Welcome to my Journey of Running with Eric Orton – A Story of an Unruly Athlete and Reluctant Competitor

Running in the Tetons with Eric Orton (9 of 9)

I’ve called Jackson Hole home for over 10 years now.  I moved to the Tetons out of an obsession with skiing, and ended up staying year round because of what you might call a “single track mind”.   Over the years, when the trails weren’t covered in snow, I would spend as much time as I could exploring the vast network of single track trails across Teton valley and into Idaho.  It started out as hiking and backpacking, then mountain biking, some running and then dirt biking.   You might say any sport that you can do on a dirt trail, I’ve tried.


Introducing The Grand Adventure Girls!

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“Love where you live” is a commonly heard saying when you live in Jackson Hole. Our everyday routines are surrounded by majestic peaks, roaming wildlife, alpine lakes, and hidden trails. Traffic jams are usually caused by migrating bison herds. Sunsets illuminate 360 degree views of mountain silhouettes. Even the crummiest weather introduces another version of Jackson Hole’s beauty. Though I spend many of my weekends (and even weekdays) hiking, biking, and being outside, I often wonder if I’m missing out on some of the activities that our valley has to offer.
After speaking with my friends Ilka and Riley Frances, I knew I wasn’t the only one questioning whether I was truly “Carpe-ing the Diem” in Jackson Hole. The conversation turned productive, and suddenly we were discussing a weekly plan to experience Teton Village, a place where the three of us work, but have never actively explored.

photo credit: Riley Frances Boone

photo credit: Riley Frances Boone

Alas, the Grand Adventure Girls were born. This summer, Riley Frances, Ilka, and I will be experiencing everything that Teton Village has to offer. We’ll jump off of 60 foot platforms. We’ll bounce on trampolines. We’ll have margaritas at 9,000 feet. And we’ll inevitably have a blast and create memories that we’ll share via this blog.
Good news-The summer season started on May 23rd, which means that the Tram is officially open. In making small talk with Ilka and Riley Frances, I casually mentioned that I’ve never had a Corbet’s Cabin waffle at the top of the tram. This comment was received with blank stares of disbelief. Needless to say, our first Grand Adventure Girls outing was yesterday so that I could experience breakfast at the top of the world.


photo credit: Riley Frances Boone

First item on the agenda was dressing for the occasion. Even though it’s almost June, the top of the Tram is 35 degrees and covered with 3 feet of snow, so we headed over to JH Sports to outfit ourselves with warm layers. Lucky us-winter outerwear is 40% off, so we were able to look good on a budget. Once we had beanies that felt breakfast-worthy, we headed to the Tram docks to wait for our ride to the top. It may have been cold, but the clouds and blossoming Aspen trees were a breathtaking sight from above. As we approached the top, we saw the sign in the distance…WAFFLES.

photo credit: Riley Frances Boone

photo credit: Riley Frances Boone

As hungry as I was, Ilka and I couldn’t resist checking out the staircase book-cased by 5 foot walls of snow. Did I eat any snow? No comment. Did I throw some at Ilka? Most definitely. Throwing a snowball felt good, but it was time to stop procrastinating and get to the food.

photo credit: Riley Frances Boone

photo credit: Riley Frances Boone

I’ll be honest-Narrowing down our options from the menu board was difficult, but the friendly staff steered us in the right direction. We ended up going with The Gateway (peanut butter and bacon-no, you did not misread) and the Englishman, which is a lemon waffle topped with fresh whipped cream and powdered sugar. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll let you look below and decide whether or not we enjoyed our breakfast adventure.

photo credit: Riley Frances Boone

photo credit: Riley Frances Boone

photo credit: Riley Frances Boone

photo credit: Riley Frances Boone

photo credit: Riley Frances Boone

photo credit: Riley Frances Boone

photo credit: Riley Frances Boone

photo credit: Riley Frances Boone

When the waffles were gone and our stomachs were full, we got back on the Tram and discussed our next trip to the top. Whether you’re 8, 18, 48, or 88, the tram ride to the top and hot waffles will bring a smile to your face and that’s a Grand Adventure Girl guarantee! Join us next week for the second installment of the Grand Adventure Girls, where we’ll head over to Wool & Whiskey to surprise our boyfriends with a makeover and whiskey tasting! Don’t tell them, it’s a bit of a makeover ambush.

