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Editor’s Note: The Cache race set for 6/18/14 was cancelled due to wet conditions. The race will now go off on Wednesday, July 16th.

The mountain bike race season is upon us here in Jackson Hole and will kick off with the Cache Creek Mountain Bike Race Wednesday, July 16th. The Cache to Game Mountain Bike Race has been the longest running mountain bike race in Jackson Hole and has been sponsored by Hoback Sports for over 15 years. The course has been updated this year with members of the bike racing community teaming up with Teton County Parks & Recreation and working with the local forest service to reroute the race for more exciting and modern racing. A few years in the making, this new course will feature some of the best local trails in the Jackson including Hagen and Putt Putt. The race will both start and end in town, and will feature an after race party at Mike Yokel Park to which all are invited.

The race starts in town at Mike Yokel Park and heads to the trails from there, starting on the classic Hagen Trail, pictured below.
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Just a short walk from the Village center there is a small Thai restaurant nestled between the Ranch Parking lot, bike path and some aspen trees. Teton Thai has been in this off beat location for four years now, and has a cult following. Once you dine there or grab take out, you will understand why locals, celebrities and visitors alike flock to this place. Between the amazing food, laid back and cool atmosphere, and great staff you will find yourself wanting to enjoy the views from the deck, soak in a Thai tea and scarf some noodles.

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The Youth Conservation Program is more than a summer job; it’s an action-packed educational opportunity that accomplishes much needed work in one of America’s most popular landscapes while helping participants develop a personal conservation ethic. Each summer in Grand Teton National Park, a group of 16 to 19-year-olds works, earns, and learns during this highly successful ten week program.

The Grand Teton National Park Trail Crew heads out to Bradley Lake with the Youth Conservation Program

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One of the best ways to enjoy free summer fun in Jackson Hole is to get out and hit the trail.

While the Aerial Tram delivers access to incredible high-alpine views and hiking trails, there is plenty of hiking that starts at the base of the mountain. Whether you’re looking for a challenging hike to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain or just want to find solace with a gentle hike through the woods, there is a trail for you.

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This summer here at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort we are excited to partner up with an elite team of summer athletes, we’re calling them The Dream Team, as these folks “live the dream” on a daily basis, whether it be biking, running, roping or kayaking, they are training, working outdoors and always enjoying the best of what Jackson Hole has to offer. Throughout the summer we’ll follow Eric Orton on the mountain trails, Will Taggart on the rivers and lakes of Jackson Hole, Crystal Wright into the rodeo center stage, and Andrew Whiteford for some two wheel fun throughout the valley trail system.

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September 2013 saw the start of another Leadership Jackson Hole class. This class, offered by the University of Wyoming Extension is a series of sessions and workshops for emerging and established leaders who wish to increase their leadership skills, knowledge and participation in community issues. This 9 month class is offered every two years to members of the community. Each class is assigned the task of developing and completing a group project. These projects not only serve as a means to educate participants in how to successfully develop and complete a project within our community, but ultimately determining how the project can benefit the community in some way. Past projects have included replacing the roof on the Jackson Peak Ski Cabin and the Boulder Park.
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There are many types of fishermen who frequent the waters of the Jackson Hole Valley. Each of them, have what may be called their own style, or perhaps more eloquently, their raison d’etre. My husband, happens to be a fisherman who quite likes to eat what he catches. I on the other hand, prefer to simply catch for the thrill.

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wood-wort-heroWith so much to do at any one moment in Jackson Hole it is easy to get lost in the options.  This weekend is no different.  With seemingly unlimited options for outdoor activities along with a great lineup of music and other activities this weekend is sure to live up to the hype.  There are too many events and activities lined up to list them all so I will highlight a few that are sure to be worth the effort.

 
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I hastily rifled through bins of winter gear in the shed in my backyard. I had neatly packed away all of this stuff for the season just last weekend. Flurries were flying outside and the word was that significant snowfall had already accumulated at the higher elevations of the Teton Range. The date was June 18th and I was trying to gather my gear to go skiing the next day.

The spring has been suspiciously summer-like in Jackson Hole, and in the haze of flip-flops, mountain biking and river time I had forgotten that it was only June. This temporary switch back to winter is the type of weather that only seems to happen immediately after you put your skis in storage of take the snow tires off your car. I should have seen it coming.

It’s easy to grumble when you see snowflakes out the window and you’re already in your summer routine, but there are definitely some positives that stem from this kind of weather. When I got a message from JHMR athlete Griffin Post asking about skiing on Thursday morning, I ignored it at first. He couldn’t be serious, could he? Skiing was the furthest thing from my mind at this point in June, but 5 minutes passed and I came to my senses. I was in.
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