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Teton County is no stranger to extremes. Not just the weather and terrain are extreme; the people who dare to adventure in them are just as radical. Jackson Hole’s beautiful landscape attracts skiers, rock-climbers, snowboarders, bikers, kayakers, snowmobilers, paragliders, hikers, hunters—the list goes on and on. All of these activities can be thrilling, inspiring, and life-changing, but they come with a high risk. In a place where temperature can drop to 40 degrees below  or an avalanche can start in a matter of seconds, safety is absolutely imperative.
Jackson Hole adventurers are typically prepared. It’s no secret that our valley can spring meteorological surprises our way at any moment, but there are advanced technologies that provide extra safety and peace of mind. However, sometimes Mother Nature’s fury is out of our control.

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This one goes out to all of the women out there.  The women who don their helmets, jackets and ski boots, those who love the unending wintery blizzards, the ones who hear the call of the mountains in winter.  There’s no age to the skier girl, she could be 85, she could be 3, but when her wild woman sings the mountain song, she must go.  Skiing is her dance, it makes her feel free and unchained to pressures of the outside world, it is where she can run wild.  (Below: Jess McMillan)
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I’ll start this post by being completely honest—I had a long day on Wednesday and was feeling exceptionally tired when it was time to attend my first SHIFT JH event at the Center for the Arts. Upon walking in, I found a seat in the back of the auditorium and quietly waited for Auden Schendler’s Climate Change presentation to commence. I had no idea what to expect and definitely did not anticipate the dynamic trio that took the stage.
Christian Beckwith of the Venture Collective started off the night with a poetic description of his love for the Jackson Hole landscape. An avid skier and family man, Christian shared his memories of hiking amongst snow-laden trees and feeling so peaceful in the cathedral-like stillness of the winter forests. He also expressed concern that his 4 year old daughter won’t get to experience the same version of this natural bliss. Immediately, I realized that Climate Change may be scientific at its core, but it’s loaded with emotional significance. Despite the long day, I started to sit up straighter in my chair.
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After Christian’s opening remarks, Jerry Blann, CEO of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort shared his perspective before introducing Auden Schendler, VP of Sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company. Blann recognizes that enacting sustainable practices as a revenue-driven business is a difficult, but crucial component of long-term success. Being a Jackson based company can make sustainability decisions even more logistically difficult due to geographical location. Much to my amazement, he said that Jackson feeds over 3 million people over the course of a year, and 96% of that food is imported. 96 percent!? That fact had my undivided attention.
Then, Auden Schendler took the stage. The SHIFT program called his presentation a “talk”; I would call it an awe-inspiring performance. His use of history, philosophy, personal anecdotes and science had the entire audience absolutely captivated and, at times, rolling with laughter.

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According to Schendler, climate change is not a policy problem or a technology problem, it’s a people problem. To tackle the issue of global warming at large-scale, individual businesses need to take sustainable steps and act as mentors to other organizations. Instead of feeling paralyzed by the greater issue of global warming, they can turn inward and look for small ways to adjust company policy, and like anything, small steps will eventually lead to big progress.

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Unfortunately, this blog post can’t capture the electricity that was in the air last night. Over the course of 90 minutes, I went from exhausted to exhilarated, and I am confident that every day of the SHIFT will have a similar effect. How refreshing to sit in a room and learn while surrounded by other smart, passionate, global-minded citizens.
Many thanks to Christian Beckwith, Jerry Blann, and Auden Schendler for a mind-enriching evening. Noteworthy upcoming events at SHIFT include the Mix’ed Media Masquerade Ball with Asher Jay and the foodie favorite, People’s Banquet. For more information on all upcoming shift events, please visit http://shiftjh.org/.

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With the leaves changing and a dusting of snow on the upper reaches of the Tetons, fall is here, and with it a sense of seasonality that remind us of our connectedness to this beautiful and bountiful valley. This fall Chef Wes Hamilton, from Couloir Restaurant, along with our community is celebrating that connection through food.

This week Chef Wes with Chef Rodger Freedman from Fine Dining Restaurant Group head to the acclaimed James Beard House in New York City to present a meal entitled From the Range, which showcases the amazing tastes of our valley. A menu highlighted by locally grown beef, steelhead trout, elk, huckleberries, and various produce from Leaping Lizard, Wyomato and Full Circle farms thoughtfully represents the Jackson Hole culinary scene to the New York media and public.