Tram Opens Saturday!


The Jackson Hole Tram Crew has been working hard to get the Aerial Tram ready for opening day of the summer season…which is tomorrow! Based on the views at the top, you wouldn’t guess that it’s summer- 71 inches of snow has accumulated in Rendezvous Bowl since the resort closed on April 5th.  A little bit of snow has never stopped us before, so we’re kicking off summer this Saturday, May 23rd by opening the Aerial Tram, Corbet’s Cabin (mmmm waffles), Jackson Hole Sports, Nick Wilson’s Cowboy Café, and The General Store.   Come June, many more activities and restaurants will be opening, so be sure to check www.jacksonhole.com for updates.

Join us in Teton Village this weekend to kick off the summer in style. Rent a bike, cruise around the pathways, grab a snack, and check out our mountaintop winter oasis in the middle of summer. Feel free to bring your skis or board but remember, no skiing inbounds.  See you at the top!


Digging out the walkway to Corbet’s Cabin and making snow stairs to the summit.


The valley is vivid green and the snow continues to linger up high.


You’ll still want your waterproof boots to hike around the summit.


Grand Teton National Park is stunningly beautiful.


The waffles are waiting.

Don’t Miss Contour Music Festival! June 11-14 in Jackson, WY

In this remote and rugged area of Wyoming, we are surprisingly privileged to a lot of quality live music. Surely not as many concerts as your average city, but enough to create the ideal balance of culture and outdoor adventure that is loved by locals and visitors alike. On the horizon is a perfect example of this balance and the promotional video speaks for itself on the fun times ahead in the Tetons:

Contour Music Festival, which takes place June 11th-14th in Jackson, WY, presents an amazing lineup of nationally touring, regional and local acts and the music is not contained in one venue like a lot of festivals. In fact, concerts are spread out across the town of Jackson with the main outdoor stage located at the base of Snow King Mountain, and special late night shows at classic local venues like the Pink Garter Theatre, Center for the Arts, the newly renovated Silver Dollar Bar, and the Town Square Tavern.

Check out the full schedule of artists and venues.

Tickets and more information.

Official Festival Playlist:

Here are some highlights you will surely not want to miss:

Main Stage:
The music starts at noon with Paranome followed by local electronic duo Head to Head. After this, you will not want to miss The Cave Singers. This high-energy indie rock band out of Seattle put on an amazing show to a small crowd at the Pink Garter Theatre in the summer of 2012. They are sure to get the party started outside at Snow King!

After the Cave Singers is a back-to-back tour de force of electronic music, including Emancipator and The Polish Ambassador, that carries the Festival into the evening.

Late Night Concerts:
Town Square Tavern – keep the dance party going with more live DJ music from Tiger Fresh, Sweater Beats and Sango.
Pink Garter Theatre – for a more full-band electronic experience featuring Cure for the Common, Late Night Radio and Papadosio.
Center for the Arts – Now this sounds interesting… Quixote – “Composer Anthony Magliano, along with an award-winning band…create music with instrumental foundations and diversity that is meant to inspire movement within the group’s other half; dancers, multimedia designers, and aerialists.”
Silver Dollar Bar – If you are looking to change things up and experience a local Honky Tonk dance floor, head on over to the Wort Hotel for the down home sounds of Country Hammer followed by One Ton Pig – the resident country/bluegrass band of the Silver Dollar Bar.

