 60-100 miles fire road biking • Ropes section Total distance: 130-185 mile
Day 2 • 20-30 miles fire road biking • Cowboy Challenge • 30-40 miles trekking and orienteering • 20-30 miles flat-water paddle
Day 3 • 60-80 miles fire road biking • 20-30 miles road biking • 20-30 miles trekking Total distance: 100-140 miles
Day 4 • 20-30 miles road biking • 10-20 miles trekking • 15-20 miles paddling • 3 miles of whitewater kickboarding
Rafting fun for the whole family!
Total distance: 45-70 miles
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Total distance: 70-90 miles
and take a nap. The physical aspect isn’t as challenging as the mental, said Popilsky, because the body is working on a high, ready to go and it knows what it has to do. But your mind wants to sleep, eat, be comfortable and relax. “There’s a lot of mental frustration,” he said, such as having to take bearings in the dark in a flat area. Mentally trying to stay with it and positive is so difficult, he said, especially at 3 a.m. and you’re lost. But race organizers add challenges beyond the race itself, because “they don’t want you to fall asleep in your mind,” Popilsky said. They mess with you just to keep you frustrated.” The Cowboy Tough is one of a series of five races. Featuring high mountain and desert geography, the next one could run in the Wind Rivers area, for example, or the Big Horns. “Every year will showcase a different part of Wyoming,” he said. A race they were planning at press time ran in Coeur d’Alene as part of an adventure sports week. The course ran from Farragut Lake State Park around the lake and included neighboring mountains. It’s a 24-30 hour race including two-person kayaking, running, trekking, mountain biking and swimming.
And that was just a warm-up to the Wyoming challenge. They’ll wrap up their adventure race season with the 36-hour Bend, Ore. Adventure Race in September. ■
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Palisades describes the adventure thus: “This cache will not be for the faint of heart. The climb from the trail is a very steep dig but will take you [to] a great view of the lake and the surrounding area,” according to the description on geocache. com.
easement that serves as a bird sanctuary, according to Scott. With the help of the Teton Regional Land Trust, Scott obtained permission from the landowner to plant the cache, so he wouldn’t wonder why strangers were wandering onto his land heads down in intense search.
Geocaching is essentially a choose-your-own-adventure affair. The website rates the hidden goods according to the difficulty both of finding the stash at its precise hiding place as well the roughness of the terrain hunters have to cross to reach it. Caches have other subcategories, as well. Grab–and-goes are hidden right on the side road, meaning that having reached the coordinates, they can be captured by merely stepping out of your vehicle. Multi caches create a string of treasures, with a clue in one cache leading to the next. Then there are travel bugs or trackables—movable targets planted by geocachers with the goal of hitting a certain destinations.
Then she got another inspiration.
Scott made the leap to hiding caches last summer when she planted two treasure boxes. One still rests in state in Teton Valley awaiting new searchers. She hid the first cache on the north end of the valley hoping to attract visitors and cachers to the lovely corner of Idaho. “Welcome to Teton Valley” hides not far from the sign with the same language near a scenic pull-off with full Teton views. The cache itself is a little walk from the sign on a piece of private open space that is also a conservation
Thought the message was in English the person’s profile was written entirely in German.
“I had just hid the cache Welcome to Teton Valley and we were going to Florida.” Lindsey said. In the sunny, sandy state she hid a cache and gave it a mission: arrive back in Teton Valley and land in the “Welcome to Teton Valley” treasure box. A few weeks later a message appeared on the geocache. com (cachers have to relate their experience finding the treasure in the online thread for each cache) telling her that her travel bug had been picked up. However, it was on its way to Germany.
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“I don’t know if they couldn’t read it,” she said of the instructions.
“I don’t know if there’s a way to translate it,” she said. While waiting for their cache to make it through its detour, her daughters will continue to hunt and explore. Ace Scott had a final and summarizing thought on caching: “I want you to know one important thing about geo caching—it is fun.” ■
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guage that Danny Dreyer uses—it brings in the language of, the alignment and focus of tai chi.