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Pictured above, Chef Wes Hamilton’s House-Smoked Idaho Bison Tenderloin

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Come on out to the town square on Thursday evening and join St. John’s Medical Center’s oncology team, hospital and foundation staff, volunteers, survivors, and members of our community as they turn on pink lights around the square and help spread Breast Cancer awareness.

On Thursday, October 2, at 5:30 at the antler arch on the southwest corner of the town square, St. John’s Medical Center will recognize Breast Cancer Awareness month with a ceremony on the Jackson town square to “Light the Town Pink”. “We hope that the pink lights on the elk antler arch will serve to remind people throughout October that early detection saves lives,” said event emcee and hospital trustee Elizabeth Masek.
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There’s snow on the mountains and Teton Village Sports is making room for all of the latest winter gear–but first, they need to clear out some of their summer inventory. Come out this Friday through Sunday for 40% off on all summer merchandise, with an additional 10% off for passholders. But wait, the deal get’s sweeter–All last season skis are 50% off and passholders get 10% off 2015 new winter gear. Wine and cheese will be served on Saturday from 2 until close, so come out to the village, check out the snow on the mountain, and take advantage of this awesome deal.
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White doesn’t have to go out of style after Labor Day… Throw on your best winter white and join us for an action-packed evening of film and fashion to raise money for Teton County Search & Rescue.  Evening festivities include Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s 3rd annual Fashion Show followed by the premiere of Warren Miller’s newest film, “No Turning Back,” which features JHMR athletes Jess McMillan and Rob Kingwill.

Sip a cocktail, enjoy food from local vendors, and get involved in the stocked silent and live auction, which features an array of 2015 winter gear valued at over $10,000. From backpacks and custom boot-fits to a live auction of full ski kits modeled by local skiers, this night is sure to be blast.  Tickets are only $16 and available at the Center for the Arts—all proceeds go to Teton County Search & Rescue.  See you on the 25th–Considerate it an important part of your ski season preparation!

Event: The White Party

Date: October 25th, 2014

Venue: The Center for the Arts

Time: Matinee Film at 2 pm and Evening Event at 6 pm

Tickets: $5 for matinee and $16 for The White Party

For tickets click here or call the Center for the Arts Box Office at 307-733-4900

 

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This isn’t the first snow of the year in Jackson Hole, but with opening day just 59 days away we are really starting to get the winter itch. These photos were all shot from near the top of the aerial tram, with an inch or two (it’s still snowing though!) gracing the upper mountain this morning:
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Our favorite local restauranteur, gourmand, and general food guru Gavin Fine and his team, along with Chef Wes Hamilton’s crew, are headed to New York in a couple days and are getting ready to cook it up at the James Beard House with a little bit of their own eating on the side, of course.

We asked the expert foodie for his top NYC picks for eating out as when he and his gang are not honored to be cooking at the James Beard House next Thursday you may find Fine and the boys at any of the following:

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Gavin’s Top New York Picks

Best Bistros:  

Raoul’s – best steak frites in the city, old school bistro in Soho

Balthazar – larger scale brasserie bistro

Pastis – for Sunday brunch

 

Italian:      

Lupa Osteria Romana – Mario Batali restaurant in the West Village; a  classic, Roman

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dell’anima – great wine bar and Italian food with a fantastic wine program

Charlie Bird – New West Village run by the former chef of The Little Nell in Aspen

L’Apicio – a delicious, modern twist on Italian

 

Thai:     

Pok Pok – James Beard chef from Portland (Andy Ricker)’s restaurant with some of

the best Thai in the country

 

BBQ:

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que – great Harlem, downhome place

 

Upscale Big Meal:    

Daniel – iconic Daniel Boulud

Le Bernardin – best seafood in the country

Batard – haven’t been yet, but it’s supposed to be fantastic

 

Favorite Small Spot:

Bar Jamon – similar to Bin22 with stand up tapas, great wines, cheese, meats;

located on a hidden side street

 

Favorite Place to Grab a Crafted Cocktail:

Employees Only – started the NYC cocktail craze back in the day, they are serious about their drinks

 

Favorite Family Friendly Spot:

Brooklyn Flea Market – over 150 food stands with foods from all over, vintage, antique

 

Favorite Place for a Drink: Gramercy Tavern

 

Favorite Organic:

Roberta’s – all organic, everything is from their garden, super simple, wood burning oven, steak, chicken