Main Stage:
The action heats up Saturday with local funk outfit Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons followed by Cure for the Common.
DO NOT MISS The Congress. This group out of Denver will blow you away with their take on American rock and roll – great songwriting and amazing vocals from lead singer Jonathan Meadows paired with the incredible guitar talent that is Scott Lane. These boys have been to Jackson Hole a few times in the last couple years and it is always a treat. Up next we have Roadkill Ghost Choir, Sage Francis, Autograf, and closing out the main stage for the second night of the festival is an amazing indie-progressive rock band out of Nashville you will want to see through until the end – Moon Taxi.
Late Night:
Town Square Tavern – get your Yacht rock on with “Home at Last: The Nth Power perform Steely Dan” followed by Orgone.
Pink Garter Theatre –  the dance party continues with DJ sets from PRSN, G Jones and Djemba Djemba
Silver Dollar Bar – Again, for the change of pace late night, head on over to the Wort Hotel for Country Hammer followed by Spirit Family Reunion (also performing main stage on Sunday).

Main Stage:
Sunday does not slow in pace at all with two of the most anticipated acts (Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires and Thievery Corporation) closing out the night.
The day opens with a funky set from Fort Knox 5 followed by the acoustic foot-stomping sounds of Spirit Family Reunion.

Religious or not, everyone will be testifying to Robert Collier’s Gospel Brunch Set with the sweet and soulful sounds of the pedal steel. Reva Devito Band and The Nth Power warm up the stage for two acts that may be the highlight of the festival weekend.

From the Daptone Records/Brooklyn scene we have the breathtaking Charles Bradley and his backing band bringing uptown funk and soul to the Tetons.

Here’s a taste:

To close out the festival weekend on the mainstage we have the internationally-acclaimed electronic duo Thievery Corporation. Their reputation and their records speak for themselves, you will want to save some energy for this set!

Late Night:
Town Square Tavern – “We want the funk!” If you are still chanting this on Sunday, head to TST for McTuff and The New Mastersounds.
Pink Garter Theatre – Dancing feet still moving? Head to the Pink Garter for an electronic throw down featuring Shaprece, Deltron 3030 and Mike Thunder.
Center for the Arts – DJ sets by El Papa Chango, Barisone and The Librarian.

Well there you have it folks. A new, unique and exciting music festival based in one of the most gorgeous areas of the country. Pack your car, book your flight, find a place to stay, whatever you have to do to get to Jackson in June. Be sure to get your tickets in advance and upgrade to the “All Night Long Pass” so you don’t miss a beat!

For tickets, full schedule, area and lodging information visit: www.contourmusicfestival.com


Vertical Harvest Needs Your Help!


We have an amazing update from Vertical Horizon–They have been selected to compete for the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant! Over 4,000 organizations across the United States apply for this grant and this year only 200 were chosen to compete. This grant is $25,000 and would be a HUGE boost for Vertical Harvest as well as the great Jackson community.

Vertical Harvest has made it this far in the grant process, but now it’s up to us…..All we need to do is VOTE. It’s easy and can be done up to 10 times a day. Cast your vote here and SPREAD THE WORD– Let’s positively impact our community with the click of a button!


Come See Jackson Hole in Australia!

Jackson Hole is proud to have a strong contingent of skiers and snowboarders visit us from Australia every year and we will be visiting our friends in Australia during the month of May. We’d love for you to come say hello and chat about skiing and riding with you.

We celebrated Australia Day in a big way this year in Jackson Hole with free beer, meat pies, sausage rolls, vegemite toast and lots of Aussie cheer. We are planning on doing it even bigger for 2016 and will be handing out special edition Jackson Hole/Australia Day 2016 stickers to help you mark the occasion on your calendar.


Jackson Hole Celebrates Earth Day

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It’s Earth Day, an important day recognized worldwide, and a day when environmental actions and preservation are brought to the forefront of conversations and celebrations.  Operating in the greater Yellowstone Eco System, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) takes their environmental commitment seriously, so this year we are particularly happy to share news that JHMR achieved and exceeded the environmental goals and initiatives set five years ago.