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Photo courtesy Scott Smith “It’s the same thing apRunners learn to move to a cadence at a plied to skate skiing— chi running clinic in Jackson, Wyo. with the forward lean and Scott Smith. recruiting your stomach, your core, when you’re half marathons, could be anrunning. It’s really just esother case study. tablishing the conditions in “It’s completely changed my which to run.” form and it’s amazing how There are other methods of well it works,” she said. running, but chi running is good enough for ultra run- She dropped her mile time ners such as Lisa Smith- by 1:10 and her knees don’t Batchen and Jay Batchen of hurt. She attributes her sucDreamchasers in Driggs, so cess not only to training, but it’s probably good for every- also to technique. one. A recent yearlong study Smith compares running unby Donald Lee Goss at the naturally to driving a car with University of North Carolina a square tire—it’s possible, at Chapel Hill that compared but the faster one drives the the effects of different run- worse the problem becomes. ning techniques on the hu- When his pain from running man body proved what Smith increased, he sought out the experienced. The study came advice of experts in other to this conclusion: ways of running, but it was “These findings suggest Chi like going to a mechanic running may be a desirable who fixed everything else alternative running style wrong with the car but left for a runner with a history the square tire on. When he of lower extremity overuse changed his technique to chi injuries or someone who de- running about seven years sires to reduce potentially ago, his pain stopped and injurious forces on the lower he felt inspired by running again. Now a certified Chi extremity.” running instructor, he helps Amber Schultz, who works at others find that joy, too. Dreamchasers and also runs
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It’s a yin-yang dichotomy, Smith said, the power of running combined with the gentleness of tai chi. Smith compares the method technically to skate skiing because of the posture and incorporation of muscles besides the legs that propel the body forward.
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“I’ve worked with a lot of people who have given up on running because of injuries,” he said. “I’ve worked with people who have rods in their legs, in their hips, new knees and I’ve gotten them back into running.” He believes walking and running are fundamental movements no one should be denied. “To me running and walking are human rights,” he said.
”Before we slap on skis or put a tennis racket in our hand running or walking is our God-given or human right to do.” Smith teaches Chi Running in both group and private seesions in Jackson, Wyo. and Teton Valley, Id. Get in touch and find out more about his practice at email@example.com, 121wellness.com and (307) 734-2808. ■
Race Roundup Run for Wray Saturday, June 29, 10 a.m. at Grand Targhee Resort Entry Fees: $20 (by June 28); $25 on day of event The 2013 Targhee Hill Climb—Wrun For Wray, is part of the Run To The Summit Series, which includes the Snow King Hill Climb and the Rendezvous Mountain Hill Climb at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Competitors who complete all three Hill Climb events, for a total of 12 miles and over 7,500 feet of climbing, will be eligible for overall awards and a raffle with special prizes. See dreamchaserevents.com for more information.
6th Annual Tin Cup Challenge Saturday, July 20 at Driggs City Park Join us for on July 20 for a competitive 5K and 10K run and a 5K Fun Run/ Walk, along with a morning of family activities in Driggs City Park. This is a charity run to benefit the non-profits of Teton Valley. Visit cftetonvalley.org for more information.
37th Annual John Colter Races Aug. 3 Includes a marathon, 10k and 5K option. Stay tuned for details. Start Times: 8 a.m.—Half Marathon Half Marathon Registration on day of race from 6:45-7:45 a.m. at Driggs City Park. Cash or check only. Race Day packet pick-up also available in Driggs City Park from 6:45-7:45 a.m. The John Colter Half Marathon is a Teton Valley community running event that started in 1976. Always scheduled for the first Saturday in August, the courses start and finish in Driggs City Park. See dreamchaserevents.com for more information.
Grand Teton Races Saturday, Aug. 31 Trail Marathon, 10KM and Kids Fun Run that wind through the beautiful Teton Mountain Range. See dreamchaserevents.com for more information.
Jackson Hole Marathon Runs Sunday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 a.m. Welcome to the 3rd annual running of the Jackson Hole Marathon, Marathon Relay and Half Marathon events. You are invited to participate in a race in what we believe is one of the most scenic locations in North America. The Old West Town of Jackson, Wyo., a gateway to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, anxiously awaits your visit. See dreamchaserevents.com for more information.
Yellowstone-Teton Endurance Races Oct. 5-6 Spectacular 100-mile and 50-mile road races that traverse from West Yellowstone, Montana along the beautiful Scenic By-way to the door step of Teton Valley and the base of the Teton Range. Check out the relay division. Put together your own dream team of runners to cover this scenic course. You can have up to 10 runners on a team (although there will be an added fee for any team over six) and there are no set distances for each member to cover. As long as the exchange takes place in a safe location, it will be allowed. Want to share a ride? Looking for crew or a pacer? Visit the Dreamchasers Facebook event page. For more info, send an email to: lisa AT dreamchaserevents DOT com See dreamchaserevents.com for more information.
