SHIFTjh: Where Conservation Meets Adventure

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The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is pleased to participate in The SHIFT Festival next week, Oct 7 -10th. An innovative gathering, SHIFT inspires to help find solutions for communities like Jackson Hole to become more sustainable. With a dynamic approach that focuses on outdoor recreation/conservation issues the conference actively engages participants through film, food, speakers, workshops and outdoor adventure. By hosting leading adventure athletes, land managers and conservation advocates SHIFT explore the future of our wild place all in the greatest intact ecosystem in the Lower 48. Sound right up your ally? Click here for schedule of events.

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JHMR is proud to help present the Cool Skiing, Hot Planet presentation and film on Wednesday, Oct 7th. And we are looking forward to hearing from up and coming, industry respected athlete, Angel Collinson speak about climate change.


Don’t miss the People’s Banquet on Friday. Our very own Chef Hamilton, fresh off a trip to cook at the James Beard House, will be there along with many other local purveyors and chefs to showcase the bounty of our amazing valley.

Saturday night the world-renowned activist and founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chenoard takes the stage. Yvon practices what he preaches, and his wisdom as an environmentalist and entrepreneur will be uplifting.


Your Snowy Dreams are a Jackson Hole Reality


Snow in September? In Jackson Hole? Yes, and yes. It’s not uncommon, and right now, it’s dumping snow at the top of the Aerial Tram! Early this morning, thick clouds only gave a partial glimpse of the white mountain tops.  Then, as the first tram of the day descended from the clouds,  it was clear that winter has hit the upper mountain.


To ease you into the winter mood, check out our newly released 3rd webisode of “Born to be Wild.” 

Oh, and by the way, here is what I found on my early morning tram trip:


Corbet’s Cabin at its finest.


A fresh layer of snow on top of Rendezvous Mountain, with more on the way.


Waffles anyone? Seems like the perfect day for a hot drink and a bacon, peanut butter waffle!


Hiking is not encouraged or discouraged.

Lots of snow blowing and building. The forecast shows continued snow to 8,000 feet through Thursday, as well as possible snow in the valley. After the snow, the weather looks great with sunny weather, cooler night temperatures – all of the key ingredients for perfect fall adventures.


Corbet’s Couloir is snowing and blowing!

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Hosts Born to be Wild Movie Premiere


Thursday, September 24th in Miller Park

(Teton Village, WY. August 27, 2015)With fall in the air, winter is approaching, and it’s not just any winter – this season is the 50th Anniversary of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort  (JHMR) and the resort is kicking it all off with a FREE local movie premiere party.

JHMR invites the Jackson Hole community and all winter enthusiasts to Miller Park on Thursday, September 24, 2015 starting at 5pm. There will be live music by Jeff Crosby and the Refugees, amazing raffle prizes, an interactive art booth, kids activities, food and drink vendors and more. The highlight of the evening will be the official premiere of Born to be Wild. This 30 minute movie is the result of a two-year collaboration between JHMR and Teton Gravity Research with amazing footage from Mike Brown, Brain Farm, Warren Miller and the private collections of others.

Don’t miss this incredible display of Jackson Hole cinematic history, edited to an iconic soundtrack, all while enjoying a cold one with friends and family on the lawn of Miller Park. The party starts at 5pm with a live DJ spinning music until the movie premiere starts at 6:30pm. Jeff Crosby & the Refugees will then take the stage for some post-movie dancing and revelry.

The party also features amazing raffle prizes with chances to win a pair of Rossignol Soul 7 skis (1 of only 100 signature 50th anniversary pairs made), a 50th Anniversary Grand Pass, a limited edition Dakine 50th Anniversary Heli Pro Pack and other great prizes. All are welcome to join in the fun. Come early, bring a blanket, reconnect with your tram line friends and share in the stoke.  In the meantime – post your favorite JHMR memories and photos using the hashtag #JH50.


Disc Golf Tournament September 12


Bring your A Game. This year’s annual disc golf tournament is this Saturday, September 12.  With over a decade of a 10 hole course, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has finally upped the anti!  18 permanent baskets and a complete redesign await the amateur or pro disc golfer. This year’s change has taken the course from an open field, uphill, throw-your-arm-out type course, to a finesse, shape-your-shot and hit-the-treed-gaps skilled course.  It only held onto one of the original course holes.  The 17 new holes will challenge any player.
Check out or like JH Disc Golf on Facebook for the most up-to-date info.


Scorecard and map – click for printable PDF.

The course starts just above the Cody House and south of the Ropes course and shoots down the access road to hole #1.  Hole 2 heads towards Tower 1, then the course ascends the Gros Ventre and Lower Tramline areas.  It peaks near the top of the Union Pass lift, then descends open fields with long downhill shots on holes 15 and 16. The course then ends at the original hole 1 basket. Total distance on the course is 5,435′.