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Jacksonhole.com has been nominated for the “Internet’s Highest Honor”



They say you will always remember the truly amazing moments in your life – the birth of a child, your first tram ride, your first powder day – these are good examples.  At Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, we recently received exciting news that will stick with us like a fond memory of dropping into Corbet’s for the first time. We are proud to announce that the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences has nominated the new jacksonhole.com for a Webby Award.

We were humbled to be nominated as one of the five best corporate communication websites by the I.A.D.A.S.  Our goal for the new site was not to win awards, however. Our goal was to create a user-friendly site that provides our guests with all the information they need to connect with our brand, find real-time mountain updates, news and conditions reports. We also built jacksonhole.com as a one-stop resource for trip planning and booking. The only recognition we hoped for when designing a new site is overhearing a satisfied user talking about the site in the tram or on a chair lift.


But since we are in the running, let’s take a look at what this nomination means. As The New York Times once wrote, the Webby’s represent “The Internet’s Highest Honor.”  Voted on by the members of the I.A.D.A.S. (whose members include the likes of David Bowie, Kevin Spacey, Vint Cerf, Arianna Huffington and Harvey Weinstein), the Webby Awards seek to reward excellence on the internet.  Jacksonhole.com has been nominated as one of 5 websites in the Best Corporate Communications Website category.  This enters jacksonhole.com into the running for the Webby Award, as well as the People’s Voice Award for this category.  Naturally, we are honored to be considered at all, but with your help, we hope to do well in the People’s Voice voting.  This would signify that the work we put into designing the new site has paid off, as we went to great lengths to design the site with our guest’s needs in mind.

We encourage anyone who has used our site and found the information to be useful and the photo, video and blog content entertaining to vote for jacksonhole.com.  Voting concludes on 4/23/15 so don’t delay!  

Thank you for your support, feedback and continued use of jacksonhole.com.  We continue to strive to deliver the best digital experience for our loyal guests and fans.

Tater goes Skiing


It’s Tater’s second week in Jackson Hole and while he still looks like a tiny puppy he is growing up fast. Last week, Tater played in snow for the first time. This week, Sir Tater Tot of the Tetons was introduced to skiing.
Teaching a puppy to be a rescue dog is a lot of work. Tater’s owner and JHMR Ski Patroller, Bob, is excited about the challenge.
Puppies are notoriously curious and ready to adapt. Before all the snow melts, Bob wanted to familiarize Tater with skis and all of the equipment. Here he is checking out skins for the first time.
Bob and Tater have already established an amazing bond. At just nine weeks old, Tater is practically potty trained and loyally follows Bob everywhere.
Here is Tater’s game face. Distinguished, serious and ready to serve.
After an hour on Teton Pass, Tater is worn out and it’s back to the Jeep for a little food and a nap. For more Tater photo updates follow @jacksonhole on Instagram where he is often featured.


Meet Tater, our Newest Puppy in Jackson Hole


Jackson Hole has a new puppy, and he is a potential candidate training as a avalanche rescue dog for the Jackson Hole Ski Patrol. Tater is an 8-week-old Golden Retriever that just showed up in Jackson two days ago. His full name is, Sir Tater Tot of the Tetons. Here he is experiencing snow for the first time.
Becoming a certified avalanche dog takes years of training and the right dog. Tater definitely has a disposition to learn, plus who wouldn’t want to be found by something this cute?
Tater’s owner, Bob, is a veteran ski patrolled, and Bob is learning along with Tater to become an avalanche dog handler. Tater’s mom was 50 pounds and dad weighed in at 60 pounds. It’s advantageous for an avalanche dog to not be too large in stature for many reasons. Here Bob demonstrates one of the ways to transport an avalanche dog while skiing.

As a puppy Bob and Tater are working on creating a strong bond. In two days, Tater already comes to Bob’s call. He’s especially zealous and comes running.
He can even corner on his first day on snow.
Almost there.
Good boy!
Check back to jacksonhole.com for updates on Tater growing up in Jackson Hole.