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July 18 White Water Ramble high octane rocky mountain dancegrass that, according to their website, will send your body and soul rushing down the rapids of infinity!
June 29 Al Jardin & David Marks, founding members of the Beach Boys play recogThis summerâ€™s music nizable favorites as the includes such artists as: Surf City All Stars. Alabama Shakes Lee Greenwood performs God Bless WideSpread Panic America during the John Hiatt fireworks display.
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June 27 The Fox Street All Stars kick off the concert series with their unique version of high-energy funky rock and roll. FSAS has toured the US with legends like Trucks/Tedeschi, Little Feat, Trombone Shorty and Robert Randolph.
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July 11 Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers bring the smoky sweet vocals of Bluhm backed by a big, rocking jam band, continuing the dance party and good times.
July 25 March 4th Marching Band after an extremely popular show last summer, decked in whimsical costumes and combining a big ring circus with modern performances.
August 1 Monophonics, San Franciscoâ€™s premier psychedelic soul and heavy funk band, will cook up a hearty stew of funky rhythms for Music on Main fans. August 8 Ray Wylie Hubbard is an alternative and outlaw country icon from Austin, with a live show that has been described as a church service held at the funkiest roadhouse bar this side of the Mississippi.
August 15 Vagabond Opera is as fun and entertaining as they are musically gifted, combining vaudeville with incredible talent for a show like no other. Information regarding opening acts for the aforementioned shows will be released in late spring.
July 5 Widespread Panic with special guests Motion Potion, Diarrhea Planet & Futurebirds July 6 Widespread Panic with special guests J-Boogie & Bloodkin
Alabama Shakes A lot of people think the Alabama Shakes are a soul revival act. “That’s an honor to me, classic R&B is my favorite kind of music, Since their inception in Athens, but everybody has their own influGeorgia, in 1986, Widespread ences,” said Cockrell. “Brittany is Panic has risen to elite status way more into rock and roll—she likes things pretty among Ameriamped up most can jam bands. ...R&B is my favorite kind of the time.”  Following of music, but everybody in the steps of “Retro soul is not has their own influences. other Southern what we’re going Brittany is way more into rock jam bands for, though it’s rock and roll—she likes such as The Allunderstandable things pretty amped up why people say man Brothers, most of the time. it,” says Howthey have influ—Cockrell of Alabama Shakes ard. “We take ences from the inspiration from Southern rock, that, but we all blues-rock, prounderstand Black gressive rock, funk and Sabbath, too. On the rehard rock genres. cord, we left a lot of room for Taking a slight shift away from whatever we want to do in the their own summer tour, Slightly future.” Stoopid will join Panic on the Bruce Hornsby Fourth of July playing their own Twenty five years after winning blend of a fusion of folk, rock, regBest New Artist Grammy and gae and blues with hip-hop, funk, launching one of contemporary metal and punk. music’s most diverse and collabJuly 3 orative careers, Bruce Hornsby is Motion Potion and Sons of still, blissfully, making joyful noise Fathers finding clever, expansive ways to chronicle the dynamic musical July 4 snapshots along the journey. Widespread Panic with special guests Slightly Stoopid, Los Lobos openers Sons of Fathers and Los Lobos (“The Wolves”) are a multiple Grammy Award–winMotion Potion
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ning American Chicano rock band from East Los Angeles, California. Their music is influenced by rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues, brown-eyed soul, and traditional Spanish and Mexican music such as cumbia, boleros and norteños.
Sarah Jarosz With a descending circular flourish of acoustic guitar notes, the bluegrass influence on Follow Me Down by Sarah Jarosz is evident, but the almost weightlessness suggests something else, something perhaps more.
John Hiatt and the Combo John Hiatt is an American rock guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter. He has played a variety of musical styles on his albums, including New Wave, blues and country.
Mother Hips Co-founded by principal songwriter/lead vocalist Tim Bluhm and guitarist/vocalist Greg Loiacono, the Mother Hips has spawned its own community and even its own rock festival, Hipnic.
JJ Grey and Mofro Over the course of six albums and a decade of touring, JJ Grey’s grimy blend of front porch soul and down-home storytelling has taken him around the world and back again.
Dave Alvin and The Guilty Ones Dave Alvin, Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and selfdescribed “barroom guitarist,” is widely considered to be one of the pivotal founders of the current Americana music scene. Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds is an eight piece powerhouse that puts a modern spin on classic soul. The band is led by Arleigh Kincheloe (Sister Sparrow), whose astoundingly powerful voice and sly demeanor make for a spellbinding presence onstage.