A brand new basket on hole #1.

A brand new basket on hole #1.

This tournament is part of the Teton Toss Point Series.  One per month on Tuesdays or Thursdays, this is the 4th Teton Toss Point Series Event. Those who have been playing will receive double points for this event. The last Teton Toss Point Series is October 8th. Stats and current player standings can be found here.

Sponsors for this year’s tournament include Jackson Hole Sports, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Marmot, Farm to Feet, Toad & Co., Smith, Arcteryx, and Snake River Brewing Company. As always, the prizes that everyone will be a part of are numerous. Prizes include a portable Discatcher, hats, t-shirts, 3 Day Winter Lift Tickets to JHMR, Smith sunglasses, discs, beer, and much more!

Sign up online here or sign up Saturday morning, starting at 9am. Sign up will be here hole 1 and 2. Professional, Advanced, and Recreational divisions are available for men, women, and juniors. Players will have a shotgun start at 10am and play one round of 18 holes. Award ceremony, raffle, and more contests to follow the round. Players from Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Pinedale, Lander, Driggs, and of course Jackson Hole are expected.

Throughout the summer, various improvements have been made to the course. See pictures below.

Mowed fairways - a huge addition to the course.

Mowed fairways – a huge addition to the course.

8 new baskets have arrived!

July 30, 2015 – 8 new baskets have arrived!


Hole 4's teepad has been leveled, making for a much easier drive.

Teepads have been leveled, making for a better driving platform.



Hole Food Rescue Hosts a Screening of “Just Eat It”

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Couloir Restaurant has been a proud member of 1% for the Planet for a few years now, and this year the local non-profit supported by these funds is Hole Food Rescue (HFR).  Founded by JHMR employee Ali Dunford, Hole Food Rescue has in just two years changed the way the Jackson Hole community looks at food and food waste.


Ali and Jeske Grave are the two staff members who run a team of over 50 volunteers to help divert food waste (20,000 pounds a month on average),  stock the Jackson Hole Food Cupboard and now are embarking on a research study to help identity food needs, food waste and solutions for our community.

To raise awareness about what HFR is doing they are throwing a party this Thursday at the Center for the Arts. This event will kick off at 6pm with some light bites from JHMR Executive Chef Wes Hamilton using rescued food, tastings from local spirit producers and at 8pm the Jackson Premiere of “Just Eat It”, a documentary about food waste in America.  All the proceeds from the $10 suggested donation will go to support HFR’s mission to end food insecurity in Jackson Hole and divert food waste from our local landfill.  There are lots of great raffle prizes too, the raffle will take place at 7 pm, and includes a 5 day ski pass from JHMR, dinner for two at Couloir, massages, gift cards and more.


Come support a truly great grassroots organization, and learn more about what you can do to help!

Why Would You Fish Anywhere Else?


Turning off the asphalt and onto the private dirt road, the mood of our little group changed. Up until that point, the morning was similar to most days that I have been fortunate enough to spend on a guided fishing trip. My group assembled at Grand Fishing Adventures in Teton Village. We discussed flies, the water we would be fishing and we headed out. This morning was different, however. We didn’t have a boat in tow, which is unique to many guided trips in Jackson Hole. The difference was the fact that we were headed to a different stretch of water than everyone else. Perhaps only other anglers can fully appreciate this, but our destination was a small creek on a private ranch only minutes from Teton Village. We knew we were in for a special morning, what we didn’t know was whether the fish would be waiting for us.

The dirt road we were on wound its way along Lake Creek before straightening out into a quintessentially Western thoroughfare. To our left was an old barn and cabin, presumably used by one of the original homesteaders. To our right was a large cattle pasture. The tall grass and cattle seemed to stretch for miles and were bordered by the rugged mountains that denote the western edge of Jackson Hole. In front of us, running through this nearly unspoiled landscape, was our destination and those of us laying eyes upon it for the first time stood in awe.  Fish Creek is a bucolic stream that flows out of Teton Village, WY. In addition to being a picturesque piece of water set amongst one of the best mountain views on earth, it is an exceptional fishery boasting trophy size Snake River Fine Spotted Cutthroat Trout, Jackson Hole’s native fish.


As we parked the vehicle and took our first look at the creek we knew that we were in for a treat. The small, gin clear creek looked to be the perfect habitat for fish.  Our guide was just as excited as the rest of us as we assembled our rods and gathered our gear. Stories of fish with names like Bubba filled the air and added to the anticipation which felt akin to the moments before the start of a race. With our game plan finalized, we headed out for a short walk along the creek through the willows and the tall grass. It was difficult not to stop and cast a fly into some of the pristine water as we passed, but our guide assured us we would fish all of it on our way back down stream. Arriving at the first stretch of water we were to fish, the anticipation grew. What would the first cast produce?

