Hi everyone, I’m Eric Seymour, and I’m the guy behind the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort social media and video program. As a photographer, videographer and adventure athlete this job fits my personality perfectly. I have now lived in Jackson Hole for twelve years with my wife, professional skier, Jess McMillan.
I’m a bit different than most people at JHMR in that before moving to Jackson I worked as a pro kayaker and film maker. But like everyone else in the marketing office, for 128 days straight, from November to April I spend most of my waking moments skiing or snowboarding or thinking about skiing or snowboarding. While winter is the time when all of us log as many powder days as possible, summer is a whole different beast with so many activities to choose from.
As an avid whitewater kayaker of course running the river is going to be on my list. But there are SO many things to do in Jackson Hole. In no particular order here is my top ten list of summer activities in Jackson Hole.
Whitewater Rafting on the Snake River Canyon
The Snake River is all about fun. You get wet, run some rapids, it’s not scary (unless it’s early spring and really high), it’s beautiful and you get to hang out with friends. If you don’t have the expertise or equipment to navigate Class III rapids safely I recommend going with a guide. Check out Jackson Hole Whitewater for experienced guides and a great trip.
Hiking to Goodwin Lake
I love hiking in Jackson Hole. I spend a ton of time in the Tetons in the winter focusing on different ski objectives. In the summer it is time to see different sites. I also have two wonderful dogs, and dogs are not allowed to hike in GTNP. Goodwin Lake is on Forest Service land, where dogs are permitted (on voice command). The trail is off the beaten path, has great Teton views and the wildflowers are insane in early summer.
Fly Fishing for Snake River Fine Spotted Cutthroat
I have to admit, I like catching more than fishing. Luckily there are thousands of fish in Jackson Hole and when the conditions are right, it’s game on. You also can’t beat the views when fishing under the Tetons for our native cutthroat trout. For more info on what’s fishing well or for a guided trip check out Grand Fishing Adventures.
Here’s a sample of what we got into on a private creek that you can fish too with Grand Fishing Adventures.
Mountain Biking Cache Game Creek
I haven’t owned a new bike in ten years but when I saw a shiny new ride at Hoback Sports with 29 inch wheels I knew I needed an upgrade. My new Santa Cruz has the same travel as my last bike and weighs twenty pounds less. It’s amazing what technology does to make a sport even more fun. Cache Game is my favorite trail in the area. The trail offers great scenery, a good climb and a ripping downhill without big jumps. Hoback Sports even rents bikes if you want to try out a new ride.
Camping at Jackson Lake
When I want to get away from it all camping at Jackson Lake is my go to activity in Jackson Hole. The views are stunning, water refreshing and sitting on a boat truly feels like vacation.
Trail Running at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
My favorite trails to run are right out my office door. I can strap on my running shoes and go for a quick loop on the Lower Faces or ride the tram and access the high-country. The trails at JHMR are world class and they are almost never crowded. Check out a quick video of trail running at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort with Born to Run Coach Eric Orton and ultra-runner Meredith Edwards.
Taking Sunrise or Sunset Photos in Grand Teton National Park
There is something magical about watching a sunrise or sunset in the Tetons. You can’t go wrong on locations as they are all incredible. A few of my favorites are: Kelly loop, Schwabacher’s Landing, Snake River Overlook and Oxbow Bend.
SUP on String Lake
String Lake is my favorite location to go stand up paddle boarding in Jackson Hole. The water is warm, compared to other lakes in the Tetons, the lake is not deep, views are spectacular and there’s something meditative about SUPing under the Tetons. You can rent boards from Teton Village Sports in Teton Village.
If I’m looking to get my whitewater fix there are a ton of options. Playboating and surfing waves on the Snake are a blast, the Gros Ventre and Greys contain good Class IV fun. If I’m looking for Class V, I head to the Winds, Clarks Fork Box or downriver on the Snake in Idaho. For more info on whitewater kayaking in Jackson Hole contact Rendezvous River Sports.
Below is the Milner Mile on the Snake, considered by many as the biggest whitewater in the Continental U.S.
Ride the Tram, Hike to Cocktails on the Deck @ Piste
Riding the tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a must for anyone visiting Jackson Hole. In just twelve minutes the tram whisks you over 4,000 vertical feet to the top of Rendezvous Mountain. The temperature is always cooler and seeing the Tetons from the summit of any peak is always breathtaking.
After arriving at the top I like to hike down to the Rendezvous Lodge at the top of the Bridger Gondola for a cold one. You pass by the infamous Corbet’s Couloir and the Headwall is usually full of wildflowers. For more info on hiking off the tram.
Arriving at The Deck @ Piste