Wood Brothers The Wood Brothers music is adaptive blues, folk and other rootsmusic sounds they loved as kids into their own evocative sound and twining their voices in the sort of high-lonesome harmony blend for which sibling singers are often renowned. Son Volt From his earliest recordings in the 1990s as a founding member of Uncle Tupelo, Jay Farrar has been a keen observer of the American landscape: its beauties and its tragedies, salvations and poisons. Now he performs with the band Sun Volt.
Anders Osborne Since the release of his 2010 Alligator Records debut, American Patchwork and his 2012 follow-up. Black Eye Galaxy, Anders Osborne has earned hordes of new fans. He has toured virtually non-stop, either with his road-tested trio, as a solo artist, or as a guest with his countless musical admirers, including Toots And The Maytals,
Stanton Moore, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Keb Mo, and The Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh.
line atop Elephant Revival’s Facebook page contains only five words, but reveals volumes about the band’s reason for being.
Holly Williams Part of the key to Holly Williams’ success as a singer-songwriter is that it’s never been her mission to try and live up to the legacy cast by her famous and prolific father and grandfather—Hank Jr. and Sr., respectively—nor has she spent a lot of time trying to live it down.
Donna The Buffalo More energized and focused than ever before in their near 25-year career, roots-music troubadours Donna the Buffalo will debut their first studio album in five years, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, on June 18 via Sugar Hill Records.
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Trampled By Turtles When we started Trampled by Turtles, all we wanted to do was play music with acoustic instruments as a break from our rock bands. We learned old fiddle songs, traditional folk songs, bluegrass songs, and what few original songs we had, followed those formulas. Elephant Revival “Where words fail... music speaks.”That simple
The Infamous Stringdusters The Infamous Stringdusters stand for those things in which you truly, passionately believe to the depth of your core: the integrity of your work, the way you choose to do business, the people with whom you surround yourself, how and where you live your life.
Greensky Bluegrass If you’re familiar with bluegrass music, then you’re tuned in to some of what Greensky Bluegrass does. Ha ye Foghorn Stringband s The sound of the Portland, Oregon’s Foghorn Stringband could have come barreling through the grille-cloth of those big console radios in the living rooms of the 1950’s, when the traditional sounds of rural America were still on the minds of young musicians transferring the oldtime music to a distinctively modern age. Spirit Family Reunion Spirit Family Reunion play homegrown American music to stomp, clap, shake and holler with. Claire Lynch Band Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre.
into the crowd, they hand out chopsticks for audience-percussion-participation, and are known to jump down and play acoustic encores in the middle of the crowd at the end of a set. Run Boy Run The unique sound of Run Boy Run is rooted in the traditional music of the Appalachian South. Bands like Nickel Creek and Crooked Still have paved the way for the music of Run Boy Run: dynamic, orchestral, and overflowing with beauty. Sam Bush Band Known as the King of Telluride and the King of Newgrass, Sam Bush has been honored by the Americana Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association. Nashville Bluegrass Band With two Grammy Award-winning albums and two Entertainer of the Year honors from the International Bluegrass Music Association, four time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, the Nashville Bluegrass Band, is no stranger to acclaim from critics and fans alike. Della Mae Della Mae proves again and again the endless possibilities found in the tried-and-true marriage of fiddle, fretboard, and voice. Hayes Carll Hayes Carll is an odd mix. Wildly literate, utterly slackerly, impossibly romantic, absolutely a slave to the music, the 35-year old Texan is completely committed to the truth and unafraid to skewer pomposity, hypocrisy and small-minded thinking. ■
The Brothers Comatose Despite their name, the band is anything but Comatose. The Brothers Comatose toss alligators (inflatable)
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Spring and summer mean outdoor patio dining and happy hour opportunities at Forage Bistro and Lounge in Driggs.
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othing brings everyone together like the promise of a great meal or a cold beer outside, and in the Teton Valley, the options are ample and the scenery unmatched. Fine dining and dives stretching from Victor to outside Driggs offer the full gamut of provisions, and the perfect outdoor setting to enjoy a cool valley evening.