As the guide explained where the fish typically hold and feed, one of our crew cast the first line and the day had officially begun. As is generally the case, the first cast did not produce a fish, nor did the second, but soon we were on the fish and they did not disappoint. As with many fisheries, the trout on Fish Creek have a unique style in which they take or eat a fly. They seemed to casually emerge from the depths and expertly eat the fly without disturbing much of the water often times chasing the fly downstream before eating it. In the moment, this artful dance appeared to happen in slow-motion.  But once we set the hook, it was showtime – multiple runs with line spinning and fish rising out of the water several times. We found several good sized fish that morning and while Bubba may have eluded us we, were very happy with the fishing.

As we broke down our gear and loaded everything back into the vehicle, we knew how lucky we were for the experience that morning. To be one of 3 people fishing on such a pristine piece of water was a treat that doesn’t happen that often. The good news is that Grand Fishing Adventures offers this trip all season long and they rarely have to turn people away. With that thought in our minds, we made our way back to the shop vowing to take another trip to Fish Creek as soon as we were able.  If you are interested in taking a guided trip on Fish Creek.  Call Grand Fishing Adventures at 307-734-9684

PlayHard GiveBack Movement Spreads to Jackson Hole


PlayHard GiveBack, a company based out of Sun Valley, Idaho made its first splash into the Jackson Hole community this past winter during the Far From Home Film premier at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts. The film traces PHGB athlete, Brolin Mawejje’s “journey across continents, from his humble beginnings in Kampala, Uganda, to his athletic and medical pursuits in the United States”. The PHGB team arrived at the event in their company motorhome wrapped with the Far From Home logo to support Brolin and his journey.

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The PlayHard GiveBack mission is to create a culture among athletes around the importance of giving back. They strive to develop athletes beyond sport by connecting them with social and environmental causes. Two months ago, they launched a new model that enables hotels to join the movement by carrying healthy PHGB products that support a local PHGB athlete and their aligned cause. Jackson Hole has been one of the most responsive towns with the hotel model; with two JH hotels already carrying PHGB trail mix.

The first Jackson Hole and third Playhard GiveBack Hotel partner was the Rusty Parrot Lodge, a family-run 32-room lodge where the owners and staff delight in sharing inside information about the town and area they love. Brandon Harrison, the owner of the hotel, provides complimentary bags of PHGB trail mix to his guests in order to support PHGB athlete, Jess McMillan and her nonprofit partner, The Chris Anthony Youth Initiative. Jess McMillan, a Jackson Hole local and highschool classmate of Harrisons’, was the Freeskiing World Tour Champion in 2007 and the US Freeskiing Champion in 2007. The mission statement of her nonprofit partner, The Chris Anthony Youth Initiative Program is to improve the quality of life through introducing youth to educational enrichment opportunities.

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Hotel Terra, another PHGB hotel partner,“brings a new kind of luxury to the Jackson Hole experience”. PHGB trail mixes are now being sold in their café to support Tristan Teton Brown and his nonprofit partner, Protect Our Winters. Tristan Teton Brown is a big mountain skier currently living in Jackson Hole who “values adventures over assets and embraces opportunities that stray from his comfort zone.” His nonprofit partner, POW is an organization dedicated to engaging and mobilizing the winter sports community to lead the fight against climate change.

playhard give back Tristan Teton Brown

The PlayHard GiveBack team is grateful for all of their hotel partners and is excited to continue working within the Jackson Hole community. Keep your eyes peeledfor the PHGB motor home, their tasty trail mix and their Jackson Hole athletes! Check out to learn more.

Image One photo credits: (left to right) ( Wade McKoy)

Image two photo credits: (left to right)






Rendezvous Hill Climb – Race Recap

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This past Saturday Teton Village was abuzz with runners and hikers- 181 to be exact for the Rendezvous Hill Climb.  This was the first time the historic race was run on new single track trail all the way up to the top of the tram, and the course record has now been set.

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Jackson local, Matt Chorney, took the win with a time of 1 hour and 9 minutes.  Winning woman, Jenny Wolfe of Bozeman, MT finished the course in 1 hour and 21 minutes.

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There were people participating from all over the country, and all ages!  For the complete race results, click here.  Youngest finisher was 8 year old Edan Hautamaki.  The oldest finisher is Jackson local, Jon Parker 79 years young – who also competed in Snow King and Grand Targhee hill climb races.

It was a great turn out for the race and very special to see Chris Onufer’s family participating and enjoying the day.  Big thanks are in order to the Teton Trail Runners, race day volunteers (yes, the last aid station had bacon – best thing ever!) and Doug Cook, JHMR lift supervisor, who organized the event.  All proceeds went to the local high school cross country teams, who showed up in force to run.

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Now that I finished my first Rendezvous Hill Climb – I’ve already marked my calendar for the first Saturday in August next summer!  Who’s with me?
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