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The summer months bring visitors from all over with pallets that stretch from Southern barbecue aficionados to big-city gourmet diners that test the skills of local eateries. From post-fishing hot dogs at Grumpyâ€™s Goat Shack in Victor to gourmet eats and drinks at Driggsâ€™ Warbirds, there is something for everyone. Lindsey Bennet and Nick Jacob, husband and wife duo behind the popular hot spot Big Hole BBQ, know the importance of giving customers a place to hang out and stay a spell. In early June, they opened the brand new
and highly anticipated rough top deck, the first of its kind in the valley, making way for up to 40 more patrons to hang out and have a second helping. “I come from Minneapolis,” Jacob said. “And having a place like this to hang out in is a big thing; growing up, we always had our favorite deck to hang out on top, chill and listen to music. I wanted to bring a little bit of that here. It gives it a little bit of an urban feel.” Since opening The BBQ in 2005, Jacob and Bennet have served up brisket, barbecue, sliders and an array of tacos—try the Philly tacos—to hungry fishermen (it’s next door to world-renowned WorldCast Anglers) and locals, daily.
days a week for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Tuesday through Saturday for dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., stop by for a drink on the runway-adjacent patio. Watch as unique private planes take off. Happy hour is now from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. I love the fact that offerings, an array of I know most of the cocktails from the fulllocal people by name, bar menu. After dinner, dedicated customers, I take a scenic airplane or see them three to four glider ride, or visit the restored vintage wartimes a week. planes in the museum. –––––––––––––––––––– Nick Jacob, 253 Warbird Lane, (208) Big Hole BBQ 354-3100, tetonaviation. com/warbirds-café,
“I love the fact that I know most of the local people by name, dedicated customers, I see them three to four times a week,” he said. Patrons make the rounds throughout the summer to have their fill of each spot’s delicacy and soak up the local flavor. Teton Valley Outdoors Seats & Eats Warbirds Café Located at Driggs-Reed Memorial Airport, Warbirds combines fine dining with a family-friendly atmosphere and scenic Teton peak views. Open seven
Spoons Bistro Owner and Chef Travis Brittingham knows a thing or two about gourmet food, and how to execute it. The self-taught chef and creative innovator behind Spoons’ eclectic menu—the roasted beets salad with arugula herbed goat cheese foam and a balsamic reduction remains a crowd pleaser—keeps a full house during the long summer months. Reservations are highly recommended, and patrons can choose indoor dining in the quaint and cozy main restaurant, or from one of two outdoor options, the front patio and the newly revamped outdoor patio giving way to perfect Victor sunset views. Open Monday through Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Guests enjoy local vendors’ offerings incorporated into the entrees and can choose from local brews and
fine wines to accompany their dinner. 32 West Birch, (208) 787-2478, spoonsbistro.com Grumpy’s Goat Shack Seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Grumpy’s Goat Shack is an ideal hangout for a beer and a gourmet-spin on the typical hot dog while kids run around in the spacious patio and backyard or feed the namesake goat. After a long hike in Teton Canyon, or a day fly fishing the South Fork, try a North Carolina Style Slaw Dog with homemade coney sauce and fresh cole slaw, with a side of spicy white bean dip. Top off any mouth-watering entrée with a cold beer, and Grumpy’s will become your favorite hangout for any occasion. For the sports enthusiasts who have to catch a game, the small bar inside always has the game on, and the eclectic wall art will surely catch your eye. 37 S. Main St. (208) 787-2092, goatshack.com Forage Bistro and Lounge On Little Avenue on the way to Grand Targhee Resort, Forage Bistro and Lounge brings local fare and gourmet entrees in a cozy, lounge atmosphere. Open for the summer June 1, Forage serves locals and visitors Tuesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. With seasonally inspired dishes, Forage opened its doors in March 2008 and can be enjoyed in the charming main room with soft lighting and bright flowers, or on the outside patio overlooking the bustling summertime streets of Driggs. 285 Little Avenue, #A, (208) 354-2858, forageandlounge.com ■ Get OUT! in Teton Valley 69
LIVE DANGEROUSLY! Explore the Unknown Visit the Blue Fly Art Gallery
“Why have I driven past that place for years and never stopped in?”
“Might that building with the gigantic banner that reads “ART GALLERY OPEN” be an art gallery?” Discover the answers to the questions that have haunted you for over a decade!
The gallery feature oils, watercolors, bronze sculptures, prints and giclees of artist Ken Morrison. Ken’s talent captures the “quiet” side of the Tetons. Located between Driggs and Tetonia on Highway 33 5355 N. Hwy 33 • Tetonia, ID 83452 (208) 456-0900 www.kenmorrisonfineart.com
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